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O’Leary rejoices after national title triumph
Feb 8, 2012, 11:43 pm

When you win your first ever national title there is bound to be plenty of emotions with players and coaches shedding tears of joy.

After a wait of 38 years, Brunell had finally come good on the big stage and coach Kieran O’Leary revelled in the triumph.

“This is a win not only for our club but for Cork basketball as we have finally made a breakthrough on the national stage

“As a team I knew if we performed to our potential there was every chance the title would be coming back to Cork with us and thankfully everything went to plan.”

The first half was tense but O’Leary thought his team only played in snatches.

“The majority of the team are underage again next season so what you are talking about is kids playing in a national final for the first time and that can take its toll.

“I was disappointed with our performance as we were asleep in defence and missed easy shots that would normally drop for us but I never lost faith in this group of players.”

When the going got tough in the final quarter Brunell had to call on all their reserves to win as coach O’Leary paid tribute his players and founder member Andrew Drumm.

“I am lucky that this group of players don’t know the meaning of defeat and today they showed that.

“There are many people would like to thank like the many volunteers we have in our club but I am dedicating this win to our founder member Andrew Drumm who has done so much for us.

“Now that we have at last won a national title we must not stop here as we have plenty of young players that have bright futures in the sport.”

Waters leads the way in famous win
Feb 8, 2012, 11:12 pm

It proved an historic day for Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell at the National Basketball Arena when they were crowned women’s U18 national champions.

Tralee Imperials came to the capital with hopes of toppling their Cork opponents but they were met with sheer resistance and determination.

It was obvious in the opening two minutes that both teams were nervous as they missed numerous easy baskets.

Eventually Amy Waters got Brunell up and running and the same player was on hand to edge them into an 8-4 lead in the seventh minute.

Imperials were hammering their opponents on the boards and if they had been more accurate they could have put their Cork opponents in trouble during this period.

As the seconds ticked down in the opening quarter, Imperials’ Deirdre Kearney grabbed a late basket that tied the teams at nine points apiece entering the second quarter.

Brunell got the perfect start when an assist by Megan O’Leary found Waters who banked from 10 feet.

Suddenly Brunell were in the ascendancy and playing superb defence.

It was hard to weight what plan the Imperials coach had for his team, as they looked disorganised at both ends of the court.

In the closing minutes the Cork side had moved into a 10 point lead and looked to be cruising but once again they took their foot off the pedal as a late three pointer from Laura Hoffman reduced the lead to 25-19 at the interval.

The look on the face of Brunell coach Kieran O’Leary told a thousand stories but if he had access to half time statistics he would have been more upset.

Out of the 34 shots attempted inside the perimeter only 10 were successful and those figures suggest that Brunell had only a 29% rating to couple with 0/5 outside the perimeter.

If O’Leary felt bad his opposition number Jimmy Diggins would have been more upset to see that his team only made eight shots from 42.

To be fair Brunell brought a huge support to the capital and they made it a carnival atmosphere right from the tip off.

The game changed on its head in the third quarter as Brunell began to show their true class.

Edel Thornton moved up a gear and with Waters displaying tremendous composure at the post they were soon back in control.

Laura Hoffman was the solitary Tralee player to find her shooting range with a brace of three pointers but with Megan O’Leary leading by example at the post Brunell led 40-25 in the 25th minute.

There was no strategy to how Imperials were playing and entering the final quarter the title looked to be heading to Leeside when Brunell led 46-30.

The one thing you can say about Kerry sides is that they never throw in the towel no matter what sport they are competing at.

Out of the blue Brunell fell asleep in defence as they were consistently exposed at the post and with five minutes remaining a time out was called by coach O’Leary with the deficit now reduced to eight points.

The one attribute that this particular Brunell side has is belief and a serious will to win and they needed it coming down the stretch.

Once again the class of Waters proved crucial when Brunell needed baskets but this was a team effort as they fought and scrapped for every 50/50 ball when the game was on the line.

With the seconds ticking it was fitting that the MVP Amy Waters would finish with a stunning three pointer that took her tally to 19 as her team-mates and mentors celebrated the final buzzer befitting to a major championship win.

Brunell title will be a massive stepping stone
Feb 6, 2012, 11:21 pm

Having been one of the dominant forces in the game at juvenile level locally and nationally for years (this team has won U14 and U16 All-Ireland titles), and having had several players capped at international level, they need to prove to themselves most of all, that this local dominance could be continued on to the national adult stage.

This win proves they are on the right path on and off the court. Let’s start with the off the court stuff.

The preparation was perfect. They arrived in the capital on Friday night, slept well and arrived in the National Basketball Arena in style. Every player wore their club tracksuit, jacket and carried their club gear bag over their shoulders.

