Game Zone: Subway All Ireland Schools Cup Finals

Game Zone: Subway All Ireland Schools Cup Finals

  • Jan 27,2016
All of the Subway All Ireland Schools Cup Finals are streamed live on the Basketball Ireland YouTube channel. These games will be available to view on demand once the video has processed. 
SUBWAY® U16 B Boys All-Ireland Schools Cup Final: De La Salle Waterford 68, St Peter’s Dunboyne 35
SUBWAY® U16 A Boys All-Ireland Schools Cup Final: Coláiste Phádraig Lucan 45, St. Malachy’s College Belfast 44
SUBWAY® U16 C Girls All-Ireland Schools Cup Final: Abbey VS Donegal 35, St Aloysius College Carrigtwohill 25
SUBWAY® U16 B Girls All-Ireland Schools Cup Final: Colaiste Choilmcille Ballyshannon 42, Regina Mundi Cork 31

SUBWAY® U19 B Girls All-Ireland Schools Cup Final: St Paul’s Oughterard 40, St Mary’s Naas 35
SUBWAY® U19 C Girls All-Ireland Schools Cup Final:
Ulidia Integrated Carrickfergus 68, St Aloysius College Carrigtwohill 49
SUBWAY® U19 B Boys All-Ireland Schools Cup Final:
Castleisland CC 45, St Columb’s Derry 41

DAY THREE: Wednesday 27th January, 2016
SUBWAY® U16 A Girls All-Ireland Schools Cup Final
Holy Faith Clontarf 61, Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise 20

SUBWAY® U19 A Girls All-Ireland Schools Cup Final
Ard Scoil Rathangan 69, Holy Faith Clontarf 66

SUBWAY® U16 C Boys All-Ireland Schools Cup Final
CBS Thurles 37, St Nathy’s College Ballaghadereen 23

SUBWAY® U19 A Boys All-Ireland Schools Cup Final
St Aidans CBS Whitehall 92, Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 71

SUBWAY® All Ireland Schools U19A Boys Cup Final
St. Aidan’s CBS 92, Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig 71
National Basketball Arena

The big hitters came out to play on the final day of action at the SUBWAY® All Ireland Schools Cup Finals as St. Aidan’s CBS of Whitehall met Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig in the U19A Boys decider. It was the Dublin side who maintained their impressive form to eventually come through 92-71.   

“Each basket was as important as the one before out there,” said 6’6 guard Matt Treacy. “I love playing with this team and we’ll go far again I hope. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”

St. Aidan’s win was based on big players and a strong start. They had the athleticism to made decisions in mid-air leading to all the right options in the first quarter and the first 10 points from five different players. Ireland U18 International Tariq Guebaili put 10 points between the sides after six minutes. 

Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig were outgunned on the offensive boards and were trailing 24-8 before they found their footing in the second quarter. Conor O’Sullivan’s swerving drive sparked a run including threes from himself and his brother Darragh to bring the gap back to eight points. 

St. Aidan’s response was an 8-0 run with Brian Ashton and Emmet Lawless barrelling into the key and no turnover going unpunished. They were 41-27 clear at half time. 

Coláiste Choilm were 21 points in arrears heading into the final quarter but a run of baskets including a monster three from Dylan Corkery sent whispers of “Anything Can Happen” around the National Basketball Arena. Matt Treacy swung the game back in St. Aidan’s favour with a three off the right wing and 2/2 from the line. 

Ballincollig Coach Francis O’Sullivan said: “We were expending so much energy on defence that we just couldn’t make the shots we normally make. Credit to St. Aidan’s, they’re an explosive side."

Colaiste Choilm Ballincolig: Brian Murphy 10, Dylan Corkery 11, Dylan Brickley 8, Emmanuel Anaba 2, Conor O’Sullivan 20. Substitutes: David McMahon, Jack Murphy 9, Jack Lynch, Alan O’Leary, Darragh O’Sullivan 10.
St Aidan’s CBS, Dublin: Stephen Canning 13, Tariq Guebali 19, Brian Ashton 25, Emmet Lawless 7, Matt Treacy 23. Substitute: Cameron McCormack, Brian O’Connor, Ciaran McHugh 2, Nicol Drimal, Shane O’Leary, Shane Corcoran, Eric Redmond , Kian Auguste, Jordan Dowling, Aaron Dowling.
HT: Colaiste Choilm 27, St. Aidan’s 41
MVP: Tariq Guebali

SUBWAY® All Ireland Schools U16C Boys Cup Final
CBS Thurles 37, St. Nathy’s Ballaghadereen 23
National Basketball Arena

CBS Thurles claimed an All-Ireland title for Tipperary with a 37-23 victory over St. Nathy’s of Ballaghadereen in the SUBWAY All-Ireland U16C Boys Cup final. 

