All-Ireland success for Wildcats

Wildcats U14’s won the All-Ireland Club Championship

Wildcats U14’s won the All-Ireland Club Championship

There was mixed fortunes for Wildcats at the Club All Ireland Championships with victory for the U14’s in the final while the U16’s also reached the final but lost out narrowly to Liffey Celtics.
Coached by Sinéad Deegan and Jane Kenneally the Wildcats U14’s got off to a winning start in an extremely tight opening game they defeated Letterkenny Blaze by two points (30-28), thanks to an outside shot from Sarah Hickey with two seconds left on the clock.
Wildcats endured a nervy start in the second pool game against Longford Falcons but overturned a four point deficit at the end of the first quarter to lead 15-11 at the half-time break. Wildcats enjoyed a solid third quarter and took a 25-17 lead into the final quarter.
Although they lost the final quarter by a point Wildcats, with 19 points contributed by Sarah Hickey, reached the semi-final courtesy of a 33-26 points win.
Portlaoise proved tough opposition in the semi-final and there was little between the teams for most of the match.
Sarah Hickey was once again in magnificent form and she scored 14 points while Bronagh Higgins added eight points and Kellie Raethorn scored five as Wildcats booked their place in the final thanks to a 35-29 win.
The final against Limerick Celtics proved to be one-way traffic for three quarters of the match with Wildcats in control. They led 28-8 at half-time and added another six points to Limerick’s three in a low scoring third quarter.
Although Celtics came storming back to win the final quarter 22-11, they simply had too much ground to make as Wildcats were crowned U14 All-Ireland Champions on a 44-33 scoreline.
Sarah Hickey was once again top scorer with 21 points. Kellie Raethorn scored eight points in the final and Bronagh Higgins added five points.

Wildcats U14 ; Leah Dunphy, Shannon Marshall, Tara Freeman, Ardiana Shalleyi, Bronagh Higgins, Sarah Hickey, Kellie Raethorn, Illiana Fitzgerald, Aoife Grant, Laura Kennedy, Caoimhe McGrath, Grace O’Brien.

Wildcats U16’s, coached by Jillian Hayes and Catherine Ryan got their challenge off to a winning start with a 47-29 points win over Anderstown Tigers.
Wildcats were well in command after the first quarter and by half-time had built a 26-12 lead.
The third quarter was much closer but Wildcats pulled away again in the final quarter to win by 18 points. Bami Olikaydeo and Debbie Ogayami scored 12 points apiece while Robyn Morrissey added eight points.
Fr Matthews were the opposition in the second pool game, a team that had beaten Wildcats in the league and cup. However the defence were outstanding as Wildcats pulled off a 12 points win. Leading 26-20 at the half-time break, Wildcats continued to hold their opponents at bay in the second half to win 43-31.
The semi-final against St Mary’s Castleisland resulted in another good win for Wildcats. With her team leading by 30 points to 12 at half-time, coach Jillian Hayes was able to rest players while all squad members got a run in the game. 12 players were on the scoresheet in the game where Robyn Morrissey was top scorer with 16 points in a 45-23 win.
Wildcats continued their form into the final against Dublin side Liffey Celtics and led by three points at half-time (21-18). However tiredness seemed to set in after the break as the offence found scores difficult to come by. Wildcats only managed six points in the entire second half and although the defence worked tirelessly to keep the score down, Celtics fired 15 second half points to win by 33 points to 27.

Wildcats U16; Abby Flynn, Ciara Butler, Kate Hickey, Grainne Brown, Robyn Morrisey, Anna Grogan, Bami Olukayode, Eva Daniels, Meagan Waring, Sarah Jacob, Debbie Ogayemi, Rachael Fitzgerald.

Mercy win First Year A Final
In Kiltimagh, Co Mayo last weekend Mercy first years won the ‘A’ all-Ireland Schools final with a 33 points to 22 win over Mercy Sligo.
All players are members of the Wildacts U14 team that won the club All-Ireland

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