What is basketball?

Basketball is a fast-paced sport that involves two teams of five players each. The objective is to try and score by throwing the ball accurately through a hope. The team with the most points wins.

History of basketball in our school

St. Brigid’s Secondary School has a long tradition and reputation for school basketball. We are currently playing in Senior A, Cadet A and second year and first year A dimensions. It gives the girls a chance to meet and train with girls who may not necessarily be in their own class, or even in their own year. It also gives them the rare chance to play with girls from other rival clubs. Basketball is a very competitive sport in our school and always has one of the highest interest levels. We have teams for first years, second years, cadette and senior girls.

5 benefits from basketball

It’s a whole-body workout and good for muscle development.

They will learn the importance of good sportsmanship.

Improves social development and team-work skills.

Learning about the importance of respecting authority and self-discipline.

Increased self-esteem. 

Training

In St Brigid’s, the team of coaches include Ms. Kate Donnellan, Mr. Christian Lyne-Roberts and Ms. Emma Bunworth. Training takes place in our very own full-size basketball court which is located on the grounds of the school. Training is usually one evening after school for each team, but sessions can increase on approach to games and tournaments. The teams work on skill-improving drills, tactics and mini games to improve their knowledge of the game, both offensively and defensively.

 

2022 was a very successful year for basketball here at St Brigid’s.
  • Our minor and junior basketball team won the Southwest Regional Finals after going unbeaten for 5 games. 
  • They both then went forward to qualify for the All Irelands.
  • Our juniors won an All-Ireland Bronze Medal after losing in the semis by a last minute 3- pointer. 
  • The minors went on to win the All-Ireland Cup and went the whole season unbeaten. They beat Pres Kilkenny comfortably in the final to lift the cup in the National Basketball Arena, Dublin

Awards Ceremony 

At our awards ceremony, the captains were commended for their leadership throughout the season. Congratulations to Laura Healy, Muireann Healy, Eabha Rudden and Sue O' Donoghue. 

Four other players were also awarded with Most Valuable Player; Ciara O Sullivan, Doireann Dwyer, Leah McMahon and Tara Donnellan. 
Special Mentions
Leah McMahon went on to represent her country internationally in Scotland and won the Nations Cup. She will also travel with the squad this summer as she made the Final Cut. Well-deserved Leah!
Tara Donnellan, who has been an essential part in everything basketball related since she was in first year, finished off the year with a bang as she lifted the U18 National Cup with the Limerick Celtics. We wish Tara every success in her future, and we know that we will be hearing about her again soon. Good luck Tara! 
 

Previous Honours

  • In 2008 we were 1st Year A All-Ireland winners and Kerry League and semi-finalists of the All-Ireland at Cadet Level.
  • In 2009 we were 2nd Year Kerry League winners and Senior A semi-finalists and Cup Quarter finalists.
  • St. Brigid's Presentation Secondary School Killarney Junior A basketball team won the All Ireland final on May 2nd, 2017  in the National Arena in Tallaght. They played Portlaoise in the semi-final and won 42-38. They played Malahide in the final and won 37-27. A great success for a great team of girls!

Several past pupils of our school have followed their success with the school at national level where they went on to represent Ireland at different levels.

If anyone has any inquiry regarding basketball here in our school, please send an email to Mr. Roberts (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Ms. Bunworth (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)


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