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Boys Match Reports
Mar 14, 2016, 4:32 pm

The Parochial Hall has witnessed many exciting games of basketball over the past 40 years or so and the game between Ballincollig and Blue Demons in the U18 Men's National Shield lived up to the high standard of the historical venue. The game was interesting from the standpoint that both clubs had students from the All Ireland U19A Schools winners Coláiste Choilm.


The Ballincollig side reached the Semi Final stage of the Basketball Ireland National Shield after defeating Kildare Gliders in the quarter final by 12 points. The Semi Final opponents were Blue Demons Basketball Club who are celebrating their 50 year anniversary. Demons entered the game as slight favourites after defeating BBC in a recent league game.


Ballincollig had a 5 point lead at the end of the 1st quarter and at half time the score was 32-31 in favour of Ballincollig. The game was fast paced with both teams working hard and some good scoring from Dylan Corkery and David Finn. Stephen O Shea and Josh Nijs were controlling the tempo of the game from the guard position. Emmanuel Anaba made a major contribution in the final quarter with his athlectism and rebounding. Ballincollig took a 6 point lead heading into the final minute but Demons kept the pressure on and had a 3 point attempt to level the game on the buzzer. Ballincollig held on to claim an exciting win. The final will be played in Kilkenny against another famous club from Dublin, St Vincent's.

Ladies Match Reports
Mar 14, 2016, 4:31 pm

Our U16 girls stood up to the huge challenge of playing 4 games in 5 days last week by winning all 4 games. They started off the run of games with two back-to-back championship games against Brunell and St Anthony's in the quarter and semi finals. On Tuesday they beat a young Brunell team on a score of 54 to 30. On Thursday they faced a stronger St Anthony's in the semi-final where they controlled the game throughout to win 44 to 24.


The girls then travelled to Kanturk on Friday night in the league where they won 44 to 30. On Saturday they headed to Whitechurch where they beat Carrig na bhFear in a tight game on a score line of 48 to 43. This was their last league game and a very exciting contest where they stopped their opponents from winning the league and forced a playoff for the league title.


Each player in the squad played their part during the 4 game win including the injured players who turned up to give vital support to their team mates. The girls now go on to prepare for the championship final, league playoff and the Top 4 over the coming weeks.

Boys Match Report
Mar 11, 2016, 3:20 pm

Ballincollig U 12 boys travelled to Douglas on Saturday to play Fr. Mathews and after playing some skillful basketball came away with a great win. Ballincollig started strongly and finished the first quarter with a comfortable lead. Five different players took over in the second quarter and continued to put up the scores. In the second half Ballincollig kept up the pressure and were able to rotate all 14 players in order to give each boy valuable court time.


Ladies Match Reports
Mar 8, 2016, 3:44 pm

Our U10 girls played in a Blitz against Donoughmore, Blue Demons and Mallow last Saturday. They played very well and really showed that they are developing their skill set. There are 23 girls training every Saturday and the weekend blitz was thoroughly enjoyable with all girls playing brilliantly.

Boys Match Reports
Mar 8, 2016, 3:43 pm

Our U18 boys advanced to the semi-final of the National Shield last weekend beating Kildare Gliders on a score line of 65 to 45. Top scorers for Ballincollig were Dylan Corkery (19 points), Josh Ngai (17 points) and David Finn (13 points). Congratulations to all involved in the team.

Thanks to Quish's Super Valu
Feb 21, 2016, 9:54 pm

Ballincollig Basketball Club would like to thank Quish's Super Valu for allowing us to do bag packing in their shop last Saturday. Thanks also to their customers for their generosity and to all the club members and parents who turned out to help on the day.  

Bag Packing
Feb 9, 2016, 4:50 pm

Our Fundraising Committee have organised a bag packing day at Quish's Super Valu on Saturday 20th February 2016. Volunteers are needed for a one hour time slot in the rota for the day. Please contact any member of the fundraising committee or email ballincollig.basketballclub@ if you can help out on the day.

Ladies Match Reports
Feb 9, 2016, 4:48 pm

Ballincollig U12 girls team had a great win against Donoughmore last week. The score was close throughout the match with our team eventually edging out as winners on a 24-23 scoreline. Well done to all involved. This team has huge potential for the future.


Our U18 Girls competed in the second round of the National Shield on Saturday. Our opponents were Carrig na bhFear who had defeated us twice in the Cork League this season. Our girls gave one of their best performances and pushed Carrig na bhFear right to the end. Trailing by three at half time Ballincollig were playing with great spirit. The third quarter was decisive in the game . Ballincollig had a couple of missed chances which allowed our opponents to open up a winning lead. Our girls continued to battle right to the end but lost to a team that took their chances. While we were defeated, the performance of the team was outstanding and everyone can be proud of their contribution to the game.


The Ladies senior team who had suffered two defeats since their loss in the National Cup semi final bounced back to form this week. First game was against Premier team Fr Mathews in the league. This was always going to be a tough game and our recent form didn’t look good for a win. Mathews started playing an up-tempo game that Ballincollig responded to and trailed by one at the break. The fast game suited Ballincollig and at half time we led by four. The fast pace of the game continued right to the final play of the game. Ballincollig led by three going into fourth quarter and had to withstand tremendous pressure to secure a great win by two points.


