Coláiste Muire Máthair

Basketball 2022-23

Basketball

Our Basketball season 2022-23 is in full swing with many teams, both boys and girls involved in regular action. Our canteen boss Colette Cawley are our main sponsors and Collette's support has been invaluable in helping us to get our identity as CMMG basketballers.

BOYS BASKETBALL

All-Ireland Champions

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There was huge excitement as Coláiste Muire Máthair captured their first ever National title and were crowned Pinergy U16B All-Ireland Schools Cup Basketball Champions after a dominant display against Coláiste Pobail Bheannntraí saw them winning the contest on a 59-51 scoreline. MVP was Moycullen Basketball Club’s Colm Davoren who was making the three-point shots go down for fun when it mattered, especially, in the third quarter, ending up on a 21-point tally. It was a keenly contested start to the game with both teams exchanging scores through the likes of Marco Radevic and Bantry’s Jack Phillips.

Early on it was Phillips’s steal in defence that set up his impressive 18-point scoring teammate Charlie Curran for a quick break and score to give them a lead in the middle of the first. However, that served as a catalyst for Coláiste Muire Máthair who then took control for the remainder of the quarter, and indeed it would be the only time they were behind in the game.

An eleven-point lead at half time bode well for the Galway school, but it was in the third quarter that they laid their mark on the match. Colm Davoren was on fire for the Galway outfit here, scoring two rapid baskets from the three-point arc to put clear daylight between the sides. By the time the buzzer sounded the lead had stretched to 16 and the Galway school were beginning to relax a bit.

To their credit, Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí kept plugging away, and a three-point effort from Jack Phillips went down late in the fourth to reignite comeback hopes at 41-50 down with three minutes to go. This was soon pegged back to 5 points and there was an evident nervousness from the CMM camp. Fortunately, a timely time-out called by the Galway-Mayo axis coaching team of De Paor and Murphy settled the nerves, and soon after this a clutch Nathan Gbinigie block with a minute on the clock highlighted his efforts throughout the game on defence, and from this CMM broke down the court to re-establish the seven-point lead.

At this stage it was exciting end-to-end stuff and Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí kept up their efforts to bridge the gap, but it was not to be for the Cork school as Coláiste Muire Máthair held out strongly, bolstered by two excellent baskets from Marko Radevic, to finish the game as champions before captain Colm Davoren hoisted the Pinergy U16B All-Ireland Schools Cup.

Quarter Scores:

Q1: 7-10 Q2: 16-27 Q3: 27-43 Q4: 51-59

Top scorers:

Coláiste Pobail Bheanntraí: Charlie Curran 18, Jack Phillips 15

Coláiste Muire Máthair: Colm Davoran 21, Nathan Gbinigie 12, Marco Radevic 10

Coláiste Muire Máthair: Colm Davoran, Marco Radevic, Nathan Gbinigie, Ethan Shaughnessy Harte, Joe Sullivan, Michal Sieradzan, Jakub Tadrynski, Jean Harlemovs, Daniel Ofili, Nara Coll, Noah Munguma Webb, Daniel Assogba

Coach: Sean Óg De Paor

Asst Coach: Michael Murphy

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Our Senior and U-16 Boy's teams, under the watchful eye of coaches Seán Og De Paor and Michael Murphy have been peerless so far. They have qualified for the Western Region League finals and following victory over Sligo Grammar (64-37) and St. Mary's CBS Belfast (83-41) will now face Moyle Park College in the All-Ireland Schools Cup semi-final in December. Meanwhile, our U-16 team face up to St. Benildus College Dublin in their Schools Cup Quarter Final.

Both our senior and U-16 teams were successful in wining their respective Western league divisions, with both overcoming St. Flannan's College Ennis in the finals. Well done to both.

Pictured are team captains Evan Fox and Colm Davoren receiving their cups


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Following a titanic tussle at the National Basketball arena our U-19 team narrowly lost out to Moyle Park Clondalkin in the National Cup semi-final. Having conceded 26 points in a very sluggish opening quarter we were unable to bridge the gap. However, we fought back brilliantly and with less than a minute on the clock led by a single point. However, a final missed effort to seal the victory proved costly, as Moyle Park manouevred two free throws which they promptly dispatched just as the final seconds ticked down. It was a heartbreaking 52-51 defeat, and definitely one we left behind us.

However, the U-16s showed no such concerns as they readily defeated St. Mary's CBS Belfast to progress to the All-Ireland Final in January.

GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Rowena Kelly and Colin McCaul have been working with the girls basketball and have been making some great progress with many girls who are only just learning their sport. They have been very active and enthusiastic and their season highlight was a victory over Taylor's Hill, the first ever for a CMMG girls basketball team. they will no doubt continue to improve. and the future looks bright going forward.winning U19 team v Taylor's.jpg

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