Bat­tle for the blue riband

Irish Examiner - Sport - - BASKETBALL -

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.

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