Team Montenotte Glanmire on course for third consecutive Premier women’s league and cup basketball double

Team Montenotte Glanmire remain on track to win a third consecutive Premier women’s league and cup double defeating Killester 73-61.
Team Montenotte Glanmire on course for third consecutive Premier women’s league and cup basketball double

Defence was crucial to Glanmire’s win, and the Cork side commanded a 46-32 interval lead.

In the second-half, the class of Montenotte’s American Chantell Alford was clear to see, with Grainne Dwyer contributing a game-high 23 points.

Despite Killester’s brave efforts, they were always chasing the game.

The Montenotte coach, Mark Scannell, said of his team’s solid performance: “I said before the game defence would be the key to deciding this semi-final, and I thought we were outstanding in that department, from start to finish,” Scannell said.

Scannell praised his team’s commitment, as he looked forward to another tilt at a national title.

“It’s amazing, really, to think what many of the squad have won over the last decade, and to still have the same hunger. It speaks volumes of their dedication,” said Scannell.

“We now have six days to prepare for a league title and I have every confidence my squad will be ready to do battle on the day.”

The mood in the Killester camp was one of deflation, with coach, Karl Kilbride, offering no excuses for his team’s defeat.

“Sometimes, you have to stand up, after a loss, and admit you were second-best, and we were simply defeated by a better team on the day,” Karl said. “We have had a number of injuries throughout the season, but still managed to be vying for honours in the league and cup, and I do feel this team will be a stronger outfit next season.”

DCU Mercy will be Team Montenotte’s final opponents. They overcame Meteors 75-65, in a pulsating game at the DCU complex. The opening half saw both teams play excellent defence, but a late Sarah Woods three-pointer saw DCU lead 41-35 at the break.

Both sides traded baskets for long periods in the second-half, but DCU consistently produced key baskets, when Meteors threatened to get back in the game, much to the relief of coach, Mark Ingle.

“It was always going to be a tough test of our character and, having not played for a fortnight, there was a little rustiness in our general play,” Ingle said.

“We now have to finish the business next weekend, against Team Montenotte, and that will be a true test of our character.”

Division One league and cup champions, Maree, produced a brave performance, before going down 86-73 to Templeogue, in the Champions Trophy quarter-final at Oranmore.

In a terrific first-half, Templeogue, inspired by the outstanding Michael Bonaparte, commanded a 43-36 interval lead.

The trend of the game changed little on the restart, but, gradually, the experience of the Premier cup champions began to tell, and with Bonaparte finishing with a game-high 34 points, they booked their semi-final with Killester.

For the Maree coach, John Finn, it was a game his side ended with plenty of enthusiasm for the future.

“My players showed tremendous grit, against one of the best sides in this country, and I am very proud to be associated with this squad,” John said.

In the other quarter-final, UCD Marian had it a little easier, when they disposed of fellow Dublin side, Kubs, 101-67, in emphatic fashion.

The students put this game to bed in the first-half, when commanding a 59-34 lead, and with Dustan Moreira and Alex Zurn in superb form, this semi-final was settled long before the sound of the final buzzer.

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