“They’re unbeaten all year but we had a very tough challenge today,” said Thurles Coach Maureen Gallagher. “It should spur things on here. All the lads here play club basketball as well so it’s a win for the clubs too.” 

Sean Mockler was the early focal point as CBS went out to an 8-1 lead midway after four minutes. Patrick O’Gorman took over with three baskets either side of the first break but St. Nathy’s hustled much better in the second quarter and hit the 10 point mark through five different scorers. 

Arthur Geronimo’s three-pointer pushed CBS further clear on the way to a 16-8 lead and it was looking like a big ask for St. Nathy’s to mount a comeback. Keelan O’Callaghan looked to cut the lead on the fast-break with long range outlet passes to players on the move. David McBrien got his angles spot on to hit a fadeaway shot from the elbow and Jamie Lunt’s swished three-pointer took a decent chunk out of the deficit. 

Sean Mockler had the perfect riposte - a no-look finish from six feet and a two-handed finish from Jorge Ruiz forced a time-out from the Roscommon bench. 

St. Nathy’s Head Coach Frances Dunne said: “We’re very disappointed. We knew we’d be up against it but we thought we could catch them out inside and the shots didn’t fall.”  

CBS Thurles: Arthur Geronimo 5, Liam Kenny 5, Patrick O’Gorman 10, Sean Mockler 12, Killian Ryan. Substitutes: Blaine Carroll 2, Jack Ryan, Victor Hemon, Jorge Ruiz, Ciaran Kirwan, Jack Hehir, Patrick Tobin.

St Nathy’s College, Ballaghadereen: David McBrien 6, David McHugh 2, Jamie Lunt 8, Rioghan Lowry, Gerard Forrest 1. Substitutes: Ciaran Guilfoyle, Chris Kennedy, Patrick O’Grady 2, Keelan O’Callaghan 4, Cian Tansey, Jack Craughwell, Adam McAllister, Joseph Waldron, Jack Freeman, Kieran Horan, Neil Dozio, Liam Coleman.
MVP: Sean Mockler
HT: CBS Thurles 16, St Nathy’s 8

SUBWAY® All Ireland Schools U19A Girls Cup Final
Ard Scoil Rathangan 69, Holy Faith Clontarf 66
National Basketball Arena

Claire Melia lit up the National Basketball Arena as Ard Scoil Rathangan claimed the SUBWAY U19A Girls All-Ireland Schools Cup with a 69-66 win over Holy Faith Clontarf. The game’s MVP scored 36 points, grabbed as many rebounds and iced the win with her 20th successful free-throw after Holy Faith leveled it from the three-point line with a minute left. 

“I thought we were up the creek after that three-pointer,” said Rathangan Coach Paddy Donovan. “It was up and down and just a case of hanging in their, but everyone knew their jobs.”

An early lead was crucial for confidence Rathangan earned it with baskets from Kelly-Anne Scully, Aine Nash and Niamh Burke. Holy Faith were right in contention once Saoirse Power Cassidy got her eye in from the three-point line. The first of her four triples reduced the gap before Sinead Byrne put Rathangan on their way to a 22-17 lead for the first quarter. 

Holy Faith Clontarf were lightning quick on the ball as they looked to stretch Rathangan in transition. On defence they were uncompromising. Deborah Sealy was raw hustle with Meave O’Seaghdha assigned to keep Melia in check. That only sent Melia to the free-throw line to eke out a 10-point lead shortly before she was double-teamed. 

Holy Faith halved the deficit by half time and took the lead for the first time in the third quarter. Mae Creane’s triple was the breakthrough with 2:30 to the break - the Irish international clenching her fists as 350 Clontarf rose to their feet.

