Glanmire’s triple double

Team Montenotte, Glanmire won their third Women’s Premier League and Cup double in scintillating style yesterday when defeating DCU Mercy 72-69 in an epic final at the Watershed in Kilkenny.

Glanmire’s triple double

In doing so, the Glanmire club moved to the top of the all-time list of Premier League titles with seven wins.

This game had everything. The sides were tied at 32 at the half and Mercy were in front (54-50) entering the final quarter but Chantell Alford and Grainne Dwyer held their nerve, as the Cork side were crowned champions in style.

After the game Glanmire coach Mark Scannell praised his side’s incredible belief when defeat stared them in the face.

“It didn’t look great for us but we found another gear when DCU took a six-point lead in the last quarter and like many other years we had players who had bottle for the battle,” Scannell said.

The Montenotte coach was mystified that some DCU players were touting themselves as league champions having won the regular season.

“The bottom line is that the league was decided today and that’s when my players know how to win games and as we saw out on court. I am blessed to have a squad of winners,” added Scannell.

The DCU Mercy coach Mark Ingle offered no excuses after his side battled to the wire.

“It was an excellent game for the purist as both sides played some excellent defence and a three minute lapse in the closing quarter cost us dearly,” Ingle said.

“We have a tremendous young team and hopefully this experience will stand to them for the next campaign.

There were many heroes for Montenotte but the performance by American Alford was out of the top drawer as she deservedly picked up the MVP award.

In the Champions Trophy final C&S UCC Demons won their fourth consecutive title following a 82-77 win over Killester.

In a game that was sluggish for long periods Demons produced the better basketball in the second half as co captain Ciaran O’Sullivan reflected on their seventh national title in three years.

“Both teams were tired but there is little doubt we were the better side and deserved our win,” Ciaran said.

“We have had a tough season but to win this championship for the fourth consecutive season is testament to the commitment of the squad.”

NUIG Mystics will be competing in the Women’s Premier league next season following their impressive 79-61 win over Cork side, Fr Mathews, in the Division 1 league final.

The Galway side that included former Irish Senior international Michelle Fahy sealed the game with an impressive first half that saw them surge into a 14 point lead.

In the second half despite a gallant Mathews display they were always chasing the game as the winning coach Mike Murray praised his troops.

“I think the commitment shown by my squad was rewarded here today and to win the three trophies on offer sets us up nicely for next season when we will be competing against the big guns,” Murray said.

Maree had a great season in the Men’s Division 1 but their treble bid was denied by Kubs who defeated them 89-79 in the League Cup final.

In a game that both sides traded baskets in for long periods Kubs led 44-41 at the break.

In the closing quarter Maree reduced the deficit to the minimum but superb play from MVP Eoin Chubb saw the Dublin side run out deserving winners.

After the game Kubs player coach Kevin Foley paid tribute to his teams tenacity when the final was threatening to run away from them.

“Maree just don’t go away without a battle and we had to show our battling qualities when the game could have slipped away,” Foley said.

In the U18 Women’s National Shield final Moycullen were impressive 71-42 winners against Tolka Rovers after leading 36-24 at the break.

The class of Aine McDonagh proved crucial for Moycullen in the second half as her 28-point contribution earned her MVP and her side a comfortable win.

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