Big boost for basketball as Coláiste na Sceilge teams compete in finals
GAELIC football is without doubt the predominant sport in Iveragh but basketball in the area received national prominence when Coláiste Na Sceilge of Cahirsiveen competed in the All-Ireland schools basketball finals at C level in the under-16 and under-19 grades.
The finals took place in the National Basketball Arena of Tallaght on Tuesday, March 18 but unfortunately victory was not to be. Both South Kerry teams led at half time but the under 16s were defeated 35-21 by O'Carolan College of Nobber, Co. Meath with the under-19s succumbing on a score of 48-38 to Ashbourne Community School also of Meath.
The south Kerry teams are managed by Shane O'Neill and coached by John Teahan from Currow whose basketball pedigree is impressive.
A former player with the St. Mary's basketball team of Castleisland and Tralee Tigers, his achievements include winning 20 caps at senior level for Ireland and being awarded the title of Basketball Ireland Senior Player Of The year 2010-11 period.
He also won two Super League Cup titles as well as three Super League titles and a top eight. He was Super League Player Of The Year in 2002.
The under-19 team was: Liam O'Connell, Mark O'Shea, Jim Lynch, Shane Clifford, Calum Scanlon, Pierse Lynch, Cathal O'Donovan, Shane O'Connor, Brian Sugrue, Cian O'Shea, Rokas Stanisauskas.
Scorers: Mark O'Shea (17 points), Jim Lynch (14 points), Shane O'Connor (5 points), Brian Sugrue (2 points).
The under-16s team was: Jim Lynch, Jack Landers, Rokas Stanisauskas,Cathal O'Donovan, John Murphy, Mattes Gnauk, Matthew O'Neill, Niall O'Connor, Ciarán Clifford, Muiris Fitzgerald, Cian O'Shea, Shane Coffey, Stephen O'Connor, Nuno Martinez, Carlos Martinez.
Scorers: Jim Lynch (9 points), Cian O'Shea (7 points), John Murphy (2 points), Cathal O'Donovan (3 points)