A look back at the thrilling Hula Hoops Cup semi-finals
THE HOME crowd were on their feet on Sunday morning in Neptune Stadium as the hosts completed a historic treble of semi-final wins to continue their journey of dreams to the Hula Hoops National Cup finals. Indeed theirs is a story that has been one of the main talking points of a weekend full of superb basketball action, as young stars such as David Murray, Conor O'Sullivan, Adam and Cian Heaphy, Sean Jenkins and Adam Drummond to name but a few stepped up to meet the challenge of a tough and intense few days of basketball. Kicking off with a win over Kestrels on Friday evening in the Hula Hoops President's Cup, Neptune went on to win at both Under 18 and Under 20 level to ensure that they go on to defend both of these titles in Dublin at the end of January.
'We're delighted, we're absolutely over the moon,' said Under 20s Head Coach Kieran Leahy after the side's thrilling win over Maree today. 'Three teams are there, we've achieved our goals, but nothing's done yet. We have to go on and win, it's not successful now unless we go and win the three of them.' Neptune's was not the only fantastic underage story of the weekend though, as DCU Mercy also powered through their Under 18 and Under 20 clashes to book their place in the Arena this year. It went right down to the wire in their Under 18 Cup tie against Portlaoise Panthers, with Irish international Claire Melia proving to be vital for the latter (bagging 25 points on the day), but DCU held firm to win 56-51. While things didn't go to plan for Mercy later that evening in the Women's National Cup as they lost out to Courtyard Liffey Celtics, their young stars refocused bright and early Sunday morning and made no mistake in winning in the Under 20 semi final, driving to a 61-49 point win over Ambassador UCC Glanmire, while KUBS BC are also aiming to weave an underage fairytale as their Under 18 and Under 20 men's sides will both face off to BFG Neptune in the finals after two brilliant wins over Templeogue and Moycullen BC at the weekend. You can read full round ups from the Under 18 and Under 20 games here.
Back to the senior action though, and it will be an all-Dublin Men's National Cup final as Griffith Swords Thunder will face Pyrobel Killester, while reigning Women's Cup champions Ambassador UCC Glanmire face Courtyard Liffey Celtics. Ej Sligo All-Stars meanwhile are on the road to a President's Cup final against BFG Neptune - a huge success story for Shane O'Meara and his charges, while Ulster Rockets will be charging down to Dublin in the Senior Women's final in a bid to overcome Marble City Hawks.
Finally in the NICC competition, a phenomenal display from Niall O'Reilly for Blue Demons saw him net a whopping 39 points to ensure their spot in the final where they will play UCD Marian who overcame Ballincollig at the death in a thriller on Sunday evening. In the Women's NICC meanwhile, Maree will have to wait a bit longer to see who they will face as the clash between Muckno Lakers and Limerick Celtics was postponed for a later date.
The Hula Hoops National Cup Basketball finals will take place in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on January 27-29th 2017 with a full schedule to be released in the coming weeks.
Basketball Ireland Hula Hoops National Cup semi-final results:
Hula Hoops Men's National Cup semi-finals: SSE Airtricity Moycullen 77-85 Griffith Swords Thunder Pyrobel Killester 81-69 UCD Marian
Hula Hoops Women's National Cup semi-finals: Ambassador UCC Glanmire 84-47 Singleton SuperValu Brunell Courtyard Liffey Celtics 83-72 DCU Mercy
Hula Hoops President's Cup semi-finals: Kestrels 79-92 BFG Neptune Ej Sligo All-Stars 85-63 Team Kilkenny
Hula Hoops Women's NICC semi-finals: St Mary's Castleisland 36 - 61 Maree BC NOTE: The second game between Muckno Lakers and Limerick Celtics was postponed.
Hula Hoops Men's NICC semi-finals: Limerick Celtics 65-92 Blue Demons Ballincollig 53-57 UCD Marian Schedule announced for Hula Hoops Cup final weekend Jan 09,2017 After a thrilling weekend of Hula Hoops Cup semi-final action hosted in Neptune Stadium and Parochial Hall in Co. Cork (read more about that here), the schedule for the Hula Hoops National Cup finals has officially been announced today. The finals will take place in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, January 27th, 28th and 29th and you can find out about tickets - which are available to purchase online - here.
