St. Mary’s U-18s Reach National Cup Quarter Final and Team Garvey’s at Home

The St. Mary’s U-18 girls team which has progressed to the quarter final of the national cup from the qualifying tournament in Portlaoise at the weekend. Front from left: Muireann Rahilly, Rebecca Reidy, Hannah Herlihy, Abbie Mahony and Emma Buckley. Back from left: Ciara Casey, Johanna Moynihan, Emma Buckley, Rachel Murphy, Miriam O’Connell and Shauna Tangney. The team is coached by Aoife Nolan with assistant coaches Leanne O’Connor and Eamon Egan.

St. Mary’s U-18 girls have progressed to the quarter final of the national cup following success in their pool in the qualifying tournament which was held in Portlaoise at the weekend.

By Liz Galwey, PRO

The girls, who are coached by Aoife Nolan, met Titans in their first game and took the win by 37 points.

Secured a Final Place

They had a five point loss to Dublin Lions in game two but went on to have wins over Portlaoise and Templeogue to see them top the group and secure a place in the final.

It was Dublin Lions they faced again in the final – with both sides to qualify for the cup quarter final but a win would secure home venue.

Lions took the first quarter by a point and by the half time interval it was St. Mary’s who led by a point.

Facing Limerick Celtics

As the third quarter progressed Dublin Lions pushed ahead and led by nine with two minutes to go but St. Mary’s reduced it to five by the end of the quarter.

The Lions continued to build on their lead throughout the final quarter to take the win.

Final Score: St. Mary’s 39 Dublin Lions 55. St. Mary’s will now play away to Limerick Celtics in the quarter final.

Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s in Dublin

Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s travelled to Dublin at the weekend where they took on Trinity Meteors in the women’s Superleague.

The first quarter was low scoring, Meteors hitting 15 points to St. Mary’s seven. The second quarter was similar. Meteors were making the scores but while Team Garvey’s were putting up some good shots, they just wouldn’t fall.

The scoreboard read 33 points to 17 in favour of Trinity Meteors at the half time interval.

A Complete Turn-Around

There was a complete turnaround in the third quarter as St. Mary’s finally found their target. They upped their defence and registered 21 points for the quarter, threes from Deirdre Geaney, Paris McCarthy and Rheanne O’Shea were welcomed as Garvey’s held Meteors to 11 points for the quarter and reduced the gap to just six points as the sides entered the final 10 minutes.

Home Venue and Support

Home venue and good support assisted Meteors in getting back on track in this final quarter.

Depite the best efforts of Denise Dunlea, Deirdre Geaney and Emma Sherwood, Meteors powered ahead once again.

A’lexxus Davis, Rebecca O’Keeffe and Sarah Kenny were unstoppable and it was Meteors who took the win. Final score: Trinity Meteors 68 Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s 56.

Team Scorers

Trinity Meteors: A’lexxus Davis 19; Rebecca O’Keefe 14 and Sarah Kenny 13.

Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s: Deirdre Geaney 14; Paris McCarthy 10; Rheanne O’Shea and Emma Sherwood 9 points each.

Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s meet Waterford Wildcats in Castleisland Community Centre on Saturday evening next, February 12th. at 7pm.

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