Loreto Clonmel basketball team pipped in regional final

Loreto U-16 Basketball

Above -  The Loreto Clonmel U-16 basketball team that reached the south-east regional final and competed in the All-Ireland play-offs. Back, from left, Zoe Power, Alana Quirke, Erin le Blanc, Megan Murphy, Enya Mudlwald, Roma Dennehy and Avril Geoghegan. Front, Jessica Redfern, Caoimhe Mulcahy, Alana Dowling, Ailis Ryan, Orla Winston, Brigitta Valunaite and Ava Fennessy. Another player absent when the photo was taken is Sadhbh Hallinan.

The Loreto Secondary School, Clonmel U-16 basketball team reached the South East Regional Final this season and lost a close final to St. Bridget’s Secondary School, Callan. 

The team then went on to play in the All-Ireland Grade B play-offs, held in Midleton, when they faced three tough matches against opposition from Cork, Kerry and Dublin.

The team from Tralee won the event and progressed to the All-Ireland quarter-finals. 

The Loreto girls played very well all day and had some really close games, losing one game by just one basket. 

It is a great achievement to get to the play-off stages as the standard is so high, with most teams having a strong club influence.