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Gormanston Camp July
Mar 24, 2011, 4:28 pm

Gormanston Camp July

10th to July 15th 2011 - 1 Week Only!

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Basketball Ireland’s Number One Summer Basketball Camp, Gormanston, is back for one week only!

Please note that interest has been extremely high to date and is expected to be fully booked before long

Secure your place by completing the attached application form including a deposit of €100

For full details please visit the following link:  http://www.basketballireland.ie/coaching/content.jsp?newsid=74

Should you have any further queries, please contact the Basketball Ireland office at Tel: 01 4590211

 

 

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VINCENTS HOLD OUT TO SECURE WIN
Mar 24, 2011, 4:18 pm

St Vincent’s of Cork ran out impressive winners over Mercy Mounthawk. In a game which they controlled from the beginning, Vincent’s saw off ,the challenge of a gallant Mercy side, who just failed to take the title after a barely believable comeback in the final quarter.

For Vincent’s, it is a second title of the season, having secured the U-16 crown at cup level earlier this year. MVP Megan O’Leary was instrumental in securing victory for her side with a fourteen point game, but was run a close second by Mercy’s Clare Brennan, who almost dragged her side to victory in the final stages.

Vincent’s began brightly, opening up an early 5-2 advantage. A huge three pointer from Olivia Dupuy helped Vincent’s further extent the lead. Mercy were struggling to cope with the intensity of the Vincent’s defensive effort, and needed to improve dramatically in offense if they were to reign in Vincent’s 12-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

To their credit Laura Rogers and Deirdre O’Shea were fashioning opportunities for Mercy. The Kerry side improved their offense considerably in the second quarter, but the Vincent’s axis of Megan O’Leary, Olivia Dupuy and Edel Thornton was wreaking havoc on in the Mercy defence. Dupuy’s nonchalant shooting from range was superb, and her all-action first half display was the key factor in Vincent’s taking an impressive 24-14 lead to half time. Mercy will have been heartened by the manner in which they improved, but needed to be more clinical in the second half if they were to regain parity.

The outset of the second half was a more even affair, with both sides trading scores early on. Megan O‘Leary and Edel Thornton both scored in quick succession as Vincent’s began to exert control once again. Mercy were finding it increasingly difficult to penetrate through Vincent’s defence, and Thornton and O’Leary were punishing them with quick breaks at every available opportunity. The end of the third quarter saw Vincent’s in command with a 38-22 lead.

Clare Brennan and Deirdre O‘Shea scored for Mercy, as the Kerry side desperately sought to get into contention for one final push. Brennan was finally getting the rub of the green as her baskets began to drop, but Mercy still trailed by twelve with five minutes to play. Brennan was her team’s chief threat at this point, but time was against the Kerry side. It was a truly spirited ending from Mercy, who was within four with a minute to play. Incredibly Mercy were within one point in the final moments, and a final breakaway in the final ten seconds almost provided them with the most unlikely of victories, but it was Vincent’s who won out in the end, albeit breathing a huge sigh of relief. Mercy were understandably crestfallen at the end, but played a huge part in this superb encounter. Final score St Vincent’s Cork 42 Mercy Mounthawk 41.


Brunell Runners Up in Cork U12A Tournament
Mar 24, 2011, 4:16 pm

Brunell fought a tough final against Glanmire following an intense semi-final win over Fr. Mathews. The final score line read Brunell 49, Glanmire 59.

 


Division 1 team in search of league final spot
Mar 18, 2011, 3:59 pm

Brunell go in search of a place in the League Finals next weekend, but first they must overcome Meteors of Dublin.

The team will travel to the capital on Sunday morning for the 2pm tip-off, against the Meteor side which narrowly defeated them earlier this year.

A number of supporters are travelling up on the day, so here's wishing the girls all the best for Sunday.

Meanwhile, Kerry's Castleisland take on Dublin's Liffey Celtics in the other semi-finals, for a place in the finals next weekend in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin.

