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)
Mark Scannell reappointed as head coach of senior women's team - 5 days ago
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The Women's National League Committee (WNLC) of Basketball Ireland has reappointed Mark Scannell as Head Coach of the Ireland Senior Women's team. The news was announced by the WNLC this week, who currently oversee the Senior Women's Program in conjunction with the Elite Performance Committee (EPC). Scannell, who was Head Coach for the side for this year's European Championship for Small Countries, will take over the role once more for another two years up to August 2018. He will also be... [read more]
The Women's National League Committee (WNLC) of Basketball Ireland has reappointed Mark Scannell as Head Coach of the Ireland Senior Women's team. The news was announced by the WNLC this week, who currently oversee the Senior Women's Program in conjunction with the Elite Performance Committee (EPC). Scannell, who was Head Coach for the side for this year's European Championship for Small Countries, will take over the role once more for another two years up to August 2018. He will also be at the helm for the Small Nations Tournament 2018. 'I'm looking forward to it,' he remarked after the news was announced. 'Last time was a short cycle, we did a really good job and had a good summer. Even though our preparation wasn't where we would have liked it to have been, the team did a great job. Looking ahead now, what's good is that all of the staff I had involved over the summer are willing to stay on and work on moving forward with this team, which is fantastic. 'Now, we will be focusing on developing that squad, and bringing up some younger players to mix in with the senior and experienced ones that we have already. It will be tough, but we've a good two year cycle ahead of us, so it's very exciting times,' Scannell, who is currently head coach of reigning National Cup champions, Ambassador UCC Glanmire, continued. 'Over the summer we proved that we belong at European level and the squad worked well together, and showed that they can compete at that level. In fact, all I've seen so far bodes very well for the future.' Also speaking about the appointment, Commissioner of the Women's League and Chair of the WNLC Matt Hall stated: 'We are delighted that Mark has agreed to continue in the role of Head Coach of the Ireland Senior Women's team for another two years. He has had a very successful first six months back in international competition and it's a very exciting time for the women's game in Ireland. We would like to take this opportunity to wish him and the team even more success going forward and in the coming two years.' Elsewhere, there was more news on the international front this week as three more staff appointments for Irish basketball were also announced by the EPC. Mike Lynch was appointed Head Coach of the Men's Under 15 team, Karl Kilbride was appointed Head Coach for the Women's Under 15 team and Paul Kelleher was appointed Head Coach for the Men's Under 17 team. Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
Best players of Irish Super League round 3 - 5 days ago
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American Chantell Alford (178-G-91, agency: Gamble Sports Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Glanmire and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while her team edged out Meteors (#7, 1-2) 62-59. It allowed Glanmire to consolidate first place in the Irish Super League. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the... [read more]
American Chantell Alford (178-G-91, agency: Gamble Sports Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Glanmire and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while her team edged out Meteors (#7, 1-2) 62-59. It allowed Glanmire to consolidate first place in the Irish Super League. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Glanmire already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Alford had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's her second year at Glanmire and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Boston University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Alford is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.0ppg) and averages solid 2.3bpg,60.0% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American forward Sarah Fairbanks (185-F) of DCU Mercy. Fairbanks impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course she led DCU Mercy to another comfortable win outscoring Brunell (0-2) 80-48. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Fairbanks is a newcomer at DCU Mercy and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#1). Her other stats are also decent: 10.0rpg and 4.0apg.
The third best performed player last round was American Emma O'Connor (183-F-91) of second-ranked Liffey Celtics. O'Connor showcased her all-around game by recording 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. She was a key player of Liffey Celtics, leading her team to a 68-63 win against NUIG Mystics (#6, 1-2). Liffey Celtics has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. O'Connor also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. O'Connor has a great season in Ireland. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (3rd best) and assists with 5.0apg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Monet Neal (178-F-95) of Meteors - 18 points and 18 rebounds 5. Brittney Dunbar (173-G) of WIT Wildcats - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists 6. Ebony Wells (188-F/C) of NUIG Mystics - 21 points and 8 rebounds 7. Cathy Kavanagh (187-G-90) of WIT Wildcats - 16 points and 13 rebounds 8. Aoife Maguire (181-SF-98) of DCU Mercy - 10 points and 9 rebounds 9. Eimear Mairtin (164-G-90) of Meteors - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Aine O'Connor (182-F/C-91) of Liffey Celtics - 6 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League 'It's great to win a close game like that - it's great experience,' said Courtyard Liffey Celtics Head Coach, Mark Byrne, after his side just edged NUIG Mystics on Saturday evening, 68-63. Emma O'Connor top scored for the Kildare team, netting 21 on the night. 'I'm delighted with our girls,' Byrne continued. 'They stuck to their task and did well. We're away to Glanmire now next and we're looking forward to that. Every time you play them it's anopp... [read more]
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League 'It's great to win a close game like that - it's great experience,' said Courtyard Liffey Celtics Head Coach, Mark Byrne, after his side just edged NUIG Mystics on Saturday evening, 68-63. Emma O'Connor top scored for the Kildare team, netting 21 on the night.
