RECAP: 2016 Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup Final

RECAP: 2016 Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup Final

  • Jan 31,2016
Sunday January 31st, 2016
Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup Final
NUIG Mystics 71, Oblate Dynamos 44

Report: Mary McGuire

NUIG Mystics marched to glory in this afternoon’s Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup final, as they dominated proceedings from beginning to end to take home a 27-point victory over Oblate Dynamos. 

"I'm absolutely thrilled, they deserve it they worked very hard. I’m so happy, and I’m happy for the girls," said NUIG Mystic’s Head Coach, Mike Murray. 

“I think Oblate are a great team, we were scared of them coming in so it was great to get the win, I feel great!"

A well-drilled and skilful NUIG had the game firmly in control from the off, taking a 15-0 run early in the first quarter, and had opened up a 20 point lead after just eleven minutes thanks to fantastic shooting from Siobhan Kilkenny, Michelle Fahy and Marritta Gilcrease. 

Oblate for their part never gave up, and solid performances from Katie Black, Katie Moloney and Shannon Farrell saw them sneak through for scores in the second quarter, but at that stage, Mystics had already built up a considerable lead and waltzed into the dressing room with a 42-19 cushion at half-time. 

The third quarter continued in much the same way as the previous two, with Ailish O’Reilly driving Mystics forward from the point while also bagging some great steals, and Gilcrease was really invaluable under the boards. At the other end, Oblate kept pushing though, with Heather Meagher, Black and Farrell all adding to their side’s tally. 

The result was never in any doubt though and as the game ticked into the final quarter and ‘The Fields of Athenry’ began to ring out around the Arena, Mystics showed their worth with Kilkenny, Deirdre O’Shea, Hannah Coen and O’Reilly all working hard and, but for some superb defending from Jasmine Wonik and Black for Oblate, could have been a lot further in front at the final buzzer. 

Oblate Dynamos: Georgina McKenna, Katie Black 13, Samantha Massey 1, Katie Moloney 5, Heather Meagher 2. Substitutes: Alison Keech 4, Aileen Crowley, Selina McMahon5, Shannon Farrell 12, Sarah Staunton, Ingrid Gaffney, Shannon Whelan, Jasmine Wonik 2.
NUIG Mystics: Siobhan Kilkenny 14, Michelle Fahy 13, Marrita Gilcrease 10, Lauren Murray 2, Ailish O’Reilly 15. Substitutes: Aoibhin O’Neill, Deirdre O’Shea 11, Emer Smyth, Catherine Connaire, Sarah Grealish, Kate Lyons, Leah Cunningham 2, Rebecca Hansberry, Hannah Coen 4, Suzanne McDonagh, Rachel Gaffney, Rachel McCormack.
HT: Oblate Dynamos 19, NUIG Mystics 42
MVP Ailish O’Reilly
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