A Busy Schedule for St. Mary’s Basketball Club

St. Mary’s U-18 girls who play the quarter final of the National Cup this Sunday, December 9th in Castleisland. Front from left: Emma O’Regan, Siofra O’Shea, Gemma Kearney, Rachel Ryan and Danni Reidy. Back from left: Shauna Ahern, Sadhbh Prendiville, Áine Sheehan, Ciara Ryan, Aoife Dunlea, Bríd Moriarty, Abbie Brosnan and Millie Luck.

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.

Coached Ireland

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.

Team Tom McCarthy’s St. Mary’s are on the road again this weekend. Their home games are sponsored by Garvey’s SuperValu. Front from left: Sarah O’Sullivan, Labhaoise Walmsley, Orla White, Denise Dunlea and Cassandra Buckley. Back row: Mary Herlihy, Lorraine Scanlon, Cliona Coffey, Roisín Casey, Aoife Nolan, Deirdre Geaney and Liam Culloty, coach.

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.

St. Mary’s Division Three girls who had two wins over the weekend.Front from left: Julie O’Connor, Leah Burke, Ciara Kerins and Alanah Kelliher. Back from left: Grainne O’Shea, Caitlyn Swanser, Chloe O’Donoghue, Abigail Horan and Amanda Gleasure.

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.

Sole Scorers

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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