Donegal Town BC U14 complete Div 2 double.
U14 Boys Division 2 Cup Final
Venue; LYIT College
Blaze 27 Donegal Town BC 56
Our U14 Div 2 Squad completed the double on Saturday, lifting the League Cup, adding to the League title won last month. Playing against a good Letterkenny Blaze team who worked hard, through the impressive Gabriel Gallagher and Ronan Barron, in the first two quarters to keep the game close. DTBC were playing well also contributing to a competitive game, but too many missed lay-ups didn’t help their cause. This was remedied in the second half through a calm half-time team-talk from Head Coach Paul McHugh, encouraging the players to use their skills and technical ability to good effect and he kept repeating one phrase; “enjoy the game”.
The second and third quarters saw the DTBC team play some serious defence led by Theo Colhoun and James Connolly and eagerly supported by Cormac Carr, Eoghan McPartland, Joseph Jordan, Joseph Woods and Matthew McInern. Fast break was also used to good effect with Jordan, McPartland, Cillian Sweeney and Morgan Cassidy finishing well. Niall Feeney, Darragh Griffin, Oisin Doherty and Dillon McGroary demonstrated good shooting form, completing a good offensive display. Mc Partland for DTBC and Gallagher for Blaze traded good scores with DTBC come out eventual winners of a very skilful and sporting game.
A point that must be made is the effective coaching being done at U8, U10 &U12 level co-ordinated by hard working DTBC Coaching Officer Kevin Sinclair, which is bearing fruit at the higher age groups and is evident through the both U14 boys squads winning both of their respective leagues and other squads being successful also. After the game the boys stayed on to watch the LYIT Donegal National League match, which included Coach McHugh in a playing capacity, where he didn’t disappoint in what was a very exciting game.
Donegal Town BC
Eoghan McPartland (16), Cormac Carr (4), Niall Feeney (6), Joseph Jordan (8), Oisin Doherty (4), James Connolly (2), Cillian Sweeney (4) Dillon McGroary (1), Matthew McInern (4), Darragh Griffin (4), Joseph Woods (2) Theo Colhoun (1) Morgan Cassidy (2). Head Coach Paul McHugh, Assistant- Coach Paddy Muldoon.
U16 Boys Semi finals
Venue Colaiste Cholmcille
Ballyshannon 88ers 53 - Donegal Town BC 44.
Donegal got off to a shaky start against the Ballyshannon 88ers, trailing in the first quarter 19 to 4. After some change in tactics, Donegal started to show some promise, but it would be an uphill battle to catch up. Leo McGowan took the charge in the 2nd quarter with a fantastic 3 point play. Diarmuid O Donnell and Niall Prenderville also played brilliantly, being confident taking the ball to the hoop and getting the tough scores against a physically strong Ballyshannon team. Ben McNeely also got a few nice scores with his signature turn around bank shots. Donegal were starting to threaten Ballyshannon's comfortable lead. 31 - 18 at the half.
The DTBC boys never lost hope and never stopped trying - they came out on fire in the third quarter (). Jake Graham put in an all-star performance on the boards at both ends of the floor. He was a dominant force on the floor, cleaning up any missed shots. Diarmuid did what he does best - driving strong to the hoop and scoring in traffic - which helped bring Donegal within 11 points by the end of the third.
The Donegal guards all deserve a mention for the effort they put in on defence and on the 4th quarter press - Niall Prenderville, Ethan Kenny, Jack Kenny, Tawan Sanlarat and Leo McGowan. They forced turnovers, threw their bodies on the line, fought for every loose ball, and got the Ballyshannon side into foul trouble, giving Donegal loads of free throw opportunities. Daniel Quinn found his scoring rhythm here when we needed him most. Brian Bonner kept a tight eye on defence in the closing stages, denying any easy inside scores for Ballyshannon. Donegal punished Ballyshannon's mistakes, and took the game to 48-44 in the 4th quarter. However, this game wasn't meant to be. Ballyshannon had the edge on us at the end of the day, and took home the hard earned win.
The Donegal boys left everything on the court in Ballyshannon and gave their blood, sweat and tears for this game. The effort they gave would make any Donegalian proud! It was a great season for the U16s, with many young players stepping up to the plate and taking on leadership roles. No doubt we will see big things from this young, ever-improving squad of players!
Donnegal Town BC: Diarmuid O Donnell (C) (21), Daniel Quinn (8), Ben McNeely (4), Niall Prenderville (5), Tawan Sanlarat, Leo McGowan (4), Ethan Kenny, Brian Bonner, Jake Graham (2), Jack Kenny. Coach Edward Begley
U16 Girls Semi Finals
Venue; Colaiste Cholmcille
Ballyshannon 88ers 32 Donegal Town BC 18
OUr u16 Girls went into this semi final after preparing well and raring to go. But this game would be a hard lesson for our girls as they didnt get going and went out to a well drilled Ballyshannon side. A low scoring game from the off which saw both defenses on top with baskets hard to come by for both sides. But it was the home side who found a way and they kept edging ahead with little or no reply in the way of scores from DTBC. Playing against a very good zone DTBC just werent prepared for what 88ers threw at them and as coach id take responsablity for this. Emma Meehan played really well for DTBC along with good performances from Sofia Maziri and Catherine Campbell but we never got going the way we would have liked. That's Sport and hopefully our girls will take the lessons form this and move forward. As for Ballyshannon Bejni and Orla have been a breath of fresh air with their team this year as they have fun but play hard are easy to deal with and just want the best for their girls. Best of luck to them in the Aicc's as they went and shocked All stars to take their place in the Super cup Final. As for our girls we still have a few games and a tournament left to play. As their coach i have to say that their effort and comitment to the club and their team this year has been fantastic and despite no silverware the club is in good hands at this level with such a great bunch of girls. Thanks for all your effort girls.
Donegal Town BC:
Catherine Campbell (C), Ella Mc Kinney, Shauna Doherty, Natasha Prendiville, Sofia Maziri, Amy Carr, Roisin Gillespie, Sarah Donovan, Ava Maxwell, Emma Meehan, Katie Gillespie, Orla Mc Gonagle. Coaches Kevin Sinclair & Sofie Carr