Not One... Not Two...
The weekend of 26th-28th January 2018 saw DCU Mercy make their way to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght for the cumulative weekend of the basketball calendar the Hula Hoops National Cup Finals.
DCU Mercy for the first time had three teams in the finals at under 18, under 20 and Superleague level.
While DCU had won the National Cup in 2017 at under 18 and under 20, it was 2011 since the Superleague had reached a final. The under 18 and under 20’s were hoping to retain their title and the Superleague were hoping to take it from the four time in a row cup winners - Glanmire.
Friday 26th saw the Under 20’s take on Brunell from Cork and a fantastic start to the game with Brunell chasing it for the rest of the 40 minutes DCU Mercy claimed the under 20 national cup title for the second year. Superb performances from all players contributed to this fantastic win with Nicole Clancy taking MVP of the game.
Saturday 27th at noon the under 18’s took to the floor against another team from Cork – Glanmire. Again a superb performance for all the players throughout the game gave Glanmire little chance to take the lead at any time. DCU Mercy claimed their second cup win of the weekend and the under 18 national cup title for the second year running. MVP of this game was Bronagh Power-Cassidy.
For the third day running the DCU Mercy supporters trekked the M50 once again to see the final game of the Hula Hoops National Cup weekend and the third DCU Mercy team play. It was always going to be a tough game with Glanmire hoping to retain the National Cup for the 5th year. DCU Mercy however was hoping to make it a three-cup weekend. Both teams commanded the floor with the lead changing 12 times throughout the course of the game. Captain Sarah Woods and co-captain Aisling Sullivan, along with the rest of the players were determined to win. Some fantastic baskets, amazing three pointers and crucial rebounding and free throw shooting saw DCU Mercy take the lead in the final seconds. Going into the last 10 seconds of the game DCU Mercy lead by 1 point, however despite a last minute shot by Glanmire the final buzzer went with DCU Mercy the Cup winners and taking the third cup title of the weekend. Under 18 players, Maeve Ó’Séaghdha, Bronagh Power-Cassidy and Nicole Clancy collected their third National Cup Medal of the Weekend. Captain Sarah Woods scooped the MVP award, scoring 21 points and having no turnovers.
Congratulations to all the players, coaches, team managers, club members, and a huge thank you to all especially the supporters who shouted and cheered for the weekend.
A big thank you to everyone at DCU for their continued support and belief in the programme.
Annette and Mark Ingle
Co Founders DCU Mercy
Thank you to everyone who has sent us support from around the world to congratulate DCU Mercy on their cup success at the weekend.