It was Melia’s dazzling spin and hook shot that regained the lead for Rathangan and quick finishing from Scully and substitute Alanna McLoughlin  put enough on the board to sustain them through a Clontarf fight back. 

Holy Faith Clontarf Head Coach Jerome Westbrooks said: “They played well and went to their strengths. We knew we had to face up to Melia, but we had our chances. It’s disappointing.” His day had started out with victory for their U16A side. “Naturally we wanted to walk out of here with two wins, but the principle said one out of two isn’t bad.”

Holy Faith, Clontarf: Aisling Carberry, Saoirse Power-Cassidy 25, Tiffany Brockman, Maeve McDermott 2, Ciara Curran. Substitutes: Deborah Sealy, Ruth Fennell 11, Sarah Malone, Niamh Corry, Maeve O’Seaghdha 2, Alison Connolly 9, Mae Creane, Bronagh Power-Cassidy 8, Niamh Kenny, Elizabeth Black.

Ard Scoil Rathangan: Kelly-Anne Scully 14, Aine Nash 3, Claire Melia 36, Niamh Burke 1, Sinead Byrne 12. Substitutes: Alanna McLoughlin 2, Laura Dempsey, Emma Doolin, Dominika Sygnowska, May O’Brien.
MVP: Claire Melia
HT Holy Faith 33, Rathangan 37

SUBWAY® All Ireland Schools U16A Boys Cup Final
Holy Faith Clontarf 61, Scoil Chríost Rí Portlaoise 20
National Basketball Arena

Holy Faith Clontarf’s U16A Girls side proved too strong for Scoil Chríost Rí of Portlaoise at the SUBWAY All Ireland Schools Cup finals, winning 61-20 at a raucous National Basketball Arena. 

Head Coach Jerome Westbrooks said: “We said to the girls not to let the occasion get to them and go out there and have fun and that’s exactly what they did.” The former Ireland international, who turns 60 in November, was also coach of Holy Faith Clontarf’s U19 side and is still actively playing with Killester.  

The Dubliners’ quick and accurate ball movement exploited any gaps in the midlanders’ 2-1-2 zone defence and Bronagh Power Cassidy had 13 points up by half time with Meave O’Seaghdha on 10. Elizabeth Black had the handling skills to beat the press by herself and went past four players to finish to in the first quarter.

Portlaoise got their first open basket through Alice Dunne and Erone Fitzpatrick found the only chink in Holy Faith’s defensive armour with a bank shot from the top of the key. 

Holy Faith had done enough to lead 33-8 at half time but Chríost Rí tripled their own tally in the third quarter. Fitzpatrick hit a pair of threes either side of a neat euro-step from Maeve Phelan and good rebounding work from Emer Healy. 

The cushion was still enough for Westbrooks to run his bench, mindful of preserving his dual players for the U19A finale. Fitzpatrick slalomed her way to the paint for a superb basket in the third but Clontarf had the last say when substitute Aine Walsh pulled up to beat the buzzer for the final score. 

Portlaoise were returning to ‘A’ standard under Pat Critcheley. “Sometimes you have to take that kind of game on the chin,” said the basketball coach and 1985 hurling All-Star. “The main thing is that we know what the standard is like now and we can be ready for it the next time out.”

Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise: Erone Fitzpatrick 13, Maeve Phelan 4, Alice Dunne 2, Ailbe Griffin, Amy Byrne 1. Substitutes: Sophie Delahunt, Leah Dowling, Emer Healy, Maria Luttrell, Jasmin Burke, Maria Carroll, Ellen Connolly, Sarah Fleming
Holy Faith Clontarf: Bronagh Power-Cassidy 13, Niamh Kenny 7, Elizabeth Black 12, Niamh Corry, Maeve O’Seaghdha 18. Substitutes: Aine Walsh 5, Aoibhe Cunningham, Sarah Browne, Kim Clarke 2, Katie Doyle, Rebecca Dodd, Ciara Owens, Emma Crumlish, Laura Owens, Niamh Hetherton 4, Grainne Perryman
MVP: Elizabeth Black
HT: Scoil Chríost Rí 5-33 Holy Faith

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