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Coach 2015-2016

Brid Leavy

Basketball Achievements

 2009-2010 Senior Dominican Tournament Winners

Senior Regional Semi-Finalists - Div B

Cadet Regional Semi-Finalists - Div B

1st Year Regional Runners Up - Div B
2008-2009 Cadet Regional Winners - Div B

Cadet All Ireland Quater Finalists - Div B 

Senior Dominican Tournament Runners Up
2007-2008 Senior Regional Winners - Div C

Senior All Ireland Quater Finalists - Div C 

Second Year Regional Winners - Div C 

Second Year All Ireland Runners Up - Div C 

Basketball Season ‘09/10 Review

Seniors

The team consisted of  Katie O’ Sullivan ©, Aoife Bergin, Rebecca O’ Sullivan, Melissa Lyons, Aoife Keane, Emma-Jane Vaughn, Clara Berney, Laura Murphy, Amy Walsh and Heather Meagher (injured Sept-Dec).


Match 1
Hard luck to the Senior Girls Basketball team who unfortunately lost to SHS Tullamore on Tuesday the 3rd of November. It was their first match to play this year. The Newbridge girls got off to a poor start which the other team took advantage of and led at the end of the quarter 21- 5. In the next quarter the girls became more focused and realised that they were not playing as well as they were able. They began to settle into the game and their defence really helped to keep the Tullamore Girls out and help them to catch up. However in offence, the lack of movement off the ball resulted in a lack of scoring which did not help their chances. After half time, Newbridge really picked themselves up and finally began to move on and off the ball creating great scoring opportunities most of which were successful. In defence, all of the girls worked very hard to keep out the opposition and great rebounding and intercepting meant that the girls were catching up on the Tullamore girls. Despite great team work in the last quarter the girls were unable to end the game in a win. They fell short by just 5 points at the end of the last quarter after running out of time. The final score was 31-26 to SHS Tullamore. It was a great performance by the team as a whole and the girls have great potential. They hope to play the way they did in the 2nd half of the game in their next match.


Match 2
Well done to the Newbridge College Senior girls Basketball team who beat St. Joseph’s of Rochfordbridge in their 2nd game of the season. As the 1st quarter got underway, the girls knew that they were in for a tough game. Katie O'Sullivan kept the ball moving on offence and created great scoring chances for the team. Unfortunately the girls from Rochfordbridge were stronger under the boards and usually ended up with the rebounds. On a few occasions however, Amy Walsh was able to catch a few rebounds allowing the girls to end the quarter with the lead. During the 2nd quarter the girls continued to play well. Aoife Bergin and Emma-Jane Vaughan had a few fast breaks thanks to important intercepting by Clara Berney who also drove to the basket on a number of occasions. After half time the girls were playing really well but were not able to put the ball in the basket. After a great rebound by Laura Murphy, Melissa Lyons was able to score a shot from outside the key giving Newbridge a 2 point lead. In the last quarter it was still neck and neck but Rebecca and Katie O' Sullivan were able to get through the defence to score vital inside shots. Fouling committed by the other team meant that the girls were on the free throw line a number of times which contributed to the well deserved 29-26 win.


Match 3           The Regional Semi-Final
Hard luck to the senior girl’s basketball team who unfortunately lost their semi-final against The Ursuline Convent in Thurles. It was a tough game and the girls played to the best of their ability. During the first quarter, the girls played great defence but Thurles were able to score a few baskets from outside the key giving them the advantage. On offence, Katie O’Sullivan drove to the basket a number of times adding to Newbridge’s score line. The second and third quarters were much the same. Great rebounding by Melissa Lyons, Rebecca O’Sullivan and Laura Murphy helped the girls greatly and fast breaks run by Clara Berney and Aoife Bergin allowed us to keep up with Thurles although they were a few baskets ahead. In the last quarter the girls switched from zone defence to man-to-man defence and put a full court press on Thurles when they in-bounded the ball. This put them under great pressure and a few interceptions by Emma-Jane Vaughan and Aoife Keane allowed for a few quick baskets and allowed us to narrow the 16 point lead that Thurles had to just 4 points. Unfortunately the girls missed a few easy scoring opportunities which would have granted them the lead and would have meant that they would have been through to the regional final. The game ended 35-31 to Thurles.
The Dominican Tournament
Although the season ended in December for the Seniors they stayed in training because they wanted to compete in the Dominican Tournament, an annual event which takes place in March.  They travelled to Portstewart last Thursday 18th March.  Two years ago they reached the Semi-Finals, last year they were beaten in the Final so this year a very focused and determined team travelled.  It was a round robin competition.  They played and defeated Muckross, Sutton, Wicklow, Griffith Ave. and Cabra.  They then had to play Griffith Ave in the Final.  The girls  had just beaten them earlier by one point so they were very serious about playing them again. They played with fantastic skill, commitment, teamwork and passion.  Newbridge College is very proud of you girls. 
The team is Katie & Rebecca O'Sullivan, Laura Murphy, Aoife Bergin, Emma Jane Vaughn, Amy Walsh, Heather Meagher and Clara Berney.

