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Happy Holidays!
Jun 21, 2016, 5:26 pm

With the end of the season upon us, Ballincollig Basketball Club would like thank all those who helped us throughout the year. Thanks to the players for attendance at training and matches, the parents for getting them there, all the coaches, our generous sponsors, all those who helped with fundraising, our photographer, Coláiste Choilm for the use of their facilities and our committee members. Some training will continue through the summer and individual coaches will notify players where this is happening. We will be back after the summer and if anyone would like further information on joining the club, they can contact us by email at ballincollig.basketballclub In the meantime keep up the basketball practice, enjoy the holiday break and all the fine weather to come!


Cork Ladies Basketball Awards Night
Jun 1, 2016, 5:07 pm

The Ladies Basketball Board Awards were held in the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel on last Friday. Ballincollig players were once again on the winners list of Most Valuable Player as selected by the coaches in each league.

The U14 recipient was Ballincollig team captain Claudia Keane who led a young team to a second place finish in the league and runner up in the Top Four final.

Premier recipient was Samantha Coomey who plays on our senior team squad which also play up a grade in the Premier grade. The team finished runners up in the Senior Championship, runners up in the Senior Top Four and semi finalists in the Premier Top Four.

Congratulations to both players on their awards which were fully deserved.


Under 16 Girls complete Treble
Jun 1, 2016, 5:06 pm

Our U16 girls completed a clean sweep of League, Championship & Top 4 last week when they defeated Mallow in the final of the Top 4 in Parochial Hall. Ballincollig started strongly with a great defensive display and with some astute rebounding they led 15-9 at the end of the first quarter. By half time they had stamped their authority on the game and led 23-14. Mallow pushed them in the third quarter but our girls opened up the floor and moved the ball around to take a commanding 38-22 lead into the final quarter. Ballincollig finished winners on a score of 44-34 to complete a fantastic treble.

Caitlin Quinn & Amy Corkery had already collected the Championship cup, Patricia O'Riordan and Ayla Hanley collected the League and Sarah Murphy collected the Top 4 trophies for Ballincollig.


The success this year was a great reward for the hard work these girls put in all season and the dedication they have each shown through the years. The Ballincollig team was : Amy Corkery, Ava Lordan, Ayla Hanley, Caitlin Quinn, Cristina Collazo, Grace Kiernan, Jennifer Nyagaya, Karen Maher, Kate Brady, Maria O'Sullivan, Niamh Herbert, Niamh McGrath, Patricia O'Riordan, Rachel Finnegan, Sarah Murphy. First Aid - Elaine Kiernan. Coaches - Ken Quinn & Kevin Murphy.


Ballincollig Basketball Awards Night
May 18, 2016, 2:26 pm

The great and the good of Ballincollig Basketball Club donned their finest clothes for our annual awards night for teams from Under 13 to Senior on Sunday 15th May in the Oriel House Hotel. The paparazzi missed out the display of fashion in the hotel and that was just from the committee members! Fortunately our own photographer was on hand to record the occasion and photos will be appearing on our website shortly. A large crowd turned up for the presentation of MVP awards to our players in the different age groups. And the winners were.............................


Girls MVP Awards

Under 14             Alison Lyons

Under 15             Amy Corkery

Under 16             Caitlin Quinn

Under 18             Emma Sullivan

Division 1            Alyson Enright

Premier                Chinwe Ojini

Senior                  Jen Dinan


Boys MVP Awards

Under 13             Fabian Schmitz

Under 14             Eli Linehan

Under 16             Michael Lynch

Under 18             Emmanuel Anaba & Adam O' Connell

Under 20             Dylan Corkery

Division 1            Shane Mooney & Cathal Geraghty

Basketball Awards Night
May 11, 2016, 11:09 am

Ballincollig Basketball annual awards night for teams from Under 13 to Senior takes place this Sunday night 15th May in the Oriel House Hotel from 6 to 8 PM.

Entry is €5.

U14 Boys are All Ireland Champions
May 11, 2016, 11:05 am

Ballincollig Boys U-14 team landed the biggest prize available by winning the AICC National U-14 title. Only the top teams from every league across the country qualify for this Tournament so the prestige behind winning the competition is huge.

Ballincollig had a very tough group with Liffey Celtic from Dublin, Sligo All Stars, Titans from Galway and Kestrels from the Midlands.

The first game of the day was against Titans and Ballincollig ran out comfortable winners after a huge effort on both ends of the floor.

The next game proved to be more of a struggle against Sligo. Some sloppy finishing and careless play allowed Sligo to hang around but another great defensive effort ensured that, although not firing on all cylinders offensively, Ballincollig were still able to escape with a 9 point victory.

Liffey Celtic, who were some people's favourites for the tournament were up next and Ballincollig put together arguably their best performance of the year. Liffey's total of 11 points after 3 quarters is testament to the work effort and tenacity that the whole team were displaying on the defensive end of the court. Ballincollig ran out 30 point winners which was an extraordinary scoreline.

