Team of the Week – Week 5

Division 5 Men had a heart breaking cup exit on Wednesday after double overtime against Nomads. Top scorers were Aodhan Bolger and Ciarán O’Doherty on with 16 points each

Senior 1 Ladies lost to Killester on Thursday out in Artane.  Dynamos played really well in patches but are lacking the consistency needed at this level. The girls had away fixture in the cup out in Malahide on last night and have a trip to Glanmire in the National cup on Saturday.  Busy busy busy…

Division 5 Men came back strong in the league on Friday beating Malahide at home 66-52. A good all round performance; top scorers were Aodhan Bolger with 14 points and Conor McCabe with 13 points.

Division 2 Men had an impressive win against a young Liffey Celtics team; 82-63 was the final score. Top Scorer was Shane Briggs with 22 points. That’s 2 wins in a row for the D2 team which is a good response after losing the first 2 games of the season. . John Walsh is away for the month of November with work so Brian Corcoran will be taking over coaching duties.

U15 Boy’s were in action again at home against Templeogue. It was a very even game throughout with our Centurions boys holding the lead right to the last minute but Templeouge held their nerve and made the crucial score to win by 2pts. This is a big challenge to this team coming from D2 last season and it is a big learning curve for Lynn and the boys but there was a lot taken from this game and the boys will learn from this and move on to the next challenge.

U17 boys made the short trip up the N4 to play a league game versus Liffey Celtics on Sunday. When the boys won Div 2 last year they knew it would be a step up to play in Div 1. And so it proved! Celtics jumped out to a big lead right from the off and never looked back. The Centurions did have their moments in the game but never threatened a very strong Celtics team. Every game is a learning experience and the boys would have learned a lot from this one

This weeks Team of the Week is our U18 Girls who traveled to Cork to compete in the U18 National Cup.

First up for U18 Girls was a 10am game against the home team Brunel. It was a slow start for us and were down 11 after the first. The girls fought hard throughout the game but we missed a lot. Our defense let us down in the last quarter and came out losers. Well done to Lauren Buchanan who top scored with 19 points and made some great defensive stops but picked up an injury and sat out the next 2 games.
Next up was St Mary’s. With not much of a break from the first game it was going to be tough. St Mary’s came out fighting and the battle began. It was end to end baskets for the first quarter. But with some patience on offense and tough defense we got a 15 point lead. The girls showed great composure in this game and worked well as a team to take the win.
Last game for Saturday was Cavan Eagles. We got off to a great start and with pressure defense and good fast breaks we took the lead early. Cavan didn’t get into the game and Oblates got their second win.
With 2 wins from 3 we headed back to the hotel to head out for dinner. We decided to leave the phones at home for dinner and the girls had lots of chats finding out some interesting facts about each other . Back to the hotel for a well deserved rest and early night.
Last game Sunday morning was at 11:30 against wildcats, with both teams tied on points this was a winner takes all game with the winner going to quarter finals. We started the game well and stuck to our plan on defense which worked for a while. But a press from Wildcats led to too many turnovers and we were down 13 at the half. We came out in the second half fighting and with a change of defense in the forth brought it back to 8. But with players in foul trouble and baskets not dropping we lost by 13 in the end.
It was a great experience for us all to be playing at that level and we’ve learned a lot from it. A lot of work to do and need to keep progressing and working hard at training. Great display of basketball at times from the Girls. They did themselves and the club proud.