Sep 23, 2014, 9:16 am
A combined squad of our Div 2 and Senior Ladies played in the St Colm’s 50th Anniversary Tournament in Limerick on
last Saturday. Teams taking part were UL Huskies, Killorgin, Newport, St Colm’s Saints, St Colm’s Scholar’s and Ballincollig.
Our first game was against Colm’s Scholar’s and with a combined team we took a while to gel. Down by four at half time we
were happy with our performance. The second half saw us up the tempo and controlled the game. Unfortunately we didn’t
convert our chances and lost by four. The disappointment of losing a game that was ours for the taking was obvious for all to see.
The second game against Newport was a game that both teams had to win to progress to the play offs. A determined Ballincollig
side showed a better team effort to be level at half time. It was a tight game until midway through the second half when
Ballincollig took the lead and were comfortable winners. We qualified as runners up in our section for a semi final against
St Colm’s Saints who had won their section convincingly. This was our third game in the space of three hours and we were feeling
the effects of our previous games. However Ballincollig were well warmed up at this stage and came out of the blocks firing on all cylinders.
Our opponents were shell shocked by the intensity of the play and struggled for most of the first half. We lead at the break by seven points.
Colms rallied in the second half but couldn’t overcome a determined Ballincollig side.
Next up was the final against St Colms Scholars who defeated UL Huskies in their semi final. Ballincollig went into the final with the team
blending nicely and improving with every game. The only worry was the long break we had between the Semi final and final and the
tremendous effort the team had already put in. In a tough first half Ballincollig took the lead and looked in control with a lead of six points
at the break. The start of the second half saw a complete turnaround with Colms taking complete control by scoring three un- answered baskets.
Ballincollig looked tired and were struggling to stay in the game. In a game with a running clock we were running out of time. When the response
came, one would have to wonder how the team still had the energy to even play. A basket by Rebecca and a great assist by Aobha to Clodagh
for a score and we were up and running again. With less than two minutes on the clock we trailed by five points. Aimee grabbed a great
defensive rebound and Jen finished the fast break, an immediate turnover led to a basket by Jen. Our pressure on Colms led to more turnovers
and Catherine converted one of two free throws to level the score.
With the scores level and twenty eight seconds on the clock Jahna had two free throws. NO PRESSURE. Jahna converted the two throws and
we were in the lead by two points. The final seconds saw Ballincollig pressure force another turnover and we ran down the clock to win an amazing game.
The scenes at the end showed how much it meant to the team and the way it was won showed great character.
Team; Aimee Nugent, Catherine O’Toole, Jahna Hilliard, Jen Dinan , Aobha Hickey, Clodagh O’Driscoll, Rebecca Buckley. Rachel Pueyo.