Sports Round Up

Basketball
U16 and u19 teams were crowned South West Champions in December after beating PCD and Mercy Mounthawk.
Both teams won their home playoff games versus Carrigtwohill CC and Christ King SS and progressed to the quarter finals of the All Ireland League.
The u19s were given a tough draw with C Champions Heywood CS and face them in Tallaght. In a thrilling game, Pres Panther just came up short by 4 points to the eventual All Ireland Champions.
The u16s draw also gave a hardy opponent in the quarter finals, Dominican College Griffith Avenue. The East runners up had former Ireland players and were a significantly taller team than our Pres Panthers. However, height doesn’t matter when the Pres Panthers came at Dominican College with ferocity. In an intense game in Inchicore in front of a larger home crowd, Pres Panthers defeated Dominican College by 7. They then travelled to Tallaght to play Colaiste na Carriage, Donegal, the u16 B Cup Champs. Pres Tralee came out strong with a 30-14 lead at halftime. However, it ended close 48-42 but the u16s were headed to the final.
The All Ireland Final, streamed live on basketballireland.tv, was an uncomfortably close game. Pres Panther led from the start with baskets from St. Brendan’s player Chloe O Brien. The teams drew 7 times, but the last quarter saw a basket from all players involved to secure the u16 B All Ireland League Championship 41-37.
The 1st and 2nd Year Pres Panthers started their campaign in January. All of their games were at home due to fixture issues. We welcomed Colaiste Íde, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne and Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine. The 1st Years won 3 out of 3 and so progress to the South West Semi Finals. The 2nd Year, with a win versus Colaiste Íde failed the qualify but had their best season yet.

Football
Munster LGFA PPs u14 Championship
Pres now continue to the next round of the u14 Munster PPS championship with the great win over Tarbert. Final score Pres 6-12 to Tarbert 1-3.
They u16.5 team will face Hazelwood College in the Semi Final.

Soccer
The u15 soccer team beat Pres Listowel 7-4 in the Kerry League. They have also progress to the Munster Semi Final after a 1-0 win over Tulla.

Camogie
The camogie season has been a busy one! Our Munster campaign ended when we were defeated by a strong St. Brogans side in Mallow. Team Tilly defeated Mercy Mounthawk in the Cork Colleges quarter final in Caherslee by 1 point in a great game of camogie. They then went on to beat St. Marys Mallow in Mallow. On 11th of March, they defeated Coachford College in the u16.5 Cork Colleges final under lights in Blackrock during the yellow weather warning. The 1st Years will have a blitz on the 22nd and the Mounthawk blitz for Junior and Senior will take place later. Go team tilly!

Badminton
Pres Tralee badminton club began in October in preparation for the Kerry Schools badminton competition. In December, our u14, u16 and u19 team travelled to Killarney Leisure Centre for the comp. Some great badminton displayed saw Pres Tralee with runners up in the bronze u14 and u16 finals and silver for the u19s after losing out to a strong Tarbert Comprehensive side in the gold final. The u19s progress to the Division 2 Munster Finals.
Badminton club continues every lunch on Mondays in preparation for the invitational tournament with Pres Listowel.

Cross Country
Cross Country season has come to an end with great success achieved by our Pres Tralee athletes. The season started with the Kerry Schools competition in the Demense, Killarney. We had a Minor and Junior team and one Intermediate runner. The Junior team achieved the bronze medal after Siobhan getting 6th, Kelly 11th and the other runners Nadya, Aoibhín, Lexi, Chloe and Sive finishing the race. At intermediate level, Abby Stephenson ran a great race achieving 6th. The Kerry Schools warmed up our runners for North Munsters in Pallaskenry. A course that has a very steep hill towards the end was testing. The Minor Team, Sarah (12th), Laura, Muireann and Niamh ran a great race and came 5th as a team, just missing out on qualifying. The Junior team also came 5th (Evie, Siobhan, Nadya, Aoibhin, Chloe) while Evie got 4th and Siobhan 11th. In the Intermediate race, Abby got 4th also. Sarah, Evie, Siobhan and Abby qualified for Munsters which took place in Tramore Valley Park, Cork. Siobhan came top 25 while Abby qualified for the All Irelands with a respectable 11th place. At the All Ireland’s in Dublin, Abby represented the school with pride and ran on a tough course in very bad conditions. Well done to all involved!

Swimming
Our Pres Tralee swim team hail from Tralee Swimming Club and have proved successful at school competitions. We had athletes swimming at the Munster Senior Schools Meet – Caoimhe, Julia, Jenna, Siobhan and Amber.
Siobhán achieved a silver medal in the IM at Munster schools. As a result, she was chosen for the Munster Interpros squad, as one of two athletes chosen by Kerry. She will now compete in the National Finals on the 24th of March in the NAC, Dublin. Best of luck Siobhan!
In the community games, Siobhan and Amber also have seen success recently. Siobhan with a gold in the breaststroke and Amber with a silver in 50m backstroke. Well done girls!

Athletics Track and Field
Nicole Walker starts the track and field season at the Nenagh Indoors on 13th March in the 60m sprint. Later in May, we have the North Munsters to compete in.

Horse-riding
The Pres Tralee showjumping team travelled to Maryville Stables on the 8th of March for the Interschools Competition. Georgia, Julia, Oliwia, Daisy and Caoimhe jumped 60cm, 80cm and 1m for their courses.

Rugby
Our X7s team played a blitz with Colaiste Inbhear Sceine in Tralee as the Ballincollig Blitz was called off. They will compete in the X7s in Rockwell College on the 21st of March and the TUS 10s in Shannon in April.
5th Year Emma Dunican has also been selected for the Ireland u18 team after a successful Munster campaign!

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