BASTKETBALL club Liby Dynamite showed they were 'ball stars' when they hosted the All-Ireland Club Championships in the North East for the first time.
Twelve teams competed, but it was the hundreds of coaches, extra players and supporters that made the event, held over the weekend, a huge success.
And it was thanks to the facilities, provided to the team by St. Joseph's GFC in Dromiskin, along with DkIT, that Liby Dynamites really raised the bar when it comes to hosting national events.
Dynamites chairman, Pat Campbell, said St. Joseph's, where the basketball club has been practicing for a number of years, was very keen to come on board for their bid to host the All Ireland championships last weekend. And the deal with basketball authorities was sealed when the Dublin Road college campus signed up so that their facilities could be used for the larger competitions over the weekend.
Mr. Campbell said: 'The North East Basketball League (NEBL) appoints a club within the area to host these championships every year and we were delighted when they said it was our turn in 2013, even though we have only been in existence for three years.
'We pulled out all the stops to make sure the event was top class, that everything went smoothly and it was a great success. It went off perfectly and we were happy that it was a memorable occasion for all those involved, who took part and who came to support the teams'.
Mr. Campbell said he didn't think the Dundalk area has previously hosted such a championship in basketball, certainly not in the past 30 years. And the young Dynamites impressed their guests by helping out at all stages of the two-day competition.
The chairman said: 'The young people who volunteered with us were just brilliant and we are very proud of the way they looked after everything. People said they were very impressed'.
Mr. Campbell thanked the college for their input. He said: 'DkIT was central to us being able to host this as they are able to cater for up to 300 spectators. In addition, St. Joseph's, where we play as a club every week, did everything they could to assist us. We are very grateful to both for the support. Both venues worked very hard and put on a magnificent show so we are confident we won't have to wait 30 years to host the next big championships'.
Liby Dynamites welcome players from across the North East and have young people from Castleblayney to Togher. Anyone aged nine or over interested in joining the team can visit www.dynamites.ie to contact a coach and get all the latest news from the club.