St. Mary’s U-14 Girls Are All Ireland Club Champions

The St. Mary’s U-14 girls and their coach, Tommy Dom O’Connor,  who won the All Ireland B title at the weekend. Front from left: Shauna Tangney, Rebecca Reidy, Abbie Mahony and Emma Kerin, joint captains; Hanna Herlihy and Muirean Rahilly. Back: Coach O’Connor, Johanna Moynihan, Katie Cotter, Ciara Casey, Chantelle Broderick and Ciara Cronin.


The All-Ireland winning St. Mary’s U-14 Basketball team celebrating with an unusual pose for Liz Galwey’s camera after their great win at the weekend. Clockwise from left: Abbie Mahony, Katie Cotter, Hanna Herlihy, Johanna Moynihan, Ciara Casey, Muireann Rahilly,Ciara Cronin, Chantalle Broderick, Rebecca Reidy, Shauna Tangney and Emma Kerin. Photograph: Liz Galwey

St. Mary’s U-14 girls had a big win at the weekend when they secured the All Ireland Club B title. The competition was held in Tralee.

By Liz Galwey PRO

The girls were coached by Tommy Dom O’Connor who is no stranger to winning All Ireland titles. The squad met Longford Falcons in the final and they were coached by Gerry Penrose.

Rivalries Renewed

Penrose and O’Connor have been on the sidelines in opposition several times in the past as they both coached national league in the early 2000s.

It took St. Mary’s a few minutes to settle into the game. The Longford side made some steals and netted the first score of the game before Johanna Moynihan scored Mary’s first.

The Castleisland girls settled after this and a series of scores from Shauna Tangney resulted in a seven point lead at the end of the first.

First to Register

Rebecca Reidy was first to register a score in the second quarter with Muireann Rahilly and Chantelle Broderick adding points.

In spite of a spread of scores from the opposition, Mary’s increased their lead by a further four points at the half time interval.

The third quarter was close. But again the Kerry team was strongest. Falcons defended well but were no match for Hanna Herlihy, Shauna Tangney and Abbie Mahony who dominated.

Into the Final Quarter

St. Mary’s led 30 points to 18 going into the final quarter. Falcons fought hard to close the gap and succeeded in reducing it to five points.

Two quick scores in succession from Hanna Herlihy and Emma Kerin gave St. Mary’s breathing space once again.

The sides went basket for basket in this quarter and St. Mary’s ran out winners with 12 points to spare.

Final Score: St. Mary’s 41 – Longford Falcons 29

St. Mary’s Team and Scorers

Shauna Tangney, 9; Abbie Mahony, 8; Muireann Rahilly and Emma Kerin 5 each; Ciara Cronin and Hanna Herlihy 4 each; Chantelle Broderick, Johanna Moynihan and Rebecca Reidy 2 each, Ciara Casey and Katie Cotter.

St. Mary’s U-16 girls will contest the AICC A title next weekend. This tournament will be hosted by Brunell and run off in the Parochial Hall in Cork.

St. Mary’s Basketball Club Church Gate Collection

St. Mary’s Basketball Club will hold its annual church gate collection over the coming weekend of April 14th/15th at masses in Castleisland, Cordal and Scartaglen.


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