Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 72 Ambassador UCC Glanmire 90
THE final scoreline shows the gulf in class between these two great rivals as Ambassador UCC Glanmire strolled to a comfortable win in the Women’s Super League at the Parochial Hall.
Brunell a club known for their battling skills weren't able to make a mark once Glanmire took control. For their watching sponsor Tomás Singleton this was a poor spectacle to the club he has backed financially over many years.
Amazingly coach Tim O’Halloran didn’t start victory scholar American Aryn McClure, only introducing her five minutes into the opening quarter, which was strange but in all truth only one side showed up for battle.
Brunell are better than this but gone are the days when we witnessed the northside club dive on loose balls as well as playing high-tempo basketball.
First of all the contrasting styles of both teams took my eye with Glanmire structured and controlled against a Brunell side consistently running into traffic and choosing poor shooting options. Granted Glanmire were well set up in defence but they had little to contend with as Brunell ran few plays for their key players to make an impact.
Brunell didn't have the same fitness as Glanmire and attitudes will need to change sooner than later.
On the other side of the coin let’s praise the preparation of Glanmire and their coach Mark Scannell and assistant Ronan O’Sullivan, who are working hard to get their side back among the challengers for silverware this season.
When Glanmire started this season some feared they had made an error in signing American Tatum Neubert.
Yet Neubert under coach Scannell is getting better with every game she plays and has a great attitude in working hard on court as she finished with an impressive 18 points.
Basketball fans have taken Glanmire’s second American Shirta Parker to their hearts and as one supporter remarked after this game the term ‘Rockstar’ wouldn’t be out of place with a 30-point tally on this occasion.
Parker is a fabulous athlete and when speaking to the Neptune coach Lehmon Colbert last week he reminded that Parker is consistently working out every day at the Stadium.
The results are clear to see as Parker is now rated one of the best talents to play on Leeside for many years.
In this game, Glanmire led 42-32 at the break but once Parker nailed consecutive three-pointers at the beginning of the third quarter one could sense the blood was drained from Brunell.
Interesting times ahead for both clubs and the manner how Brunell respond in Sunday’s home game against basement side IT Carlow will be keenly watched.
Scorers for Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell: T Clay 21, D O’Leary 19, G Tamasankskaite 10.
Ambassador UCC Glanmire: S Parker 30, T Neubert 18, C Grace 10.
BRUNELL: D O’Leary, T Clay, A McClure, A Dineen, K Walsh, L Morrissey, A Moynihan, S O’Reilly.
GLANMIRE: A McKenna, L A Wilkinson, C Grace, M Furlong, A Murphy, N Braham, L Scannell, A Braham, T Neubert, A Dooley, S Parker.
Referees: Maurice Thornhill (Cork), Ger Daly (Cork).