Maree’s women’s side capture fourth national title of record-breaking season

The Maree players and coaching staff are presented with the Women's League Cup by Basketball Ireland league manager, Sheena Hubbard, on Saturday.
The Maree players and coaching staff are presented with the Women's League Cup by Basketball Ireland league manager, Sheena Hubbard, on Saturday.

Maree Basketball Club’s senior women’s side added a forth national title to their collection on Saturday when they swept all before them to lift the Division 1 League Cup at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

They now add the League Cup to the Division 1 league title, Southern Conference shield, and Division 1 Cup they have already won this season, and they will look to complete the clean sweep by adding the Division 1 Trophy next month.

Saturday’s competition was run in a blitz format, with the eight competing teams split into two groups of four, with games played cross-court with a running clock at the NBA.

Maree opened their account with a 66-57 win over Belfast’s Phoenix Rockets; they then defeated FabPlus North west from Donegal 53-44 in their second game; and made it three wins from three with a 56-30 success over Limerick Celtics in their final pool game.

That set-up a semi-final meeting with another Belfast side, Ulster Elks, in what was a repeat of this year’s Division 1 Cup final. Maree won that cup final 82-76, and they drove home their dominance over Elks with a 55-46 win on Saturday.

Portlaoise Panthers were 59-50 winners over Rockets in the other semi-final, meaning the top two sides in this year’s Southern Conference would meet in the final; and Maree made it three wins from three in their meetings with Panthers this year when claiming Saturday’s final on a 55-36 scoreline.

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