Fifth-place finish for Titans in U-16 A club finals

The Titans squad which finished fifth in the U-16 AICC A tournament last week. Back row, from left: Aisling Walsh, Aoife Waldron, Aoibhinn Walsh, Ava McCleane, Orlaith Cahill, Maeve Ford, Aisling Kinsella, and Sue Kinsella (coach). Front: Sorcha McGinley, Joanna Healy, Katie Beatty, Aibhe-Lisa Hanny, Sarah Byrne, and Kara McCleane.
The Titans squad which finished fifth in the U-16 AICC A tournament last week. Back row, from left: Aisling Walsh, Aoife Waldron, Aoibhinn Walsh, Ava McCleane, Orlaith Cahill, Maeve Ford, Aisling Kinsella, and Sue Kinsella (coach). Front: Sorcha McGinley, Joanna Healy, Katie Beatty, Aibhe-Lisa Hanny, Sarah Byrne, and Kara McCleane.

Titan’s U-16 Girls finished fifth in the A section of the All-Ireland Club Championships in Gormanstown, Meath, last week.

Their first pool game was a 39-38 win over Waterford Wildcats, in a nail-biting finish. A quick turnaround left the team lacking their usual spark and they were unable to overcome Cobh in their second game, losing 36-34

The final group game saw the team come up against eventual winners, Meteors. Injuries to two key players meant the team fell behind early on, but they rallied with a high tempo full court press. Although they worked valiantly and closed the gap, Meteors ran out 38-26 winners.

Day two saw the girls battling for 5th place. Their first game of the day was another very close affair, Titans defeating Templeogue 42-41 to advance to a game with St Mary’s Castleisland from Kerry in the 5th/6th place play-off.

Castleisland started the game in an aggressive full court press. It was another game of fine margins but the Titans girls played some of their best team basketball of the tournament, and cool heads saw Titans edge home 36-35.

Maree claimed the silver medal in the B tournament, losing to Blaze BC from Letterkenny in the final.

Maree topped their group with three wins from three, opening with a 55-49 win over Kenmare Kestrels from Kerry. They made it two wins from two with a 54-48 win over Letterkenny in their second-game; and won the group with a 49-37 win over Blackwater Steelers from Monaghan.

On Sunday, they were 43-41 winners over Kilkenny Stars in the semi-final, only for Letterkenny to gain revenge for their pool defeat, running out 46-41 winners.