The U19 and U16 girls’ basketball teams both took part in their league finals this week in the Oblate Basketball Hall in Inchicore. It has been a number of years since Sandford has entered basketball teams into the East Leinster league, so we were immensely proud to have two girls’ teams reach the final.
The U16 team were first up against a strong Blessington Community College side. The girls did well to stay with them for three quarters, but Blessington’s depth shone through in the final quarter, and the girls were just not able to stay with them. A really fantastic achievement to leave with a silver medal with a number of students having played very little basketball before this term.
The U19 team were up against Rosemont School who had beaten them well in the group stages. With one outstanding Irish player and several established club players, the Sandford girls knew they were the underdogs and had nothing to lose. They never let the game out of their sight and a time out in the third quarter sparked a scoring spree that would see them turn around an 11-point deficit. The Sandford supporters roared and cheered and nearly took the roof off! Rosemont had no answer to the onslaught and the girls ended victorious, 38-34. A wonderful achievement and congratulations to all involved. The team will go on to play in the Leinster Cup with the final of this being played in the National Basketball Arena.
The U19 boys will play in their league final in the same venue tomorrow. Best of luck to the team.