This was probably the first time a team from Cavan had taken part in the U 18 national cup and we were heading to Tralee with a team that were up for a challenge and determined to give all teams a good run for their money and prove a point.
The girls were pooled with Carrig Na Bhfear Rebels from Cork and DCU Mercy.
On Saturday morning we all headed down to the gym to have a look at our opponents
And a very tall DCU team dominated the boards against the Cork girls and ran out 68 to 35 winners.
Our first game v Carrig Na Bhfear started a bit tentative and it took a bit of time to get up to speed but with great team work all round the 70 to 49 final score line was justified and guaranteed progression to Sunday’s semi final.
A break of one game and next up DCU. The girls were not used to playing against girls which had a height difference and the DCU girls took full advantage of it and their inside play was excellent, all the girls kept battling away and if nothing else would learn from the experience and finished up losing 65 to 49.
Back to the Fells Point Hotel and a well earned shower for the girls and dinner watch the rugby highlights and roll on Sunday morning.
An early start of 10am saw the Eagles girls up against another Cork team and last years losing finalists Brunell Ladies. They had 2 wins the previous day and looked like a team on a mission to make up for last year but they hadn’t planned on meeting the Cavan girls on their own mission …….
A game where the statement that a basketball game is never won until the last quarter rang true 15 points down at half time many might have thought it a gap too far to bridge but some of these girls have been here before and it’s starting to rub of on the rest of them. Their battling qualities saw them close the gap and a 20 pts to 9 fourth quarter and 1 out of 2 from Ciara Brady from the free throw line levelled the game 74 – 74 and a last gasp shot from Brunell Couldn’t win the game and overtime beckoned.
What a come back and the girls didn’t let up in overtime 10 – 6 saw them kill of Brunell and the girls were through to the quarter finals and in the seeding final v DCU.
The seeding game was a different kettle of fish from the previous day a 16- 16 first quarter 5 down at half time and the game was anyone’s. The girls had learnt so much from the last game v DCU and fought for every ball, tall girls or not, they kept going till the very end but couldn’t take the lead. Tired legs and bodies they gave their all and a 50 pts to 44 scoreline in favour of the Dublin girls was a very positive result.
I’ll finish as I started what a weekend of Basketball…..
Many thanks to Laura for organising the weekend and for her help all weekend.
Thank you to all who travelled Ann,Caitlin, Pauline,Iris, Mary,Orla, Francie and Bernard great support as always.
And last but not least the young ladies Ciara C,Leah,Amy,Aoife,Ailisa,Chloe,Aislinn,Ciara B and Alison who did them selves proud and their parents with great performances all round I couldn’t have asked for more… Thank you all so much.
Next up Fr Mathews Cork on the 6th of December