Singleton SuperValu Brunell made their own bit of history on Friday evening when reaching the Hula Hoops National Cup final for the first time after defeating Fr Matthews.

It’s a win that has been a long time coming for this storied Cork club, having fallen at the semi-final stage in the past number of years, most recently in two big Cork derbies with Glanmire. 

2019 was the one that clicked though and they are the first team to reach the Women’s decider thanks to a 61-52 point win over Mathews in a thrilling Cork derby.

In the final, they will face either DCU Mercy or Courtyard Liffey Celtics who meet in the second semi-final at the Mardyke Arena on Saturday at 6pm. 

Tricia Byrne, Danielle O’Leary and Linda Rubene were the stand out stars for Brunell, but it wasn’t all plain sailing with just two points separating the teams at half time, 30-32 in favour of Mathews, thanks to big scores from Chantell Alford. 

A surge from the in the third saw momentum swing in their favour, and heading into the last they had edged in front by seven but the game was still firmly in the melting pot. 

Mathews tried to launch the comeback led by Niamh and Grainne Dwyer, but the shots just didn’t drop for them and some massive blocks from Rubene and superb defense across the board from Brunell kept momentum with the women in red. 

Danielle O’Leary sent a deafening roar across Cork with an enormous three-pointer late down the stretch and it was signed, sealed and delivered by the full time buzzer.