U16 Girls Division 1
Donegal Town BC 42 Sligo All Stars 44
Our Girls hosted Sligo All Stars a week on from a 67-23 defeat in Sligo and what a performance we got from the Donegal Town side. Orla Mc Gonagle returned to the starting five having missed last week’s game and showed her worth knitting together the home defence really well. But it was the performance of Catherine Campbell that really brought the game to All Stars as she gave as good a performance as any of our players have done this season. She carried the ball well, was our main threat to the basket and pulled down some terrific rebounds while also defending really well. Katie Gillespie too is starting to show her worth to the team as she put in her best performance in the blue and yellow and gave us a great threat inside while also protecting the rim very well along with Mcgonagle. Sofia Masiri despite a few heavy fouls against her battled well to give us much needed possession and was a loss along with Sarah Donovan who were both fouled out in the last and were a huge miss going into the last few minutes. We did have a five point lead with 2 minutes left but the more experienced All Stars just did enough to get over the line despite a couple of shots to tie the game going astray for the home team. Something has to be done about home refereeing standards as surely a forty point turnaround isn't down to the ups and downs of team form, we didn't even have a training since the last game yet we were in a position to win the game with a minute left. It was by far the most aggressive basketball our girls have played in these last 2 matches with 4 players having to leave the court with injuries more consistent with rougher field sports. It's disappointing to see teams put out to play like this but fair play to our girls for standing up to the challenge and the experience of playing rough basketball will hopefully do them some good but it shouldn't be like this. Amy Carr, Sofia and Katie all played well but As i said Campbell was terrific throughout despite being targeted for some terrible aggression and deservedly gets the MVP. This is hopefully the standard now for our girls who have slipped off the pace this last month but a performance like this will really help.
Team; Catherine Campbell © 16, Natasha Prendiville, Sofia Maziri 4, Amy Carr 2, Roisin Gillespie, Sarah Donovan 2, Ava Maxwell 1, Emma Meehan 3, Katie Gillespie 10, Orla Mc Gonagle 2, Kirsty Harron. Coach Kevin Sinclair
Sligo All Stars hosted an under 10 boys blitz. Teams from Longford, Carrick, Ballina, Donegal Town and letterkenny and of course two teams from Sligo took part. A busy schedule of games commenced with Sligo black vs Donegal town and Sligo orange versus Ballina. The games were played on cross courts CT1 and CT2. In the second games Longford commenced the tournament against Carrick and Sligo black played Ballina.
There were 21 games played in the full schedule on a round-robin basis. Ultimately Longford falcons, Carrick cougars and Sligo All Stars orange came out in the group stages on top.
Sligo All Stars orange and Carrick had a free throw shoot out to determine who, in effect would play Longford falcons in the final
Sligo All Stars orange and Longford falcons played an amazing final on full court 5 v 5.
Both teams having already played six games, they battled through their tiredness and showed some great basketball skills.
The game was tied at half time and in the second half Longford edged ahead and won the game narrowly.
A big thank you to:
the travelling teams, their coaches and parents.
To our own wonderful parents for making an abundance of food.
To our coaches, referees Daniel Walsh and Stephen Carty, table official/scorekeeper Luke McTernan.
Our Catering Department:
Our First Aid man, Tommy McNamara and last but by no means least our Photographer James Lineen, who captured the atmosphere of another wonderful day in the Mercy....
Until next time....