Pres duo prom­i­nent in friendly in­ter­na­tion­als

Bray People - - SPORT -

BAS­KET­BALL IRE­LAND hosted friendly in­ter­na­tional matches this past week be­tween the Ir­ish Un­der-17/Un­der-18 teams and the vis­it­ing Scot­tish Un­der-18 team. Pre­sen­ta­tion Col­lege Bray had both a cur­rent and a past pupil in­volved in the matches.

Pre­sen­ta­tion Bray fifth year stu­dent, Andy Bart­ley, was on the Ir­ish Un­der-18 men's team which com­pre­hen­sively de­feated their Scot­tish coun­ter­parts in two friendly matches which took place in the Oblate Hall, Inchicore, on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

Andy has been a vi­tal part of the All-Ire­land Un­der-16 and Un­der-19 schools bas­ket­ball ti­tles that Pre­sen­ta­tion Bray have won over the past few years and his se­lec­tion on the Ir­ish Un­der-18 men's team is well-de­served.

Past pupil Gavin Holmes was an as­sis­tant coach on the Ir­ish Un­der-17 men's team which lost out to the vis­it­ing Scot­tish team in two thrilling matches on Wed­nes­day and Thurs­day evening. Gavin is the cur­rent head bas­ket­ball coach in Oat­lands Col­lege, Stil­lor­gan, and also the Dublin Raiders bas­ket­ball club's Un­der-16, Un­der-20 and Se­nior men's team coach.

He has pre­vi­ously worked with the Le­in­ster Un­der-15 and Ir­ish Un­der-16 bas­ket­ball teams and is well re­garded in the Ir­ish bas­ket­ball coach­ing com­mu­nity.

It's a busy cou­ple of weeks coming up for all of the Pre­sen­ta­tion Bray bas­ket­ball teams. The Le­in­ster/East Re­gion first and sec­ond year schools bas­ket­ball league matches are due to start the week be­gin­ning Mon­day, Jan­uary 14. The first and sec­ond year teams will play their league matches against the fol­low­ing teams: Coláiste Eanna Rath­farn­ham, Holy Faith C.S. Rath­coole, Tem­pleogue Col­lege, Marian Col­lege, St. Con­leth's Balls­bridge and Oat­lands Col­lege, Stil­lor­gan.

An Un­der-16 All-Ire­land schools bas­ket­ball league qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment in­volv­ing the Pre­sen­ta­tion Bray's team will be hosted in the school's gym on Sun­day, Jan­uary 20.

The vis­it­ing teams are as fol­lows: St. Joseph's, 'The Bish', Gal­way, Sum­mer­hill Col­lege Sligo and Coláiste Choilm Ballincol­lig, Cork.

The Pre­sen­ta­tion Bray Un­der-19 bas­ket­ball team will travel to Cork on Sun­day, Fe­bru­ary 3, to par­tic­i­pate in an Un­der-19 All-Ire­land schools bas­ket­ball league qual­i­fy­ing tour­na­ment hosted by Dou­glas Com­mu­nity School, Cork. The other teams in­volved in the tour­na­ment are as fol­lows: Abbey Vocational School Done­gal and ei­ther St. Cle­ment's Lim­er­ick or C.B.S. Cork.

Pres Bray past and cur­rent pupils rep­re­sent­ing Ire­land - Gavin Holmes (Ir­ish Un­der-17 bas­ket­ball team as­sis­tant coach) and Andy Bart­ley (Ir­ish Un­der-18 bas­ket­ball team player).

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