UL 66 (33) (M Fahy 23, R Vanderwal 19, M Liston 10) Team Montenotte Cork 54 (30) (V ODriscoll 14, C Rockall 12, N Dwyer 10) MVP; Rachel Vanderwal (UL)
UL were crowned double champions after a 66-54 victory over Team Montenotte Cork in the final of the Nivea Womens SuperLeague. James Weldons side secured the National Cup earlier this year, and secured this title after a hard fought 66-54 win over Team Montenotte Cork.
UL coach James Weldons praise for his charges was well justified. 'To win 35 games in a row is unbelievable. I cant say enough about the commitment and dedication of those girls. They had us well scouted.You have to give credit to Cormac (ODonoghue) and his Montenotte team.We maybe could have been further ahead at half time but we have a great system and a great belief here.
However the coach would not be drawn on the future after this record-breaking season. 'Weve just won the treble. We will go and enjoy this and then we can think about what we are going to do next,' he added.
A decisive opening from the Cork outfit saw them take an early 6-2 lead, thanks in large part to some sterling work from Valerie ODriscoll. UL responded through Aoife McDermott, who netted to bring her side back to within two. ULs success this campaign has been built on a foundation of controlled attacking play and James Weldons side were soon back on level terms midway through the first.
Rachel Clancy hit a huge three and drew the foul to send UL into a three point lead soon after. Claire Rockall and ODriscoll combined in response for Team Montonotte, but it was UL who were clearly in the ascendency at the end of the first quarter with a 19-12 lead.
Cormac O Donoghues side came back brilliantly at the beginning of the second quarter, relentlessly whittling the UL lead down to just three points.However UL are a side not easily rattled, and captain Rachel Vanderwal was a picture of composure as her side reaffirmed their dominance.A wonderful combination between Michelle Fahy and Vanderwal stretched the difference back to seven.Aine McKenna hit a vital three with seconds remaining in the second to bring the Cork side to within three. Half time 33-30 UL.
UL began the third determined not to concede further ground to their determined opponents and were again more clinical in attack as Vanderwal and co slowly built up a ten point lead. Team Montonotte were showing incredible appetite to get back into the game, yet every time they got to within range, UL underlined their quality by eking out important scores to keep the Cork side at bay. However, Montenotte simply would not go away and managed to get within three heading into the final quarter.46-43.
The theme of the game was borne out once again in the fourth as UL sought to blunt the Montenotte attack, and in so doing, managed to establish a nine point lead with four minutes remaining. James Weldons side were able to close out the game in the final stages, deservedly securing a memorable double, 66-54 with a thoroughly professional display.
Nivea Womens Superleague Shield Final Ulster Rockets 81 (43) (M Houlihan 26, A Murray 13, S Dick 10) Singletons SuperValu Brunell 77 (36) (D O Leary 25, A Waters 20, M OLeary 14)
MVP; Megan Houlihan (Ulster Rockets)
Ulster Rockets claimed the inaugural Nivea Womens SuperLeague Shield with an 81-77 win over Singletons SuperValu Brunell at the National Basketball Arena. In a contest that was close throughout, Rockets managed to claim eventual victory after a tremendous battle against a spirited Brunell side.
Consecutive corner three pointers by Rockets Susan Dick and Aishling Murray gave Ulster a four point lead which was cut short by a return three pointer by Danielle OLeary to bring Brunell to within one point (16 - 15)
A three pointer by Megan Houlihan gave Rockets a narrow 19-17 advantage. Both sides were showing impressive dynamism in attack in the opening stages, reflected in a first quarter score-line of 25-25.
Rockets began brightest in the second quarter, Breda Dicks side establishing an early four point lead. There was little scoring activity for long periods of the second until Susan Dick followed by Sinead Smye hit consecutive threes to give Rockets a nine point lead. Amy Waters responded with a timely basket for Brunell, but Susan Dick was in tremendous shooting form and hit another three pointer for her side to re-establish the nine point cushion. Brunell managed another score in the final minute of the quarter, but it was Rockets in command at half time with a 43-36 lead.
Danielle OLeary fashioned a fine three pointer in the third to bring Brunell back to within five. Amy Waters followed soon afterwards with a lay-up as Brunells challenge began to gather momentum. Megan OLeary then brought the Cork side to within one before Alison Kearney gave Brunell the lead. It was a remarkable turnaround in the opening four minutes of the quarter which had Rockets reeling. The Ulster side responded with two quick scores to regain the lead. Some superb work from Aishling Murray then helped Rockets establish a four point cushion. It was shaping up to be a dramatic final quarter with Rockets leading 67-64.
Megan OLeary had Brunell within one early in the fourth with a fine drive to the basket. Rockets managed to fashion a six point lead midway through the quarter thanks to some fine work inside from Noleen Lennon and Megan Houlihan. Rockets coolly set about building the lead with Mairead McNally giving her side a 10 point lead. Megan OLeary and Amy Waters rallied to bring Brunell to within five with two minutes to play. Danielle OLeary then hit a vital three to bring Brunell within two. It was a brave fight-back from Brunell, but it was Rockets who held out to win with a final score of 81-77.
