Community College Wins Three-In-A-Row South West Basketball Championships

Castleisland Community College first year girls and management team, winners of the South West Schools Minor Basketball Championship. Front from left: Yvonne Rice, team manager; Abbie O’Donoghue, Ella Flynn, Isabel Walmsley, captain; Annie Mitchell and Kayla Roche. Middle row from left: Katie Burke, Leah Kelly, Chloe Clifford, Jessica O’Sullivan, Anna McCarthy, Rachel O’Donoghue and Kelsey Brosnan Molloy. Back row: Principal Teresa Lonergan, Molly O’Regan, Kate O’Neill, Katie Mangan, Sinéad Galvin, Danielle Sheahan and Denny Porter, coach.
Castleisland Community College second year boys team and management. Seated from left: Ógie O’Leary-Griffin, Tadhg McCarthy, Jamie Nolan, joint captain and Most Valued Player; Jakub Surzyn, joint captain and Darragh O’Sullivan. Middle row from left: Joao Doutor, Alex Rocha, Charlie Brosnan, Eoghan Brosnan and TJ Crowley. Back row: Máire Mc Loughlin, coach and career guidance teacher; Teresa Lonergan, principal; Gearóid Joy, Aaron Mc Carthy, Dean O Donoghue, Conor Ryan, Joey Kelly, Maurice Casey, assistant coach.

Castleisland Community College celebrated the fantastic basketball results with its first and second year basketball teams. 

The first year girls team is coached by Denny Porter and managed by Yvonne Rice. They won the Minor South West Schools Basketball Championship.

The first and second year boys teams, coached by Maurice Casey and Máire McLoughlin, won both the minor and junior South West Schools Basketball Championships.

All-Ireland Stages Later

All three teams will now go forward to the All Ireland play-off stages later this month.

The second year girls, despite not winning, also qualified for the All Ireland playoffs. They came third last year in the All Ireland A division minor championship last year. The second year boys are the reigning All Ireland A division minor champions, having won the All Ireland last year.

Principal Teresa Lonergan said that there is a huge commitment to basketball in the school by both students, their coaches and managers.

“It’s fantastic for them all to be rewarded with these amazing results and hopefully more wins are on the way later this month in the All Ireland a division playoffs,” she said.

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