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Basketball review: All-Cork final
22 Mar 2015 19:07
Singleton SuperValu Brunell beat DCU Mercy 69-52 to set up an all-Cork Women’s Premier League final against Team Montenotte Hotel.
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Brunell wrapped up the semi-final 122-102 on aggregate with their fourth win over DCU Mercy this season and a strong display of slick passing and sniping defence.
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“We’re delighted to be in a league final,” said coach Kieran O’Leary. “We beat a good team to get there and we’ve nothing to lose now. Top four was our target and to be in the final is a huge bonus.”
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Brunell opened with a strong quarter and picked off steals whenever Mercy threatened a foothold in the game. “Our steals can win us games sometimes – when we get one or two of them it gives us momentum for the next offence,” said Edel Thornton.
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“We were confident after three wins against them but that would have meant nothing if we lost. We just knew we had to contain Sarah Woods and Caroline Stewart in the post,” said the 18-year-old.
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DCU Coach Mark Ingle admitted that Brunell just played better on the day. “They shot the ball well, had better looks and had a good balance to their team,” he said.
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Team Montenotte Hotel await after their 147-83 aggregate win over Courtyard Liffey Celtics. Celtics were looking to end the season on a positive note but Glanmire started running the floor and cut off supply to any scoring threat. The Women’s Premier League final will be played in NUIG Kingfisher on Saturday 28 March 28th, 8pm.
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Looking ahead, Glanmire’s Grainne Dwyer said: “We won’t be altering our preparations too much. The mindset will change as the game gets closer but we’re ready. It’ll be nice to have a Cork derby in the final.”
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In Men’s basketball, Division One side SSE Airtricity Moycullen pushed Killester all the way in the quarter-final of the end of season Champions Trophy. Templeogue had a more comfortable route to the semi-final with an 84-61 win over Maree.
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There was a shock in the League Cup where Belfast Star exited at the hands of Division One club Team Left Bank Kilkenny but DCU Mercy, UCD Marian and BFG Neptune all came through safely to reach the last four.
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