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Ballina Colts Basketball Club has been in existence since the early 1980's as a youth's basketball club. The objective of the club is to provide a sporting outlet for the youth of Ballina. The club currently has 140 members.

The club structure is such that boys of all ages are catered for. Up to 1999, it concentrated almost exclusively on under-age basketball, fielding teams at under 10, 13, 14, 16, 17 and under 19 levels. Last year, the club took a major step forward when, for the first time ever, it joined the national senior league, playing under the name of it's new sponsor, Lundy Foods. Separate committees now cater for the under age and senior teams. The club competes in all major competitions at under age level and has enjoyed considerable success. It has won numerous Mayo, Sligo and Connaught competitions in all age groups. It's under-13 and under-16 teams have won more Mayo Community Games titles than any other club in the county and teams in these age groups have reached the finals of the National Community Games in Mosney on a number of occasions in recent years. The club's under-19 team won silver medals in 1998 and 1999 in the National Junior (B) Cup and went on to win the Cup in 2000. This win represented the club's first success at national level. Colt's under-19 players powered the St. Muredach's College team that won the All Ireland Schools (B) League in 2000. A major achievement of Lundy Foods Ballina over the past 10 years has been its ability to retain players through all age groups.

In 1998, in its first year at senior level, the Colts won the Mayo Senior Cup and League. In 1999, the club decided to join the national league with a very young team playing as Lundy Foods. Despite the team's youth and lack of experience at senior level, they performed well in its first season and succeeded in winning a number of games. The experienced gained last season, will, no doubt, be of considerable benefit to Lundy Foods this season.

- Eamonn Kennedy


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