NUI Galway’s senior men’s side completed the intervarsities double in Limerick at the weekend, adding the All-Ireland intervarsities crown to the league title they won last month to make it two League and Cup doubles in three years for the side.
Coached by Charlie Crowley (Maree BC), who was assisted by Tiernan Dempsey (Portlaoise Panthers) and David Naughton (Maree), they finished top of Pool 1 with three wins from three, opening up with a 77-69 win over Letterkenny IT; blowing away Cork IT 105-63; and then sealing top spot with a 63-36 win over Griffith College Dublin in the game that decided the Pool winners.
That set up a semi-final against IT Carlow, and a 83-56 win booked their place in the final against Ulster University in what was a repeat of this year’s League decider.
Huge performances from Tomas Mitkus and Eoin Rockall, in particular, helped drive NUIG forward, with Kenneth Hansberry chipping in with some big scores in the closing quarter to see NUIG run out 78-70 winners for a side that featured seven players from Moycullen BC, four from Maree BC, and one each from Titans BC and Sligo All Stars, as well as the unattached Mitkus, who was voted the final’s MVP.
There was disappointment for GMIT in the Men’s Division B competition, with defeats to UL (73-37) and UCC (64-52) seeing them finishing bottom of Pool 2; while there was a similar outcome for NUIG’s Women’s team as they finished bottom of Pool 2 in Division A, with one win from three games. They lost their opener 71-30 against DCU; bounced back with a 46-42 win over UCC; but lost 52-31 to Cork IT in their final pool game.
Meanwhile, Maree BC were crowned U-14 Boys’ All-Ireland club champions in Cork at the weekend with a series of utterly dominant displays, completing a brilliant season for the side which saw them crowned Galway League & Cup champions, as well as providing the bulk of the Galway squad that captured the Southern Regional Games title on Easter Monday.
They cruised through their pool at the Parochial Hall in Gurranabraher on Saturday, defeating Cork second seeds, Neptune, 57-25; and then sealing top spot in the pool with a 61-32 over Kerry top seeds, St Brendan’s Tralee.
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