Our U16 basketball team and their coach Mr.Donovan, head to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght today to take on Presentation Waterford. The team succeeded in reaching the All-Ireland finals by competing in a qualifying tournament two weeks ago in the same arena. In the qualifiers, the girls beat some stiff competition including Clontarf Secondary School, Dublin, Castleisland Commmunity College and Presentation Castleisland.
Our school competes at A grade in both boys and girls basketball and it is a massive achievement for a school of our size, to be in the position to compete for the All-Ireland title at u16 level. The same team reached the All-Ireland league final last year, in second year basketball, and were narrowly beaten in the finals in the University of Limerick against Christ the King, Cork.
The u16 girls have worked extremely hard this year with their coach Mr. Donovan to further develop their game and their hard work has definitely paid off. Ardscoil Rath Iomgháin will be represented by their team tomorrow, as one of the top two teams in the entire country at cadette level. The school has slowly progressed during the years through the basketball grades and the coaches are extremely proud of the players. Hundreds of supporters will head to Dublin to support the girls in Ireland’s ‘holy grail’ of basketball and win or lose the girls have done their school community and themselves proud.
Best of luck to all of the players and their coach from the entire school community
The game tips off at 10:30am in the NBA Tallaght.
Team: Áine Nash, Claire Melia, May O’Brien, Lauren Griffin, Kelly-Ann Scully, Sinéad Byrne, Amy Nash, Amy Bagnall, Dominika Sygnowska, Emily Gilligan, Eimear Byrne, Shauna Quirke and Julia Marron.