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Scoil Chríost Rí hoping to add to silverware and book a spot in All Ireland Cup final

Scoil Chriost Ri Senior A basketball team were recently crowned Regional Champions and now they’re preparing for their next big game.

They will play St Genevie’s,Belfast in the All Ireland Cup semi final in the National Arena on Wednesday, December 11 at 1.30pm.

The Portlaoise side beat Cross and Passion Kilcullen 53-36 in the Regional Final.

This win was a three in a row of titles at this level and puts the Portlaoise school through to the All Ireland League Championship after Christmas.

They play Castleblaney and Loreto Kilkenny on Saturday, January
18 in their school gym with the winner progressing to the Quarter Finals.

The team won a tough game against Colaiste Einde of Galway in the Quarter Final on a 76-67 score line.

They have all the team who played in the World Championships in Crete earlier this year except Shauna Dooley who has been on the injured list since pre-season.

Should the team get through in the semi, they hope to have Shauna back on the court for a final.

Scoil Chríost Rí were beaten in the Cup Semi Final last year by eventual winners Clontarf, who were the only team to defeat them last year overcoming the Laois girls in the All Ireland League Championship Final on their way to a double.

Hopes are high that these girls can bring home a Senior A title this year, the only title the school has never won in its proud history.

Meanwhile the Senior B team came very close to a Regional double losing the Semi Final to the eventual winners Mullingar while the Cad U16 A team suffered a similar fate also losing the Semi to eventual winners Ballymahon.

Scoil Chríost Rí teams have made history over the years in multiple sports and its clear these girls don’t intend on stopping.

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Aedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn't like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise's bid to 10-in-a-row.