Marion Keane Basketball Champions

On Fri May 20th we travelled to Ennistymon to play the semi-finals and final of the Marion Keane basketball tournament. This tournament was set up in memory of Marion Keane, past pupil and former teacher in Knockanean. In the semi-final, we were drawn against Moyasta. This was an extremely tough game and after normal time we were level. This meant we had to play 3 minutes of extra time, which we won by 5 points. In the other semi-final, Bridgetown came out victorious over Toonagh. This set up a final between us and Bridgetown. Before our final Moyasta and Toonagh played off for 3rd and 4th spots which Moyasta won. The final against Bridgtown was difficult but we were victorious on a scoreline of 12-5. Afterwards, there were huge celebrations and our captain Lilith Kearney was presented with the cup by Dan Keane, Marion’s father. All the team received a trophy. We stopped in O’Keeffe’s on the way home and got ice cream. It was truly an amazing and memorable day.

By Lilith Kearney, Andrea Barry and Leanne Dixon

Basketball

Boy’s Basketball

On the 5th of April, we went to Gurteen to play in the 1st round of the Marion Keane basketball tournament. The teams there that day were Crusheen, Gaelscoil Mhichil Ciosog and Barefield. In the first game, we played GMC and we lost narrowly on a score of 7-6. In the 2nd game, Barefield defeated Crusheen. In the 3rd game, Barefield did us a favour and defeated GMC. That gave us a chance if we won our last two matches which we did defeat Crusheen and then Barefield. That meant we and GMC were in a playoff to see who would advance from the group. The playoff was 5 min long and with time up we got a basket that we thought had won it for us but the referee disallowed the score because he said it had gone over time. We then had to go to Golden Basket and unfortunately, they got a free throw which they scored. We were devastated and disappointed. Thanks to Joe & Anne for the time they put into coaching us and to Paul Kennedy of PK Masonry for sponsoring our new basketball gear

By Shay Stubbs and Harry Leahy

Girls Basketball

At 9:15, on the 7th of April we left for Gurteen to play Gaelscoil Mhichil Ciosog , Barefield and Crusheen in the Marion Keane basketball tournament. We were playing in the first match against GMC and we won 7-4. In the 2nd match, we played Crusheen, which we won 16- 0. The final match of the day was between ourselves and Barefield. We knew if we won this match we’d advance from the group. At halftime they were 2-0 up. At the start of the 2nd half they scored a 2nd basket to go 4 up. We then scored three baskets in a row and a free shot to win by 3 points. We now go on to the 2nd round after Easter.

By Ailbhe Curran and Ciara Brooks

FAI Spar Soccer 2022

On Mon April 4th classes from 3rd to 6th went to Gurteen for a blitz. Colm made up teams of 5 or 6 mixed between all the classes from 3rd to 6th. There were girl’s teams and boy’s teams. The teams were divided into groups and each team played the other once in the group stages. The four teams that had the most points got through to the semi-final and then the winners played the final. Denis Hynes from the FAI was there for the full day. O’ Keeffes kindly sponsored refreshments such as water, crisps, bananas and biscuits and importantly the teachers got coffee! Overall we had a really great day.

By Andrea Barry and Luisa Hogan