DONEGAL BASKETBALL

Donegal Town U-16s in search of All-Ireland title this weekend

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Donegal Town Basketball Club U-16 Girls head off to represent the Region in the All-Ireland Club Championships next weekend.
They qualified for this, the end of season highlight, by winning the Counties Donegal/ Sligo Regional League as well as adding the Super Cup title to their season's haul.
The Donegal girls will play Mohill BC next Saturday at 12.30 in the wonderful Carroll Arena and then Tullamore BC at 3pm.
With 12 teams taking part from all the regions around the country three teams will battle for top spot in their own sections. Winners go into Div 1 Semi Finals - lose one game its Div 2 semi-final and lose 2 and its into the Div 3 semi-finals. So no matter what Saturday's games produce in the way of wins, its always a semi to play in regardless against some of the country's top clubs.
The Girls won the Division 2 All-Ireland title two years ago at U-14 level up in the Antrim Forum but since then have had a big change in personnel. Only five players from the U-14 winning team will take part this weekend - Aoife Mackle, Orla Carbery, Kirsty Harron, Sophie Carr and Lucy Clinton with 10 players sadly no longer playing the game in what is a great example of girls not staying in sport.
It is great credit to the girls that have come in though and to win the Regional title with a new panel is a fantastic achievement for this group. The team will be led by Captain Orla Carbery from Killybegs with Sophie Carr a major player for the Donegal side. Catherine Campbell, Nadine Battles Mc Geoghan, Courtney Harron and Aoibhe Timoney have really added to the team this season as has Aisling Murphy, Ciara Cox, Natasha Prendiville, all pushing for court time and have improved greatly.
The rest of the squad will be made up of four U-14 players Roisin Gillespie, Emma Meehan, Sarah Donovan and Katie Gillespie, who have joined the U-16s and are really pushing hard in training to make the team.
They have really helped the team prepare and will be huge additions next weekend. Unfortunately two of our biggest improvers this season, Ava Maxwell and Orla Mc Gonagle, aren't available this weekend and they will be sorely missed.
The team is coached by Kevin Sinclair, who has great help in team manager Rosemary Carr and Rosa Devaney as Assistant coach, who has been a fantastic help around the team this season.
Best of luck to our neighbours Blaze who have also qualified from the Region and let#s hope both teams do the region proud.
Panel: Aoife Mackle, Orla Carbery, Kirsty Harron, Sophie Carr, Lucy Clinton, Catherine Campbell, Nadine Battles Mc Geoghan, Courtney Harron, Aoibhe Timoney, Aisling Murphy, Ciara Cox, Natasha Prendiville, Roisin Gillespie, Emma Meehan, Sarah Donovan and Katie Gillespie.​