Basketball: Simon Collins and Carmel Roche
Welcome to the Basketball page
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 Mr Collins and Ms Roche eagerly await the new season and the players who will join the schoolin first year and the return to training of the senior teams.
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 semi-finals in the East Leinster competition, With a few tweaks this team hopes to be very competitive next year.
The second years faced an uphill battle from the very first game as we only had 11 players registered to play. Due to the superior attitude of the second years this never caused an issue.
The team were unbeaten and had just qualified for the East Leinster Final after a very convincing last game before all schools were closed due to Covid-19. This was very disappointing for the players as they seemed like they were a level above every other team they played.This team is filled with very talented players and will be the backbone of very successful school teams over the next few years.
The U16s had a very successful year this year but were unfortunatly narrowly beaten by a fellow Marist school, Marian College, in the East Leinster semi-final. This was another small contingent of players but again,a fantastic work ethic and attitude overcame that and they had some fantastic victories over the course of the year. Lots of talented players will be taking the next step up to U19s next year and will no doubt have a big impact on that team.
This was a very up and down year for the U19s as there were large expectations placed on this very talented team, and overall they met those expectations. After overcoming a very tough group stage with only one loss from three they advanced as group runners up and were narrowly beaten in the semi finals. They ended up qualifying for the shield final,beating a very tough Luttrellstown Community College in a very tight affair. It was fitting that a lot of the players involved from Leaving Cert, who have given their all for Moyle basketball over the past five/six years, got to finish their involvement in school basketball with some silverware. There are still a number of players eligible from this team who can play again next year meaning there is no doubt we will be very competitive next year also in all U19 competitions.