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 Coláiste Oiriall Under 19 girls’ basketball team defeated Rathmore Grammar School, Belfast in Basketball Irelands National “B” league competition. This win secures a spot for the Colaiste Oiriall team in the All Ireland Play Off series which will be held on the 1st Feb in Portlaoise. 

The Christmas cobwebs were very evident early in this game with both teams turning over the ball and making unforced errors. Ellen Ni Bhriain played a pivotal role under the boards but found herself in foul trouble early in the game. Anna Ni Chrearrain was superb at both offensive and defensive rebounds but like many other players was also in foul trouble early on.

Lianne Nic an Bhaird established an early lead for Coláiste Oiriall but in reality both teams played cat and mouse for the entire game. A slip in concentration in the third quarter allowed Rathmore Grammar to close the gap to four points. The final quarter was played at a furious pace. Both teams were in foul trouble and with Coláiste Oiriall conceding numerous shots from the free throw line, they put themselves under undue pressure. The Oiriall girls were delighted to win by 6 points on a scoreline of 37-31. Tagann an bua seo díreach i ndiaidh feachtas gnóthach, fada sa léig.

The girls started the league well by beating Dunshaughlin Community School and Loreto Navan. The long away trips to Mercy Ballymahon and to Scoil Mhuire, Longford did not suit the girls where they were heavily defeated. In the semi-final of the league they met Mercy Ballymahon once again and in a closely contested affair they reversed the result of the league game and beat them by a single basket. In the final against Scoil Mhuire, Longfort the girls suffered heartache by being defeated by a three point shot in the dying seconds of the game. Bhí an cluiche cothrom go dtí na soicind dheireanacha.

Foireann cispheile cailíní faoi 16 a bhuaigh sa Léig le dul go dtí an turnaimint cáilithe  ach a chaill le trí phointe i  gcomórtas an Schools’ Cup. Foireann cispheile cailíní faoi 16 a bhuaigh sa Léig le dul go dtí an turnaimint cáilithe ach a chaill le trí phointe i gcomórtas an Schools’ Cup.

Colaiste Oiriall’s Girls Under 16 Basketball team were convincing winners on Monday against Rathmore Grammar School, Belfast in the first stage of the All Ireland “B” play offs. Coláiste Oiriall hosted the game and in spite of the fact that most team members had been involved in a strenuous tournament over the weekend the girls sped into a lead of 14 – 0 by the end of the first quarter with Lynda Ni Ghiolla Mhicil and Niamh Ní Chiarnain contributing the majority of the scores. A full court press by Rathmore at the start of the second quarter curtailed the Colaiste Oiriall scoring somewhat but fantastic inside play by Lynda Ni Ghiolla Mhicil meant that Colaiste Oiriall still lead at half time.

Morgan Nic Cionna and Alison Ni Ghiolla Bhríde injected new life and pace into a tired team in the third quarter and solid defending by Clodagh Ni Ghiolla Chearra subdued the main threat in the Rathmore team, Hannah Byrne. Kate Ni Eachaidh tamed tall rebounder Sinead Kennedy and Hannah Ni Sceachain stole the ball time and time again to feed Amy Ní hAmaill on the fast break. Coláiste Oiriall were worthy winners 44 – 27 on the final whistle. This win secures a place for the girls in the All Ireland Play-Off Tournament which will be held in Teresian Dublin on the 18th January. They will have to play against Teresian School Dublin, Loreto Clonmel and Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise. Tá trí chluiche crua rompus sa turnaimint cáilithe.

This comes on the back of a hectic league performance where the girls were undefeated coming into the final in their games against Dunshaughlin, Loreto Navan, Scoil Mhuire Longford and Mercy Ballymahon. The fell at the final hurdle to a stronger Dunshaughlin team in a cracking and closely contested final. The girls can take consolation in the fact that the Dunshaughlin team were all Ireland winners last year and a good performance in the play-off series could see both teams meet again in the All Ireland Finals. Chuir siad suas taispeántas ar dóigh in eadán fhoireann a bhuaigh craobh na hÉireann anuraidh.

Coláiste Oiriall’s Under 16 Girls Basketball Team took on Ursuline Convent Sligo in the semi-final of the Schools Cup Compeition in Tallaght Leisure Centre on Tuesday and were defeated by three points, 35-32. The Schools Cup is a knock out competition and this was Colaiste Oiriall,s first year competing at “B” level. The girls have had a tough Cup run with all fixtures been drawn away from home. Coláiste Oiriall travelled to Portarlington and were happy to defeat a team who had won an All-Ireland title the previous year. The next game saw Colaiste Oiriall take on Kiltimagh in Mayo and the girls edged the game out by a single basket. The experience of close league games standing to the team. For some of the girls on this team it is the fifth All-Ireland semi-final in 3 years but the elusive All Ireland gold Medal still eludes them. Tá an-díoma ar na cailíní agus ar an traenálaí agus ar an Mhúinteoir Annette leis an toradh seo – tá an baicle imreoirí seo chomh congarach sin do chraobh Éireann a bhaint. Ádh mór orthu sa léig.