Cumman na mBunscol Basketball finals were held in Scoil na Naomh Uilig, Newbridge recently where the day started off with the Small Sized Schools Girls’ final between Tiermohan NS and first time finalists, Kilberry NS.
Tiermohan go off to the better start, with points from Emily Dunne and Sinead Sexton, but then Kilberry began to play good defense and worked their way back into the game with two baskets form Bronwyn Lawlor and Melanie Byrne. Kilberry led 5 points to 3 at half time. The second half turned out to be a real defiance battle and with a minute left, both teams had not managed to score. But then Kilberry captain, Taylor Hunter was fouled and she scored both throws for Kilberry to win their first title on a scoreline of 7 points to 3.
Kilberry: Kasey McConville, Taylor Hunter (captain) Melanie Byrne, Bronwyn Lawlor, Marie-Clare Rowan, Candice Owens, Shannon Lawlor, Louise Greaney, Kellie Marie Sheehan and Kellie-Ann Foley.
Tiermohan: Sinead Sexton, Eirran Cross, Emily Dunne (captain) Emma Curtin Ailis Mulhall and Hannah Hickson.
The Large Sized Schools Girls final was between Crookstown NS and Scoil Uí Riada Kilcock. Crookstown girls got off to a flying start with baskets from Gillian Wheeler, Clodagh Sweeney, Ava Marron and Ciara Glynn.
They led 13 points to 3 at half time. But great credit must go to Scoil Uí Riada, they did not drop their heads and came back into the game in the second half, with scores from Sadhbh Ní Raghallaigh, Cadhla Ní Raghallaigh and Laura Nic Diarmada. With 2 minutes left there was only 4 points in it, but Crookstown upped their game and went on to win the match with a score of 18 points to 11.
Crookstown: Aoife Sweeney, Gillian Wheeler, Ciara Downey, Mia Ryan, Deireann Halpin, Ava Marron, Ellie Henry, Ciara Glynn, Clodagh Sweeney.
Scoil Uí Riada: Ailbhe Ní Geabóid, Laura Nic Diarmada, Fiona Nic an Rí, Aoife Ní Mhurchú, Molly Inglish, Sadhbh Ní Raghallaigh, Cadhla Ní Raghallaigh, Clár Ní Dhurráin, Alannah Ní Chuilllinn, Gráinne Ní Láimhin and Muireann de Rosfort.
The Intermediate Sized Schools Girls final was between defending champions, Ballysax and St. Patrick’s NS, Morristown, Newbridge.
St. Patrick’s were first on the board when Jessica Dimaku scored two free throws. But after that Ballysax took over with baskets from Aislinn Dooley, Carla Ennis, Kate Nurse, Aliya Jordan to lead 15 points to 2 at the break.
A leaser team would have thrown in the towel, but great credit must go to St. Patrick’s who never gave up with great defense from Meadhbh O’Rourke, Megan Ferguson, and Ruth McKenna and scores from Dorcas O’Duntan and Jessica Dimaku.
But it wasn’t enough and a very good Ballysax team went on to win with a score of 21 points to 9.
Ballysax: Aislinn Dooley, Mary Enright, Chloe Kiely, Carla Ennis, Aliya Jordan, Amy Coleman, Kate Nurse, Risa Ennis, Tara Sutton, Jessica Hearte, Eva Kehoe, Amy Brown, Megan Troy,
St. Patrick’s N.S. Jessica Dimaku, Ade Oladimeji, Nicola Borton, Zoe Bakenga, Rafiat Agbona, Meadhbh O’Rourke, Megan Ferguson, Ruth McKenna, Dorcas O’Duntan, Chelsea Horgan, Charlie Horgan, Amy Wynne, Faith Oladimeji, Natalie McSorley, Olivia Ruffley Keogh, Temmy Agoro, Doyin Agunbiade, Tee Tee Adegbola, Alice Cole, Lucy Graham, Marcella Horvatova and Iaobel Landy.
The Large Sized Schools Final took place between St. Peters’ School Monasterevin and Scoil Bhríde, Kill and it turned out to be a cracker.
Both teams came out with guns blazing with the lead changing four times to the point with Kill going in a half time leading with a score of 14 points to 11 thanks to scores from Eoin Armstrong,
Jack Maguire, Jack Flynn, and Jake Brady. The 2nd half turned out to be even more exciting and thanks to scores from Adam Kavanagh, Gary Morrissy, and Griffen Kennedy, with 30 seconds left the game was tied on 21 points each.
Then with 5 seconds left on the clock Adam Kennedy was fouled going to the basket. He scored the first free throw to gain the lead for Monasterevin and even though he missed the second throw, it turned out to be the final and winning basket to a thrilling game.
St. Peters Monasterevin: Adam Kavanagh, Gary Morrissy, Mark Kelly, Adam Ryan, James Melia Byrne, Griffin Kennedy, Robert Mulpeter, Keith Quinn, Paul Morgan, Niall Cunningham, Scott Higgins, Lorey Farrell, Aidan Kelly, Jonnie Robinson, Thomas Kelly.
Scoil Bhríde Kill: Eoin Armstrong, Jack Maguire, Jack Flynn, Jake Brady, Derri Lenihan, Cian Lawlor, Luke Mivelhan, Evan Turner, and Eoin Armstrong.
Athgarvan were bidding for four league titles in a row when they came face to face with Scoil Diarmada, Castledermot in the Intermediate Sized Schools Boys Final.
Athgarvan got off to a flying start and had a 13 point lead at half time with scores from Conor Maguire, Cian Butler, Jordan Nolan, James McNamara and Jack Ryan.
Scoil Diarmada, Castledermot fought hard in the second half with a solid performance from 7,12,14, which helped produce a mighty fight back. But in fairness, Athgarvan turned out to be too strong for Castledermot on the day.
Scoil Bhríde Athgarvan: Jordan Nolan, Jack Ryan, Tom Barry-Browne, James McNamara, James Manning, Conor Maguire, Jack Geogeghan, Fionn Moran, Ryan Leahy, Bill Kavanagh, Colm Nolan, Patrick Corrigan , Cian Butler
In the Small Sized Schools Boys League, 1st time League Finalists Rathcoffey were up against defending champions St. Patrick’s N.S. St. Patrick’s took the initiative right from the start and were 12 points to 2 up at the break, with scores from Daniel Madaghjian, Matthew Gardiner and Adam Philips.
Rathcoffey came more into the game thanks to good play from Shane O’Sullivan, Leon Taffe and Ronan Mc Intyre but St. Patrick’s proved too strong for Rathcoffey and with more baskets from Tobi Sobola,
Robert Kearns, and captain Oran Phelan, they went on to retain their title on a scoreline of 22 points to 12.
St. Patrick’s N.S:
Oran Phelan, Adam Philips, Benjamin Duffield, Harry Elmes, Paul Gobbett, Alex Hudziak, Robert Kearns, Craig Magee, Mark Power Feane, Tobi Sobola, Jadon Thompson, Andrew Abbott, Malik Bello, Matthew Gardiner, Liam Bennati, Dane Hegarty, Daniel Madaghjian, Luke Rushton, Conor Spratt and Matas Sulinskas.
Arron Flynn, Conor Gartland, Leon Taffe, Shane O’Sullivan, Lee Dempsey, Rónan Mc Intyre, Leon O’Reilly Brilly, Michael Flaherty, Liam McAleavey, Matthew McIntyre and Eddie Egan.