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Imreoidh Coláiste Oiriall i gCorn Scoileanna uileÉireann sa chispheil cailíní faoi 16 sa Ionad Náisiúnta Cispheile i dTamhlacht ar an Chéadaoin seo chugainn in eadán scoil as an Neidín. Cheana féin bhain siad ar Scoil an Teaghlaigh Naofa, Rath Cúil, Mheánscoil Mhuire, Ballysadare agus Scoil Chuimsitheach Mount Temple, Baile Átha Cliath sa chomórtas.

Unde 16 Colaiste Oiriall

 Tá baicle cumasach imreoirí agus tá seans maith acu é a bhaint. Seo an chéad bhliain a chuir Coláiste Oiriall isteach ar chomórtas an Cup.

Coláiste Oiriall’s under 16 girls basketball team will play in the All-Ireland final of Basketball Irelands’ Schools “C” Cup next Wednesday, 23rd January against strong southern opposition from Pobalscoil Inbhear Sceine, Kenmare in Co Kerry.  Coláiste Oiriall secured their place in the final by beating Holy Family Rathcoole, on a score line of 35 – 23 in the semi -final last week.   There was a frantic start to the game as both teams came out firing with Coláiste Oiriall getting the slightly better start 6-2 up after the early exchanges with Lynda Nic Ghiolla Mhichil scoring twice.  Lynda was forced to retire from the game shortly afterwards with an injury to her back.

Both teams were in foul trouble from very early on in the game but Ellen Ni Bhriain was clinical from the free throw line and punished the opposition by scoring 7 points.  Susan Doyle managed 4 unanswered points for Holy Family which still left Coláiste Oiriall in the driving seat 24 – 9 at half time.

Holy Family were forced to put on a full court press to narrow the gap this resulted with Susan Doyle once again picking up back to back scores. The full court press caused Coláiste Oiriall some problems with Lianne Nic an Bhaird picking up a fifth foul which forced her out of the game. Coláiste Oiriall only managed to score a single basket in this quarter through a fast break from Celine Ni Fhailigh.

In the fourth and final quarter there was passionate basketball on display from Amy Ni hAmaill leading her team with quick outside shots and some killer passes to her baseline players for well taken scores.  Niamh Ni Chiarnáin and Ellen Ni Bhriain continued to dominate the boards and although the fourth quarter remained competitive and both teams ran the floor well, Coláiste Oiriall never looked as though they were going to lose their chance to make it to the National Cup Finals in this their debut year in the cup.

The cup competition started last October and is run in a knock out format.  Coláiste Oiriall had earlier seen off the challenge of St Marys Secondary School from Ballysadare on a scoreline of 42 to  12 and they also had a close shave earlier in the competition by beating  Mount Temple Comprehensive from Dublin by a single basket 25 to 23. Other teams involved in the closing stages of the competition included Gallen Community School, Carrick on Shannon, St Catherines Killybegs, St Aloysius, Cork, Carrick Vocational Donegal, and Coláiste Íde an Daingean.

Colaiste Oiriall have been lucky to have great depth in the squad with such a long playing season.  The team is ably captained by third year student, Amy Ni hAmaill and the squad includes Ellen Ni Bhriain, Hannah Ni Chleircín, Sarah Ni Thighearnáin, Lianne Nic An Bhaird, Orna Ni Fhanagáin, Aoife Ni Roideain, Carla Ni Dhochtartaigh, Megan Ni Chasaide, Grace Ni Ghrianáin, Laoise Ni Laoire, Bróna Ni Ruanaí, Brianán Ni Shearraigh, Nicole Nic An Fhailgh, Amy Ni hAmaill, Celine Ni Fhailigh, Emma Ni Chleircin, Niamh Ni Chiarnáin, Lynda Nic Ghiolla Mhicil agus Alison Ni Ghiolla Bhride.