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Coláiste Oiriall will travel to the University of Limerick on Thursday to play Presentation College, Milltown, Co. Kerry in the 2nd Year Girls basketball C semi-final. If successful they will return to the court an hour later to play the winners of the other semi-final, either Kinsale Community School or Coláiste Iosagáin, Portarlington. They reached this stage of the competition last year as a 1st Year team.

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After a long and challenging day Colaiste Oiriall second year girls’ team secured their place in the All Ireland “C” semi-finals when they defeated schools from Galway, Carrick-on-Shannon and Ballymahon in the All-Ireland play-off tournament which Coláiste Oiriall hosted in their new Halla Barry McGuigan on Wednesday last.

We also take this opportunity to congratulate our fellow Monaghan town school, St. Louis Secondary School who also won their play-off tournament and we wish them all the best in their All-Ireland B 2nd Year semi-final against Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore.

Hannah

The opening game of the day saw Coláiste Oiriall face Mercy Convent, Ballymahon. Sarah Nic Cionna opened the scoring for Coláiste Oiriall with an immediate basket from the tip off. In the second quarter Hannah Ni Sceachain and Morgan Nic Cionna were in fine scoring form. Sinéad Nic Cionna had some big offensive rebounds which she converted to scores herself. Emma Ni Chleircin was tenacious defensively and stole many the ball from the Mercy Ballymahon point guard, Pendred. In the second half Coláiste Oiriall continued to dominate. Eimear Nic Cionna was subbed in and immediate added four points to the team tally. Coláiste Oiriall secured an impressive victory over the Ballymahon side as they struggled with injuries and foul trouble throughout the game. The final score was 36-11.

Coláiste Oiriall faced Carrick On Shannon Community School in their second game of the day. A superb team performance saw the Oiriall girls return to winning ways. They controlled the game from the tip and played with confidence and conviction. Morgan Nic Cionna and Celine Ni Fhailigh dominated the first half scoring 17 points between them to set up a comfortable lead of 17 -2 and the end of the quarter. Captain Niamh Ni Chiarnáín was clinical from the free throw line and delighted when the final whistle blew. Coláiste Oiriall were victorious on a scoreline of 51-24.

Celine

The final game of the day, against opposition Coláiste Chroi Mhuire from Spideal in Galway, invited passion and hunger from both sides as only the winner of this game would progress to the semi-finals. From the jump the tense atmosphere set the tone for the game with Irish player Aine Ni Donncha responding to all of Coláiste Oiriall’s efforts with some big scores of her own. Aine proved tricky for the girls to handle as she drove strongly to the basket and also had a very accurate outide shot. Coláiste Oiriall regained their composure and by the half time whistle they had clawed back the deficit to a single point 11-10.

The third quarter saw Celine Ni Fhailgh dominate defensively and Lynda Ni Ghiolla Mhicil scoring offensively. Both teams swopped baskets continuously. The lead and the dominance of the game swung like a pendulum. With 6 seconds on the clock in the last quarter Coláiste Oiriall had possession of the ball. A time out from team coach, Annette Ní Thuathail, was called and the girls were reminded to retain possession from the inbound ball and to run the clock. In a comedy of errors Coláiste Oiriall lost possession from their own inbound ball and then fouled Aine Ni Dhonncha to give her three free throws with one second remaining in the clock.

Morgan

Aine scored 2 of the 3 free throws to send the game into overtime. In the first period of overtime Coláiste Oiriall trailed. With just seconds on the clock first year Alison Ni Ghiolla Bhríde swished a lovely outside shot to level the game once again. The second period of overtime failed to separate the sides such was the commitment of all players. The intensity of the game spilled over and resulted in many fouls on both sides and Niamh Ni Chuinn and Rosy Cunningham from Coláiste Chroí Naofa were forced to leave the court of play. In the third period of extra time Colaiste Oiriall girls dug deep and their tired legs produced some fantastic defence. Celine Ni Fhailgh scored three important baskets and Morgan Nic Cionna sealed the victory with a lovely swish! Coláiste Oiriall were named the play off winners with a final score of 43 – 38.

Imreoidh Coláiste Oiriall an Deardaoin seo chugainn in eadán scoil as Co. Chiarraí i leathchraobh na hÉireann agus má bhaineann siad sin pillfidh siad ar an chúirt uair a chloig níos moille, áit a thabharfaidh siad a n-aghaidh ar bhuaiteoirí na leathchraoibhe eile: Pobalscoil Chionn tSáile nó Coláiste Iosagáin, Cúl an tSudaire. Guíonn muid gach ádh orthu agus iad ag imirt ag leibhéal chomh hard sin.