The schedule for the weekend is as follows:
Hula Hoops National Cup Final Schedule 2017
Friday 27th January 2017 (Session 1) 18:00 IWA National Cup Final: Limerick Scorpions/Fr Mathews v NI Knights/Killester
20:00 Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup Final BFG Neptune vKUBS BC
Saturday 28th January 2017 (Session 2) 10:00 Hula Hoops U18 Women's National Cup Final DCU Mercy v Ambassador UCC Glanmire
12:00 Hula Hoops Men's NICC Final Blue Demons v UCD Marian
14:00 Hula Hoops Women's NICC Final Muckno Lakers/Limerick Celtic v Maree BC
Saturday 28th January 2017 (Session 3) 17:30 Hula Hoops President's Cup Final BFG Neptune v EJ Sligo All-Stars
20:00 Hula Hoops Men's National Cup Final Pyrobel Killester v Griffith Swords Thunder
Sunday 29th January 2017 (Session 4) 10:30 Hula Hoops U20 Women's National Cup Final Killester BC v DCU Mercy
12:30 Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Final KUBS BC v Neptune BC
14:30 Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup Final Marble City Hawks v Ulster Rockets
17:15 Hula Hoops Women's National Cup Final Liffey Celtics v Ambassador UCC Glanmire
From : www.basketballireland.ie Panathinaikos Worldwide Basketball Academy (Ireland sector) Network Presentation
The Panathinaikos Worldwide Basketball Academy Network Presentaion covering The Vision and Mission, Conceptual Framework,Objectives,Strategy,Academy Operation etc will be hosted by Patrick Maher on February 16th next 7.15 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Bank of Ireland BOI Workbench space at 70 St Patrick St, Cork City.Essentially I want to get 2 teams together (Under 16's & Under 18's)to establish the Ireland sector of The Panathinaikos Worldwide Basketball Academy.Many thank's to both Ita O Sullivan and Lia Boyland here at The Bank of Ireland Workbench space here on St Patrick St.www.bankofireland.com/startup
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Donaghy the star as Tralee Warriors crowned Men's Champions Trophy champions - 21 days ago
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Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (2... [read more]
Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta) shining brightest for Templeogue in one of the closest Men's Super League clashes of the year. The story, however, lies with Tralee and the glory of their achievement and it is one that will be told for many years to come. From Donaghy to Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) - a guard who has dazzled for the Kingdom throughout the season - to Goran Pantovic (208-F-91, college: Drexel), the team worked as a unit throughout and managed to hold on in the dying seconds to add another page to the history books. It was Pemberton who stepped up to the mark with 7.8 seconds on the clock in overtime as they trailed Templeogue 73-70 and as hearts dropped around the court when his first effort did not find the mark, Donaghy was on hand for the offensive rebound to feed Pemberton once more and he made no mistake second time of asking to tie it yet again, 73-73. With double overtime looming, Donaghy had the final say of the game, adding a free throw in the dying seconds and it was with bated breath for all of Kerry as they watched the clock tick down in agonizing fashion. Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
Templeogue and Tralee reach Champions Trophy Final - 22 days ago
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Templeogue and Tralee Warriors advanced into the Champions Trophy Final. They earned victories in the respective semifinals on Saturday. Tralee Warriors nipped Swords Thunder 66:64. Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) provided 24 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. The Warriors jumped to a 36:27 halftime lead. Swords Thunder went on a determined comeback rally in the final period but came up short at the end. Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) and Ricardo Leonard (201-C-70,... [read more]
Templeogue and Tralee Warriors advanced into the Champions Trophy Final. They earned victories in the respective semifinals on Saturday. Tralee Warriors nipped Swords Thunder 66:64. Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) provided 24 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. The Warriors jumped to a 36:27 halftime lead. Swords Thunder went on a determined comeback rally in the final period but came up short at the end. Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) and Ricardo Leonard (201-C-70, college: ODU) netted 13 points each in the win. Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) responded with 13 points for the Thunder. Templeogue knocked down UCD Marian 71:64 behind 21 points and 14 rebounds from Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta). The teams went neck and neck throughout first three periods. However Templeogue used a 22:14 rally in the fourth frame to ice the win. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) produced 17 points and 7 boards in the victory. Conor Meany (185-PG-86) responded with 17 points for UCD Marian. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) chipped in 16 points in the loss.
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