'I'm delighted with our girls,' Byrne continued. 'They stuck to their task and did well. We're away to Glanmire now next and we're looking forward to that. Every time you play them it's anopportunity to test yourself against the best.'
Speaking of Ambassador UCC Glanmire, the Cork side retained their lead at the top of the table with a 62-59 point win over Meteors, with Chantell Alford top scoring for Glanmire with 25 points. Elsewhere, a strong second half performance from Maxol WIT Wildcats saw them overcome Pyrobel Killester 65-60, while DCU Mercy had too much for Singleton SuperValu Brunell, running out 80-48 point winners, with Sarah Fairbanks netting 26 points.
Meteors 59-62 Ambassador UCC Glanmire Top scorers Meteors: Eimear Mairtin 19, Monet Neal 18, Shelby Smith 9 Top scorers Ambassador UCC Glanmire: Chantell Alford 25, Claire Rockall 13, Grainne Dwyer 10 Half time score: Meteors 31 - 39 Ambassador UCC Glanmire Maxol WIT Wildcats 65-60 Pyrobel Killester Top scorers Maxol WIT Wildcats: Cathy Kavanagh 16, Brittney Dunbar 14, Delacy Anderson 10 Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Mimi Clarke 15, Jade Daly 14, Emma Sherwood 10 Half time score: Maxol WIT Wildcats 29-36 Pyrobel Killester Courtyard Liffey Celtics 68-63 NUIG Mystics Top scorers Courtyard Liffey Celtics: Emma O Connor 21, Sorcha Tiernan 17, Jazmen Boone 12 Top scorers NUIG Mystics: Ebony Wells 19, Brittany Glasco 16, Hannah Coen 13 Half time score: Courtyard Liffey Celtics 34-26 NUIG Mystics DCU Mercy 80-48 Singleton SuperValu Brunell Top scorers DCU Mercy: Sarah Fairbanks 26, Jasmine Wooton 14, Sarah Woods 14 Top scorers Singleton SuperValu Brunell: Amy Murphy 12, Danielle O Leary 11, Madison Ward 8 Half time score: DCU Mercy 43-28 Singleton SuperValu Brunell
Basketball Ireland Women's Division One Ulster Rockets are top of the Women's Division One table this week, after an 83-69 point winover Oblate Dynamos. The win this weekend was their second win from two games this season. Elsewhere, ITC Basketball got their season underway with a bang winning 63-39 against Marble City Hawks.
Oblate Dynamos 69-83 Ulster Rockets Top scorers Oblate Dynamos: Meagan Hoffman 18, Sam Massey 16, Kelsey Ellis 14 Top scorers Ulster Rockets: Mairead McNally 22, Mimi Troy 17, Carlee Lough 14 Half time score: Oblate Dynamos 33-37 Ulster Rockets Marble City Hawks 39-63 ITC Basketball Top scorers Marble City Hawks: Kelly O Hallahan 14, Aine Sheehy 7, Sheila Sheehy 7 Top scorers ITC Basketball: Megan Campbell 19, Jamiyah Bethune 11, Christine O Gorman 10 Half time score:Marble City Hawks18-38ITC Basketball
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The sports budget (Ireland) for 2017 has been cut by almost 30%, it was announced today (October 11th). Minister for Transport, Tourism and SportShane Rosssaw his department's budget increase by 72million but the allocation for sport went from 73.5m to 51.91m. Ross said that the decrease was due to the funds received last year for the constructionof the National Arena in Dublin. He said:'The only reason sports has gone down is the construction of the sports arena last year. It was a huge 22 million payment. 'I am happy we got a 4% increase in funding for my Department. It is well over the average.' Meanwhile, it was confirmed that horse racing is to receive an extra 4.8m, and there is also an increase for the Greyhound industry. Agriculture Minister Michael Creedsaid: 'A further 6 million has been allocated to the Horse & Greyhound Racing Fund, as per the Minister for Finance's commitment, and it will be divided 80-20 as usual between the two sports.' Details of another round of the Sports Capital Programme will be announced at a later date. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O'Donovan said: 'The capital allocation to Sport Ireland will provide for the continued development of the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown. 'This includes the completion of the National Indoor Arena and Office Accommodation.'
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