Fab Foxrock fighting on three fronts

Rory Kerr

BASKETBALL: IT'S been a productive few weeks for Mark Ingle's Loreto Foxrock girls who, between the All-Ireland, Leinster and Loreto leagues, will certainly be challenging for honours this year.

The second years in particular have made huge strides forward.

Having struggled early on when they failed to win, the Loreto leagues brought them on and this year they boast a 2-0 record with wins over Loreto Beaufort and Malahide CS. Their most recent win over Malahide came courtesy of some fantastic play from utility player Rachel Mahon who, as sixth player, is also an integral part of the Cadette team.

They are involved in the All-Ireland semi-finals pools down in Limerick next month, after Aoife Curran recorded a dramatic winning basket over Christ King Cork to see them through from their quarter-final group two weeks ago.

Aisling Kindle, their post player and a member of the Irish U16 panel, has also been influential, as has point guard Rachel Boyce, and both will be hoping to drive their team to glory in the Loreto final when they take on Loreto on the Green later on this month.

Meanwhile, talented Dublin underage footballer Sarah McCaffrey was a key performer for Holy Faith Clontarf as they overcame the challenges of Presentation Castleisland, Ursuline Waterford and St Angelas Cork to win through to the 19A league semi-finals.

McCaffrey and Eleanor Matthews led by example while cadette Saoirse Power Cassidy earned plaudits from opposition and home coaches.