Trinity Meteors Crowned Division One Champions and Earn Promotion to the Super League
Published: March 9th, 2020
Trinity Meteors were crowned Division One champions in Leixlip, running out 80 – 65-point winners over St Mary’s of Castleisland in the National League Final.
The game certainly lived up to its billing, as the sides were neck-in-neck from the off with just one point separating the teams at the half. A huge start to the third quarter from St Mary’s saw them edge into the lead behind superb work from Emma Sherwood, Lorraine Scanlon and Denise Dunlea, but Trinity Meteors weren’t behind for long and, led by taliswoman Edel Thornton and superb performances from Trinity Sport scholars Lauren Grigsby and Sarah Kenny, they edged back into the lead by four points going into the last quarter.
It was raining threes for Trinity Meteors as the final quarter got underway though, with Thornton and Grigsby both draining a number of key shots from outside the arc, and despite a superb comeback charge from St Mary’s, with Siofra O’Shea and Sherwood leading in superb fashion, it wasn’t to be, as Trinity Meteors became clinical on finishing and stormed home to league title glory and promotion to the Women’s Super League with an 80-65 point win. Trinity Meteors’ Eimear Mairtin said: “It’s great to win. We’re delighted to get back up to the Super League. We lost the Cup this year, but it was all about consistency in the league for us and we only lost once in that, and that was against Castleisland. We knew this was going to be a tough game, so it’s nice to get the win and get back to where we wanted to be.”
Speaking after the match, Katie Kilbride, spoke of what promotion means for Trinity Meteors: “It’s been a tough couple of years, we’ve had a lot of new people come in and out, obviously Vinnie has come to the squad which has been a huge help, we’ve had some great Americans in obviously.” Trinity Meteors Coach, Vinny O’ Keeffe commented after the win: “We’re delighted we made it through to win the Division One National League final, St. Mary’s are a really, really tough team, they have the best defensive record in the league by a mile so to get 80 points against them and get promoted is amazing, I’m thrilled to bits for the team.”