Home Venue for U-18 Girls
St. Mary’s U-18 girls will contest the quarter final of the National Cup on this Sunday, December 9th.
By Liz Galwey, PRO
They have the advantage of home venue when they meet WIT Wildcats who are coached by Cordal man, Tommy O’Mahony.
O’Mahony coached the Ireland U-18 squad to silver in the 2017 European Championships.
His side played its preliminary tournament in Ulster while St. Mary’s travelled to Killester earlier. Wildcats boast four Irish internationals on its squad while St. Mary’s has one in Siofra O’Shea.
Up for the Challenge
St. Mary’s team members are up for the challenge and if the squad performs like it did throughout the qualifying tournament in Dublin it will be a difficult side to beat. Tip off in Castleisland on Sunday is at 2.30pm.
St. Mary’s/Tom McCarthy’s Away
Team Tom McCarthy’s St. Mary’s National league ladies also play the quarter final of the cup this weekend.
They travel to the ASLAA in Swords where they tip off against Swords Thunder at 5.30pm.
Both sides currently have two wins from six in the league.
Ken and Joan Black
The Black sisters, Katie and Peggy will be the ones to look out for this weekend, the girls are daughters of Ken and Joan Black, Ken was coach of Burgerland Neptune in the 1980’s, Joan who coaches Swords Thunder was just named coach of the month.
No Mia This Weekend
Neither team will have an American player this weekend, Swords are determined to show that the league/cup can be played without guest players
Team Tom McCarthy’s will not be in a position to play new signing Mia Hopkins in the cup as she is cup tied having previously played in the preliminary round of the Superleague Cup with Kilkenny.
No Denise, Aoife or Cassandra Either
Castleisland will also be without Denise Dunlea and both Aoife Nolan and Cassandra Buckley who are out injured.
All in all this game is there for the taking and St. Mary’s will be looking to book their place in the semi-finals in January.
U-12 Girls win on Saturday and Sunday
It has been a busy but successful weekend for our U-12 girls who had wins on both Saturday and Sunday.
On Saturday they had a comprehensive win over St. Joseph’s and on Sunday they recorded another great win over Tralee Imperials, both days under the guidance of coach Jackie Burke.
Caitlyn Swanser was the first to register in Sunday’s game, Grainne O’Shea, Agibail Horan and Amanda Gleasure all added scores.
Jodie Moore and Norah O’Driscoll were Imperials sole scorers and the quarter finished 10 points to four in favour of the home side.
Leah Burke made St. Mary’s first score of the second quarter. Alanah Kelliher and Ciara Kerins added six more while the Castleisland girls held Imperials to a single score which came from Rebecca Naughton.
Comfortable Home Win
Caitlin Swanser and Ciara Kerins made some great scores in the third while the others defended well.
The sides were more evenly matched in the final quarter but St. Mary’s held on to their lead to take a comfortable home win.
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