Women’s Superleague

Maxol WIT Wildcats Stephanie O’Shea clashes with Brunell’s Alison Kearney. Photos: Noel Browne

WIT Wildcats 66
Brunell (Cork) 47

Maxol WIT Wildcats recovered from their disappointing defeat away to Liffey Celtics with a another stylish performance at home where they accounted for Cork City side Brunell on a 66-47 points scoreline at the Mercy Gym on Saturday night last.

Maxol WIT Wildcats Brittney Dunbar cuts down the inside on her way to scoring a great basket for her side.

Maxol WIT Wildcats Brittney Dunbar cuts down the inside on her way to scoring a great basket for her side.

Wildcats raced into an early lead with the first four baskets of the game and from that point on it was comfortable for the home side all the way to the finish.

Wildcats had built a 23 points lead (42-19) at the halfway stage mainly through quality inside and outside baskets from Steph O’ Shea, who finished the game as top scorer with 22 points. As the game progressed, Wildcats coaches were able to try different combinations of players which included Aoife Brett and Mel Stone, who added to the teams total with well-timed scores that kept sufficient distance between the teams on the score board.

Brunell’s Lauren Falvey was unable to stop . Maxol WIT Wildcats Brittney Dunbar from scoring.

Brunell’s Lauren Falvey was unable to stop . Maxol WIT Wildcats Brittney Dunbar from scoring.

Brunell did close the gap at one point but more scores from Cathy Kavanagh and Brittany Dunbar left Wildcats with 19 points to spare at the final buzzer. WIT Wildcats now move to joint second on the Superleague table behind unbeaten Glanmire who provide
the opposition this Saturday in the National Cup.

UP FOR THE CUP
It’s been some time since Wildcats had a cup quarter final at home and they don’t come any tougher than this Saturday when the reigning champions come to the Mercy sports hall.
Glanmire have made this cup competition their own having won the coveted event a record number of times in recent years, and while Wildcats showed themselves to be a match for most this season, they will have to raise their game even higher if they are to progress to the cup semi-finals. Glanmire have won all of their seven superleague games this season so far and Wildcats have been the only team to run them close when beaten by six points in Cork six weeks ago.
Now with home advantage and their faithful supporters behind them, Wildcats must have a serious chance of toppling the champions in what could prove to be the game of the season. Certainly Glanmire’s coach Mark Scannell is not taking anything for granted as he was present at the Mercy sports hall last Saturday to see Wildcats win four from four at home. With a packed house expected, supporters are asked to be early for a 7pm tip off.

Maxol WIT Wildcats captain Sinead Deegan about to score for her side

Maxol WIT Wildcats captain Sinead Deegan about to score for her side

Underage
It was also a busy weekend for the Wildcats underage teams. The U14’s and U16 teams recorded two very good wins over Cork side, St. Anthony’s in the Cork league, and also took the win over close rivals, Brunell in the U13 fixture on Sunday in the Mercy Sports Hall.
The Wildcats U14 team lost out to a very strong Brunell side in what was a close encounter and the U18 team, despite having recorded some great wins to get to the National Cup quarter final, lost out to Glanmire in a tough match in Cork on Sunday afternoon.

Maxol WIT Wildcats Cathy Kavanagh scores again for her side

Maxol WIT Wildcats Cathy Kavanagh scores again for her side

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