Boys Basketball

Under Nineteen Boys Basketball

Congratulations to the Coláiste Íosagáin under nineteen Boys Basketball Team who have qualified for the All Ireland Quarter Final.

A well rounded TEAM performance from Lee Brereton, Patrick Dempsey, Jordan Fallon, Jake Foster, Matthew Geoghegan, David Howlin, Colm Murphy and Seán Smith on Sunday 1st of February saw them defeat both St. Paul’s, Raheny and St. Eunan’s, Letterkenny in the Playoffs.

The team will now meet Douglas Community School on Tuesday 10th February in the National Basketball Arena.

A. Under Sixteen Regional and All Ireland Playoff Finalists

B. Under Ninteen Regional and All Ireland Playoff Finalists

Matt Geoghegan and Sean Smith (Third Year) represented Colaiste Iosagain on the Midlands Regional Team to win the BIPPS Plate.

2011 First Year Boys , Leinster Championship winning team .

Colaiste Iosagain , Portarlington Hosts Major National Schools’ Basketball Event .

Colaiste Iosagain , Portarlington are hosting the 2012 All Ireland Under 19 Boys’ Basketball Playoffs at their much admired court possibly one of the finest in the Midlands .On the Fifth of February , St. Clement’s , Limerick , Colaiste Einde , Galway , St. Peter’s , Dunboyne and the home team will be competing to advance to the All Ireland Semi Final in March .Six games will be held between 930am and 440pm .Team coach , Carol Browne has the home team well prepared as accompanying pictures prove.

Colm Murphy

Cian McKeagney

Robert Piggott

Colm Murphy

Conor Foster

Conor Foster

Conor Foster

Darren O’Connor


History was made in the University of Limerick Arena on Friday May 11th as Coláiste Íosagáin 2nd year Boys basketball team won the All Ireland B title at the expense of Ballincolling Community School, Cork on a score of 26 points to 16.
This time last year the Coláiste Íosagáin team competed in the All Ireland semi final in UL, but lost to Summerhill Sligo, who went onto win the 1st year title. It was however an invaluable experience that showed its merit on Friday.
Earlier in the season, the boys began their league campaign with the addition of incoming first years Shane Hogan and Sean Byrne. Expectations were high and despite good defence from Gavin Smyth and Scott Osbourne, they lost their first league game to a well prepared Tullamore side. They then accounted for Nenagh with a big win, with Matt Malone, Shane Donagher and Colm Murphy performing to a high standard. In the third group game, Daithí Howlin and Simba Chapwanya contributed to a convincing win over Knockbeg, qualifying the team for the Midlands Regional final.
Tullamore stood in the way for the Regional final. In a very exciting and hard fought encounter Coláiste Íosagáin avenged their earlier defeat. They played strong defence and pushed the ball down the court to take their opportunities and win out on a score of 25 to 22.
Sunday the 29th of April saw Coláiste Íosagáin host the All Ireland quarter finals. The team were outstanding on the day with great victories over Mohill, Castleblayney and Carraroe. Hard work and dedication boosted by a very vocal home crowd ensured the Portarlington boys progressed to the All Ireland semi final in UL on the 11th May.
Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine were the semi final opposition, with Ballincollig CS and Cnoc Mhuire, Granard on the other side of the draw. The semi final played at 1:15pm was tense and exciting. Kenmare lead throughout and a daunting scoreline of 11 – 6 faced the Port boys at half time. A strong defensive press led by Matt Geoghegan narrowed this to 15 – 13 at the end of the 3rd quarter and 19 to 17 with less than a minute left on the clock.
Nobody in the UL arena present was prepared for what happened in the final seconds of this game! Colm Murphy with possession and 5 seconds on the clock, made his way down the left sideline, faked right and fired up a 3 pointer! “Nothin’ but Net” as the Americans would say. In it went. The buzzer went off. 20 points to 19. The Arena erupted. Victory for Portarlington and devastation for Kenmare, who were the better team for long periods. Included in their team was none other than Pat Spillane Junior!
Waiting in the wings was Ballincollig CS. At 3:30pm it was game time and Miss Browne and the team prepared their “game faces”. An All Ireland title was now on the line. Ballincollig started well and went 4 points up. Portarlington however continued to apply pressure on the Ballincollig defence and close down their main man Forde, Irish International. In addition, Louis Ashe Brown and Sean Smith punished them under the boards. Coláiste Íosagáin lead at half time by 17 points to 4. Smart ball control by Jake Foster and rebounding by Jack Walsh saw Coláiste Íosagáin dominate the 3rd quarter scoreboard 22 points to 8.
The final minute seemed like an eternity! Portarlington ran out easy winners 26 points to 16. The supporting crowd rushed onto the court to greet their heroes. The Dick Rowley perpetual shield and gold medals was presented by Conor Lilly from Basketball Ireland to the Coláiste Íosagáin captain, Colm Murphy who led by example all through the campaign.
All Ireland champions. Who would have believed it? Even Friday morning around school, it’s probably fair to say no one knew what to expect. But many long hours of training sessions by Miss Browne and the boys as well as hard work and a strong heart paid off. Also on hand to assist various evenings were Conor Vandendries, Liam Guinan, Conor Foster and Ciarán Guinan. They offered their invaluable advice and tips for the court.
A big thank you to the school management, teachers and students who supported the team all through the year. Thank you to the parents who encouraged and supported the dedication of their sons.

2011 Coach , Carol Browne and AllIreland Championship winning team .