"The Meteors Under 12 team started of the Cup weekend in a game against Liffey Celtic. The girls were showing a few signs of nerves during the first half. Liffey Celtic proved to be tough competition and any Meteors mistakes were quickly turned to Liffey Celtic advantage. Throughout the match the two teams were very close, being no more than one or two points between them most of the time. In the final quarter the Meteors girls settled their nerves and proved calm under pressure. They listened to the bench, slowed down the play and kept their two point lead until the final buzzer winning 24-22. Celebrations were carried out afterwards at McDonalds over Shamrock shakes and Happy Meals. Well done girls! A big thanks to their team members, parents and other Meteors supporters who came out to cheer the girls on. There were lots of hoarse voices in the days to follow. Thanks to coaches Ken and Pete who did a great job guiding the girls to victory."
Under 15s Dominate Final to become Back-to-Back Dublin Cup Champions
Oblate Hall, Inchicore
March 2, 2013
The Meteors Under 15 team used a relentlessly aggressive team defense and a spirited offense to dominate DCU Mercy 56-26 and claim their second straight Dublin Cup title in a row.
The Meteors 1998 team got off to a strong offensive start from the tip-off with Point Guard Alva Lawler setting the pace for the Meteors ladies with some crisp passing and quality shooting. Beth Doyle-Kelly and the rest of the starting five showed great movement without the ball and everyone on the 'Green Team' was part of a furious first quarter of action. However, the girls from Mercy refused to give up easily and only trailed 16-12 after the first interval.
The second quarter saw much of the same as Alison Cleary, Lasariona Huggard and Tarah O'Sullivan took over the guard duties to keep the scoreboard ticking over with Rachel Leavy (14 points) pushing the pace with a number of fast break buckets. Again, the Northside girls kept contributing to an entertaining second quarter with Meteors going in at the half in control, 31-17.
With two quarters to play and a repeat Cup Championship on the line, the ladies from the Southside showed everyone in the packed and raucous Oblate Hall why they are considered one of the best teams in the country. The Meteors defense began to focus on completely shutting down the Mercy attack and by the end of the third quarter, a once interesting game had become a blowout of epic proportions. Blaithin Mullins, Billie-Kate Huggard and Muireann O'Gorman spearheaded a perimeter defense that suffocated a good shooting guard duo, forcing them into a dozen turnovers in the third quarter. With Lizzie McGonnell and Laura Hennessey-Feehan shutting down their respective post players and playing great help-side D, Mercy had no answers nor prayers left. Score after three quarters - Meteors 47-21.
With the fourth quarter a formality and all the girls getting the opportunity to contribute to the victory, it was time for Meteor's Aisling Kindle to take a well deserved rest. Aisling led all players with 26 points (on 11 of 12 shooting), 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in an immense performance truly worthy of a Cup Championship Final. Indeed, a Cup Final 'Team performance' of which this unapologetic and biased reporter will never forget. Cup Champions again... Meteors 56 - Mercy 26.
Oblates Hall, Inchicore
This was the third meeting of these two teams this season, Meteors having won both games in the league.
Dynamos got off to a great start with Meteors taking a couple of minutes to settle into the game; Heather Meagher punishing Meteors with her work under the boards thanks to good service from Dynamos perimeter players. Both sets of supporters were in full voice and got behind their teams from the start.
Once Meteors got going, their strong defensive performance as a team coupled with confident shooting from Kate O’Flaherty and good penetrative play from Ally McGrath put them in control of the game.
Oblate Dynamos didn’t have as many of their big performers on their usual form and Meteors were able to capitalise on their mistakes. Jess Tobin had more than twice as many rebounds as any of her teammates with 7 of them defensive which allowed Meteors to counter attack with some excellent fast break moves.
Dynamos had a mini comeback in the 3rd quarter but Meteors managed to hold on and go into the 4th with a 5 point lead.
Meteors held this lead and built on it in the 4th despite some big shots from Katie Moloney as Dynamos continued to fight back. As the clock ran down, Dynamos were forced to foul and send Meteors to the line. With clinical free throw shooting at this stage of the game, Meteors were able to increase their lead and ran out winners with a final score of 60-51.
Meteors v Killester
Meteors played Killester in the last cup final of the Dublin Ladies Basketball Board cup weekend which took place in the Oblate Hall in Drimangh.
There were high hopes for Meteors to make it four cup final wins out of four as the under 12s, under 15s and under 18s had all won their finals over the weekend.
Meteors had a good start to the game, they put good defensive pressure on the Killester players forcing them to make turn overs and capitalised on the offensive end with excellent play inside and outside. Meteors worked well as a team to create good offensive opportunities. Everything seemed to be going Meteors way as they worked hard and had a significant lead going into the second quarter. Despite another excellent quarter for Meteors in the second, Killester only trailed by 6 points going into the second half.
Meteors were confident after their first half performance but having led for all of the game they where not prepared for the Killester come back that was to come in the third quarter. Killester scored 4 three pointers in a row and had a scoring streak of 22 points to Meteor’s 2 points in the third quarter. Meteors made some good efforts to score and on a number of occasions they were unlucky when their shots did not fall. Everything that had been working well for Meteors in the first half seemed to be difficult as the clocked ticked down. By the time Meteors had gained control of their defence and started scoring again there just wasn’t enough time left in the game for them to come back.
The team was very disappointed with their second half performance after they had excellent quarter and semi- final performances against Drimnagh and Firhouse. The team will be hungry to make up for it in the remainder of their league games and into next season.
Thanks to all of the supporters and coaches.