Battle for the blue riband
The Subway All-ireland Cup is the blue riband of Irish schools basketball for boys and girls.
It features over 4,000 players from 300 schools, culminating in finals at the National Basketball Arena every January.
CJ Fulton’s St Malachy’s Belfast won the U16A title last year but were knocked out in this year’s U19A quarter-fin- als by Cork’s Gael Coláiste Mhuire AG who now meet St Paul’s Oughterard in the last four. The other boys U19A semi-final is a mouthwater alltralee derby between St Mary’s CBS (The Green) and Mercy Mounthawk. The semifinals will take place on January 7-11 (dates and venues to be confirmed).
The All-ireland finals are on January 21-25, 2019.