Basketball: Paudie O’Connor Cup

by Aaron Dunne
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Killester won their fourth Paudie O’Connor National Cup title last weekend following an impressive 96-70 win over Trinity Meteors. 

The pacy Chanell Williams was inspirational for the Dublin outfit, scoring 25 points and racking up 13 assists, four rebounds and four steals to earn her the MVP. 

There were also big performances from another American, Chyna Latimer, who had 26 points and 13, along with Ieva Bagdanaviciene, who shot five from the three point line and their talismanic captain Michelle Clarke, to name but a few for Killester, who last won the trophy in 2020.

“I’m trying not to cry at any given moment. I was balling my eyes out in 2020, that was so special and it’s equally as special today,” said Killester captain Michelle Clarke,  who has been with the club for 23 years. “From start to finish we just put in the complete performance. We haven’t been the best starters in games, so going into the dressing room one point up we were saying we are a second half team, that’s something we wanted to carry on and we did so today. 

“We have such faith in Mark (Grennell), he has coached outstandingly all year and he kept it simple today, look after the boards, keep pushing on offense. We just played our game and that has really stood to us.”

Trinity Meteors head coach Niall Berry heaped praise on his opponents. “I actually think Killester were outstanding throughout the whole game. I don’t think I remember a time in that game where Killester went cold, so for me they were willing to play basketball and they were willing to take on the game and go win the game and you have to give them the credit for that. I don’t think our girls played badly, I think in the second half we couldn’t get any rhythm. No matter what kind of change we or the girls tried to make, it didn’t work and that again is credit to Killester.”

Main Image: Killester players celebrate with the Paudie O’Connor Cup.

Photo: ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

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