“Basketball has been one of the major sports in Moyle Park College for a great many years. Around the country other schools see Moyle Park as synonymous with basketball. The teams (1st year, 2nd year, U-16 and U-19) compete yearly at the highest level nationally in the “A” league and regularly compete in the East Leinster Finals and have been East Leinster champions five times over the same amount of years. We have many players who also play with their club Dublin Lions, the Dublin Team and represent Ireland internationally. Each September Ms Corscadden and Ms Roche eagerly await the new season and the players who will join the school in first year and the return to training of the senior teams.
This year the U19 team were quite a young team with only one Leaving Cert Bartosz Guszul on the team. So while talent and determination were strong, the 19s were up against very physically strong teams. Regardless, they won the majority of their league matches to progress through to the East Leinster Semi-Finals and through to the All-Ireland Playoffs in Newbridge and the last 16 teams in the country. While the team were disappointed not to progress through to the All-Ireland Semi-Finals, it bodes well for next years campaign as the team will remain unchanged.
The U16s had a slow start to the season this year and were plagued with injuries but they qualified for the Plate competition. After a tough Semi-Final game against Oatlands, winning by only two points the 16s qualified for the Final. Unfortunately they were beaten by a stronger team on the day, but there are lots of expectations on this team next year as u19s.
This was a tough year for the second years. Despite training hard and their positive mental attitude they were unlucky in a lot of their games. They too qualified for the plate this year but were unfortunate not to qualify for the final.
Newcomers to the school they may have been but most of the first years were not newcomers to the court. Having such a large contingent of club players helped this team to compete at the very top level. They had a very successful season for their first year getting through to the quarter-finals on the East Leinster competition. With a few tweaks this team hopes to be very competitive next year.”