RECAP: 2016 U18 National Shield Finals

RECAP: 2016 U18 National Shield Finals

  • Mar 18,2016
March 19th, 2016

U18 Women’s National Shield Final
Moycullen 71, Tolka Rovers 42

Moycullen’s strength and running-game brought them another National title as they beat Tolka Rovers of Dublin 71-42 at the Watershed in Kilkenny. The squad of seven players were previous winners at U14 and U16 level at All-Ireland Club level, but runners up in this competition in 2015. 

The Galway side’s man-to-man defence was forcing Tolka Rovers to move through the gears quickly in the first quarter. The Dublin side coughed up a couple of turnovers but were unfazed by Moycullen’s early lead and went ahead themselves through Jenny O’Connell’s three-pointer after eight minutes. 

It was short lived as Moycullen accelerated in transition. Catherine Connaire was well used to the Kilkenny venue after victory in the Women’s Division One final with NUIG Mystics the night before and punished open looks to help her side into a 15-12 lead. 

Moycullen had a hot start to the second with five points inside a minute for an eight point lead. Tolka continued with their game plan and Jenna Howe’s defensive efforts gave them a platform to reduce the margin once again. It was Howe’s steal and layup that levelled the game at 24-24 with four minutes left in the second. 

Moycullen responded with a 12-0 run to lead 36-24 at the break. They were quick and accurate with MVP Aine McDonagh hitting 11 points in the second quarter.  

Three of the Moycullen squad who lost the 2015 final to Ulster Elks were back on court for the 2016 decider. Romy Cunningham, Ailbhe Davoren and Aine McDonagh were all instrumental in making up for the heartbreak of losing in overtime to Ulster Elks and they settled the game in the third quarter with good stops on defence and a relentless drive to rack up 24 points. 

Ciara Curran’s effectiveness on the boards Tolka Rovers’ work rate them parity in the fourth but Moycullen had done the damage in the middle quarters and were worthy winners. 

Moycullen: Megan O’Donnell 11, Aine McDonagh 28, Aibhe Davoren 7, Romy Cunningham 2, Catherine Connaire 19. Substitutes: Jean Hayes 2, Sinead McDonagh 2

Tolka Rovers: Jenna Howe 11, Amy Sheehan 2, Julie McEvoy 6, Ciara O’Leary, Ciara Curran 5. Substitutes: Patricia Mirt 2, Elaine Kenny 7, Caoimhe Barry, Jenny O’Connell 9.

HT: Moycullen 36, Tolka Rovers 24
MVP: Aine McDonagh (Moycullen)

March 16th, 2016

U18 Men's National Shield Final:
St. Vincent's 79, Ballincollig 61

The Watershed, Kilkenny

St. Vincent’s claimed the Under 18 Men’s National Shield with a 79-61 win over Ballincollig at the Watershed in Kilkenny. It was a sweet win for the Dublin club whose U20 side were beaten in the National Cup final in January. 

St. Vincent’s had the better of the first quarter with an 11-0 run and a decent return from the free-throw line. The Dublin side were slinging the ball around to find the open shooter and Daniel Heaney helped himself to an eight point quarter. 

Ballincollig trailed 23-14 after ten minutes but had the lead back to seven points with a 6-0 run in the second quarter through Emanuel Anaba, Josh Di Nijs and top-scorer Dylan Corkery. 

St. Vincent’s were cleaning up on second chance points with Daniel Heaney getting his double-double by half-time and Leo Dobos making the reverse layup off a deft assist by Tariq Guebaili to leave the scores at 42-26 for the half. 

With substitute Gavin Doyle picking up nine points in the third, St. Vincent’s had the lead out to 22 points soon after the restart. It still left time for Ballincollig to rally once again with David Finn’s triple bringing the gap back to 14 by the end of the quarter. 

St. Vincent’s had led from start to finish and had the confidence to see out the win in the fourth. Daniel Heaney was named MVP with 23 points and 17 rebounds.
St. Vincent’s: Tariq Guebaili 16, Brian O’Connor, Matthew Eustace 2, Rob Sullivan 12,Daniel Heaney 23. Substitutes: Silvio Mirt, Ryan Higgins, Oisin Reilly 4, 
Joe Pickles, Luke Cormican, Leo Dobos 2, Gavin Doyle 20.
Coach: Emmet Donnelly. Assistant Coach: Carmel Kilmartin. Manager: Sheila Eustace. 
Ballincollig BC: Pa McSweeney 8, David Finn 9, Emanuel Anaba 6, Josh Di Nijs 11, Dylan Corkery 18. Substitutes: Dylan Hughes 2, Michael O’Sullivan 2, Daniel Sisk 1, Stephen O’Shea, Lucas Smigelskis 4, Jack Murphy.
Coach: Kieran O’Sullivan. Assistant Coach: Brian Corkery, Manager: Marita Murphy. 

HT: St. Vincent’s 42, Ballincollig 26
MVP: Daniel Heaney (St. Vincent’s)

St Vincent's are the 2016 U18 National Shield Champions at #LeagueFinals2016. They beat Ballincollig in Game One at the Watershed. More at

Posted by Basketball Ireland on Friday, 18 March 2016
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