Yes, the swagger is back! Coaches Lonergan and Noctor are recalling days of yesteryear, when the Conleth’s basketball boys marched up-and-down the country, laying waste to supposed basketball powers, led by an unlikely posse of three: clean-cut ‘Choirboy’ Pete Herron, the decidedly different ‘Original G’ Liam Purcell and Jack Nolan, the mysterious ‘Maharaj’ who triple-doubled many an Irish player into surprised submission. Now, the trash-talking and net-snapping are coming from a new generation: At U19s, Mark Gilleran patrols the paint with power and aplomb while Shane Byrne drives and dishes to Oisin Gilligan, who knocks it down from beyond the arc. At U16s, Eoghan Fitzmaurice runs the show as Marlon Marishta flies ahead on the break with Pearse Roberts wiping the boards. There is a large supporting cast and, so far, the whole team’s efforts have been impressive: narrow losses at U16 and U19 to Colaiste Eoin (darn that Irish point bonus!) and scintillating U-19 wins over the High School and Benildus, inspired by their fallen leader, the gutsy Richard Hogan. We are playing and competing well at the B level, the highest level for an autumn season Conleth’s team sports team!