 

 

 

 


Mid-Term Camp Huge Success
Feb 24, 2011, 11:06 pm

Brunell Ladies Basketball Club hosted their second Mid-Term camp for children from the age of 5 to 14. It was an enjoyable experience for all involved including both players and coaches. See more photos in the Feb Mid-Term Camp Folder under the photo gallery.


North Pres girls reach schools' All-Ireland semi-finals
Feb 8, 2011, 12:52 pm

North Pres girls reach schools' All-Ireland semi-finals


BRUNELL'S Alison Kearney, Gemma Dowling and Grace Kelleher will aim to reach an All-Ireland schools' final on Saturday when they line out for North Pres in the semi-finals in Chirst the King.

Last weekend, the trio helped their school get to the semis showdown having qualified from the quarter-finals in Carlow. Winning two out of their three games - including Mark Ingle's Mercy Coolock team by a solitary point - the girls set up a chance to reach the play-off stages in the U16 finals.

Grace Kelleher gave a stand-out performance on the day, bagging a whopping
26 points in one game alone.

On Saturday, they face hosts Christ the King at 9.30am, before coming up against Kerry's Coláiste na Sceilge at 12.30pm, and finally Methodist SS at 3.30pm.

With coach Rachael Vanderwal and Terry Dowling at the helm, the girls are in good hands to reach the finals.

So, if you're around on Saturday, head out to Christ the King in Turner's Cross to support the girls.


Tough trip awaits Brunell against Liffey Celtics
Feb 1, 2011, 12:46 pm

TOUGH TRIP TO CAPITAL FOR BRUNELL

Sunday, February 6

Brunell V Liffey Celtics

Leixlip, 4pm

 

This Sunday Brunell's division one team will take on Liffey Celtics in Leixlip.

The Dublin side are joint top of the league table with Meteors, with just one loss this season.

Kieran O'Leary's squad will be hoping to put their shock loss to UL at home two weeks ago behind them, with the outcome of Sunday's game crucial to Brunell's chances of making the league playoffs.

Elsewhere, Meteors are at home to UL, and Brunell will be hoping the Shannonsiders will create another upset to boost their playoff chances, while Galway are at home to Thurles on Saturday.


Megan leads St Vincent's to All-Ireland Glory
Feb 1, 2011, 12:46 pm

MEGAN LEADS ST VINCEN'TS TO ALL-IRELAND GLORY

ST Vincent’s of Cork secured the U16 girls National cup title last week, with an impressive 61-41 win over Calasanctius of Galway. It was a superb performance by Vincent’s, who were led by their skipper, Brunell's Megan O'Leary.

Initially, there was nothing to distinguish between the two teams in the opening quarter, as both teams came out flying. It is not unusual for teams to be overwhelmed by the occasion in situations like this, but both teams displayed impressive focus and determination from the outset.

  O’Leary secured the score of the first quarter, with a nonchalant three from outside. The game was neck and neck at the end of the quarter with Calasanctius leading 13-12.

St Vincent’s began the second quarter in fine style, with Olivia Dupuy and O’Leary instrumental as the Cork side raced into a seven point lead. Calasanctius were struggling to keep apace, against a Vincent’s side that had found another couple of gears. Edel Thornton was a frequent thorn in the Galway side’s defence, but Sinead Considine hit an important three pointer to keep her side in sight of Vincent’s. Olivia Dupuy showed her class as the first half drew to a close with a superb three pointer, to give her side a 32-21 lead at the interval.


The second half began with Vincent’s continuing to assert their authority. Dupuy and Thornton were continuing a rampage that was completely overwhelming the Calasanctius defence. They stretched the lead to twenty points towards the end of the third. Vincent’s should be commended for the touch of class they bring to the basketball court. There play merges a diligent and focused defence, with a cohesive and fluent attack. The final quarter of this game was somewhat a foregone conclusion, and Vincent’s maintained their lead with a final score of 61-41.

Vincent’s seamless transitional play frequently outfoxed Calasanctius and their accuracy when shooting from distance was the major difference between the teams. Coach Dommie Mullins will be hugely proud of his side, although the coach himself deserves special praise for the manner in which his team performed. Megan O’Leary secured the games’ MVP award after a huge performance which saw her secure twenty two points.

 

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