Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell created the shock of the season when defeating DCU Mercy 69-52 in the second leg Premier Women’s league semi-final at the DCU complex.
The Cork side took a three-point lead into this game but the more experienced DCU outfit were expected to progress on their home court. But Kieran O’Leary’s troops were always in control. They led 33-25 at the interval and DCU’s increased second-half tempo struggled to break down a solid Brunell defence.
The jubilant Brunell coach was delighted his side had reached their first national final at Premier level.
“The bottom line is we had defeated them three times already this season and I knew if we turned up and produced our best basketball we had every chance,” said O’Leary.
Brunell now play fellow Cork side
Team Montenotte, who easily beat Liffey Celtics 78-44, adding to a 30-point advantage from the first leg. Niamh Dwyer chipped in with 23 points.
“We put this game to bed in the first leg and I couldn’t be happier with the attitude of the entire squad going into Saturday’s final,” said coach Mark Scannell.
Killester were almost turned over in the Champions Trophy quarter-final before eventually winning 75-72 against first division Moycullen.
A 16-point contribution from Killester’s John Behan helped book a semi-final tie with C & S UCC Demons.
In the other quarter-final, Premier side Templeogue had little difficulty disposing of Maree 84-61.
They now play Swords Thunder, with coach Mark Keenan looking forward to playing a side that have defeated them three times this season.
“We have struggled against Swords Thunder in previous games this season but this is the last throw of the dice and we are looking forward to the game,” Keenan said.
Kilkenny produced the shock of the season in the League Cup quarter final, defeating Premier side Belfast Star 106-99, inspired by American Puff Summers. For coach Damien Brett it was a night to savour.
“We have come a long way in our short time,” Brett said.
C & S Blue Demons almost shocked Cork Premier side BFG Neptune before eventually going down 84-74.
Neptune will now play DCU Saints in the semi-final and player-coach Ger Noonan was relieved his side had got over this tricky encounter.
Noonan said: “I do not think losing to Demons second string was an option and now we have another tricky game against DCU Saints to contend with.”
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