Glór na Mara rise in the Basketball World!April 3, 2019 ADMIN 0
Coláiste Ghlór na Mara will compete in two Dublin Basketball Finals in the coming week. Coláiste Ghlór na Mara were eager to put in place a strong basketball programme in the school, and with an eye on the future, the school set to work hard with all interested students. The aim was to instil the fundamentals of the game and foster a passion for the sport whilst teaching the students self discipline and team work in all they do.
However, Glór na Mara are hoping for an early harvest as the hard work and dedication of both management and players have seen the school break into two finals after featuring in three semi finals this year. This in itself is a huge achievement for a school still in its infancy and relatively new to the basketball world.
The Oblate Arena, Inchicore will play host to an enticing 2nd Year Girls Dublin final between Coláiste Ghlór na Mara and Lucan Community College on Wednesday, the 3rd of April. The week will then culminate with the hotly anticipated clash between Coláiste Ghlór na Mara and Kishoge Community College in the first year final.
The tactics and technical ability were evident for all to see in both semi final victories with fine defensive displays by both teams, with Rónán Mac an tSaoir and Emmett Ó Broin particularly dominant in the First Year boys clash.
Glór na Mara’s guard, Kate Nic Chionnaith, delivered an 8-point masterclass in their game agaist St. Tiernan’s C.S. to help secure a place in the final, on a scoreline of 30-17. Kate is no amateur when it comes to interception and speed, as she has learned to transfer her defensive ability from the GAA pitch to the court, alongside fellow guard Kelli Ní Chárthaigh. Kelli’s hustle and determination is second to none, with an average of 8 points per game. With both guards on 3 fouls in the 1st quarter, it was time for Captain Holly Píc to step up to the mark. From beautiful assists to an effortless calming effect, Holly helped to lead Glór na Mara to victory. The Glór na Mara girls, who were driven on by memories of a painful semi final exit last year, fought for every ball, with Katie Nic Oirc dominating the boards.
Not to be out shone, the first year boys picked up where their female counterparts left off and defeated a strong Coláiste Chraobh Abhann side last week, on a scoreline of 21-10, with impressive performances from all. Captain Charlie Ó Móráin demonstrated a beautiful outside shot, whilst Rónán Mac an tSaoir and Daniel Ó Maonaigh wreaked havoc in defense.
A mixture of individual skill and team unity has given the boys and girls of Coláiste Ghlór na Mara a shot at glory which is something the school is immensely proud of whatever the outcome. Any supporters who are free this Wednesday or Friday, please come lend your voices to support these incredible young athletes.
Go n-éirí go geal libh, a chairde!