Monthly Archives: June 2011
Desmond College girls basketball team finished the season on a high with a flurry of fixtures and victories.
The first year team found new talent in players such as Courtney O’Kelly, Kiara Carroll, Stephanie Sheehan, Hayley Costello and Katie Barrett. In particular the team had an outstanding win against St. Enda’s with a score of 26-2.
The second year squad’s experience included a good win over St. Enda’s. The team also beat Croom in the plate semi-final with a narrow but deserved 16-14 win.
The team was anchored by an excellent ball-carriers in Deborah Murphy, Suan Murphy and Courtney Singh and outstanding defense with players Shannon White, Shannon O’Doherty, Vanessa Dowling, Lorraine Enright, Sharon Barry and Shauna Tobin.
The attacking players comprising of Cassie Costello, Rebecca Long, Shauna Hough, Laoise McCarthy and Nicola O’Brien showed great determination. Unfortunately, St. Mary’s from Corbally provided too strong an opposition on the day of the final but all girls thoroughly enjoyed their experience of playing in the U.L. arena.
The Senior team comprising of our stalwarts Catriona Quaid, Sarah O’Connor, Siobhan Copse and Margaret O’Connor enjoyed their basketball season. These veterans were joined by some strong players from junior years namely Joanne Dowling, Katie Brislane, Laura Herlihy, Mairead Relihan, Laura O’Sullivan and Mary Kadima.
Losing to Askeaton in the plate semi-final was a very close match with a huge disappointment to the team but has inspired the younger players for next season.
Thank you to all girls involved for representing Desmond College and Gaelcholaiste Ui Chonba with such enthusiasm, commitment and respect for all opposition. Looking forward to next season already.
After an outstanding display of heart, skill and determination against a disappointed Hospital side in the semi-final, the girls were confident that they would perform in the final. There was no doubt about it but the girls did perform but unfortunately it was not to be.
Doon proved too strong in the end. However our girls did not give in and played their hearts out until the final whistle. We had a number of outstanding individual performances on the day but overall it was a truly inspiring team effort. They did both their school and management team (M Nash, M Corkery, M Ryan, S O Kelly and C Hennessy) very proud.
Deborah Murphy and Orlaith Condon took the Player of the Championship and Player of the Match.
Desmond College started the 2011 hurling year with an impressive win over Kelly’s of Abbeyfeale. William Hurley kept us in it in the first half with some fine scores and the full back line cleared every ball that came their way. Our half back line conceded too many frees in the first half but they put in very solid second half displays.
Our midfield duo of AJ O’Connor and Shane Brosnan had a huge work rate and ran endlessly with Daniel Copse impressively scoring many points. All our forwards either slotted up a score or had a huge part to play in the scoring of our goals and points, to close out a solid win.
The ever skilful Mossie Shine was Man of the Match. The final score 2-8 to 0-9.
We met a very strong Newport side in the next round with Captain Mossie Shine and all the U16 backs playing out of their skin. If we hadn’t given away so many frees and if we had a bit of luck we could have won this one. We battled in the second half and scored 1-3 in the last five minutes of play.
In the end we were unlucky not to have been awarded two or more goals and the result was a disappointing loss for us 2-05 to 4-03.
Our panel were:
William Hurley, Steven Brosnan, Conor Barry, Andy Brouder, Peter Shanahan, Mossie Shine, Darragh O’Donovan, Shane Brosnan, AJ O’Connor, Cian Larkin, Eoin Hurley, Mikey Sexton, David Walsh, Mark Danaher, Kieran Herlihy, Daniel Copse, Brian Hurley.
Mr. Carey and Mr. Nash.
This year’s group of hurlers were competitive, winning a Blitz in Rathkeale.
There are many very skilful players emerging from our new first years. They are mixing well with our second years to give expectations of a successful U16 team next year and a positive platform for success into the future.
All Star Training Session
All Star Hurler and Cork legend Seán Óg O’hAilpin delighted our future aspiring sports stars with a coaching session on new turf.
They enjoyed the drills and fresh take on developing and polishing their basic hurling and camogie skills.