Basketball Ireland Womens Division One Final
Team Tom McCarthy St Marys Castleisland 58 (29) (E O Connor 28, T Hartnett 11, R O Loughlin 8) Tralee Imperials 47 (22) (M Barry 12, L Raymond 10, E Sherwood 9)
MVP; Eileen OConnor (Team Tom McCarthy St Marys)
Team Tom McCartys St Marys secured the Basketball Ireland Womens Division One title for this season after a spirited fight-back saw them eclipse Kerry rivals Tralee Imperials on a scoreline of 58-47.
Emma Sherwood opened the scoring for Imperials, finishing off a well-rehearsed move. St Marys responded but it was the Tralee side that was quickest out of the blocks, Liam Cullotys side establishing an 8-2 lead with just two minutes played. St Marys took some time to find their way into the game, but managed to make some inroads on the scoreboard midway through the quarter, eroding the Imperials lead to just four points. A fine score from Tracey Hartnett kept St Marys in the hunt, but it was Imperials in command at the end of the first quarter with a 17-12 lead.
St Marys rallied early in the second, some determined work from Tracey Hartnett and Miriam Leane helping to get Tommy OConnors side within three. Linda Raymond responded by hitting a huge three and drawing a foul-which she duly converted to give Imperials a seven point lead. St Marys then embarked on a remarkable scoring sequence which saw them surge into a four point lead with two minutes remaining in the first half. Mags Donohue contributed well under the boards as the Imperials impetus began to flounder. St Marys were galvanised and took a 29-22 lead into the half time interval.
St Marys stretched out their lead at the outset of the third quarter, Imperials struggling to regain the composure which they had shown in the earlier exchanges. They did manage to fashion a response with three minutes remaining in the quarter, a marked increase in intensity stripping the St Marys lead down to five. Moments later the gap was just one point thanks to some fine work from Ashley Campbell. A huge three pointer from Tracy Hartnett gave St Marys a timely lift moments before the buzzer to give her side a seven point lead heading into the final quarter.40-33.
A frenetic final quarter saw Imperials desperately try to find a way back. St Marys never looked like relinquishing the lead however, and were deservedly crowned Division One champions with a final score-line of 58-47.
National League Finals 2012 Results
Friday March 23 2012
Nivea Womens SuperLeague Final
UL (Limerick) 66 (33) (M Fahy 23, R Vanderwal 19, M Liston 10) Team Montenotte Cork (Cork) 54 (30) (V ODriscoll 14, C Rockall 12, N Dwyer 10)
MVP; Rachel Vanderwal (UL)
Saturday March 24 2012
Nivea Womens Superleague Shield Final
Ulster Rockets (Belfast) 81 (43) (M Houlihan 26, A Murray 13, S Dick 10) Singletons SuperValu Brunell (Cork) 77 (36) (D O Leary 25, A Waters 20, M OLeary 14) MVP; Megan Houlihan (Ulster Rockets)
Basketball Ireland Womens Division One Final
Team Tom McCarthy St Marys Castleisland (Kerry) 58 (29) (E O Connor 28, T Hartnett 11, R O Loughlin 8) Tralee Imperials (Kerry) 47 (22) (M Barry 12, L Raymond 10, E Sherwood 9) MVP; Eileen OConnor (Team Tom McCarthy St Marys)
Glanmire BC (Super League), team who changed his name after 10 years (ex Montenotte Hotel Cork) re-signed 25-year old American guard Chantell Alford (178-91, college: Boston, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She played there last season. In 13 Super League games she recorded 9.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg and 1.6bpg. Alford helped them to win the Premier League title and the cup. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Honorable Mention. The previ... [read more]
Glanmire BC (Super League), team who changed his name after 10 years (ex Montenotte Hotel Cork) re-signed 25-year old American guard Chantell Alford (178-91, college: Boston, agency: Gamble Sports Management). She played there last season. In 13 Super League games she recorded 9.3ppg, 5.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.9spg and 1.6bpg. Alford helped them to win the Premier League title and the cup. Great season indeed as she was voted to Eurobasket.com All-Irish Premier League Honorable Mention. The previous (14-15) season she played at Al Riyadi in Lebanese league. Alford contributed to her team winning the Lebanese League title. She received All-AEC Co-Player of the Year award back in 2013 at her college time. Alford has played also professionally in Belarus (Tsmoki-Minsk). She attended Boston until 2013 and it will be her fourth season in pro basketball.
