Dynamites have been working very hard for the month of October. We are seeing vast improvements from all kids who are attending regularly and they will only get better. Great Work and Keep it up guys!
We also held an event for the FIRST Dublin Sportsfest, Ciaran O’Doherty wrote a report that features in the Echo Newspaper:
The Oblate Hall in Inchicore held one of many Dublin Sportsfest events taking place across the city on Saturday 29th September. The Sportsfest which was held between the 23rd and the 30th of September was put in place by Dublin City Council to bring together people and sports clubs from all around Dublin to
celebrate sport and activities across the city. Oblate Basketball Club held a Fundamental Movement and Skills through basketball event on Saturday the 29th of September for 4-10 year-olds from 10 am till 1 pm. Over 50 kids showed up to the 3 one-hour-long basketball classes in Inchicore with each kid
coming out having enjoyed their session. Head coach in Oblates Gerry Farrell gave praise to the goal of Sportsfest saying ‘I think it’s a great idea to highlight what sports clubs are trying to do in their areas.’ As for the event in Oblates, Farrell said ‘it was great to see so many people helping out and creating future Oblate players. There was a great buzz around the hall and it was a great opportunity for the club to showcase itself.’ He added ‘I want to say a big thank you to everyone who helped out throughout the day and it means a lot to the club.’
Oblates will continue their basketball classes on Saturday mornings with 4-6 year-olds starting at 10 am, 6-8 year-olds training from 11-12 and 8-10 year-olds finishing off the day from 12-1. All information about these classes can be found on the Oblate Basketball Club’s website or the Oblate Facebook page.
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The U12 girls started off their season with an away trip to Templeogue, a tough encounter which would have a buzzer beater to send the game to extra-time was a fantastic (stressful) way to start the season off. The girls pushed on in the over-time and ran out 4 point winners (Report Below). The only other game the girls played was the first league game of the season against Malahide in the Oblate Hall. This would be another spectacle of youth basketball as both teams fought hard throughout the game trading leads with every passing minute. A fast-paced last quarter saw the girls have just a little bit more than Malahide with good defence and soft finishes at the basket, training was definitely paying off and the girls pulled away to a 13 point win in the final 3 minutes. A good month all round for the girls, hoping for similar hard work in training and matches in the months to come.
Oblate’s Under 12 girls team edged out Templeogue basketball club this past weekend after an overtime thriller in Presentation College Terenure. An end to end game seen both teams finish level after regulation at 52-52, but after 3 minutes of over-time Oblates ran out 4 point winners at a final score of 57-61. Oblates started strong in the first quarter with scores from Kate Wood and Sophie Staunton putting the girls into an early 7 point lead (11-18). It would be more of the same in the second quarter as Oblates continued to rack the scores on the board. Templeogue knew they would have to come out stronger in the second half if they were to get back into this game. The half-time score saw Oblates increase their lead from the first quarter by 1 (25-33). The Comeback Templeogue battled hard in the second half of the game and the third quarter was well and truly there’s. Oblates could not handle the Templeogue offense in the third which led them
into an early time-out. The time-out did not have its desired effect though, as Templeogue continued their offensive onslaught and won the third quarter 11-4 to well and truly be back in the game. The score heading into the fourth quarter was 36-37. An end to end fourth saw both teams trade the lead time and time again. The fast-paced game had both parents and coaches applauding every touch. Going into the last few seconds of the game Templeogue held the lead by 2. Oblates pushed Templeogue to the limit in the dying embers of the game and that pressure paid off as Diana Mirt converted a buzzer beater for Oblates to leave the teams level at 52 apiece. 3 minutes of over-time would be held to try and find a winner to this epic Under 12 encounter. Oblates found themselves in foul trouble in the last minutes which led to easy shots being converted at the free-throw line for Templeogue. However, Oblates pushed on in the last minute and made crucial lay-ups to see them up 57-61 in the last few seconds. One last attack for Templeogue ended in a defensive rebound for Oblates by Hannah Byrne who then drove down the court to see the seconds run out and this thrilling clash come to an end. Both teams gave it there all throughout the game and showed hard work and determination in everything they did to bring parents and coaches to a standing ovation at the end of the game.
The U13 Girls kicked off the season in Division 1 with 3 very tough games. Opening up their season, they played Ongar Chasers at home. Ongar gained a 14 point lead in the first half of the game and although Oblate fought hard to breakdown the deficit it proved too much for them and they lost the game by 12 points. Their second game saw them up against Malahide, who from beginning to end were very strong. The Oblate girls never gave up during the game and had to succumb to a big loss. With only 2 league games during the month of October, it was evident to coach Karen that more preparation was required for the team’s next home game, the first round of the Cup against Firhouse (2). With a friendly match under the team’s belt, the team now faced Firhouse (2). The teams were evenly matched and provided the supporters with such an exciting game. The game could have gone either way but in the end the Oblate girls dug deep to take a win by 3 points. Although the Oblate girls have had a rocky start and will continue to come up against very strong opposition in Division 1, they are fighters and eager to learn.
Our U16 girls began their pre-season training in August after their Summer break with two new additions to the team: Emily Lyons and Rose Mesquita. Both girls have settled in well and have been made feel very welcome, which is absolutely lovely to see and be part of. Our first match was a home game against Dublin Raiders, a good team performance saw the girls take the win 39-27. Our next game was away to Ongar Chasers (another team new to the league). We did not know anything about these girls except that they were exceptionally tall! With three injured players not available, the girls dug deep and gave a true solid performance to yield a well deserved win of 41-27. With no game now until November, the girls will be training and hopefully thrive in November! A nice start to the season for them.
