Our under 14’s traveled to Waterford in Ireland over the weekend to play in the Maria Frisby-McKinley tournament.
After arriving in Waterford on Friday we played our first game against our hosts Waterford Wildcat, we never really got going in the game and found it difficult to cope with the Irish style of play, who play a physical game at a high intensity, we eventually lost 42-27.
Saturday saw us take on Limerick Celtics in the first game of the day, but we again struggled handling the intensity, the game finishing with another loss 46-30.
We then faced Maree hoping for our first win of the weekend, we played much better this game coming to terms with how the Irish play, we came out on top winning 33-24.
Our last game of the day saw us take on Oblate Dynamos which we won 46-28, leaving us in third place overall, setting up a semi final against Limerick Celtics on Sunday.
Sunday started with the tough return game against Limerick and proved to be the game of the tournament, neither side could gain a commanding lead, the game finishing tied at 21-21 at the end of the 4th quarter, sending the game into a 1 minute overtime period, after a nail biting 60 seconds we came out on top and won by 1 point (22-21).
The final saw a return game against Waterford Wildcats who beat us by 15 points in our first game of the tournament, this game proved to be a much tighter affair, which saw us losing by 6 points after a really strong second half, congratulations to Waterford for retaining the title and we can hopefully return next year to do it all again!!!
Thanks to all the girls who went who were a credit to the club and also to Loraine and Betty for giving up their weekend to coach the girls.
On behalf of all the Under 14’s we must thank the hospitality we received from the Waterford Wildcats, from the parents and coaches who became our taxi service making sure we arrived at the venue on time and ensured we arrived safely back at our accommodation (Waterford Castle) over the weekend, and getting us to and from the airport, also the Waterford players who made our girls feel like they were playing at home.