St Vincents Water Polo Club
Dublin, Ireland

Irish Under 17 Cups 2018

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

2018 Irish U17 Girls Cup Champions - St Vincents
2018 Irish U17 Cup Silver Medalists - St Vincents

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 BrughaB1Diamonds
A2ClontarfB2North Dublin
A3Tribes BB3Tribes A
A4St VincentsB4Bangor
Boys Group ABoys 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.TimeGroupWhiteBlue
11715Girls ACathal Brugha4-10Clontarf
21755Girls ATribes B0-16St Vincents
31835Boys ACathal Brugha4-11Clonard
41915Boys ANorth Dublin1-11Corrib
51955Girls BDiamonds12-1Bangor
Saturday 27 Jan
Match no.TimeGroupWhiteBlue
6900Girls BNorth Dublin1-13Tribes A
7935Boys BClontarf3-5St Vincents
81010Boys BCu Chulainn14-8Bangor
91045Girls ACathal Brugha7-7Tribes B
101120Girls ASt Vincents 8-3Clontarf
111155Boys ACathal Brugha7-11Corrib
121310Boys AClonard14-1North Dublin
131345Girls BDiamonds1-3Tribes A
141420Girls BNorth Dublin 4-0Bangor
151455Boys BCu Chulainn5-9Clontarf
161530Boys BBangor 4-17St Vincents
171605Girls ACathal Brugha6-13St Vincents
181640Girls ATribes B5-12Clontarf
191725Boys ACorrib5-6Clonard
201800Boys ACathal Brugha5-5North Dublin
211835Girls BDiamonds11-3North Dublin
221910Girls BBangor 2-14Tribes A
231945Boys BCu Chulainn4-15St Vincents
242020Boys BBangor  2-7Clontarf
Sunday 28 Jan
Match no.TimeMatchWhite Blue
25900Girls S/F 1St Vincents10-2Diamonds
261000Girls S/F 2Tribes A10-1Clontarf
271100Boys S/F 1Clonard11-5Clontarf
281200Boys S/F 2St Vincents5-5 (8-7 after pens)Corrib
291300Girls BronzeDiamonds6-3Clontarf
301400Boys BronzeClontarf7-11Corrib
311500Girls FinalSt Vincents5-3Tribes A
321600Boys FinalClonard6-6 (10-9 after pens)St Vincents

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

Boys Group A
Cathal Brugha30121627-111
North Dublin3012730-231
Boys Group B
St Vincents33003711269
Cú Chulainn31022332-93
Girls Group A
St Vincents3300379289
Cathal Brugha30121730-131
Tribes B 30121235-231
Girls Group B
Tribes A3300304269
North Dublin3102824-163