St Vincents Water Polo Club
Dublin, Ireland

Irish U19 Cups 2018 - St Vincents are Double Champions!!


The National U19 Cup competitions for Boys and Girls born in 1999 and later were played over three days in UL Sport on Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2018.

In a fantastic achievement for the Club, St Vincents were crowned champions in both the Girls and the Boys competitions. This was a remarkable achievement in a tournament featuring a number of excellent teams in both the Boys and Girls competitions. 

Big congratulations and many thanks to our coaches and team managers - without their dedication and expertise these wins would not have been possible. 

THANK YOU Steve O'Brien, Louise Hennessy, Aveen Colvin, Juan Iglesias, Steve Harris and Fiona Noonan!!!

Our Girls path to the final included an incredibly hard-fought group stage match against Diamonds of Belfast where we drew level for the first time at the end of the 3rd quarter with a goal from Molly Reilly to make the score 10-10. There was only one further goal scored in a tense and exciting final quarter with Tournament MVP Aoife Hennessy securing the win for St Vincents. In the final we played "old enemies" Tribes of Galway who had to negotiate a tough semifinal against Diamonds which they eventually won 7-6. Our Girls did an excellent job of implementing the game plan crafted by coaches Steve O'Brien and Louise Hennessy which was designed to keep a tight rein on Tribes star players while also creating scoring opportunities for ourselves. The first quarter was tight with both teams scoring a single goal. St Vincents pulled ahead in the 2nd quarter with four unanswered goals and some excellent defending. After a scoreless 3rd quarter, our girls added a further 3 goals in the final period to emerge victorious and to be crowned National U19 Cup Champions by a score of 8-2. (Scorers: Aoife Hennessy 4, Molly Reilly 2, Cliona Colvin, Katie Hynes)

In the Boys competition, our team had to dig really deep in both their semi-final and in the final itself. In what must surely be a unique occurrence, both the semifinal and final matches were tied at the end of almost an hour of high-tempo energy-sapping water polo meaning that a penalty shootout was required to decide a winner. Displaying what Coach Juan later described as "Pure mental strength....and massive balls of steel", the lads clawed their way back from a 9-6 semi-final deficit with only 5 minutes to go against a very talented Corrib team thanks to 2 goals from Alex San Emeterio and one from Corrado Silvestri. In the resulting shootout, team captain and Tournament MVP Shane O'Brien performed some goalkeeping heroics to save 2 penalties while the St Vincents sharpshooters scored all 4 to win the shootout by a score of 4-2. 

The final was a really exciting game against a highly-fancied Drogheda team which featured an array of goal-scoring talent. Drogheda opened up a 3-1 lead early in the second quarter but our boys responded with four unanswered goals - two each from Dylan Egan and Matthew Hynes - to establish a 5-3 lead at halftime. Marius Sandu added to his early goal with one in the 3rd quarter. The overall quality of our goals was very high with one "man-up" routine in particular involving the ball being moved quickly from hand to hand at speed to create a small gap for Marius to exploit - clearly the result of a lot of effort in training sessions and practice matches. Drogheda managed some excellent goals of their own to level at 6-6 and force the second penalty shootout of the day. But this game was about much more than the goals - it was a real team effort with massive performances from all of the lads. Some of our defensive play was fantastic including several occasions where the marking of Drogheda's Italian star player Gabriele DeChiara by Sam O'Dwyer prevented crucial scores. 
And so to the shootout where nerves were jangling and hearts were beating hard. Once again the Tournament MVP and St Vincents Captain Shane O'Brien was a hero in goal, saving all three of the Drogheda penalties while Alex, Marius and Dylan all converted for a 3-0 win proving that 
Juan wasn't wrong about the mental strength of his team!

(Scorers in normal time: Matthew Hynes 2, Dylan Egan 2, Marius Sandu 2; Scorers in shootout: Alex San Emeterio, Marius & Dylan)

Aoife Hennessy - MVP
Shane O'Brien MVP

The Schedule of Matches and Results was:

Friday 23rd November 
Game TimeGroup White  Blue
11700Girls ATribes 11-5Clontarf
21800Girls BDiamonds10-11St Vincents
31900Boys ANorth Dublin12-11Cú Chulainn
42000Boys BDrogheda 14-8Sandycove
Saturday 24th November
Game TimeGroup White Blue
5830Boys ANorth Dublin2-17Clonard
6930Girls AClontarf15-6Cathal Brugha
71030Girls BSt Vincents19-3North Dublin
81130Boys CCorrib14-4Clontarf
91230Boys ACú Chulainn3-20Clonard
101330Boys DCathal Brugha3-12St Vincents
111430Girls ATribes12-6Cathal Brugha
121530Girls BDiamonds12-4North Dublin
131630Boys QF2Drogheda16-6Clontarf
141730Boys QF3Corrib9-2Sandycove
151830Boys QF1Clonard14-7Cathal Brugha
161930Boys QF4St Vincents16-3Nth Dublin
Sunday 25th November
Game TimeGirls/BoysWhite Blue
17900Girls SF1Tribes7-6Diamonds
181000Girls SF2St Vincents16-8Clontarf
191100Boys SF1Clonard6-9Drogheda
201200Boys SF2Corrib9-9
(11-13 after pens)
St Vincents
211300GirlsCathal Brugha14-4North Dublin
221430Girls Final Tribes2-8St Vincents
231600Boys Final Drogheda6-6
(6-9 after pens)
St Vincents

The final Group standings were:

Girls Group A
Cathal Brugha20021227-150
Girls Group B
St Vincents22003013176
North Dublin2002731-240
Boys Group A
North Dublin21011428-143
Cú Chulainn20021432-180
Boys Group B
Boys Group C
Boys Group D
St Vincents110012393
Cathal Brugha1001312-90