News of merger hits the headlines in Ballincollig!

Following the failed merger between Racing 92 and Stade Francais, news of another merger has hit the headlines in Ballincollig. Speaking on condition of anonymity, a spokesperson for Ballincollig Basketball Club, George McKen confirmed that the club propose to merge with Ballincollig Volleyball Club to form a new compromise sport known as Bolleyvall. “The advantages are clear to see, even to a half wit” he said. “For a start it will be beach volleyball – sorry bolleyvall. Teams are only going to have 2 members so instead of 20 teams we can put out 200 teams. Couples can form their very own team and challenge their neighbours to a match over the garden hedge. This is going to be huge. Then all play will be outdoors so there will be no more hall hire costs.” When asked about the lack of a beach in Ballincollig he was dismissive. “Sure isn’t there a grand bit of gravel below the weir in the Regional Park which will be ideal for training” he said. The prospect of away matches also excited him. ” You can forget about travelling to Donoughmore and Douglas in future. We’re thinking places like Bondi, California and …….Garretstown.” When contacted by the Ballincollig Newsletter for a comment on this exciting development the club chairperson issued a short statement – “No comment!”. However we have learned from an unreliable source that a Extraordinary General Meeting of the club was held to vote on this proposal on 1st April 2017.

Men’s Match News Our U14A boys team played Fr. Matthews in the last game of the league in Coláiste Choilm. With an unbeaten record before the game and the league title already won hopes were high for Ballincollig going into the fixtures. The large crowd present were treated to a close and exciting game from start to finish. Ballincollig had a slightly better first quarter and led by 16 points to 13. However Fr. Matthews recovered and had the match level at the half way mark. Both teams traded scores throughout the third quarter and were still tied at the quarter end. With everything to play for, the final quarter was fast and furious. Ballincollig edged ahead but were reeled back in again. With a final effort we managed to get a 3 point lead and some solid defending as the clock ran down resulted in a 54-51 victory to Ballincollig. This team now go on to the A.I.C.C. matches which will be held in Derry shortly. Our Division 1 Men’s team took on Neptune in B.C.S. recently. The first quarter was close and Ballincollig led by 2 points at the end. Neptune outscored us in the second quarter and led by 1 at half time on a 41-40 score line. However we produced the scores in the third quarter to open up a decisive lead of 13 points. Despite a Neptune fight back we increased this in the final quarter running out winners on a final score of 94-77.

The Coláiste Choilm gym was busy on Friday night with Girls U12/U14/U16 teams playing some great basketball. Our ever improving U12 team had a victory over Glanmire which gives this large squad of player a huge lift coming to the end of a long season. The U14 Girls played Cobh in a game they needed to win to cement a Top Four placing. This team are also gaining in confidence after a slow start to the season and a lot more is expected from this squad going forward. Cobh defeated us in the first round of the league and were going well in all competitions. Ballincollig girls were up for this game and right from the start they had their opponents under pressure. This trend continued throughout the game and Ballincollig girls came away a great win. Our U16 girls, who were short a number of players, played Cobh. The visitors proved too strong on the night with a convincing win.

Ladies Match News Cork Girls U14 Team. Congratulation to our three members who have been selected on the Cork U14 Team, Caoimhe McCormack, Holly Kierans and Caoimhe O’Donovan. Cork Girls U17 Team. Congratulation to Caitlin Quinn who has been selected on the Cork U17 Team. We wish the girls the very best when they travel to Limerick and Belfast later this year. Ballincollig U18 Team. Our Under 18 team travelled to Kanturk recently. In a tense and exciting game Ballincollig started well and led 12-11 at the end of the first quarter. However Kanturk dominated the second quarter and reached the half way mark leading by 6 points on a 25-19 score line. Ballincollig rallied in the third quarter and had closed the gap to 2 points by the end of the third quarter. We levelled the match shortly after and retook the lead in the fourth quarter. Defending well under pressure from Kanturk, we ran the clock down eventually running out winners on a 40-34 final score. Ballincollig are now tied at the top of the league with Midleton and will go into a playoff to decide the league title. Senior Ladies Championship Final Senior Ladies played Glanmire in a much-anticipated Championship final on last Saturday. At the start of the game Glanmire had an exhibition of long range shooting from all angles that had Ballincollig in all sorts of trouble. Ballincollig held their nerves and settled into the game but trailed by nine points at the end of the quarter. Both teams played their part in a thrilling and fascinating contest that had everything a good final should have. From Ballincollig point of view, while the players were disappointed with the result, the way they came back in the second half from a deficit of twenty four points was outstanding. The character and commitment to each other was evident with everyone supporting each other on and off the court throughout the game. This setback will drive them on to finish the season with a trophy they deserve for their efforts.

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 ballincollig.basketballclub@gmail.com or just come along to a training session to try out the sport .

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