It has been an extremely busy and successful week for the boys and girls’ basketball teams in Our Lady’s. With all teams participating this season at “A” level the hard work being put in by all the teams and their coaches has really been paying dividends. First up were the Boys U-14 teamwho won all three of their games at their competition held in Presentation Bray on Friday 10th January. Thanks to those three victories they have now qualified for the All Ireland Semi-Finals on the 23rd March. Captain Max McGinnity was top scorer on the day closely followed by Tom Carey and Canice Murphy.
Next up was the U-15 Boys who won two of three of their group games in the competition held in Our Lady’s. Unfortunately, the boys just narrowly lost out on an All-Ireland Semi-Final spot after losing by five points to last years All Ireland finalists St. Malachys Belfast. Top scorers on the day were Charlie McQuillan and captain Shea Casey. The Girls U-15 also narrowly lost out on a semi-final place after finishing second in the Subway All Ireland Schools Cup Tournament held in Loreto Dalkey. Having won two of their three games the girls finished second in their group. Top scorers on the day were Niamh Flanagan, Grace Cumiskey and Caoimhe Kelly.
The U-14 Girls team fared one better when they topped their group after impressive wins against Loreto Dalkey, Loreto St. Stephens Green and Colaiste Choilmcille Ballyshannon. Katie Glynn and Caoimhe Kelly top scored on the day to help the girls qualify for the All-Ireland Cup Semi-Finals on 23rdMarch. Finally, it was disappointment for the Senior Girls team who just fell short in their All Ireland Qualifier match against a tough Portlaoise side. For five of the girls it was their last time wearing the Our Lady’s jersey and their coach Ms. Brady paid the girls a special tribute, “I’d like to thank the girls for all their hard work and commitment over the years. They leave the school as North East Regional A champions and that is something they can be very proud of. I wish them the very best of luck in their future endeavours”. Well done to all involved.