Their management team of Kevin Harris, Kathleen Kelleher and head Coach Kieran O’Leary all dressed in club shirts and matching pants, while their founder member Andrew Drumm looked an impressive figure in his club blazer.

All small things that help set the tone, show the professionalism of the club and how far they have come in a short few years.

Their support was magnificent on Saturday, They must have had more than 200 fans all wearing red t-shirts with the club crest and main sponsor, Singleton’s SuperValu, which added to the occasion and the support they gave their team was magnificent.

How they got so many fans to the capital so early for a final is testament to the support and commitment they are getting from their player’s families. Years of heartache and narrow misses creates a bond that is hard to break, and it was very evident that this club, its players and coaching staff wanted this win badly.

Probably none more so than founder member Andrew Drumm.

The tears in his eyes after the game as he took congratulations from all and sundry summed it up best.

“It’s hard to take it in, it’s only when you come here and look around and see the support that it hits you that you are in a National Cup final,” Drumm said.

“This is a fantastic day for our club and it is a reward for all the hard work we are doing at locally. Now we have captured our first national title I want this to be the first of many.”

And it certainly could be. This is an exceptional team full of very young talented and athletic players who if they stay together could win another U18 cup next year.

All of them are underage again, bar Niamh McCarthy and Michaela Fitzgibbon. They will be part of the U20 team next year and they are also a great side, although their loss was unexpected in their recent cup semi-final, they possess three or four great players who will be a force to be reckoned with in a short few years.

And remember this club is on a five year plan to dominate at senior level.

That’s a frightening thought for all other clubs. Their current SuperLeague side is made up of U20 and U18 players and while they are experiencing short term pain, the long term gain will be substantial and very rewarding.

Can you imagine how good Edel Thornton, Amy Waters, Aoife Dineen and Megan O’Leary will be this time next year if they keep progressing under Coach O’Leary?

On Saturday after a nervous start which saw them only hit nine points in the opening ten minutes (9-9) they dominate the second and third quarters to lead by sixteen at the start of the forth (46-30).

Amy Waters was magnificent in that period. She hit nineteen points by the end of the third and ended the game with 25 points and 16 rebounds as well as the MVP award.

Thornton, although struggling at times on offence was immense on both ends of the floor, rebounding (14), defending, assisting and stealing the ball five times.

Megan O’Leary controlled the game from the point. She injected pace into her side in the second quarter taking the ball to the basket hard and this new fast tempo knocked Tralee out of their stride and set the foundation for a win.

Aoife Dineen, Laura Wyse, Naimh McCarthy, Grace Kelleher, Aishling Connolly and Billie O’Leary also did enough in the minutes they played to feel a vital part of the success.


Under 18 National Cup Champions 2012
Jan 29, 2012, 12:40 pm

Basketball Ireland U-18 Women’s National
Cup Final

Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell 56 (25) (A Waters 25, M O’Leary 10, E Thornton 6)
Tralee Imperials 44 (19) (L Rogers 8, A Fitzgerald 8, D Geaney )

MVP; Amy Waters (Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell)

Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell were crowned Basketball Ireland's U-18 Women’s
National Cup champions on Saturday after a 56-44 win over Tralee Imperials.
‘MVP’ Amy Waters enjoyed a fantastic display, providing 25 points and 16
rebounds in the win.

U18 National Cup Final
Jan 17, 2012, 9:43 pm

Brunell Ladies Basketball Club are delighted to announce that we are running supporters buses to Dublin for the U18 National Cup Final on Saturday 28th January. The bus is leaving the Parochial Hall at 7.45 and all are welcome.

USA Trip 2011
Aug 7, 2011, 7:53 pm

UPDATE: Brunell Basketball club U18 team completed it schedule of games in the St.Michaels College Tournament with back to back wins. The first game of the morning at 9.00am was against Thetford whom we beat on a scoreline of 61 - 46 and the final game of the day at 10.15am was against Rice who were accounted for on a scoreline of 52 - 48, giving the team a 5 wins and 1 loss record.

USA Trip 2011
Aug 7, 2011, 12:02 pm

Brunell Basketball Clubs U18 team finished Saturday with a 1 and 1 record. In the afternoon game Brunell defeated U32 on a scoreline of 54 - 33 and in the final game of the day Brunell lost their undefeated record to St.Michaels College on a score line of 63 - 46. The team will finish its sehedule of games today playing at 9.00am against Thetford and the final game of the tournament will be against Rice at 10.15am.

USA Trip 2011
Aug 6, 2011, 3:22 pm

Brunell Basketball Club U18's remain undefeated after the first 2 rounds of the St.Michaels College Tournament. Brunell deafeated South Burlington High School on a Scoreline of 35 - 34 on Friday 5th August 2011 and followed up with another win this morning against Vermont Cats on a Scoreline 59 - 48.

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