St Marys claim All Ire­land club crown in Tralee

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St Marys 41 Long­ford Fal­cons 29

ST Marys Un­der 14 girls had a big win at the week­end when they se­cured the All Ire­land Club B ti­tle.

The com­pe­ti­tion was held in Tralee. The girls were coached by Tommy Dom O’Con­nor who is no stranger to win­ning All Ire­land ti­tles. The squad met Long­ford Fal­cons in the fi­nal.

Fal­cons were coached by Gerry Pen­rose. Pen­rose and O’Con­nor have been on the side­lines in op­po­si­tion sev­eral times in the past as they both coached na­tional league in the early 2000s.

It took St Marys a few min­utes to set­tle into the game, Long­ford mak­ing some steals and net­ting the first score of the game be­fore Jo­hanna Moyni­han net­ted Marys first score of the game. The Castleis­land girls set­tled after this and a se­ries of scores from Shauna Tangney re­sulted in a seven point lead at the end of the first.

Re­becca Reidy was first to reg­is­ter a score in the se­cond quar­ter, Muire­ann Rahilly and Chantelle Brod­er­ick added to this and de­spite a spread of scores from the op­po­si­tion Mary’s in­creased their lead by a fur­ther four points at the half time in­ter­val.

The third quar­ter was close but again the Kerry team were strong­est. Port­laoise de­fended well but were no match for Han­nah Her­lihy, Shauna Tangney and Ab­bie Ma­hony who dom­i­nated.

St Marys led 30 points to 18 go­ing into the fi­nal quar­ter. Port­laoise fought hard to close the gap and suc­ceeded in re­duc­ing it to five points, but two quick scores in suc­ces­sion from Han­nah Her­lihy and Emma Kerin gave St Marys breath­ing space once again.

The sides went bas­ket for bas­ket in this quar­ter and St Marys ran out win­ners with twleve points to spare. ST MARYS: Shauna Tangney 9, Ab­bie Ma­hony 8, Muire­ann Rahilly and Emma Kerin 5 each, Ciara Cronin and Han­nah Her­lihy 4 each, Chantelle Brod­er­ick, Jo­hanna Moyni­han and Re­becca Reidy 2 each, Ciara Casey and Katie Cot­ter.

St Marys Un­der 16 girls will con­test the AICC A ti­tle next week­end. This tour­na­ment will be hosted by Brunell and run off in the Parochial Hall Cork.

The victorious Castleis­land Un­der 14 team

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