Basketball Review 2015-16
Ashbourne Community School has officially been promoted to the Elite 'A' League in Boys’ Basketball. The news came through this weekend from Basketball Ireland, following on from Ashbourne’s appearance in the U15 Cup Final on the 9th of May in the National Arena, Tallaght. Ashbourne earned a Silver Medal that day losing out to a strong St Pats Cavan team.
Ashbourne earn the promotion on the back of 2 strong years in the 'B' League. They achieved promotion from the 'C' League in 2014 after winning the U-19 All Ireland League Title, and finishing as Runners Up in the U19 Cup Final.
This is a momentous occasion for Ashbourne CS as they have never competed in the 'A' League before. The 'A' League is made up of 40- 50 top schools in the country, of which 17 also compete in the East Regional League with Ashbourne. In 8 years, Ashbourne has earned promotions from the 'D' League right up to the 'A' League. This promotion coincides with the opening of the ACS Sports Hall which has already hosted some top level 'B' League events such as All Ireland League and Cup playoffs.
Ashbourne's players and coaches will look to build on this momentum as they take their first foray into top flight basketball next September. The new Sports Hall will play host to high profile schools such as St Fintan’s Sutton, Ard Scoil Ris, Belvedere College and Presentation Bray. New rivalries with Cholaiste Choilm Swords beckon after years of watching from afar.
Highlights of the 2015-16 season include:
1st Year Boys - East Regional League Champions
U14 Boys - All Ireland Cup Bronze Medallists
2nd Yr Boys - All Ireland League Quarter Finals
U15 Boys - All Ireland Cup Runners Up
U19 Boys - All Ireland League Quarter Finals
In 2014 Ashbourne Community School clinched their first All Ireland title in its 20 year existence. This historic event for the school took place on Tuesday the 18th March in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
The All Ireland League final was watched by a large crowd of Ashbourne supporters who were anxious to see their team win this final. The Ashbourne U-19 basketball team thrilled and entertained the masses, enroute to a 48-38 victory over Colaiste na Sceilge from Kerry.
Conor Hickey had won MVP of the game and received a golden ball as recognition of his excellent performance in the final. In truth there could have been 5 or 6 MVPs handed out to the Ashbourne players.