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Courtyard Liffey Celtics crowned Women’s Super League play-off champions

COURTYARD Liffey Celtics dared to dream this evening in Letterkenny IT, Co. Donegal last night as they faced their nemesis Ambassador UCC Glanmire in the Women’s Super League play-off final.

Following a rollercoaster of a season between the two teams – with one win each in the Super League, while Glanmire had the better of the spoils in the Hula Hoops Cup final back in January – today, though, it was all about Liffey Celtics as they drove into a lead midway through the first quarter and did not let it go.

Sorcha Tiernan and Anna Pupin were the stand out stars for the Kildare side who were without the services of their taliswoman, Emma O’Connor, who suffered an injury in their semi-final against DCU Mercy last weekend. And, despite the best efforts of Grainne Dwyer and Casey Grace of Glanmire, it just wasn’t to be, as cheers rang around the arena as the final buzzer sounded on a 54-64 point win for Liffey Celtics.

“I can’t put it into words at the moment,” said Liffey Head Coach, Mark Byrne. “I’m so proud of the girls. They have done so well. If you’re ever going to win anything, chances are you’re going to have to go through Glanmire to do it. I think we’ve come on so much since the Cup final – we’ve won eight in a row since that day and I’m so proud of them.”

Elsewhere, Templeogue and Garvey’s Tralee Warriors will go head-to-head in the Men’s Champions Trophy final tomorrow evening at 4pm as Templeogue battled hard against UCD Marian in the semi-final today, while Tralee came through an absolute thriller with Griffith Swords Thunder to book their spot in the final.

In the Men’s League Cup semi-finals meanwhile, there were wins for BFG Neptune and Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin to set up a final showdown between them at midday tomorrow, while the third game of the day will see the Women’s Division One play-off final between ITC Basketball and Marble City Hawks tip in at 2pm.

Basketball Ireland Results

Basketball Ireland Men’s Champions Trophy semi-finals:

Templeogue 71-64 UCD Marian

FIBA LIVE STATS:

http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/3077/19/91/45/32JjdypUXpgk/

Griffith Swords Thunder 64-66 Garvey’s Tralee Warriors

FIBA LIVE STATS:

http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/3077/19/91/46/31EPcdxE4Gkro/

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League Play Off Final:

Ambassador UCC Glanmire 54-64 Courtyard Liffey Celtics

FIBA LIVE STATS:

http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/3077/19/92/79/17NSecCmJYhM/

Basketball Ireland Men’s League Cup semi-finals:

Ulster University Elks 48-72 BFG Neptune

FIBA LIVE STATS:

http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/3077/19/91/43/898ukvsnKFQ/

Maree 60-69 Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin

FIBA LIVE STATS:

http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/3077/19/91/44/88W1P61XsEvmY/

Basketball Ireland Fixtures April 2nd

Sunday, April 2nd

Basketball Ireland League Cup final

BFG Neptune v Keane’s SuperValu KillorglinLYIT, 12.00

WATCH LIVE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mktC8j9MFlo

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One Play Off Final:

ITC Basketball vs Marble City Hawks, LYIT, 14.00

WATCH LIVE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y7Uf7MZOnU

Basketball Ireland Champions Trophy Final

Templeogue v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, LYIT, 16.00

WATCH LIVE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eur06PB2aKM

Basketball Ireland Under 18 Shield Finals

Basketball Ireland Under 18 Women’s Shield final:

Oblate Dynamos v UL Huskies, Oblate Hall, 13.00

Basketball Ireland Under 18 Men’s Shield final:

Maree BC v Moycullen, Oblate Hall, 15.00

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