National League

National League
Oct 10 2021 Super League and Division 1 Round 1 wrap

DCU Mercy began the defence of their Super League title with a 20-point win over WIT Waterford Wildcats at the DCU Arena. Their two new Americans Alarie Mayze (22) and Bailey Greenberg (20) were to the fore on debut. “Yes, they played well both of them, Bailey had strong first half and Alarie strong second half”, head coach Mark Ingle said.

Asked what the most pleasing aspect of the 77-57 win, Ingle added “It was debuts for four of our players, so it was also good to play again after the long lay off.” Emma Carroll and Rachel Brennan were the other two players to make their Super League bow, having come through DCU Mercy’s U20 team.

The Address UCC Glanmire are the early table toppers in the Super League after their 112-41 win over Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s in the first National League fixture to be played in 19 months, as they faced each other at the Mardyke Arena on Friday night. Their American Gianna Smith led their scoring on 29 points, with Ireland internationals Claire O’Sullivan and Aine McKenna contributing 18 and 17 points respectively.

The Address UCC Glanmire head coach Mark Scannell said: “Look you saw how much it meant to the girls just to be back playing. We passed the ball well and everyone worked hard. Good start, but lots of work to do.”

The 2019/20 Division One champions Trinity Meteors got off to a good start in the Super League, edging Fr. Mathews 67-64 at Fr. Mathews Arena. They had to come from behind, trailing 37-30 at half-time, but a strong third quarter saw Vincent O’Keeffe’s side turn the game in their favour and led 49-43 going into the final quarter, clinging on for victory. Trinity Meteors’ new signing from Maree, Dayna Finn, led the scoring with 19, while Sarah Kenny had 16 points. The experienced Gráinne Dwyer picked up 22 points for Fr. Mathews.

Trinity Meteors head coach Vincent O’Keeffe said: “I am really delighted with our win. We have such a young team, many of whom are just starting out on their Super League journey, and to see how hard they fought for each other was something special. Anytime you come away from Cork with a win, especially against a team as experienced and talented as Fr. Matthew's are, you know you have achieved something noteworthy as a team.”

Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics were 12-point winners over Killester, 65-53 Adrienne Jackson top scored for the home side with 16, while Killester’s American Myah Taylor accumulated 23 points which wasn’t enough to avoid defeat.

Singleton Supervalu Brunell won 81-54 at IT Carlow Basketball, Shannon Ryan led their scoring with 18 points, with Katie Walsh draining 13. American Alyssa Velles topped the scoring charts for IT Carlow Basketball with 18, with Lucy Coogan getting 16.   

In the Divison 1 National League debutants LYIT Donegal lost 78-52 at Swords Thunder. It was a first game in charge for Sword Thunder's new player/coach Niamh O'Donovan. O'Donovan has been with the club since 2018, but has taken on the additional coaching responsibilities after Joan Black decided to step aside, having guided the club since it entered the National League in 2017.

There were also wins for Ulster University, Tipperary Knights, Limerick Sport Huskies and NUIG Mystics Super League - Round 1 results and top scorers Super League - Round 1 results

Friday 8th October

The Address UCC Glanmire 112-41 Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s

Half-time: 62-24

Top scorers The Address UCC Glanmire: Gianna Smith 29, Claire O’Sullivan 18, Taylor Claggert 17, Áine McKenna 17

Top scorers Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s: Le’jzea Davidson 17, Lorraine Scanlon 12, Rheanne O’Shea 6

Saturday 9th October

Fr. Mathews 64-67 Trinity Meteors

Half-time: 37-30

Top scorers Fr. Mathews: Grainne Dwyer 22, Tricia Byrne 11, Anna Lynch 10

Top scorers Trinity Meteors: Dayna Finn 19, Sarah Kenny 16, A’Lexxus Davis 11

Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics 65-53 Killester

Half time: 35-28

Top scoers Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics: Adrienne Jackson 16, Kate O’Flaherty 15, Alexis Dillard 11, Aine O’Connor 9

Top scorers Killester: Myah Taylor 23, Shannon Powell 9, Michelle Clarke 8, Rebecca Nagle 7

Sunday 10th October

DCU Mercy 77-57 WIT Waterford Wildcats

Half-time: 36-26

Top scorers DCU Mercy: Alarie Mayze 22, Bailey Greenberg 20, Rachel Huijsdens 10

Top scorers Waterford Wildcats: Jazmine Walker 12, Stephanie O’Shea 10, Sinead Deegan 9, Kate Hickey 9

IT Carlow Basketball 54-81 Singleton Supervalu Brunell

Half-time: 28-50

Top scorers IT Carlow Basketball: Alyssa Velles 18, Lucy Coogan 16, Mary Hulgraine 3

Top scorers Singleton Supervalu Brunell: Shannon Ryan 18, Katie Walsh 13, Kwanza Murray 10, Sinead O’Reilly 10 Division 1 - Round 1 results and top scorers Division 1 - Round 1 results

Saturday 9th October

Limerick Sport Huskies 79-76 Portlaoise Panthers

Half-time: 37-33

Top scorers: Yuleska Ramirez Tejeda 27, Taylor Herd 23, Megan Buckley 6

Top scorers: Antigone Sanabria 25, Sarah Fleming 14, Jasmine Burke 12

Limerick Celtics 71-73 Tipperary Knights

Half-time: 29-48

Top scorers Limerick Celtics: Sofia Pakas 23, Emily Tinnes 22

Top scorers Tipperary Knights: Rosie Tobin 15, Meabh Humphreys 13

Ulster University 70-58 Griffith College Templeogue

Half-time: 26-22

Top scorers Ulster University: Lexi Posset 20, Abi Rafferty 19, Aoife Callaghan 11, Alex Mulligan 11

Top scorers Griffith College Templeogue: Akeema Richards 18, Jah-Leah Ellis 11, Lauren Darcy 8, Hannah Murphy 8

Swords Thunder 78-52 LYIT Donegal

Half-time: 42-21

Top scorers Swords Thunder: Peggy Black 15, Niamh O’Donovan 12, Tia Kelly 12, Laura Fortune 10

Top scorers LYIT Donegal: Shannon Cunningham 19, Emma Gribben 10, Maria Kealy 8

Sunday 10th October

Marble City Hawks 31-64 NUIG Mystics

Half-time: 14-46

Top scorers Marble City Hawks: Elaine Kennington 12, Faye Scanlon 6, Fiona Whitely 6

Top scorers NUIG Mystics: Kara McCleane 17, Áine McDonagh 16, Laura Lopez Morera 10.