On Tuesday last, the ninth of January, our senior basketball panel took on St. Benildus College, Stillorgan in a preliminary qualifier for the All-Ireland League play-offs. The match was delicately balanced during the first and second quarters but Thurles began to pull away from their opponents in the second half thanks to some excellent scores from Sean Mockler, Adam Derby, Jonathon Ely, Liam Kenny and Patrick O Gorman. In the end, a 42 to 34 point victory ensured that the CBS progressed to the league play-offs which will be held in St. Oliver’s Community School, Drogheda on the 21st of January. On that day the panel will play three matches: their opposition hailing from St. Oliver’s, St. Columb’s of Derry and Carrick-on-Shannon. We wish them the best of luck.
This year’s Harty Cup campaign came to a disappointing end last Wednesday when the panel, despite a committed and valiant challenge, was defeated by Midleton CBS by a single point in the competition quarter-final which was played in Clonmel. Thurles trailed by a point at half-time ( 0-10, 1-6) and having fallen behind by three, gamely reduced the margin to one point as they finished the second half strongly. Alas, they could not get the score they needed to tie or win the game and eventually lost out on a scoreline of 15 points to 1-11. It is always disappointing to lose by such a narrow margin but the panel gave their all and can be proud of their efforts. The school would like to thank the players for the commitment and dedication they showed over the course of the year and would also like to thank their parents and their clubs for the help and support that they provided during the campaign. We now look forward to next year’s competition.
Our White Cup panel played a challenge match against Ard Scoil Ris last Tuesday while our Rice Cup A and B panels continued their preparations for their upcoming blitzes by taking on teams from De la Salle last Thursday