Cork basketball: Glanmire must be at full tilt when they host champs DCU Mercy

Cork basketball: Glanmire must be at full tilt when they host champs DCU Mercy
Shrita Parker, Team Ambassador UCC Glanmire, gets away from Jasmine Walker, Maxol WIT Wildcats. Picture: Jim Coughlan

THE Women’s Super League champions DCU Mercy are in town on Sunday when they clash with Ambassador UCC Glanmire at the Mardyke Arena.

The Dublin side clinched the title last weekend when defeating Galway side Maree and the Glanmire coach Mark Scannell believes they were worthy champions.

“I think when you have only lost one game in the campaign it shows how consistent you have been as a team and I would like to congratulate their coach Mark Ingle on the championship win,” said Mark Scannell.

The game has special significance for Glanmire as a win would lift them into the runner up slot but coach Scannell knows DCU will be going full pelt to finish on a high.

“When you have won the title with one game to play and you are coming up against one your greatest rivals there is sure to be added spice to the clash,” said Mark Scannell.

Over the years both these sides have threw up some intriguing games and coach Scannell believes this should be another cracker.

“DCU have their pride and we are looking to snatch the runner-up spot so it has all the ingredients of being a top game to round off the season, “added Scannell.

The present scoring form of the Glanmire American Shrita Parker has been encouraging and fellow professional Tatum Neubert has also been a revelation this season.

On the other side of the coin DCU Mercy have one of the top Americans in the league as Meredith Burkhall has dominated the majority of teams in this campaign.

For Glanmire to win this game they will have to get good contributions from their Irish players but they have the necessary firepower to shoot down the champions.

Verdict: Ambassador UCC Glanmire.

Fr Mathew’s hopes of making the Champions Trophy play-offs were put to bed last weekend following their derby defeat to Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell.

The Cork side will complete their campaign tomorrow when they head to the capital for a clash against the cup champions Killester.

It has been a disappointing season for the Cork side who finished third in last year’s league campaign and finished that season by winning the Champions Trophy.

In recent games Grainne Dwyer has completely lost her form and with Americans Shannon Brady and Chantelle Alford not consistent enough they have struggled big time.

Head coach James Fleming walked away from his position last month and Niamh Dwyer who took the hot seat has yet to taste success in her new role.

Killester will be without American Christa Reed and this could give Mathew’s the opportunity to finish the campaign on a winning note.

Verdict: Fr Mathew’s.

Fr Mathew's Amy Murphy on the break from Singleton SuperValu Brunell's Aryn McClure. Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Fr Mathew's Amy Murphy on the break from Singleton SuperValu Brunell's Aryn McClure. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell will complete their campaign with a home game against WIT Wildcats.

It has been a tough season for the Brunell coach Tim O’Halloran but he rallied his troops for an encouraging win over Fr Mathew’s.

The one guarantee you get when you play Wildcats is the physicality stakes rise to a new level and if Brunell are not ready to meet them head on they will pushed aside with relative ease.

The guarantee you get from any Brunell side is pride and it would be nice to see them finish the campaign on a winning note.

Verdict: Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell.

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