Carraig na bhFear U16 basketballers impress again but Brunell coach focuses on development and fun

Carraig na bhFear U16 basketballers impress again but Brunell coach focuses on development and fun
The Carraig na bhFear U16 B basketball team who played Brunell at the Parochial Hall.

CARRAIG na bhFear remain unbeaten in the U16 B1 League with a convincing victory over a young Brunell at the Parochial Hall.

While Carraig na bhFear had a comfortable win over the home team, but one of the stories of this game was the coaching performance of Arryn McClure.

With so much emphasis and pressure put on young kids to win at all costs, coach McClure attitude and personality was a breath of fresh air.

The way she coached and spoke to her team, she made them feel that they were important at all times no matter what the scoreline read.

She also praised their opponents when they scored good baskets.

Often people forget they’re coaching children and giving up when your losing by a big margin has a very negative effect.

With her team getting well beaten by title contenders Carraig, she was so positive and constructive towards her players at all times, and never sat down once. She praised, and corrected every mistake her team made.

Credit to the Brunell committee for putting this young team in this grade. I’m sure they will be better players at the end of the season.

That’s not to diminish the excellence of the winners. Carraig coach John O’Riordan rightly praised his side after the game.

“We are four-for-four now in the league, and I know we will have tougher games to come in the coming months so we must keep our focus.

“We have a nice mix of our U16 and U14 teams from last season, so hopefully we can go one better this year to go and win the league title.

“Although we play in the B grade at the moment we hope to play and test ourselves in the A division in the near future.”

Carraig were balanced all over the court, but special mention must go to Sinéad O’Leary (24) along with Sinéad O’Reilly and Sarah Allen who combined for 44 points.

They’ll clearly take some beating in this league.

Brunell’s coach McClure was very optimistic.

“The most important thing for me is the word participation, as I strongly believe at this grade and the grades lower, as there is too much emphasis on winning.

“My job as coach is to insure that girls get to play , make good friendships, have fun and try improve in every game.

“Also I want to be the best role model as I can to these girls, and to other young players.

Top scorers for Brunell: Kym McManus 6, Niamh Cullinane 6, Amy Murphy 5.

Carraig na bhFear: Sinead O’Leary 24, Sinead O’Reilly, Sarah Allen 10.

BRUNELL: C Lucey, A Murphy, L O’Reilly, K McManus, H O’Driscoll, N Cullinane, J Deady-Mathews, A Deady-Mathews, E Mulcahy, A Kelly.

CARRAIG NA BHFEAR: A Baberyte, L O’Sullivan, S Ahern, S O’Leary, R Dillon, S O’Reilly, O Humphries.

Referees: Annette Forde, Gary Blount.

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