Cork basketball: Glanmire and Brunell derby will draw a bumper crowd

Cork basketball: Glanmire and Brunell derby will draw a bumper crowd
Tatum Neubert of Ambassador UCC Glanmire takes a rebound from Leah Rutherford of Pyrobel Killester. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

AFTER the excitement of the National Cup action last weekend it’s back to the Super League this weekend with the Cork derby on Sunday between UCC Ambassador Glanmire and Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell sure to attract a bumper attendance to the Mardyke Arena, 2.30pm.

Brunell pulled off the upset of the season last weekend when defeating DCU Mercy in the semi-final, a result that sent shock waves through the basketball fraternity.

Aryn McClure of Singleton SuperValu Brunell in action against Megan Connolly of DCU Mercy. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Aryn McClure of Singleton SuperValu Brunell in action against Megan Connolly of DCU Mercy. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The euphoria after the game was unbelievable but coach Tim O’Halloran is urging his players to stay grounded and remain focused on the job in hand.

“I am delighted to be in a second cup final on the trot but the reality is that we have league business to care of and Glanmire are certainly tough opponents,” said Tim O’Halloran.

Coach O’Halloran has injury worries going into the game with Danielle O’Leary ruled out and American victory scholar Aryn McClure also likely to fail with a groin injury.

“We need to get back into the winning groove in our league programme but we have to be realistic as there is only one game on our radar at this present time,” added O’Halloran.

Singleton SuperValu Brunell coach Tim O’Halloran celebrates a late score. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Singleton SuperValu Brunell coach Tim O’Halloran celebrates a late score. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

The mood in the Glanmire camp is positive despite their cup exit to Killester and coach Mark Scannell is adamant his team will bounce back.

“There is no use crying over spilt milk as my team gave their all against Killester but came up short and now we must put that loss to one side and get on doing the business against Brunell,” said Mark Scannell.

The Glanmire chief believes the injury to American Tatum Neubert didn’t help the cause.

“In cup games its little things that can go with or against you and over the years we have had the rub of the green a few times but it went Killester’s way on this occasion,” added Scannell.

Neubert will return for this game and Aine McKenna, who played despite suffering from a chest infection in the days leading up to the Killester game, will also be available.

Shrita Parker of Ambassador UCC Glanmire goes up for a basket defended by Aisling McCann of Pyrobel Killester. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Shrita Parker of Ambassador UCC Glanmire goes up for a basket defended by Aisling McCann of Pyrobel Killester. Picture: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Shrita Parker who finished with 38 points looked dejected at the end of the cup loss but has the character to bounce back as her skills would light up any venue in this country.

When these clubs clash there is always a good atmosphere but with the cup final on their minds Brunell will find Glanmire too hot to handle on this occasion.

Verdict: Glanmire.

Fr Mathew’s are also back in Women’s Super League action when they travel to play IT Carlow.

The Cork side are battling to stay in contention after an inconsistent season and if they play to their strength they should be capable of returning to winning ways.

Grainne Dwyer returned from injury in their recent defeat to WIT Wildcats and although looking a little rusty she is a crucial player for Mathew’s.

IT Carlow are really struggling this season despite the efforts of coach Martin Conroy to improve them in this competitive league.

Mathew’s American Chantelle Alford hasn’t fired this season and is lucky that her fellow professional Shannon Brady is consistently putting up the numbers.

On current form Fr Mathew’s should win this game in a canter.

Verdict: Fr Mathew’s.

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