Irish U17 Cup 2018

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Irish U17 Cup 2018

St Vincents are Girls Champions and our Boys pick up Silver Medals


The 2017/18 Irish U17 Cups took place at the Leisureplex in Lisburn over the weekend of January 26-28th 2018.

The tournament was open to athletes born in 2001 and later.

This year there were 8 teams entered into each of the Boys and Girls competitions and the groups drawn at the NWPC Meeting in Swim Ireland on Tuesday Jan 9th were:

Girls Group AGirls Group B
A1Cathal Brugha B1Diamonds
A2ClontarfB2North Dublin
A3Tribes B B3Tribes A
A4St VincentsB4Bangor
Boys Group A Boys Group B
A1North DublinB1Bangor
A2Cathal BrughaB2Clontarf
A3CorribB3Cú Chulainn
A4ClonardB4St Vincents

The St Vincents teams performed really well throughout the tournament and both progressed to their respective finals.

Our Boys had a thrilling and incident-packed semi-final against Corrib, eventually progressing thanks to a penalty shootout. The character and resilience displayed in the semifinal was a sign of things to come as our boys took on a very talented Clonard team in the Final. We fought back repeatedly in the final – first from 1-3 and then from 3-5 to tie the match at 6-6 at the end of 4 quarters. The tension was almost unbearable as the two teams took penalty shots at opposite ends of the pool with Marius defending the St Vincents net and Alex, Fionn, Sean, Denis and Sam taking the penalties. Incredibly it was still tied after 5 penalties each and we moved to sudden-death where Fionn McConvey scored the winning goal for Clonard and our boys had to be content with silver medals. The St Vincents goal scorers in normal time were Alex San Emeterio (4), Ciaran Dunne and Fionn Camacho-Lenihan.

Our Girls had a slightly easier path to the final with a 10-2 semi-final victory over Diamonds. This set up a rematch with arch-rivals Tribes of Galway. The final was a tense and closely-fought match, clearly demonstrated by the 1-0 scoreline at the end of the second quarter and 2-2 at the end of the 3rd quarter. Jenny Dunne in goal performed heroics to deny Tribes additional goals. In a great final quarter, our girls scored 3 goals through Cliona Colvin (2) and Erin Kindlon and conceded only 1, leaving the final score at 5-3 and crowning our girls as Irish Champions for the 3rd year in a row.
The St Vincents scorers were Cliona Colvin (2), Aoife Hennessy, Cara Kindlon and Erin Kindlon and Cliona Colvin was a deserving winner of the Tournament “Most Valuable Player” award.

Both our Boys and Girls teams did us proud and we would especially like to thank Coaches Juan Iglesias, Steve Harris and Louise Hennessy and team managers George Dunne and Aveen Colvin who prepared the teams so well and guided them throughout the cup weekend.

The schedule of matches and the results were:

Friday 26 Jan

Match no.TimeGroupWhiteResultBlue
117:15Girls ACathal Brugha 4-10Clontarf
217:55Girls ATribes B0-16St Vincents
318:35Boys ACathal Brugha4-11Clonard
419:15Boys ANorth Dublin1-11Corrib
519:55Girls BDiamonds12-1Bangor

Saturday 27 Jan

Match no.TimeGroupWhiteResultBlue
609:00Girls B North Dublin1-13 Tribes A
709:35Boys BClontarf3-5St Vincents
810:10Boys BCu Chulainn14-8Bangor
910:45Girls ACathal Brugha7-7Tribes B
1011:20Girls ASt Vincents 8-3Clontarf
1111:55Boys ACathal Brugha 7-11Corrib
1213:10Boys AClonard14-1North Dublin
1313:45Girls BDiamonds1-3Tribes A
1414:20Girls BNorth Dublin 4-0Bangor
1514:55Boys BCu Chulainn5-9Clontarf
1615:30Boys BBangor4-17St Vincents
1716:05Girls ACathal Brugha6-13St Vincents
1816:40Girls ATribes B 5-12Clontarf
1917:25Boys ACorrib5-6Clonard
2018:00Boys ACathal Brugha 5-5North Dublin
2118:35Girls BDiamonds11-3North Dublin
2219:10Girls BBangor 2-14Tribes A
2319:45Boys BCu Chulainn4-15St Vincents
2420:20Boys BBangor2-7Clontarf

Sunday 28 Jan

Match no.TimeGroupWhiteResultBlue
2509:00Girls S/F 1St Vincents10-2 Diamonds
2610:00Girls S/F 2Tribes A10-1Clontarf
2711:00Boys S/F 1Clonard11-5 Clontarf
2812:00Boys S/F 2St Vincents5-5 (8-7 after pens) Corrib
2913:00Girls BronzeDiamonds6-3Clontarf
3014:00Boys BronzeClontarf7-11 Corrib
3115:00Girls FinalSt Vincents5-3Tribes A
3216:00Boys FinalClonard6-6 (10-9 after pens)St Vincents

At the completion of the Group Stage matches, the Group Tables were:

Boys Group A
3Cathal Brugha30121627-111
4North Dublin3012730-231
Boys Group B
1St Vincents33003711269
3Cú Chulainn31022332-93
Girls Group A
1St Vincents3300379289
3Cathal Brugha 30121730-131
4Tribes B 30121235-231
Girls Group B
1Tribes A3300304269
3North Dublin3102824-163