All Ireland U 14 Champions
Congratulations are in order for our first year basketball team who were crowned U14 C All Ireland Schools Cup champions in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght last Wednesday. CBS Thurles picked up their first ever national title in basketball with a 40-28 win over Larkin Community College of Dublin. Larkin College took an early lead and the sides were level at half time with 14 points each however CBS Thurles put in a strong performance and were deservedly crowned the victors.
It was a superb team performance whereby each member was able to reap the rewards of the hours of hard work and effort put in to training after school and over the Easter break. The Thurles defence proved a force to be reckoned with with our guards Gavin Moriarty, Conor Fogarty, Ryan Greene, Cian McDonald and Éanna Bourke pivotal in limiting Larkin CC's offensive drives. Gavin Keegan, James Butler and Liam McDonagh were solid on defence while Chris Munroe worked tirelessly and his offensive and defensive rebounding game was immense.
Both Liam Kenny and Blaine Carroll were instrumental in controlling the game and establishing our lead. On the day of the final Jack Ryan scored 20 points and was honoured the Most Valuable Player trophy at the final buzzer.In what was a physically demanding week, the victorious team were back in action just two days later when CBS Thurles hosted Round 1 of the All Ireland C League Play Offs. Here they had a close fought game with Drimnagh Castle but emerged the winners on a scoreline of 20-17.
The second game of the day was against DLS Dundalk where a resounding scoreline of 34-3 ensured qualification for Round 2 of the All Ireland Play Offs. Playing two games in one day proved to be a difficult task but strong defensive performances from Jovi Chai, Daniel Ryan, Chris Fennelly and Neil Hennessy kept CBS Thurles in a secure position. CBS Thurles will face Dunmore CC and Carrick-on-Shannon in Round 2 of the All Ireland league playoffs.
Once again two games will be played on the day so a full squad performance will be critical and the team will be happy to welcome Seán Tunstall back from injury. We hope they will have continued success and wish them the best in their endeavours to reach the All Ireland Semi-Final.
Many thanks to third year pupils and members of the U16 panel; PJ Tunstall, Cillian O'Meara and Tómas Caffrey who have been enthusiastically helping with coaching sessions since the start of the season. Our 1st year panel includes: James Butler, Jack Ryan, Liam Kenny, Ryan Greene, Conor Fogarty, Gavin Keegan, Éanna Bourke, Daniel Ryan, Chris Munroe, Gavin Moriarty, Blaine Carroll, Liam McDonagh, Chris Fennelly, Sean Tunstall, Cian McDonald, Jovi Chai and Neil Hennessy.Coaches: Helen Horan, Anne Ely and Marianne Kennedy.
Photo:Front Row (L-R): Conor Fogarty, Gavin Moriarty, Blaine Carroll, Jack Ryan, James Butler, Chris Fennelly, Ryan Greene.Back Row (L-R) Daniel Ryan, Neil Hennessy, Gavin Keegan, Éanna Bourke, Cian McDonald, Liam Kenny, Chris Munroe, Jovi Chai.Missing from photo: Liam McDonagh, Seán Tunstall.