Basketball Season 2016-2017

1st Years

The first years enjoyed a very successful season this year. At the start of the school year the Bower welcomed a new first year basketball team. For many of the players, this was their first time to play basketball competitively. They put in a lot of hard work and dedication in their training sessions to prepare themselves for the season to begin. After the Christmas holidays, the first year season kicked off. The girls had super wins over Pres Thurles, Naas, Portlaoise and Rathangan. They finished in first place when the league games were over. Next up for the girls was their regional semi-final. The thrilling game took place in the Bower gym against Pres Kilkenny. The girls came out victorious by 1 point. The girls had now advanced to the regional final. This game was played in Waterford on the 22nd of March. The team played brilliantly, but unfortunately were beaten by a strong Mercy Waterford team. However, it is not over yet for the girls. They have made it to the 1st year All- Ireland Playoffs. Congratulations girls and best of luck in the All-Irelands!

 2nd Years

After a very successful first year season last year, the present second years knew it was a big step up to second year basketball.  They lost to a very strong Naas side at the start of the year. They also lost to a very good Portlaoise and Clonaslee sides. They enjoyed a great victory against Rathangan, and unfortunately lost out to Naas by a point on the buzzer in an exciting game of basketball. The team is continuing to train hard to prepare themselves for their cadet season which will begin next year.

Cadets

The Bower Cadet team had a tough season this year. It took the team awhile to get used to each other and to learn how each individual person plays, as from the previous year players have moved up onto the talented senior team and second years moved up onto the Cadet team, a new challenging experience for the young players.

The team trained twice week with the dedication of their coach Des Reilly. With four extremely tough opposing teams in their league, the girls came out with one win at the end of the season against Rathangan. The girls were unlucky this year but the efforts from both players and coach will not go unnoticed.

Some of the girls on the Cadet team will be moving onto the senior team come September of the new school year and we are all sure the girls will accept the challenge of playing on the senior team and will do that to the best of their ability. We wish our third year players the best of luck in their Junior Cert exams.

Seniors

The senior basketball squad had an eventful season this year. It began optimistically on the 13th of October 2016 when they claimed victory against Pres Thurles, with a final score of 40-28. The Bower girls controlled their second game of the season versus Clonaslee and with good passes and shots they kept the lead. The final score was 47-39. The girls went into their midterm break undefeated. Unfortunately, they lost their winning streak when they took on the strong sides of Naas, Portlaoise and Rathangan. However, the team was not discouraged by their losses. Even as the season came to an end, they continued to tirelessly train every Monday and Thursday.

We would like to take the opportunity to wish fellow teammates Aisling Benson, Aobh Nic Ghiolla Phadraig and Edel Ryan the best of luck in their Leaving Cert exams and in the future. We would like to thank them for their dedication to Bower basketball over the last six years.

A sincere thank you to our coach Des Reilly for all his hard work throughout the season.

By Alanna Nic Ghiolla Phadraig, Rebecca Armstrong, Grace Halligan.

 

Basketball Shield for Outstanding Players:

  • 2017 Aobh Nic Ghiolla Phadraig
  • 2016 Niamh Brady
  • 2015 Shauna Kilroy
  • 2014 Aoife Ryan
  • 2013 Annette Benson & Emma Fagan
  • 2012 Katie Rock
  • 2011 Alison Fagan