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Basketball: Eanna must jump through Rebel hoop

REIGNING U19A cup holders Coláiste Éanna begin the defence of their title with a tricky tie away to PBC Cork as the basketball season gets under way next month.

Éanna, who defeated great rivals St Fintan's in the decider in January, have lost the Lynch twins and coach Ahmed Smith, who has taken up a post at Charleston Southern University.

They will be a big loss for a trip to the Rebel County.

Fintan's will be keen to atone for last season's defeat and like Éanna are bound for Co Cork to take on Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig.

Basketball Ireland's coach of the year, Jerome Westbrooks, will again be calling the shots from the line and will be looking to international players Gary Barron and Mikey Deegan for inspiration.

Oatlands College, who have made huge strides under Gavin Holmes, take on St Aidan's Cork while Templeogue College and High School both entertain Kerry opposition.

In the girls' section, Our Lady's of Mercy of Drimnagh step up to the top section and are being fancied by many to take the top prize in January.


Under Gerry Farrell, the school has flourished and last season edged out Teresian Donnybrook in a thrilling 16b Cup final.

Shannon Farrell and Jenny Sheehan were the heroes on the day and the duo were also part of Joey Boylan's Irish squad that competed in their European Championship campaign this summer with Jenny Sheehan captaining the team.

Drimnagh take on Mercy Skibereen while Coláiste Íosagáin enjoy home advantage against their old rivals, Calasanctius Oranmore, who have been the dominant force in the last couple of years.

Holy Faith Clontarf, Loreto On The Green and Loreto Beaufort have received byes into the next round.