Best of luck to our teams who compete in the All Ireland Club Championship this weekend. Our U14 boys take part in Sligo, our U14 girls are in Portarlington and our U16 girls are in Cork. We would also like to wish KCYMS U16 boys and their coach Team Garveys captain Declan Wall the very best of luck in Sligo.
U14 Girls are in Pool 1 with Moycullen & Sligo Giant Warriors
U14 Boys are in Pool 3 with Limerick Celtics & Streete Warriors
U16 Girls are in Pool 3 with Clonaslee & Castlebar Comets
Congratulations to our womens team Tom McCarthys St Marys on their National League Title win in Tallaght on Saturday last. St Marys took on the Tralee Imperials who were unbeaten in the League. St Marys were crowned winners on a scoreline of 58-47. Eileen O Connor was crowned MVP on 25 points. Congratulations to all the girls and to their coaches & manager Tommy Dom O Connor, Brid Kenny & Eamon Egan.
St Marys added two more cups to their collection last Sunday in the Presentation Hall Killarney when the U16 and the U14 girls won the cup final adding to the U12 girls cup won previously in January.
In the U16 match the league’s top two teams went head to head when St Marys took on Limerick Celtics in this cup final. St Marys started the game strong and were 13-6 up at the end of the first quarter with Denise Dunlea hitting two 3 pointers and 4 inside shots. In the second quarter St Marys continued their dominance with more players coming to the fore as Roisin Casey, Niamh O Sullivan, Jane Lynch, Aisling O Connell, Derval Sheehy & Amy Reidy all playing their part scoring 17 and keep Limerick Celtics scoreless leaving the sides 30-6 at half time. The third quarter saw Limerick Celtics come rallying back into the game and put up a spirited fight and won the quarter scoring 18 points to St Marys 12. Both teams had now introduced players from the bench. In the 4th quarter St Marys came roaring back into the game led by their captain Amy Reidy who was controlling her players and driving them forward. The last basket in the game was scored by Jane Lynch who worked tirelessly throughout for her team. An outstanding contribution by Denise Dunlea who clocked up 28 points and who was in this writer’s opinion the most valuable player. Overall St Marys man to man defence was outstanding all players contributed to a great team performance. Limerick Celtics have to be commended for the sporting manner in which they played the game. The game was well officiated by Tom Lynch & Aisling Scanlon. Congratulations to the girls and to their coach Denny Porter who has put a huge amount of time and effort into the development of this team.
Final Score St Marys 60 Limerick Celtics 34.
Denise Dunlea 28, Roisin Casey 8, Amy Reidy 8, Niamh O Sullivan 7, Aisling O Connell 6, Jane Lynch 4.
Next up saw St Marys U14 girls take on Tralee Imperials. These same girls had met in the cup final two years previously where Michaela Aherns on the buzzer basket saw St Marys claim the title by a single point. Tralee Imperials started strong with Maeve Carmody causing St Marys defense problems with her strong offensive skill and St Marys found themselves 4-0 down after five minutes of play. However St Marys settled and with some good defensive work by Aoife O Connor and Shauna O Connor driving on the team they finished the quarter 6-4 down with Shauna O Connor and Orla O Connor adding the scores for St Marys. The second quarter saw St Marys dominate with outstanding performances by Andrea Murphy and Leanne O Connor who put 14 points on the board between them. Katie Reidy playing strong defensive and rebounding well for her side. A layup by Lauren Hickey saw St Marys finishing the quarter on 16 to a lone basket by Imperials leaving the sides 20-8 apart at half time. The third quarter saw both sides push each other to the limit. Maeve Carmody and Andrea Murphy, two extremely talented girls each driving their team on and continuously swapping baskets at each side it seemed this pair were unstoppable. Some strong rebounding and defense work by Michaela Ahern, Therese Healy and Orla O Connor saw St Marys maintaining their lead and again outscored Imperial 10-6 leaving Imperials trailing 30-14 at the start of the 4th quarter. St Marys weren’t going to let this one behind them and again Aoife O Connors defense in this quarter was outstanding with Shauna O Connor and Michaela Ahern contributing at the other end. Emily Broderick worked hard under the boards in this quarter. Outstanding performances on the day by all the girls with Andrea Murphy, Orla O Connor, Leanne O Connor & Maeve Carmody shining at the top. Congratulations to all the girls who worked hard to bring the cup back to Castleisland and to their coaches Joanne Downey & Joanne Walmsley. The game was officiated by Julie Stack & Christina Bartlett who were never going to have an easy job on their hands as none of these teams would settle for defeat.
Final score St Marys 36 Tralee Imperials 17
St Marys: Andrea Murphy 16, Leanne O Connor 8, Shauna O Connor 4, Orla O Connor 3, Michaela Ahern 3, Lauren Hickey 2.
Tralee Imperials: Maeve Carmody 12,
A special thanks to all the supporters who travelled to support the teams on the day.
St Marys U12 girls secured another title last Saturday in Tralee when they took part in the Kerry Area Basketball Board Open Tournament. This tournament hosted yearly by the board features top clubs in the country and again the talent at this years competition was exceptional.
St Marys had three group games and kicked off the tournament against Limerick Celtics who they had met two weeks previously in a thrilling cup final. St Marys started the game well with their strong defensive and accurate free throw shooting saw them 17-10 ahead at half time. St Marys finished the game strong on a scoreline of 31-20.
The next game saw them take on Templogue of Dublin where again they were in the lead at half time on a scoreline of 11-8. St Marys had a better second half and ran out winners
21-12. Their third game saw them take on Ballincollig of Cork and a win here secured their place in the semi final.
In the semi final St Marys met Fr Matthews of Cork. Fr Matthews had been very impressive in their group games and were also group winners after seeing off St Josephs, Tralee Imperials & Maree of Galway. The sides were evenly matched in the 1st quarter with St Marys scoring 6 Sarah O Sullivan adding 4 and Maebh Young contributing 2 to Fr Matthews 4. St Marys had an impressive 2nd quarter where they pushed ahead scoring 8 unanswered points Nicole Downey adding 4, Labhaoise Walmsley 2 and a fine steal by Brid Moriarty finishing in a strong lay up, while they also kept Fr Matthews scoreless leaving the score 14-4 at half time. St Marys kept their cool as Fr Matthews fought hard to get back into the game but St Marys ticked over and ran out winners on a scoreline of 19-14 leaving them facing Brunell in the final.
However Brunell suffered an injury in their semi final against Limerick Celtics and had only travelled with 10 players so had to forfeit the final. Unfortunately they decided not to play the game and St Marys were automatic winners. Congratulations to this fantastic St Marys team who all contributed hugely to the win. Stand out performances came from Sarah O Sullivan, Julieanne O Connor, Nicole Downey & Labhaoise Walmsley.