SENIOR WOMEN'S NATIONAL CUP FINAL
Oblate Dynamos 58 Tralee Imperials 49
OBLATE Dynamos ended Tralee Imperials perfect start to the season in a highly entertaining Senior Women's National Cup final in Dublin, the Dublin side winning 58 to 49.
Imperials had entered the game as hot favourites, having cruised to the final as well as earning a six win, no loss record in Division One league.
It was yet another case of not to be however as they repeated the fate they suffered twelve months ago at this stage. For Dynamos, it was a heroic win, coming from behind to do so.
Tralee's Sinead Mackessy and Emma Sherwood put points on the board early by demonstrating their strong drive and shoot techniques. The pair were the only scorers for the Imperials in the first quarter.
Despite the Tralee strength, the scores were tight and Oblate were up by one at the end of the first period.
Mackessy continued her outside shooting throughout the second quarter with Oblate's Niland responding under the basket. Both teams were in the bonus before half time and Tralee took the lead by five points assisted by a fast break from Deirdre Geaney.
Oblate picked up the momentum in the third quarter with quality outside shooting from Katie Moloney and Karen Staunton. Staunton hitting a three-point-shot right on the 24 second clock buzzer to tie the scores at 33 apiece.
Oblate's Georgina McKenna went on a scoring blitz with one threepointer followed closely by two points right on the quarter-time buzzer. The Oblate fans hit the roof as their team were up by five at the end of the third term.
It was all on the line in the final quarter as both teams fought hard to keep the ball. Oblate were forced to run their plays by the tight Tralee man-to-man defence. At the other end, Georgina McKenna began a trend with another buzzer beater just before the 24second shot clock expired.
The battle continued for the remaining five minutes, Oblate pushing ahead by five and Tralee clawing their way back. It was a physical contest, with Oblate ending up in front by nine assisted greatly by the scoring trio of Theresa Harrison, Georgina McKenna and Jolie Niland. Tralee Imperials: S Mackessy 20, E Sherwood 13, D Geaney 6. Oblate Dynamos: T Harrison 14, J Niland 11, G McKenna 11, E Curran 6