THE last regular season weekend before the playoffs was one of the contrasts.
s Glanmire lifted the women’s Super League title while reigning men’s champions Belfast Star were forced to withdraw from the competition due to an eligibility issue.
Star had done well on the pitch so it was disappointing to see them withdraw after a similar issue cost Tralee last season.
Their lead scorer, Max Cooper, was found to have been misregistered due to an obscure rule dating back to his days playing school basketball.
Fortunately things went better for us as we secured a home Champions Trophy game against Killester this Sunday with a 78-67 win over Mrs Matthews in our only win in Cork this season.
I was pleased to see Nicole Clancy score 18 as we need people to step up so we don’t always lean too heavily on our sharp-shooting American duo, Alarie Mayze and Bailey Greenberg.
Bailey shot 23 last week and Alarie 20, giving a good confidence boost going into this weekend’s play-off quarterfinals.
Our collegiate team also won the All-Ireland this week, which won’t hurt us either as we’re aiming for a semi-final spot against Glanmire.
We’ll need all the firepower we can get as Killester is a huge threat with Mimi Clarke, Shannon Powell and Myah Taylor leading their lineup.
The DCU arena is known among shooters as a good gym, so you can expect a high score game.
Unfortunately I will still be on the sidelines as I continue my recovery from knee surgery and I have yet to start running.
I’m a little older now – I’m sure it would have been an easier recovery five years ago – so I want to make sure I’m 100 percent before I go back.
Anyway, the girls are running so well that I don’t want to disturb that by having to walk on one leg on the court.
I am fortunate to have many physical therapists on call.
I work with someone who keeps track of what I can do at the gym each day, and my friend Shauna O’Connor used to play basketball, so she understands the pressure on the court too.
Basketball season is almost over.
Fortunately, the Ireland side will start training again around June as they don’t want to spend the whole summer without touching the ball.
Some of the girls play soccer in the summer just to keep their hand in the game.
I played with the Denver Gaels myself when I was in the States, which was great because you always ran into other Irish expats out there.
Although now I can’t wait to get back on the pitch.
Men’s Super League Playoff Quarterfinals – Ballincollig vs. Templeogue, Ballincollig Community School 4.0; Killester vs. Neptune, IWA, 5.0; Tralee Warriors v Marian, Tralee Sports Complex, 7.30am.
Women’s Champions Trophy Quarterfinals – Waterford Wildcats v Liffey Celtics, Mercy SS, Waterford, 6.0; DCU Mercy vs. Killester, DCU Arena, 2.30.
Men’s Division 1 Quarterfinals – IT Carlow v Drogheda Wolves, The Barrow Center, 1.0; Malahide v. Limerick Sport Eagles, Malahide Community School, 7.0; EJ Sligo All-Stars v Father Mathews, Mercy College, 7.30am.
Women’s Division 1 League Cup Quarterfinals – Templeogue v Tipperary Knights, St Michael’s College, 6.0; Portlaoise Panthers v LYIT Donegal, St Mary’s Hall, 7.0.
Men’s Super League Playoff Quarterfinals – Éanna v Maree, Coláiste Éanna, 2.0.
Men’s Division 1 Quarterfinals – Demons v Dublin Lions, Mardyke Arena, 3.0.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/hannah-thorntons-basketball-diary-i-dont-want-to-disrupt-the-girls-good-run-by-coming-back-before-im-100pc-41463495.html Hannah Thornton’s Basketball Diary: ‘I don’t want to upset the girls’ good run by coming back before I’m 100 percent’