UNDER 16 BASKETBALL
The under 16 basketball team got off to a flying start in their first ever league match at ’A’ level in the All-Ireland league. Pres took on St. Benilda’s in the opening match of the season and a strong first quarter from Pres saw Captain Kevin O’Neill making 5 out of the first six scores for Pres. A strong defensive effort from Pres meant Benilda’s found it difficult to penetrate and managed only an outside three pointer and a single basket in the first quarter. Pres, on the other hand went on a scoring blitz with all five players on court scoring. This gave Pres a 26-7 lead at the end of the first quarter. Benilda’s reorganised their defence and a stronger second quarter meant Pres only scored 9 points, while Benilda’s managed 7. The third and fourth quarters saw more of the same but a good all round team effort from Pres with every player getting equal court time and each one getting their name on the scoresheet saw Pres run out easy victors at 72-29.
The main focus now is the All-Ireland Cup game against Oatlands College in Oatlands at 3:40pm on Thursday 9th October.
Pres recorded their second league win on the trot after a comprehensive 17 - 7 victory over Wesley away on 24th Sept. The contest was set alight early on with a try from captain Sean Byrne who raced in from close range, David Haughton posted the conversion to make it 7 - 0. After the restart Pres went further ahead with Ferdia Kenny’s speed unhinging the Wesley defence, the winger touching down after sprinting in from his own half. Neal Cooper showed glimpses of what was to come next as the number 8 was constantly causing problems for the hosts. His try on 51 minutes capped off an exceptional performance for the whites. Wesley went in for a try on the stroke of full time, but nonetheless Pres ran out worthy winners on a scoreline of 17 - 7.
Pres JCT 73 Templeogue JCT 5 The JCT put in an outstanding performance to beat Templeogue in the Leinster Junior League last Wednesday. Playing with a strong wind at their backs, Pres got off to the perfect start with a Cillean Guihen try in the first minute of the game. This was followed soon after by a Shane Hunt score after some good work by the forwards. Number 8 Conor Guihen got over for a third after being set with a deft pass from Phillip Haughton. Scrum half Jason Curran added to the scoring with the easiest of tries after Cillean Guihen had been stopped just short of the line. Cillean then got over for his second of the game with a solo effort from inside his own half, beating four defenders on the way. He then selflessly gave a try to openside wing forward Louis O Flynn-Martin after doing most of the hard work himself. Haughton kicked all bar one of the conversions to leave the game 40-0 and over as a contest at half time.
Playing with the stiff wind, Templeogue started the half strongly and got a deserved try when their number 8 scored off the back of the scrum. This brought Pres back to life and from the restart, Lorcan Murphy finished a move in the corner started by centre David Blount, where all 15 Pres players had their hands on the ball. Cameron Higgs then barged over from 10 yards with his first ever Junior try. Pres didn’t let up and winger Robbie Brennan touched down before Cillean Guihen secured his hat-trick, again set up by Blount.
Brennan had the final say with his second try of the game, cutting in off his wing to beat three defenders after some good work from Andrew Maguire. Haughton’s kicking was near perfect in the second half, kicking 4 out of 5 into the gale leaving the final score Pres JCT 73 Templeogue JCT 5. Pres top the table but much stiffer tests lie ahead in the shape of Newbridge College (today) and Roscrea next Wednesday. Both games are at home at 2.30pm
PRES U-14 -7 WESLEY COLLEGE U-14 – 5
Pres U-14 continued their winning start to the season with a narrow away victory over a strong Wesley side last Wednesday, 1st October.
When Pres conceded a try just before half time the omens did not look good, particularly so since they had lost their outstanding No.8 Ray Crotty to a hand injury only five minutes into the match.
However, this side has shown great strength of character before and the forward pack battled manfully against a heavier Wesley eight, while the Pres backs always looked to have the potential to score at any time.
After good breaks by Luke Maloney, Tadgh Devlin and Jack Keating, Pres got the try their efforts deserved when Oisin Moran put Keating over in the corner. Diarmuisd Masterson converted splendidly from near the touchline to put Pres ahead. Wesley rallied and threatened the Pres line for the rest of the game but brave defence and excellent relieving kicks from Masterson closed out the game for Pres.