Our women’s side made history tonight, winning their first ever Superleague game 70-67 against Glanmire. That’s 24 wins on the trot for the squad that enjoyed a clean sweep of Division 1 trophies last year. Unfortunately the men’s side came up just short against Neptune, going down 89-80 to the Cork outfit in the second game of the double header in Calasanctius College. Both sides are on the road next weekend, with the men away to Killorglin in Kerry on Saturday; and the women away to Brunell in Cork on Sunday.
RTE were full of praise for the ladies side:
Joe Shields’ charges got their season off to the perfect start by running out 70-67 point winners over Ambassador UCC Glanmire in a hotly-contested battle. Glanmire had the better of the opening exchanges thanks to sharp shooting from Aine McKenna, who finished the game with 25 points. A quick regroup during the break though saw Maree hit their stride, with Claire Rockall – who top scored for her side with 20 points – to the fore, as well as American Carly McLendon and Fiona Scally, to lead 38-35 at the half. Momentum stayed with the hosts in the third, to drive them into a 57-49 point lead going into the last, but Glanmire pushed back hard, with good work from McKenna, Annaliese Murphy and Shrita Parker to make for a thrilling finish. Maree held on though and just had the edge by three points at the buzzer. Speaking afterwards, head coach Joe Shields said: “We’re delighted with the start, especially against such a very good team as Glanmire. To get the win at home in our first ever Super League game was very special. We feel there is more in us as well. This was a great start but it was just that – a start. It’s done now and move on to the next game.”