Glanmire sealed their ninth league title with a tenacious display against Celtics

Glanmire sealed their ninth league title with a tenacious display against Celtics
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THE smile on the face of the Glanmire coach Mark Scannell told a thousand stories as he reflected on another memorable performance that ensured they scooped their ninth Super League title on Saturday in WIT.

It made it sweeter to take down a sharp and dangerous Liffey Celtics unit, making up for a narrow National Cup final loss to DCU when Glanmire were on course for five in a row.

“It was a terrific display particularly in defence and to hold any side to 63 points in a final usually suggests you are doing something right,” said Mark Scannell.

The Glanmire chief believes the effort put in by his players especially in the last month ensured the title would be returning to Leeside.

“To be honest, this sport like all others is about players and I have been very lucky to be associated with an extraordinary group,” added Scannell.

It has been a mixed season for coach Scannell that saw his team edged out in the cup final but he still found time to take the positives out of the campaign.

“I thought we were beaten by a bounce of a ball in the cup final but that’s sport and although as a team we like to win everything the law of averages says that’s not possible.

“My players give their all in every game and sometimes it’s good enough but at times you can be stopped in your tracks but when it came to the last two games of the season we produced sensational basketball.” 

Scannell, who is also the coach of the Irish Senior Women’s team will now put his focus on the forthcoming European championships to be held at the Mardyke Arena in June.

“There is no rest really as I along with the coaching staff will now prepare our side for a tough tournament but there is plenty of talented players in this country capable of pitting their skills against the top players in Europe.” 

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