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Basketball 2018-2019

Rockwell reach the national U16 Basketball Final

Rockwell College 12 CBS Kilkenny 10

From the tip off it was easy to see that both teams were well matched and that it was going to be a close game. Conor Hennessy and Rory Collins started off the scoring for Rockwell with some great post moves under the basket. Roque Reyero was very solid on the defencive side with some great steals. Both sets of defence zones were strong and each team found it difficult to score. Rockwell, however, were down a basket at half time, but with great support from the bench , the Rockwell boys went out with renewed determination in the second half.

In the last minute, the sides were level and with both teams on team fouls it was very tense affair. Darragh Cronin stepped up to the mark and scored a wonderful 3 pointer to put Rockwell up 3 points with just under 40 seconds to go. They then fouled and CBS went to the line. Lucky for Rockwell the Kilkenny shooter scored only 1 which meant Rockwell were still up by a basket with 20 seconds remaining on the clock. An excellent block by Nathan Brockley under his own backboard meant the Rockwell team held on to possession and came out the winners. Final score was 12-10 with captain Roque Reyero being awarded the cup. Rockwell now continue to the All-Irelands.


For Report on U19 match of 20th November, Click Here.

For Report on U16 match of 20th November, Click Here.

U16 Boys Regional Semi Final

Rockwell College 23 Ardscoil na Mara 20

U16 Boys Regional Semi Final

On the 16th of November Rockwell travelled to Tramore to play Ardscoil na Mara. It was the regional semi final and Rockwell entered the game as underdogs, having previously been beaten by Tramore. It was a close but thrilling game from start to finish. Roque Reyero and Rory Collins worked well together for Rockwell in the first half, putting up the scores for them but Ardscoil could not miss a shot. The score was 14-7 at half time. Rockwell knew they had to put in a major second half performance to catch up and keep them in the game.

Rockwell came out fighting in the second half and caught up to Tramore, continuously trading baskets with each other. Darragh Cronin and Nathan Brockley worked hard on defence, chasing every pass and in return getting some great steals. The game was Rockwells to win but Ardscoil were not giving up. With two minutes left on the clock, the score was 21-20 in Rockwell’s favour. It was very tense, but Rockwell kept playing hard with great encouragement coming from the rest of the squad. With 15 seconds left on the clock, Conor Hennessy received the ball right under the basket and scored a perfect shot for Rockwell to come away winners by 3 points.

Final score was 23-20. Next up is the regional final in WIT where Rockwell meet CBS Killkenny in what is bound to be another very well matched game.


Rockwell College U16 and U19 Boys Vs High School Clonmel

On the 6th of November the U16 boys played a home game against the High School Clonmel. We had won our last two matches and were hoping to come out on top again today. It was an evenly matched game throughout and great shooting from Roque Reyero and Conor Hennessey helped ensure that we were two baskets up at half time. The second half was equally competitive. Rory Collins and Darragh Cronin kept a level head and helped ensure that we kept possession of the ball at vital times. Nathan Brockley stepped up to the mark as a skilful ball handler and drove to the basket to get us key points on the board. The final score ended 25 – 22 in our favour. We were thrilled to beat such a strong side and have our third victory in a row.

U19 Boys

The U19 Boys took to the court for their match. We needed to win this game to remain unbeaten and obtain the top space on the leader board. The boys got off to a fantastic start with excellent rebounds from Brian O’Connor and Bill Fitzgearld. Brendan Walsh was superb on the fast court break and ended the match as top scorer of 18 points. We had a comfortable 10 point lead at half time but wanted to ensure we didn’t become complacent in the second half as the High School were known for their second half comeback performances. Excellent composure and defence from Adam Parker and Dylan Cusack ensured that we didn’t let the High School get any easy baskets. We were delighted to come away with another win. The boys are really pulling together as a team and going from strength to strength in every game. The final score ended with Rockwell College 14 points the stronger team, 34 – 22.


Match 3 Vs Colaiste Dun Iascaigh

On the 22th of October the U16 and U19 boys basketball team travelled to Monroe, Clonmel and played Colaiste Dun Iascaigh of Cahir. The U16 boys played first and with a lot of players missing due to football, a lot of the younger plays got a chance to play and really stood up to the mark. The match was basket for basket in the first quarter and we trailed by 2 baskets at the break. After a quick team talk, the boys got straight back into the game with great baskets by Ronan O’Brien and Nathan Brockley. We took the lead then 26-24 at half time. Ronan and Nathan continued to cause havoc to the Cahir defence while Conor Hennessy got some excellent rebounds. We were able to stretch our lead in the second half with steals from Darragh Cronin and Roque Reyero. We took the win with a great team performance on the day. The final score was 49-33.

The second match of the day was our U19s and it was a thriller of a game. We started off strong from excellent fast breaks by Brendan Walsh. We lead the first quarter 14-8 but nothing was easy after that. Cahir came back fighting and we began to feel the pressure, we only lead by 3 point at half time. Adam Parker was able to lead the team in the second half by keeping his cool and scoring 10points. The final quarter was tense with each team trading baskets and only 2 baskets between the sides. However, we were able to keep our heads by playing tough defence and fighting until the end. We came out winners 34-30. It was a very exciting but tough game for the boys.


Match 1 Vs Tramore

On the 28th of September the U16 and U19 boys’ basketball team played a home game against Tramore, Co. Waterford. The U16 boys played first, this was a newly formed team with lots of raw talent and enthusiasm. The boys didn’t have much time to train together but showed great spirit throughout the match. Sheer determination and athleticism meant that they were only down by 2 baskets at half time. Tramore started to drive at our defence in the second half and the match ended Tramore 29, Rockwell 20.

The second match of the day saw our U19s take the court. It was obvious from the offset that the Rockwell boys were a close knit team who understood one another’s talents. They had put in 5 weeks of hard training and today was their opportunity to showcase their efforts. Adam Parker opened the game with an excellent three pointer, which was the first of many from him. Brendan Walsh was as fast as lightening on offence and scored 4 baskets on the fast court break. The boys all played their part in the victory and the score ended 40 – 9 in strong favour of Rockwell College. The boys were thrilled with their first win of the season.


Match 2 Vs CBS Kilkenny

On the 12th of October the U16s and U19s travelled to play an away game against the CBS Kilkenny. The U16 CBS team had won all of their matches to date so we were going in as the underdogs but welcomed the challenge as we had a few weeks of training behind us. The boys played excellent basketball and were in for every rebound and were working so hard on the defence. Nathan Brockley shots were on fire and he ended the game with a total of 14 points. Tom Downey was securing every rebound and in the 4th quarter the boys began to hit their stride and won the game with a final score of 37 – 29. The boys were elated with this win and delighted to beat the favourites in their home ground.

The U19 boys then took to the courts determined to get another win. They had trained hard and had learned new skills and plays during the last two weeks and were eager to showcase their talent. The 1st quarter was tight with Rockwell only being up by 5 points. Brian O’Connor and Bill Fitzgearld was excellent on the rebounds and fought hard on defence. We began to pull away in the 2nd quarter and went into half time with a strong lead. Every player got on the court and the match was an excellent display of teamwork and determination. The final scored was 64-36, another great win for Rockwell College U19s.

Date Team Opposition Score Rockwell Scorers
20Nov U19 Regional SF Colaiste Dun Iascaigh 35-31  
20Nov U16 Regional SF Ard Scoil Na Mara 23-20