The second game was against Lee Valley in the senior league played in Macroom. Ballincollig started the game by running the ball at every opportunity and their opponents had no answer to the onslaught. Ballincollig ran out convincing winners with all the team contributing to the win.


Our U14B girls played in the Johnny Murphy U14 Tournament against teams from Cork, Waterford and Limerick on last Saturday. The standard was A level but this didn’t stop Ballincollig from competing. While results went against us the experience gained will stand to the players. The players enjoyed the experience and looking forward to reaching A level in the near future.


Boys Match Reports
Feb 9, 2016, 4:47 pm

On Monday night last week, our U16A boys hosted Blue Demons in the league.  Demons came flying out of the blocks and with the Ballincollig boys seeming out of sorts the away side quickly built a 10 to nothing lead. While the boys managed to get going slowly the first half saw them struggle to close the gap at all. Despite playing better basketball the gap remained at double figures at the half but Ballincollig were showing signs of being able to close it.

The second half started in a much better fashion for our lads. A massive increase of intensity from the boys began to force turnovers from Demons and a good run halved the deficit. Credit to Demons they regrouped and restored their lead and that was to be the pattern for the second half. Ballincollig were relentless in defence and time and again in converted that pressure into runs to close the gap. Our lads asked big questions of their opponents but on the night Demons had the answers. At times when momentum seemed to be swinging our way crucial turnovers helped relieve the pressure on the visitors who eventually closed out the win. In the end a ten point lead was too much to give a good side and hard as the boys tried they couldn't quite recover it. Great credit to both sides on a fine game of basketball.

Ladies Match Reports
Jan 22, 2016, 11:07 am

It was a busy Sunday in the Coláiste Choilm gym when our girls had some home games.

Last week we were in Donoughmore and this Sunday it was their turn to visit us.     U12B were first into action and were hoping to avenge last weeks defeat. Ballincollig are a very young team and are learning that with hard work they will improve . They started well showing great team work and were ahead at the end of the first quarter. Donoughmore came more into the game and grab the lead at the half time break. Ballincollig trailed in the third quarter and early in the fourth were still losing. But typical of all our girls team they responded and showing great spirit they outfought their opponents. They succeeded in outscoring their rivals and won a game they fully deserved to win.


U14B also played Donoughmore who defeated us last weekend to keep their unbeaten record intact. We were slow to get into our stride and were punished with several scores by Donoughmore. We gradually found our feet and although trailing at the end of the first quarter we were confident of victory. The lead changed hands several times in the second quarter before Ballincollig went in front just before halftime. Ballincollig stayed in front for the remainder of the game extending their lead playing some outstanding basketball. A brilliant display by a group of girls that really enjoy playing basketball.


U18A girls played Carrig na bhFear in a match that they never looked like winning. After promotion to the grade this year we are finding the step up difficult. Credit must be given to the players for their commitment despite the knowledge that the other teams are of a higher standard. While we are improving we still have a bit to go before we will be contenders .

Coach's Corner

Nov 3, 2010, 5:59 pm



Experts Dr John Bradley and Dr Tom Hill share their expertise and provide guidelines for coaches and parents on how best to prepare athletes (both junior and senior) for performance and recovery from performance.

Dr John Bradley is lecturer in Exercise Physiology and Coaching Science at UCC. Prior to UCC he worked as an Exercise Physiologist with the Scottish Institute of Sport, providing high performance support to elite Scottish and British athletes in a range of sports.

John has a particular research interest in athlete hydration and will share this expertise at the CTC forum.

John takes a practical approach to sports science making it relevant to athlete performance and coaches needs. His sports science background is supplemented with sporting experience as a competitive swimmer, representing Great Britain as a Senior International at numerous events.

He is currently a Technical Member of the Irish Institute of Sport, providing support for talented Irish athletes to ensure high performance and athletic achievement at the highest level.

Cork's Lisa Cummins, the long distance swimmer, who two years ago became the first Irish person to swim the English Channel both ways spending more than 35 hours in the water will give us a practical insight into her hydration and nutrition regime for training and competition.

Dr John's talk is entitled 'Hydration for athletes (and coaches)' and he will present a user-friendly guide to what to drink and when to drink it. Practical ways to judge if your athlete is hydrated will be discussed and the best drink for your athletes will be revealed

Very often athletes will seek nutrition advice from their coach. Dr Tom's talk entitled 'Eat to Compete: The coaches perspective' will practically examine how the coach can take a lead in implementing basic but effective nutrition strategies.

Dr Tom Hill is a registered nutritionist and part-time lecturer in Nutrition in the School of Food and Nutritional Science UCC. He has worked on diet and nutrition issues with players, athletes and teams across a range of sports including gaelic football, rugby, soccer, basketball, sailing and athletics.

He has also published numerous research articles and book chapters in nutrition and his main research interest is the role of nutrition in musculoskeletal health. He has played rugby for UCC and is currently involved in coaching youth rugby.

The very topical role of sports nutrition supplements will also be explored.

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