Donegal ladies celebrate cup win

Added: 26-04-2012 13:50:36

Congratulations to our Senior Ladies despite the North West Boards continued biased against our ladies team they came out on top and won The North West Cup at the weekend following up on their League success 2 weeks ago to win the Double for the 2nd time in the Clubs history. Our ladies have won the Cup now 4 out of the last 5 seasons which is a great record.
Cup Semi Final
Ballyshannon 28
Donegal Town 70
On Saturday evening our Girls played in Ballyshannon and despite a good Ballyshannon start in the first quarter our girls went on to dominate the game. B/Shannon won the first 8-7 with Louise Foy scoring 6 of the 8pts. A lovely 3 pointer from Kate Keaney set Donegal up for their best quarter of the game and went on to win the quarter 27-6 with great displays from Keaney and Charlene Mc Hugh. That left the game over as a contest and Donegal’s young players ensured the scoreboard ticked over nicely until the end. An all-round team performance with Rosa Devaney 13pts getting MVP with an excellent game. Team; Yvonne Bushell 2, Grainne Gillespie 4, Kate Keaney 9, Julianne Murphy 7, Michaela Breslin 2, Rosa Devaney 13, Claire Breslin 3, Ruta Balezentyte 8, Brid Murphy 2, Michelle Bennett, Tara Khan ©14, Charlene Mc Hugh 6. Coach K Sinclair, Sheila Campbell and Brendan Drummond.
Cup Final
Kilcar 34
Donegal Town 45
The Final took place on the Sunday with Kilcar team coming in fresh and the added bonus of been able to watch Donegal in action the night before.  With these 2 clubs becoming pretty bitter rivals over the course of the season a good start was needed and Tara Khan stepped up and drilled a lovely outside shot followed by another from Charlene Mc Hugh and this settled any nerves. Donegal won the first quarter 14-5 and began to get their bench into the game as the second wore on. This was Kilcar best quarter as they won it 12-5  Murphy scoring all Donegal’s points which left it close  at half time 19-17. Donegal showed their class in the third as they won the quarter by 7 after Kilcar had taken a brief lead at 23-25 with Khan and Mc Hugh the main driving force again and with Kate Keaney and Julianne Murphy also excellent. So with 11 in it this would be as close as Kilcar would get and Donegal closed out the game to win their 4th cup in 5 years. This year’s new players who came through Stephen Carty’s u16s were a great addition to the team this season Grainne Gillespie, Ruta Balezentyte, Claire Breslin and Michaela Breslin and Lauren Mc Sharry. A great season going through the North West league undefeated for the third year and winning our own Invite Tournament. The Girls are also the first ever Donegal Team to play in the National League with no support from the North West Board and the whole thing so disjointed  this was a truly great season for Our Ladies. MVP for the Final was Julianne Murphy who drove the team on all through the game. Team Yvonne Bushell 2, Grainne Gillespie , Kate Keaney5, Julianne Murphy 9, Michaela Breslin 2, Rosa Devaney 1, Claire Breslin 2, Ruta Balezentyte, Brid Murphy 4, Michelle Bennett, Tara Khan ©10, Charlene Mc Hugh 8. Coach K Sinclair, Sheila Campbell and Brendan Drummond.
One of the Clubs Stalwarts Yvonne Bushel  a great servant to the club both coaching and playing played her last game for a while as she heads off on her Travels to New Zealand. Yvonne added her 4th Cup Medal and her 3rd League medal to her haul at the weekend and will be a huge loss to the team and the club. Rarely missing for games or training and always willing to help out and Yvonnes part in the Ladies sucess was huge and she will be sorely missed. Everyone at the Club and especially the Ladies team wishes her well on her travels and hope its not to long before we see her back in the clubs yellow and blue real soon. Good Luck Yvonne.
Our u16 Boys played in the All Ireland Finals representing the Region as winners and came away with 4th in Division 2 just missing out on All Ireland Bronze by 2pts. Well done to coach John Kennedy and assistant Pauric Carr. A great year form this group putting out 2 teams all season.  Lastly the Inter Firms semi Finals and Finals are on this Saturday with the first Men’s Semi Final at 4.30pm followed by the other at 5.30pm. The Ladies Final between Ardara and Michaela’s Babes is at 7pm followed by the Men’s at 8pm. Please come along and support us as the funds are badly needed.  5 euro entry for the Finals.


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