Ballincollig went into the final of the Under 20 Men’s Championship, at the Parochial Hall, as underdogs. Neptune are gearing up for the National Cup final in Tallaght at the end of the month and they started very fast with two 3 pointers to start the game. Ballincollig had plenty of chances but found it difficult to score and found themselves behind by 8 points mid way through the first quarter. Following nice passing play and baskets from Patrick McSweeney and David Finn, Ballincollig finished the first quarter strong, only a point down, 15-16. The second quarter was fast flowing with great scoring from Conor O’Sullivan, Adam Heaphy and Sean Jenkins, for Neptune. However, Ballincollig played some great defence and following plenty of smooth offensive passing, Ballincollig went into half time, 7 points ahead. It was excellent shooting from Daire O’Sullivan with back to back three pointers, and great inside play from Patrick McSweeney. Dylan Corkery hit 2 threes helping Ballincollig to a confident halftime interval. Inevitably, Neptune came out strong in the 3rd quarter and Conor O’Sullivan scored a three pointer to start and to finish the quarter. Ballincollig stayed in the high pressure, man to man defence and made some excellent stops but ended going into the last quarter only 1 point ahead. A close last quarter was in store and it did not disappoint! Neptune went ahead and were 4 up with four minutes to play. Led by captain Elliot Asemota, Ballincollig stepped up the defence another level and made a number of stops. Dylan Corkery scored back to back threes and excellent inside play from Patrick McSweeney brought another 6 points. 2 excellent baseline drives from Alex Chandler brought another 4 points at a crucial time to go 4 points up. With the game going to the wire, Ballincollig were 3 up with 28 secs to go. Following free throws from Dylan Corkery and Elliot Asemota to finish off the game, Ballincollig ended the game 8 points ahead. Celebrations began to be followed by the presentations. Dylan Corkery ended the game as top scorer on 24, followed by Patrick McSweeney on 18, for Ballincollig. It was a tremendous Team display with the bench contributing well to the scoring and on the defensive end. Man to man pressure for the full game takes a lot of fitness and concentration and great attitude shown by the whole squad.
Our U13 boys continued their unbeaten run when they overcame Neptune in the Championship final on Saturday afternoon in Gurranabraher. From the tip off Ballincollig gained control and held a comfortable lead by half time. In the third quarter the boys showed their strength and playing great defence they ran the ball at every opportunity, building a lead that was too much for Neptune. This was a great team display with every player getting on the score sheet. Congratulations to the 12 players who played on the day and also the other 10 players who make up our under 13 squad. Captain Jamie Cotter accepted the cup much to the delight of everyone present. It was back to the league on Sunday morning in the Sportlann with a victory over Youghal. Well done to everyone involved.
The Division 2 team played in the Championship Final against Glanmire last week. Our team started slowly and Glanmire raced ahead to lead by 16 points after the first quarter. Ballincollig managed to reduce this to 10 points by good play from Gareth Blount and Michael O’ Sullivan. With our strong bench being used, contributors to our team effort included Flo, Jonny Downs and Kieran O’ Sullivan. In the end our depth told and we ran out winners by 12 points. We were delighted to receive our first ever Division 2 Championship trophy for the club.
The U18 Girls team travelled to Upper Glanmire to take on the home team last week. Glanmire started better and were up 4 points before Ballincollig got their first score. However Ballincollig dominated the remainder of the first quarter and lead by 22-6 at the end of the quarter. Glanmire recovered in the second quarter and had closed the gap to 6 points by half time. However Ballincollig increased the pressure for the remainder of the game and ran out winners on a 46-28 scoreline. The Under 18 Girls played two home games on last weekend. On Friday night Brunell came to the Sportlann in Coláiste Choilm but were no match for the home team who ran out comfortable winners. Bantry came to visit on Sunday morning and this was a much closer game with Ballincollig slow to get into the game and only managing to pull away for a win in the final quarter.
Training times All training is in the Sportlann in Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig. Training times (Boys) U9/10 Friday’s 5pm – 6pm U11 Wednesday 5pm – 6pm U12 Thursday 5pm – 6pm U13 Monday 5pm – 6pm & Wednesday 6pm -7pm U14 Monday & Thursday 6pm – 7pm U16 Monday & Wednesday 7pm – 8pm /Thursday 8pm – 9pm U18 Monday & Wednesday 8pm – 9pm U20 Wednesday 8pm – 9 pm Div 1 Monday/Thursday 9pm – 10pm Div 2 Wednesday 9pm – 10pm Training Times (Ladies) U9 Saturday 10.00am – 11.00am U11/12 Saturday 11.00am – 12.45pm U14 Tuesday 5pm – 6.15pm U15 Friday 6pm – 7:30pm U16 Friday 7.30pm – 9.00pm U18 Friday 8:00pm – 9.15pm & Sunday 6pm – 8pm Senior Tuesday 7.30pm – 8.45pm & Sunday 6pm – 8pm Div 1 Tuesday 8.45pm – 10.00pm & Sunday 6pm – 8pm
New Members always welcome! If anyone would like further information on joining Ballincollig Basketball Club they can contact Ken Quinn on 086/1636035 or Francis O’ Sullivan on 087/2532671. Alternatively they can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just come along to a training session to try out the sport .