Report by Aoife Keane TY

The Dominican Tournament
Although the season ended in December for the Seniors they stayed in training because they wanted to compete in the Dominican Tournament, an annual event which takes place in March.  They travelled to Portstewart  Thursday 18th March.  Two years ago they reached the Semi-Finals, last year they were beaten in the Final so this year a very focused and determined team travelled.  It was a round robin competition.  They played and defeated Muckross, Sutton, Wicklow, Griffith Ave. and Cabra.  They then had to play Griffith Ave in the Final.  The girls  had just beaten them earlier by one point so they were very serious about playing them again. They played with fantastic skill, commitment, teamwork and passion.  Newbridge College is very proud of you girls. 


Cadets

The team consisted of  Emma-Jane Vaughn ©, Clara Berney, Amy Downes, Claire Fox, Dimola Oke, Holly Hannigan, Melanie Walsh, Jacqui O’ Shea and Emily Farrell.

Match 1
The Newbridge College Cadet Girl’s Basketball team had their first match of the season on Tuesday the 3rd of November against SHS Tullamore. The game was slow to start and at the end of the first quarter the score was 8-6 to Newbridge. It looked like it was going to be a hard game for both teams. As the 2nd quarter got underway, the Newbridge girls improved their game and began working together. Great offence by the girls and a few fast breaks by Clara Berney and Emma Vaughan increased their score while their solid defence resulted in a 20-6 score to Newbridge at the end of the 2nd quarter. In the 3rd quarter the girls were unlucky in a few of their shots from outside the key but great rebounding by Claire Fox and Melanie Walsh ensured that the lead was kept. In defence, the team forced a number of turnovers thanks to great rebounding by Dimola Oke  the score at the end of the 3rd Quarter was 32-8 to Newbridge. The girls continued to play great during the last quarter and after an impressive check by Amy Downes, the girls went on to better their score ending the match on 46-12. It was a great performance by the whole team and a well deserved win. Hopefully the girls will continue to play at the same standard throughout the season.

Match 2
The Newbridge College Cadet Girl’s Basketball team travelled to Rochfordbridge, Westmeath on Thursday 12th Nov  to play their second game. The girls got off to a great start, scoring from the moment the game started. After great interceptions by Clara Berney, drives to the basket by Emma-Jane Vaughan, and a nice outside shot by Claire Fox, the girls were well on their way to victory. Their solid defence allowed St. Joseph’s to score only one basket in the first quarter ending it on a score line of 25-2 to the Newbridge girls. The 2nd quarter continued as the first had, thanks to great offensive and defensive rebounding by Damola Oke and Amy Downes who were able to score after a few of these rebounds. Unfortunately, towards the end of this quarter the girls made a few bad passes resulting in a few baskets for the opposition. After half time, the Newbridge girls kept the ball moving on offence and clever passing by Holly Hannigan and Jacqui O’Shea allowed the team to increase their lead to 33-10. The last quarter was much the same as the last 3, with all the girls playing extremely well. Melanie Walsh was important for the team on defence and the game ended with another victory for the Cadets. Newbridge College 43, St. Joseph’s Rochfortbridge 16.

Match 3
This game took place in Wilson’s Hospital, Mullingar on 30th Nov.  Once again the team got off to a great start.  They took the lead and never lost it.  Great baskets were scored by Claire, Amy, Clara, Emma-Jane and Dimola. The entire team defended really well and the opposition found it difficult to score.  It was a great display of teamwork and the girls were looking forward to their next game.  Final result was NC 42 -WH 18.

Match 4           The Regional Semi-Final
This game took place on 11th Dec at home against  the Ursulines, Thurles.  Unfortunately this was not to be our day.  On the morning of the game two players phoned in sick.  Many thanks to  Emily Farrell who played on the squad for the first time. It is always difficult to play when the squad has only 6 players but as expected the girls gave it their best effort. It was an exhausting game for the girls and although everyone deserves praise for their contribution Clara Berney must be singled out for her amazing efforts both in offence and defence.  The final score was NC 29 – UT 34.

First Years

Well done to the first year team who had three straight wins beating  Rochfordbridge, Tullamore and St Leo’s Carlow. They went on to the Regional Finals on Mar 16th in the Pres Thurles. Unfortunately they were defeated by an amazing Ursuline team who should go on to win the All-Irelands. 
Our team consisted of Aisling Lawler ©, Rachel Hovenden-Keane, Nicola Dowling, Aoife O’Neill, Megan Flanagan, Rebecca Scully, Eleanor Young, Niamh Leahy, Emma-Jane Grant, Aoife Buckley, Jill Brown and Maria O’Shaughnessy.
 Thanks to Aoife Bergin who has worked with the team since September.

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