Pres Girls Triumph Over Old Adversaries in All Ireland U-16 Quarter Final

Presentation Castleisland U-16 All Ireland schools quarter final winners over Scoil Chríost Rí from Portlaoise in Castleisland on Monday. Front from left: Emily O’Donoghue, Seána Wilkinson, Ellie Mai Walsh and Colene O’Callaghan. Back from left: Charlie O’Keeffe, Hazel Bourke, Muireann Walsh, Aoife Roche, Aoibhinn Broderick and Aoife O’Leary.

The Presentation Castleisland U-16 basketball team hosted the mighty Scoil Chríost Rí from Portlaoise on Monday.

There’s a lot of history between the two schools, having met many times over the years in the late stages of national competitions.

Home team and management knew this was going to be a hard fought contest.

The game started quite cagey, but the Pres girls went in at the end of the first quarter leading by just a point.

Stretching the Lead

The second quarter was a different story however, as the home side really started to stretch the lead and exert its


Scoil Chríost Rí never gave up and impressed with long range shooting throughout the game.

They really tested their hosts and forced them to adapt throughout.

In the end, a mix of dominance on the boards, coupled with impressive long range shooting proved too much for the visitors.

Brilliant Performances

It is hard to single out individual players for their performances on the day, considering everyone who took the court was brilliant.

However to name but a few: Seána Wilkinson impressed throughout the game and top scored with 17 points.

Semi-Finals Await

Muireann Walsh and Charlie O’Keeffe were unmatched in the post, and Emily O’Donoghue was on a roll from long range.

Now it’s onto the All-Ireland semi finals where the girls from ‘The Pres’ will go to battle once more for the honour of their school and community.

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