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Basketball season kicks back into life after long summer slumber

The domestic basketball season returns this afternoon with both Waterford teams taking to the court for their curtain raisers.

The Wildcats are at home, while the Vikings are on the road North.

Last season Tommy O' Mahony's team claimed a third-place finish in the regular season, bowing out in the first round of the playoffs having also gone on a cup run that saw them reach the semi-finals.

As usual, two talented American players have joined their ranks with Maggie Meehan and Karli Seay coming to Suirside.

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Maggie is a Sport Changes Life Victory Scholar from Southington, Connecticut. She graduated from Williams College in 2022 with a BA in Political Science and minored in Leadership Studies. Maggie was Captain, 8th all-time in scoring at Williams with 1210 points, 2x second team all-NESCAC, 2x team MVP, and led her team to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen in 2019.

Karli is a guard from Flossmoor Illinois. Karli had one season of eligibility with FGCU as a graduate transfer and was previously a key contributor for LSU from 2018-21, appearing in 74 games. She earned an undergraduate degree from LSU, majoring in sport administration with a focus on sport commerce.

Tommy O' Mahonys team will be underway from 4 o clock this afternoon.

The SETU Waterford Vikings state their campaign with an away assignment when they make the journey north to take on Drogheda Wolves.

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With two new additions to their squad - 6’ 7” Centre Freeman Brou of Denison University and 6’ 6” forward Gytis Vasiliauskas who played in Spain last year -  coach Dean Kavanagh will be looking for his team to be more competitive this season.

Due to licensing issues, he will have to plan without Vasiliauskas for the first two games.

Tip-off in Drogheda is at 7.30 pm.

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