09th OCTOBER 2014

There was some disappointment in Pres today as our U16’s fell just short to an impressively strong St. Paul’s team. This was the first match of the season where the Pres 16’s were really tested and unfortunately they couldn’t quite see it through.
Both teams started strongly and some fine scoring from Pres’ Aaron Walsh and Paul’s Jovis Bidaut sent the two teams in to the second quarter locked at 11 points each. From here, Pres took a slight hold on the tie. Donal Ring, Nigel Magno and Alex Bartley made their way on the score sheet, while Aaron Walsh maintained his fine performance on both sides of the court. St. Paul’s, however, kept themselves well and truly in the game with an abundance of outside shooting, with Ruan Donegan and Adam Lambert particularly impressive from outside the three point line. The away team were hot on the heels of Pres, only three points in arrears heading into the fourth quarter.
The Pres boys will regret some poor decision making on their way to the basket in the final quarter, squandering a number of lay-ups, leading to some basic turnovers and setting St. Paul’s up for some easy lay-ups of their own. That said, both Donal Ring and Ciaran McKay converted three vital lay-ups, giving Pres a three point lead as the clocked ticked down. Just when it looked as if Pres may have done just enough, St. Paul’s Jack Kelly stepped up and banged in yet another three pointer. The buzzer went with the two teams locked at 47 points apiece.
St. Paul’s hit the ground running in overtime and put real pressure on the Pres defence. Fatigue set in as Pres gave away a number of fouls, setting up 8 free throws for St. Paul’s in overtime, 7 of which they converted. Unfortunately, some brave defence from Nigel Magno lead to him being fouled out, but the Pres supporters gave him the ovation he deserved as he left the court. Pres found it hard to get the ball up the court, however, three lay-ups kept them in the game right until the end. St. Paul’s poise from the free throw line proved to be the difference between the two sides in the end, however, as they eventually finished three point winners. Final score: 56-53.

Pres scorers:
Donal Ring – 20 points
Aaron Walsh – 14 points
Nigel Magno – 11 points
Ciaran McKay – 4 points
Alex Bartley – 2 points
Ben Fay – 2 points

It was a fine, spirited display from the Pres boys, who were naturally upset on the final buzzer. Testament to their character, though, they were dignified in defeat and duly congratulated an impressive St. Paul’s side. We wish them all the best in the next round.
The 16’s must pick themselves up for their next league game against Coláiste Éanna tomorrow. Based on today’s performance, their run in the league will be a long and hopefully fruitful one.

07th OCTOBER 2014

The U16’s and U19’s continued their unbeaten runs in the Leinster League today in Pres against Oatlands College.

The U16’s took control of their game early on and raced to a 20-6 point lead by the end of the first quarter. From there, they never looked back, and as the match progressed they continued to take a strangle-hold on the game, eventually running out convincing 83-42 winners. Some good scoring was on display, lead once again by the ever impressive Donal Ring.
Donal Ring – 27 points
Nigel Magno – 14 points
Aaron Walsh – 12 points
Ben Fay – 10 points
Robert Wilson – 10 points
Zack Cullen – 6 points
Stephen Mullery – 2 points
Jordan Temple – 2 points

The U19’s endured a much tougher encounter against the Oatland’s seniors. The game ebbed and flowed between Pres and Oatlands with some defensive errors and a number of missed opportunities under the basket, allowing both sides with a chance of the win right until the final buzzer. A dogged and determined performance from 3rd year, Aaron Walsh kept Pres in the game in the 2nd quarter when it looked like Oatlands might be getting a grip on the tie. His contribution helped Pres overturn a 1 point deficit after the first quarter to go in 3 points up at the end of the second quarter. Added to this were a number of timely 3 pointers from both Shane Davidson and Nigel Magno, giving the Pres seniors a much needed lift as they eventually eked out a 3 point win against a very spirited Oatlands team. Final score: 49-46.
Shane Davidson – 16 points
Nigel Magno – 12 points
Donal Ring – 10 points
Aaron Walsh – 7 points
Marcus Nolan – 4 points

Three wins from three for both the U16’s and U19’s marks a very good start to the year, however Marie and Marc will be looking for some improvement as both teams face significant tests in their upcoming All-Ireland Cup matches.
We hope to see as many of you as possible on Thursday at 2.30pm in Pres to cheer on the U16’s as they attempt to advance to the second round of the Cup against St. Paul’s, Raheny.