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Blackwater Steelers 46pts Cavan Lakers 44pts
The Steelers were overwhelming favourites to blow Cavan out of this final but Cavan had other ideas. Despite being overrun by 21pts to 8pts by the end of the first quarter after a superior rebounding and shooting performance by Killian McAdam, they came back to make a great fight of the game. They came out aggressively in the 2nd getting into the Steelers faces and with the help of some nonchalant refereeing started to knock the hosts out of their rhythm. The Steelers contributed to a one point deficit at half time with some bad decision making and a macho aggression that sent Cavan to the free-throw line time and again. A strong performance from the Steelers in the third with 3 massive 3 pointers from Andrew O'Connor wrestled the game back into their own hands. Still Cavan Lakers believed, and some of the Steelers poor decisions kept giving them a reason to believe but overall this Blackwater Steelers team have just too much about them and were not going to let this final go. The Final Score was 46pts to 44pts.
Team & Scorers: K. McAdam 18pts, A. O Connor 13pts, C. Fitzgerald 6pts, R. Treanor 5pts, R. Haynes 4pts. M. McDonnell, D. McKenna, Kai McCaffrey, D. Leonard, Sean Conway, S. Ostrowski and S. Uglis.
On the way to the final Blackwater Steelers defeated a strong Drogheda Bullets team by 74pts to 56pts. Drogheda are a big athletic team and this was a bruising encounter.
Team & Scorers; A. O Connor 29pts, K. McAdam 19pts, R. Haynes 11pts, R. Treanor 9ptsC. Fitzgerald 5pts, D. McKenna 1pt, L. O’Rourke, M. McDonnell, S. Uglis, S. Ostrowski, S. Conway and D. Leonard.
Cavan Lakers beat the Drogheda Nuggets who are the under 17 version of Drogheda Bullets in their semi final.

U 18 Women
The results for the U 18 girls were as follows,
Semi-Final 1. Muckno Lakers 49pts Dunshaughlin Rockets 44pts
Semi-Final 2. Navan Cougars 52pts East Cavan Eagles 57pts.
Final.  Muckno Lakers 38pts East Cavan Eagles 52pts.
So East Cavan Eagles were crowned Top 4 winners despite finishing 3rd in the League.

Blackwater Steelers would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to a very successful hosting of the U 18 Top 4s on Saturday last. Thank you to all the sandwich makers, the people who manned the tea station, the volunteers who worked until late on Friday evening cleaning and mopping the Sem hall, our wonderful master of ceremonies, to the table officials, to all who helped in any way but not mentioned above.  All these people give of their time freely, unpaid and sometimes not thanked. The club would not exist but for that volunteer spirit. Well done and thank you.
Thank you also to St Macartans College who are always so accommodating, thank you also to Monaghan Cricket Club and thank you to the Referees who although get paid ever more handsomely, the games cannot run without them.
Our photos below are from the semi-final against Drogheda.