Salerno inks Sarah Kenny, ex Glanmire - 16 days ago
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Carpedil Salerno (Serie A2) signed 19-year old Irish international power forward Sarah Kenny (180-97). She has played for the last three seasons at Glanmire in Irish Super League. In 9 games she had 3.4ppg and 3.7rpg last season. Kenny helped them to win the Premier League title and the cup. Despite young age Kenny had impressive career. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 2nd Team in 2015. She has been also a member of Irish international program for so... [read more]
Carpedil Salerno (Serie A2) signed 19-year old Irish international power forward Sarah Kenny (180-97). She has played for the last three seasons at Glanmire in Irish Super League. In 9 games she had 3.4ppg and 3.7rpg last season. Kenny helped them to win the Premier League title and the cup. Despite young age Kenny had impressive career. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U18 Division B 2nd Team in 2015. She has been also a member of Irish international program for some years. Kenny played for Irish senior team this year and previously for U18 National Team between 2014 and 2015. She represented Ireland at the European Championships U20 Division B in Podgorica (Montenegro) this year. Her stats at that event were 6 games: 6.7ppg, Reb-4 (11.2rpg), 2.3apg, 2.5spg, FGP: 27.9%, 3PT: 9.1%, FT: 75.0%.
The Stuart Robbins tournament will take place in the UL Sport Arena on Friday and Saturday 9/10th of September.
free entry to all games and everyone welcome.
fixtures as below with the Stuart Robbins All Stars playing two games during the tournament as well.
Friday Home Away Group
18:45 SR All Stars v Ul Eagles Exhibition
20:15 USA Select v Eanna Group B
Saturday Home Away Group
10:00 Ul Eagles v Moycullen Group A
11:30 Eanna v Swords Thunder Group B
13:00 Templeogue... [read more]
The Stuart Robbins tournament will take place in the UL Sport Arena on Friday and Saturday 9/10th of September. free entry to all games and everyone welcome. fixtures as below with the Stuart Robbins All Stars playing two games during the tournament as well.
Friday Home Away Group 18:45 SR All Stars v Ul Eagles Exhibition 20:15 USA Select v Eanna Group B
Saturday Home Away Group 10:00 Ul Eagles v Moycullen Group A 11:30 Eanna v Swords Thunder Group B 13:00 Templeogue v Moycullen Group A 14:30 USA Select v Swords Thunder Group B 16:00 Templeogue v Ul Eagles Group A 17:30 SR All Stars v Eanna Exhibition 18:45 Final
From : https://www.facebook.com/UL-Eagles-Basketball-354867134799/?fref=ts
Usa Select facebook link for information on the details of this USA Select's Ireland / International Tour :https://www.facebook.com/usaselectbasketball/?fref=ts Eanna Basketball Club on Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Eannabasketball/?fref=ts&ref=br_tf&qsefr=1 Templeogue Basketball Club : https://www.facebook.com/TempleogueBasketballClub/?fref=ts Swords Thunder : https://www.facebook.com/Griffith-Swords-Thunder-Basketball-Team-194874824025607/?fref=ts
Preview: Ireland v Iceland Sep 07,2016
Ireland and Iceland have named their squads for the upcoming 'Fire & Ice' series in Dublin and Cork.
The sides will meet at the National Basketball Arena for the first time since 2009 on Friday September 9th before a replay at Neptune Stadium on Saturday September 10th.
Both island nations competed in the 2009 Eurobasket Qualifiers before dropping off the international map at FIBA level. Iceland returned to action with silver at the European Championships for Small Countries in 2014 and are now competing in the FIBA Eurobasket 2017 qualifiers. They are third in Group E ahead of Portugal but behind Hungary and Slovakia.
Ireland returned to the International scene in 2016 with a silver medal at the FIBA European Championships for Small Countries with two players who played against Iceland in the 2009 qualifiers.
Claire Rockall started all four games for Ireland at this summer's European Championships in Gibraltar, but came off the bench as a rookie in a 71-65 win over Iceland at the National Basketball Arena on August 26th 2009. Sarah Woods was also a substitute that day and was named on the tournament All-Star team in Gibraltar.
All 11 silver medallists have been named in the squad along with Ireland U18 starlet Claire Melia who impressed with double-digit scoring in both friendlies against the North Carolina Tar Heels in August. Grainne Dwyer returns to captain the side.
Two Icelanders will be making their return to Dublin - Ragna Brynjarsdottir and Sigrun Amundadottir also graduating from the subs bench to the starting five over the past seven years.
The similarities continue as Head Coach var Asgrimsson, like Mark Scannell, is also in his second stint in charge with his country.
A number of younger players are also on board with Iceland. Sylvia Halfdanardottir notched a double-double in a 71-65 win against Ireland at the FIBA U18 European Championships last year with Elin Hrafnkelsdottir also making an impression.
With American's dominating the All-Icelandic League Awards in 2016, Gunnhildur Gunnarsdottir proved her worth at shooting guard with a spot on the All-Domestic Players Team for league and cup champions Snaefell. All squad members play their club basketball in Iceland.
Aine McKenna PG 1.76m
Sarah Woods SG 1.76m
Casey Grace PF 1.82m
Claire Rockall SG 1.80m
Amy Waters PF 1.80m
Grainne Dwyer PF 1.80m
Danielle O'Leary PG 1.76m
Michelle Clarke SG 1.77m
Sinead Deegan PG 1.76m
Aine O'Connor PF 1.82m
Aoife McDermott C 1.84m
Claire Melia C 1.98m
Coaches: Mark Scannell (Head Coach), Paul Kelleher (Assistant Coach), Francis O'Sullivan (Assistant Coach), Grace O'Sullivan (Team Manager)
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