Portlaoise Panthers juvenile reports
All the latest reports from the Portlaoise Panthers juvenile club.
U-13 Girls Division 2 Midland League
Portlaoise Panthers U-13 girls had a busy weekend with two games over the two days, with one game in the Kilkenny league and one game in the Midland League.
On Sunday the girls played against the newly formed juvenile club, Ballyroan. This juvenile club is in its inaugural year and it has entered teams right up the league in most age groups and this can only benefit its senior teams in a few short years.
Portlaoise were the faster team out of the blocks with the charge headed by Portlaoise’s Keeva Fingleton. Keeva was fastest down the floor and she was ably aided by Niamh Friel and Mairead O’Byrne, who consistently fed the ball to the composed Fingleton who slotted away an impressive 12 points for the quarter.
Aimee Lewis and Caoimhe Moore balanced the floor and were always a threat to the Kestrels defence making it hard for the visiting team to make their stamp on the game.
The second quarter saw the introduction of a new five in the form of Ashling Fleming, Isobel Duff, Kodi Kavanagh, Kelly Delaney and Eimear Marum. Ashling Fleming showed great composure from the point driving to the basket when the opportunity arose.
Kodi Kavanagh and Isobel Duff put the visitors under pressure defensively while Eimear Marum and Kelly Delany linked up well clocking up some well worked scores. Portlaoise were ahead at the half time whistle.
The second half continued in the same vein. Ballyroan had settled well into the game and had lots of opportunity under the basket with some good scores from Isabelle McWey and Emma Smith.
Portlaoise introduced Faydagh Dunne and Meaghan Fitzpatrick to the floor and this resulted in an immediate score for Dunne with a great pass from Fitzpatrick.
Portlaoise saw out the game as the stronger team on the day but Ballyroan will certainly continue to improve as the season progresses and will undoubtedly become a force to be reckoned with. Well done to everyone involved.
U-13 Girls Kilkenny League
Saturday saw the girls face the stiff challenge of Castlecomer in the Kilkenny League.
Portlaoise started brightly with Niamh Friel and Keeva Fingleton linking up well to give the home side a four point lead after two minutes. A great move by Amy O’Sullivan produced another score before Castlecomer got their first points on the board through Katie Purcell. Aimee Lewis was excellent in defence and worked tirelessly for the quarter which ended in favour of Portlaoise.
The second quarter was a much tight affair and the girls had to work hard defensively and offensively for the quarter. Castlecomer clocked up three quick baskets before Portlaoise could really settle into the quarter.
Holly and Kelly Delaney played tough defence under the basket and had to battle hard to stop the visitors. A well taken free throw by Fadagh Dunne settled the Portlaoise girls before Ashling Fleming added another basket just before the half time whistle where the girls trailed by only two points.
The third quarter saw Castlecomer shift into another gear and Portlaoise found it hard to stem the flow of scores. Meaghan Fitzpatrick and Chloe O’Sullivan worked tirelessly in defence for the quarter while Kodi Kavanagh and Isabel Duff looked to push the ball at every opportunity but Castlecomer asserted their dominance and took a point lead into the final quarter.
The last quarter saw both sides looking to finish strong. Portlaoise tried to break the Castlecomer defence but were denied basket after basket by an powerful Comer side.
Portlaoise battled on and there was some great team play produced which ended in some well deserved baskets for the home side. Unfortunately it was not enough to take the victory but there was a lot of positives to take out of the game.
Portlaoise Panthers Team: Hollie Delaney, Eimear Marum, Niamh Friel, Chloe O’Sullivan, Amy O’Sullivan, Mairead Byrne, Meaghan Fitzpatrick, Kelly Delaney, Isobel Duff, Amy Lewis, Caoimhe Moore, Ashling Flemming, Keeva Fingleton, Faydagh Dunne and Kodi Kavanagh.
Dublin League U-13 Boys
Portlaoise 55 Malahide 19
The Portlaoise boys U-13 basketball team travelled to play Malahide in the Dublin League competition.
Portlaoise hit the ground running with baskets from Eoghan Dempsey and Cathal McEvoy. Portlaoise were in control of the game with strong defence and fine shooting at the other end from Matthew Coonan and Cillian O'Connell.
As the quarter went on Portlaoise had very good performances from Aaron Dooley and Eoghan Dempsey. The second quarter saw a new five players from each club but it was the visiting team that continued to dominate with baskets from Michael Gilsenan and Jack Byrne.
They were now growing in confidence running the ball at every opportunity resulting in scores from from Patrick Fitzpatrick and their captain Michael Gilsenan. As the half-time whistle approached Portlaoise opened up a significant 18 point lead thanks to great work from Dylan Cahill and Jack Byrne.
The second half continued much the same with the bigger and stronger visiting team playing some excellent basketball, finishing with scores from Eoghan Dempsey and Cathal McEvoy. Malahide to their credit continued to battle hard for every ball but they could not cope with the Portlaoise offense as they ran the floor with baskets coming from Matthew Coogan and Oisin Crossan.
The last quarter saw both teams relax with the final outcome in little doubt as Portlaoise were in full control, keeping the scoreboard ticking over with baskets from Aaron Dooley and Brian McEvoy.
Portlaoise got late baskets from Jack Byrne and their big man Dylan Cahill to help their team to go on to a well deserved win.
Portlaoise Team: Michael Gilsenan (Capt), Matthew Coonan (V Capt), Eoghan Dempsey, Aaron Dooley, Brian Mc Evoy, Jack Byrne, Eoin Murphy, Brochan O Reilly, Cathal Mc Evoy, John Hruslovki, Patrick Fitzpatrick, Cillian O Connell, Dylan Cahill, Paul Mulhall, Darragh Mulhall, Oisin Crossan.
Kilkenny League U-12 Boys
Portlaoise 28 Kilkenny Stars 11
The Portlaoise boys U-12 basketball team played host to Kilkenny Stars last weekend in the Kilkenny South East League.
Portlaoise started the better with good performances from Odhran Phelan and Oisin Crossan. As the game went on baskets were at a premium with both teams playing well on defence.
Portlaoise were eventually rewarded for their hard work with their first couple of baskets coming from from Brochan O'Reilly. As the quarter went on Cillian O'Connell was running the offense resulting in fine scores from Jack Byrne.
The second quarter saw the home team up the tempo with strong man-to-man defence and fine shooting at the other end from Patrick Fitzpatrick. Portlaoise were in full control at this stage and in hindsight this was the quarter where the game was won and lost, as they put ten points on the scoreboard while at the same time keeping Kilkenny scoreless.
As the half-time whistle approached Portlaoise finished the stronger with good performances from Eoin Murphy and Tony Walsh.
The second half saw the Kilkenny lads come out strong to get the first couple of baskets. Portlaoise seemed to lose concentration for a couple of minutes but as the quarter went on they came right back into the game with baskets from Brochan O'Reilly and their captain Cathal McEvoy.
Portlaoise again upped the tempo to open a 12 point gap with good work from Odhran Phelan and Oisin Crossan. The last quarter saw both teams battle for every ball with both playing well, Portlaoise had good work from Eoin Murphy and their ball handler Cathal McEvoy.
As the game came to a close Portlaoise showed composure to control the ball and finish the stronger team to go on to a well deserved 16 point win.
Portlaoise Team: Cathal McEvoy (Capt), Jack Byrne (VCapt), John Hrussovki, Oisin Crossan, Eoin Murphy, Cillian O Connell, Brochan O Reilly, Patrick O'Callaghan, Odhran Phelan, Patrick Fitzpatrick, Tony Walsh, Paul Mulhall, Darragh Mulhall, Adam Glynn.