U18 ladies started the league campaign with a narrow defeat away to Templeogue but the girls showed lots of courage to come back from being down by 16 in the 3rd quarter to draw level in the 4th before losing out. That defeat was followed by a win against Killester which boosted confidence as the team head to Belfast for a very tough few days in the U18 National Cup this weekend. Among their opponents are cup favourites Liffey Celtics and Waterford Wildcats, they don`t come much tougher than those 2 fixtures.
The Girls travelled to Belfast last weekend to compete in the National Cup, thanks to the girls for the reports!
Game 1 vs Liffey Celtics:
We got off to a good enough start and put it up to them trailing by only 4pts through the 1st quarter, we held our own in the second quarter as well we were still trailing by only 8pts. Evidently it wasn’t enough in the second half and Liffey Celtics ended up pulling away with the win. We are happy with how we all played as a team and glad to have our toughest game over with, onto the next.
Game 2 vs Titans
For our second match of the day we faced Titans from Galway, it was a really tight match up in till the second half as we were level. We then found ourselves faced with a tough zone defense from the Galway side which gave them the minor lead going into the fourth quarter. Disappointing result as it was clear we had it in us to take the win but all in all wasn’t the best performance from ourselves but onwards and upwards for our final match of the day.
Terry & the Girls also celebrated the manager Barbra’s Birthday with some mocktails! Happy Belated Birthday Barbra!
U20 ladies got their National Cup campaign off to a winning start with a comprehensive away win against Meteors and next up is a home tie in the ¼ final against a very good Liffey Celtics outfit…..
Senior 1 Ladies
Senior 1 ladies have started well with 4 wins in October. They had a lucky win away to Mercy in the league followed by a better performance home to Meteors. Sandwiched between the 2 league wins were 2 National Cup victories away to Tipperary and home to Brunell which sees us through to the 1/4 finals where we have an away trip to Glanmire. Busy November ahead but girls are working hard in training so lots to be happy with.
HUGE THANK YOU to Ciaran O’Doherty who has kindly written 3 reports that have featured in the Echo this month, Sen 1 vs Brunell Echo Report below:
Oblate Dynamos laid down a marker this past Saturday in the National Intermediate Club Cup as they ran out 72-42 winners against Brunell in the Oblate Hall. The 30 point victory ensured Oblates place in the Quarter Finals of the NICC’s where they will come up against some strong opposition. Oblates started off the strongest of the two sides scoring from both inside and out but their early foul trouble would see them keep Brunell in the game with 8 of the Cork sides 15 first quarter points coming at the end free-throw line. The first quarter ended with Oblates leading by 4. (19-15) The second quarter was a game changing one as Oblates came out of the blocks early using their strong defence to limit Brunell to only 5 second quarter points. The strong defence would aid Oblates going forward as they were able to push the ball fast and find easy scores from all players on the court. A big three from Ciara White and inside scores from Sophie Doyle and Alison Keech would close out a strong second quarter for the Dublin side as they went in at half-time 16 points clear of Brunell. (36-20) Brunell knew they would have to come out fighting in the third quarter and try to push Oblates to the limit and that they did playing a fast paced game and ending up on the free-throw line numerous times throughout the quarter. Emma Browne, Ciara Browne and Gemma O’Mahony all converting at the free-throw line to keep Brunell in the tie. 8 points from Claire Quinn Nealon would stem the tide however, as Oblates would not let go to their lead pushing on and finding themselves converting from the free-throw line. Oblates would hold on to win the quarter by 4 points and lead by 20 going into the final quarter of the match. The Cork natives could not give one last push to try and upset the odds and get back into the game as Oblates managed the end game very well limiting Brunell to only 2 points. Oblates would go onto slow the game down and run out comfortable 30 point winners in the end. The next round of the NICC’s will take place on the 2nd of December and Oblates will play the winners of St.Colmans and Glanmire Basketball Club to have a chance at getting to the semi-finals.
The U11 boys started the season early with an away game against Liffey Celtics. This game took place on a Sunday evening at 6pm in Leixlip. We weren’t sure how many players would turn up at this late hour, but the boys showed true dedication with 17 players togging out. For most this was their first game with a lot of the boys playing a year up after making the step up from Dynamites. The team did very well working well on marking their players and never giving up on the court. They all enjoyed the game and we can definitely see lots of potential.
Second game of the month was against Eanna at home in the oblates. The boys were very excited to be playing a home game and once again the numbers were high with 15 players. The boys showed great encouragement to each other which we had been working on and it was great to see the older boys give encouragement to the newer players. Although Eanna only had 10 players and were stronger for this the boys never gave up. They listened well and worked on what we had been working on in training.
It is great to see the enthusiasm these boys have with no less than 15 at most training sessions. They boys need to keep working on their skills and keep attending camp when they can to keep progressing. A lot of them are still U10 so playing regular games will be great for them going forward.
The Under 12 Boys have being training very hard and have played 3 games winning one losing one and forfeiting another for not having 10 players. The boys always work very hard and are really improving so the Coaches are happy with how they are developing.
Division 4 Men
Great start to the Season for D4 Men; unbeaten after 4 games. We started off away to St Marks in the Cup. This was our first game of the season so there were definitely a few cob webs to be shaken. Marks put up a good fight but we pulled away in the 4th and won comfortably by 11 points. Next up was our first league game of the season against Bray; we clicked on our home court and won the game comfortably on a score line of 82-56. We then played St Marks in the league and won that also by a wide margin; final score was 88-42. We then travelled out to Balbriggan were we won comfortably by 20 points; unfortunately for us it didn’t count because there were no refs booked for the match and the game went ahead as a friendly. Either way a win is a win although we will have to go back out there again.
Thank you to all our Coaches for the reports!