St Marys teams did Kerry proud at All-Ireland Club Championships

ST Mary's Basketball Club was proud to have had all four teams representing Kerry in the All Ireland Club Championships on the weekend of April 12 / 13. A great return of three cups and three MVP awards saw St. Mary's add an outstanding 22 titles to the club's history for the 13/14 season.

The U-16 girls travelled to Portlaoise where their first game was against Kestrels and the girls finished strong on a 44-29 point win. Next game saw Ulster Elks take the win on a hard fought game 27-22. In the Division 2 semi-final the girls met a strong Fr. Matthews team and Matthews took the win on 48-34.

The girls fought back in the 3rd/4th place playoff to beat Portlaoise Panthers 39-31 to take 3rd place.

The U-16 boys travelled to Belfast, beating Kiltimagh Giants 64-33 in their first game. Sligo All Stars, taking the next game on a scoreline of 51-45, saw our boys into the Div 2 semi-final. Here they faced the home side, Belfast Star in what was an exciting game to watch as the sides were evenly matched with both scoring well. The game went into over-time and continued at a frantic pace but at the final whistle Mary's were victorious 49-46.

In the final they met Drogheda Bullets with Mary's getting a lead very quickly but the Bullets were having none of it and were up four at the end of the first quarter. Drogheda kept the lead for most of the game but some accurate three-point shooting and good defending from St.Mary's kept them in touch as the final whistle blew, winning 51-49. The golden ball went to St Mary's MVP Adam Donoghue.

The U-14 boys brought home another cup from Dublin. First up they met Portlaoise Panthers winning on a scoreline of 75-38.

The second game was a great battle with Templogue taking the game on a scoreline of 49-48. The division 2 semi-final saw them take on East Cavan Eagles St Mary's taking the place in the final 43-32. In the final they took on Belfast Star proving too strong and winning on a scoreline of 42-27.

David Shanahan was crowned MVP receiving the golden ball and Sean O'Connell received the cup on behalf of St Mary's.

The U-14 girls were proud to take to their own court in Castleisland. St Mary's had a first tough game meeting the eventual overall winners Liffey Celtics. Liffey were a strong side but St Mary's battled hard with only three points separating the teams at half time but eventually won on a 47-33 scoreline.

Next up the girls dominated Longford Falcons, winning 56-14. In the div 2 semi final they faced Ulster Elks winning on a scoreline of 48-35.

On Sunday in Tralee they met the local side TK Cougars in the div 2 final. These girls were no strangers to each other, meeting for the fourth time this season. TK Cougars lead by two points at the half time break but St Mary's showed their experience in the second half, battling hard to win 41-27.

Kayla O'Connor picked up the golden ball for MVP, which was much deserved. Nicole Downey and Labhaoise Walmsley were delighted to accept the cup on behalf of St Mary's.