The glory days of basketball might very well be returning to St. Conleth’s, as Basketball Coaches Ingle and Gahan have guided the U16 Boys to the All-Ireland Cup Final. We have not had a trip to the NBA for an All-Ireland Final since the heady days of 2012, and not won one since the legendary double of 2008-9, when immortals named Heron, Purcell and Nolan bestrode the paint like colossi. Now, new names await enshrinement in the St. Conleth’s Sports Hall of Fame: Bolger, Gilleran, Connor, Acosta, Ando, Alves, O’Gorman, Doyle, Patidar and Mulligan. The U16s have put together an all-mighty cup run, culminating (for now) in the despatching of Castleknock earlier this week. And now a big day in Tallaght looms, with the busses about to be ordered and the face-point to be applied.
And our other teams? The U19s may be small in number but they certainly ‘play big’, as they say. Oisín Gilligan, Conor Power, Ronan Connor, Marlon Marishta and Jack Topliss have had help from the U16s ‘playing up’ as they beat traditional rivals Colaiste Eoin (despite the Irish bonus!) and St. Benildus and lost to basketball power Marian by only 1 point. The U19s will too be playing in the Dublin Plate Semifinal. And the U16 girls have transferred some of their gusto from hockey, battling all the way in their first league match and losing only narrowly. Waiting in the wings: the First and Second Year Teams who have been showing up for training in big numbers and eagerly awaiting the start of their season in the new year. So, enjoy the pics above and below and stay tuned for news on that trip to the NBA…. and a chance to share in St. Conelth’s sporting immortality!