PRES BRAY

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SE­NIOR BAS­KET­BALL

Pres fin­ished their league games on a high de­feat­ing the High School by 30 points in the Na­tional Bas­ket­ball Arena. Pres took the lead through their cap­tain Neil Doyle and went on to put in a good team per­for­mance in the first quar­ter with all five play­ers get­ting their names on the score sheet in­clud­ing a three pointer by Em­met O’Toole.

The High School found the Pres of­fence dif­fi­cult to get to grips with and got them­selves into team fouls in the first quar­ter giv­ing Pres’ Rory O’Neill, Neil Ran­dolph and O’Toole the chance to con­vert the free throws into scores which they duly did.

Pres fin­ished the first quar­ter with a 21-6 lead. The sec­ond quar­ter saw more of the same from Pres. Sean Rooney had 3 con­sec­u­tive bas­kets added to by Ran­dolph’s three pointer and scores from Thomas Dodd and Jonny Con­roy. Pres had a 36-13 lead go­ing into half time. The sec­ond half saw a good team ef­fort from Pres con­tin­u­ing. Eoin O’Dea and Kevin O’Neill made strong im­pacts on the court and the score­board when they came off the bench. Ran­dolph, O’Toole and Rory O’Neill were play­ing out­stand­ing de­fense along­with Doyle. Pres were con­vinc­ing win­ners at 68-28. This puts them in a three-way tie for sec­ond spot in the group.

U16 BAS­KET­BALL

The Un­der 16 game was a much closer af­fair than the se­nior match. Pres took a huge lead in the first quar­ter mainly through the ef­forts of Bren­dan O’Neill who opened the score and went on to con­trib­ute nine points in­clud­ing a three pointer, on top of 6 points from older brother Kevin and scores from Gary Dodd and Jeff McCann. David Mackin’s out­stand­ing de­fen­sive work kept the High School to a mere 5 points. Pres went into the sec­ond quar­ter with a 21-5 lead. McCann and Kevin O’Neill were the top scor­ers for Pres in the sec­ond quar­ter but poor de­fen­sive work gave High School easy scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties which they gladly con­verted.

At half time Pres were still in a comfortable po­si­tion with a 35-19 lead. The third and fourth quar­ters were a dif­fer­ent story for High School. Pres re­laxed on de­fense but of­fen­sively O’Neill, the Cleary twins, and McCann all added scores in­clud­ing a three from Gary Dodd to keep Pres in front at 51-38 go­ing into the last quar­ter. As the last quar­ter started High School’s con­fi­dence was up and they re­duced the Pres lead to only 8 points. Pres got in­creas­ingly ner­vous be­fore Dodd and McCann added some scores to set­tle Pres. But a poor last quar­ter from Pres saw the High School score 14 points to Pres’ 9. For­tu­nately Pres had done enough to se­cure victory at 6052, and also fin­ish joint sec­ond in their league group.

JCT AD­VANCE TO LEAGUE FI­NAL

Pres ad­vanced to the Le­in­ster Ju­nior League fi­nal af­ter a hard fought win over a very strong Gon­zaga side last Wed­nes­day. The game was played in front of a large crowd in Grey­stones RFC with Pres sup­port far out­num­ber­ing the Gon­zaga fans. Gon­zaga started strongly and had the best of the early play.

How­ever, the Pres de­fence had lit­tle dif­fi­culty in deal­ing with the best of Gon­zaga’s at­tack and our li­ne­out picked off the Gon­zaga throw ev­ery time that they tried to get a foothold in the Pres 22. When Pres fi­nally got their at­tack go­ing, they looked very danger­ous. Kenneth Mur­phy and Cameron Higgs got Pres be­yond the gain line. Quick ball from the out­stand­ing Phillip Haughton put cen­tre Cil­lean Gui­hen away. He then straight­ened the line be­fore pass­ing to winger Lorcan Mur­phy.

Lorcan burned his marker with a 20 yard run and looked des­tined to score in the cor­ner be­fore the Gon­zaga full back stopped him inches from the line. Dean Red­mond was on hand to pick up the quick ball to score in the cor­ner. Haughton put the con­ver­sion wide to leave the score at 5-0.

Gon­zaga were next to score when they con­verted a penalty, when the Pres de­fence was ad­judged to be off­side. This was a dou­ble blow as our in­spi­ra­tional num­ber 8 Conor Gui­hen was forced off the field with an in­jury only sec­onds be­fore.

How­ever, Pres ral­lied and fin­ished the half deep in Gon­zaga ter­ri­tory. We could not add to the score, so at half-time Pres led by two points.

Pres be­gan to dom­i­nate af­ter the in­ter­val with Kenneth Mur­phy run­ning hard with the ball at ev­ery avail­able op­por­tu­nity.

Cil­lean Gui­hen was such a threat that he was be­ing dou­ble marked by the Gon­zaga de­fence. This, how­ever, left space out wide and Rob­bie Bren­nan be­gan to look like a real threat. It was our other winger Lorcan Mur­phy who was best able to ex­ploit this space, scor­ing in the cor­ner af­ter Gui­hen had drawn the winger off his man with Red­mond of­fer­ing sup­port. Noth­ing was go­ing to stop, the sprinter Mur­phy and his try was well de­served. Again Haughton missed the touch­line con­ver­sion to leave just seven be­tween the sides.

Pres soon put the re­sult be­yond doubt when Gui­hen fi­nally got on the score­board. Again it was Kenneth Mur­phy who got us go­ing for­ward with a barn­storm­ing run. Haughton switched the play back down the short side to put the cen­tre into the space.

Fac­ing three de­fend­ers, it looked im­pos­si­ble to go for­ward.

Gui­hen thought oth­er­wise and jinked in and out to beat the first two and then used his power and pace to beat the fi­nal de­fender to score in the cor­ner.

Haughton kicked the ex­tras to put 14 points be­tween the teams. Gon­zaga got a con­so­la­tion try at the death but Pres had done enough at that stage.

The fi­nal whis­tle blew when scrumhalf Eoin Car­roll kicked the ball out on the last play a la Peter Stringer leav­ing the hun­dreds of Pres fans deliri­ous as they in­vaded the pitch. Pres move on to the league fi­nal where we hope to see our in­spi­ra­tional Cap­tain Phillip Haughton lift the tro­phy for the first time in the school’s his­tory.

GAELIC FOOT­BALL

Pres Bray qual­i­fied for the semi-fi­nal of the South Le­in­ster Cham­pi­onship with a com­pre­hen­sive and hard-fought victory over Wex­ford CBS in Bray last Fri­day.

Pres sig­nalled their in­tent from the start and a goal from James Mol­loy af­ter 15 min­utes set the tone.

Points from Mol­loy (3), Oisin Greenan and Brian Ma­her saw them ease to a 1-5 to 0-3 lead at the break. De­spite play­ing against the wind in the sec­ond half Pres truly showed their ex­pe­ri­ence and guile by main­tain­ing a fine lead. Fur­ther scores from Mol­loy (4), Barry O’ Don­nell, Sean Gas­coine, John Hen­der­son, Greenan and Ma­her made it a 1-14 to 1-9 win at full-time.

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