Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Glanmire 63


Maxol WIT Wildcats 57



Maxol WIT Wildcats’ manager, Michael Evans will be hoping that his side can bounce back to winning ways this weekend against Killester. Photo: Noel Browne.


High scoring Killester will be the visitors to take on the Wildcats on this coming Saturday, 15th October in the Mercy Gym. Unlike a sluggish Wildcats side beaten by an average Glanmire performance last Saturday night, the free scoring Dublin team blew away their opponents at the same time. Coaches Michael Evans and Jim Dudley have a job on their hands to have their troops in the right frame of mind for this hugely important game. Yes all games are important especially home games, for if you can win all of them plus some good results on the road you will be in the shake up come the play offs.
Just two weeks ago Wildcats travelled to Cork where they got the better of Glanmire in a pre season challenge. One would expect both teams to take it up a gear from that game for this encounter. Alas Wildcats dropped a gear and at one point trailed by 21 points in the third quarter mainly because of very very slack defending as well as missing a number of easy baskets. The fact that they finished the game losing by six points (63-57) shows the talent is there but the focus and the collective effort is way short of what’s required at this level. There were some encouraging performances from Steph O’Shea and hot shot Mel Stone. Captain Sinead Deegan as always gave it her all. But overall many of the players under performed. This could and should be a tough week at Wildcats training sessions. Hopefully by 7pm this Saturday night we will see the real Wildcats for if we don’t it could be a long season ahead.

U-16s turn on the magic
If things are not firing on all cylinders with the Wildcats Super League team the opposite is the case with the team of the future – Wildcats U-16 team –  who won the National U-16 tournament hosted by Cork County board in ” the real capital” last Saturday. The top teams from all round the country were present and they performed some of the best underage basketball seen for some time. Wildcats got off to a good start with a comprehensive win over Dublin Meteors. Abby Flynn 18 points and 14 from Debbie Ogaymi proved significant in this victory. In the next game, St. Mary’s of Castleisland proved to be tough opposition as Wildcats edged them out 51-49. Local side Glanmire were no match for Wildcats as they eased to a 51-26 victory which saw them face Tralee Imperials in the tournament semi final. Each time Wildcats seemed to be putting distance between the opposition the Kerry side came right back to level the game a number of times. However in the final minutes excellent finishing saw Wildcats through to the final 54-44.
In this game Robin Morrissey was outstanding . Now Wildcats faced Cork city’s favourites, Father Matthews in the final who had major home support.  From start to finish there was nothing between the teams. Indeed Wildcats can thank center Debbie Ogaymi  for wonderful rebounding both ends of the floor and two points from the free throw line to put the game into extra time. Again in added time victory could have gone to either team but two crucial late steals from Kate Hickey proved crucial as Wildcats took the silverware on a score line of 41-37. Coached by Jillian Hayes-Hickey and Catherine Ryan the sky is the limit for this Wildcats team (if they want it bad enough).

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