On Friday the 29th of September our U-16 girls, U-16 boys and U-19 boys basketball teams had their first matches of the season. The three teams travelled to Old Leighlin to play Kilkenny Vocational School. The U-16 boys team were up first, Bobby Cope putting the points on the board for Tyndall. Kilkenny Vocational School answered back a short time later leaving the teams even. Boni Milinganyo a fine footballer and soccer player made his presence felt by winning rebound after rebound on the court while also scoring three baskets for his team. At half time Tyndall College had a comfortable lead 22-2. In the second half Manuel Martin scored three spectacular shots in a row, while player of the match William Manuel had a stunning performance scoring a well worked jump shot. Eddie Carvelho captained the side to victory with a final score of 36-2. A special mention to the work rates of newcomers Edson Chaves and Jorge Pancorbo and to Niall McGrath, Jack Coe and Zuhire Darsi for their amazing determination. Well done to our brilliantly trained team.
The girls team were up second. They got off to a flying start thanks to captain Erin Lennon who scored the first basket. However, Kilkenny Vocational School piled on the pressure and scored straight away. Just before half time newcomer Orlaigh O’Donohoe kept Kilkenny Vocational School in touching distance- 4 all. Kilkenny looked the more dominant team in the second half however Tyndall College kept fighting with superb shots from Lucia Gonzalez and Orlaigh. The score with 30 seconds on the clock was even. Shani Mullins wearing the number 11 jersey rose to the challenge and scored the winning basket for her team. A super performance from a very determined team! Well done girls!
The final match of the day was the U-19 boys captained by Vince Fornillos. Point guard Eddie Carvelho started the ball rolling for Tyndall College scoring a super shot for his team. Vince, Younus Mohammed and Eddie dominated the first and second quarter scoring lay-up after lay-up for their team leaving the half time score at 14 – 6 Player of the match Arsalan Khan showed a phenomenal work rate through-out the match and set the team up countless times for baskets along with Cillian O’Toole and Manuel Martin. In the final quarter Kevin Komoni scored a 3 pointer under pressure from the Kilkenny defence. Eddie also finished the game with a lay-up which left the Kilkenny defence scattered. Congratulations to all teams. The boys will take on Muine Bheag and the girls will play Commeragh College next week.
Article: John O’Brien (TY)
Photography: Ewan Hutchinson (TY)