After a final pool victory against Kestrels, a very well coached St Vincent's from Dublin awaited in the semi final on Sunday morning. In fairness to the boys, they had not taken their eye off the ball. They started from where they left off the previous evening and secured a place in the final.
Belfast Star were the opponents after upsetting Liffey Celtics in the other semi final. The 1st quarter was very tense but some excellent scoring from Mark Lucey, Sean McCarthy and Eli Linehan settled Ballincollig. Some nice passes from Luke O'Sullivan and excellent rebounding from Colm Blount ensured Ballincollig were 10 points up at the end of the opening quarter.

The game sprung to life in the 2nd quarter when Sean O' Flynn scored 11 points in the space of 4 minutes. This combined with the ever present dogged defence from Hugh Murphy, Cathal McDermott, Brian Mcnabola and Philipp Schmitz meant Ballincollig possessed a commanding lead at half time.


Ballincollig never relinquished that lead and some nice shooting from Emmet O'Shea and a boost off the bench from Colm Hayes meant Ballincollig ran out 40-26 winners and were crowned All Ireland Champions.

Results for the weekend:
Ballincollig 59 - 29 Titans
Ballincollig 38 - 29 Sligo
Ballincollig 46 - 19 Liffey Celtic
Ballincollig 42 - 24 Kestrels
Semi final: Ballincollig 40 - 25 St Vincent's
Final: Ballincollig 40 - 26 Belfast Star

Under 16A Boys
May 11, 2016, 11:04 am

Our U16A boys followed their U14 club mates into national competition. Ballincollig were drawn in an extremely tough group with Moycullen of Galway and Templeogue from Dublin. Our first game against Moycullen was a tight and tense affair. Both sides played some quality basketball with our boys playing some of their best of the season. In the final minutes the lads had given themselves every chance to win but credit to the Galway side they showed great composure to eke out a win by the narrowest of margins. The one point loss was tough for the boys to take but they had to pick themselves up quickly for their encounter with Templeogue. Having already beaten Moycullen by 4 points the Dubliners knew a win would see them top the group and knock Ballincollig out. Credit to our lads as they rose to the occasion in another close battle. Their best basketball of the weekend saw them grind out a fantastic four point victory against the side who would eventually run out All Ireland Champions. In the only group settled on points difference the boys finished top to set up a semi final with Belfast Star. Unfortunately the performance level in the semi didn't quite hit the heights of the previous two. A slow start saw Star take an early lead which they would hold around the 8 point mark up to the fourth quarter. Again Ballincollig managed to up the tempo and apply pressure to close the gap and give themselves a chance to win. Massive credit to Star who stubbornly dug in to win by six. A disappointing loss for the boys given the quality of the earlier performances but one which they will learn from and they can take great pride in having reached an All Ireland quarter final taking the scalp of the champions on the way. The following morning the boys played two more ranking games. Cool heads were needed to see off a battling Limerick Celtics side in a scrappy two point win. Finally a tired bunch of Ballincollig boys squared off against Blue Demons in an all Cork affair to see who would finish 5th and 6th. A slow opening gave Demons a six point head start but again the lads were able to pick themselves up and raise the intensity. A cracking first half from both sides sent the teams in level at half time. However the third quarter belonged to Demons as the weekend seemed to catch up with our lads. Opening a big lead they never looked back and eventually ran out easy winners. A disappointing end but on the whole a great experience for our boys who played some superb basketball at times.


A big thank you to all those club members and supporters who came out to cheer the lads on over the weekend. It was great for all involved to see such numbers supporting them. It was particularly encouraging to see so many of our younger members in attendance. Again a big thank you to everyone and congratulations to the boys who represented the club so well.


U16 Girls are County Champions
May 11, 2016, 11:03 am

Our U16 team were crowned champions in Neptune Stadium winning their championship final against Carrig na bhFear on a scoreline of 41-32.


Ballincollig opened the scoring early with a trade mark 3 pointer from Amy and finished the 1st quarter 9-7 ahead. Our defence held strong in the 2nd quarter as Carrig pressed onto Ballincollig but our girls widened the lead and closed the 2nd quarter leading 21-17. As the excitement grew in the stadium, both teams opened up and swapped scores in the 3rd quarter ending with Ballincollig still ahead 31-26. Early in the 4th quarter, Carrig took the game to Ballincollig and closed the gap to 33-30 mid way through the 4th. With the excitement and tension in the famous stadium peaking, the large Ballincollig support urged on the girls to victory. The girls maintained their composure, remained calm in possession and picked off a few scores to kill off the game. The Ballincollig crowd erupted on the final buzzer and rushed to congratulated the team on a fantastic win. Amy finished top scorer on the night and Niamh was awarded MVP for her fantastic performance. Joint captains Caitlin and Amy lifted the cup to the delight of the Ballincollig squad.


Most of the girls were playing in their first final and were rewarded for the dedication and commitment they have shown throughout this year and their Basketball career to-date.


Squad - Amy Corkery, Ava Lordan, Ayla Hanley, Caitlin Quinn, Cristina Collazo, Grace Kiernan, Jennifer Nyagaya, Kate Brady, Maria O'Sullivan, Niamh Herbert, Niamh McGrath, Patricia O'Riordan, Rachel Finnegan, Sarah Murphy. First Aid - Elaine Kiernan. Coaches - Ken Quinn & Kevin Murphy.


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.

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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