The last weekend of January is rolling around and that can only mean one thing - it's Hula Hoops National Cup basketball finals time! Eleven thrilling finals will tip off this coming weekend at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght from Friday evening (January 27th) when the Wheelchair Basketball Final between Fr Mathews and NI Knights gets proceedings underway at 6pm. The games will run out across the remainder of the weekend, with some very interesting match ups in store. The Men's National Cup final tees up a much-anticipated clash between Pyrobel Killester and Griffith Swords Thunder. The last time these two sides met in the Men's Super League was on New Year's Eve, with Swords coming from behind in the fourth quarter to power through and win by 21 points in the end. Swords are in their second Cup final in-a-row, having been defeated at the death by Templeogue last year and will be relishing the challenge that this weekend brings. Isaac Westbrooks will be leading the charge from the point, but will need support from key players Jose Maria Gil Narbon, Justin Goldsborough, Kevin Lacey and Alex Dolenko to try and overcome an extremely determined Killester.
Killester meanwhile are looking forward to being back on one of the biggest stages in Irish basketball and will be hoping they can put the ultimate crown on their club's 50th anniversary celebrations this year when they line out on Saturday night. They will be looking to players such as Jermaine Turner, Cian Nihill, Peder Madsen and Ciaran Roe to bring their experience and skill to the fore on the night. The Women's National Cup final is yet another interesting match up, as reigning Cup champions Ambassador UCC Glanmire prepare to defend their title and successfully complete their bid to win four Cup titles in-a-row (and their seventh overall). Glanmire have been dominating the women's Cup basketball scene in recent years, and Grainne Dwyer, Aine McKenna and Claire Rockall will prove key for them this Sunday evening if they are to overcome Courtyard Liffey Celtics. Liffey Celtics are preparing for their first Cup final at this level and are relishing the underdog tag and have no fear going into this game as, with nothing to lose, they will be aiming to close down Dwyer, McKenna and Chantell Alford and will look to the impressive Jazmen Boone, Karen Mealey, Emma O'Connor and Ailbhe O'Connor to succeed in this task.
Some interesting games await in the Men's Presidents Cup and Senior Women's Cup too, as BFG Neptune - who have three finals to contest this weekend - will hope to have enough fire power to overcome Shane O'Meara's charges at Ej Sligo All-Stars. Marble City Hawks meanwhile will need Kelly O'Hallahan and Katie Fox to be on form if they are to overcome Ulster Rockets on Sunday afternoon in the Women's final. There are a number of ones to watch in the Under 18 and Under 20 finals as well, with talented young stars including Ali Cleary and Ash McCann of Pyrobel Killester, Anna Brennan, Nicole Clancy, Rachel Huijsdens, Maeve O'Seaghdha, Bronagh Power Cassidy and Elizabeth Black (DCU Mercy) and Annaliese Murphy, Louise Scannell and Jayne Fitzgerald (Ambassador UCC Glanmire) sure to make their mark. In the Men's underage finals, KUBS and Neptune face off against each other at both age groups, and Eoin McCann, Kevin Hughes, Marcus Black and Shane McCann (KUBS), Adam Drummond, Cian Heaphy, Adam Heaphy, David Murray and Sean Jenkins (BFG Neptune) will make a big impression on the games. Some interesting match ups also await in the Men's and Women's NICC finals, with a very experienced Blue Demons facing off to UCD Marian, while the clash of Michelle Aspell and Michelle Fahey in the Women's NICC final as Limerick Celtics and Maree BC go head-to-head will be one to watch. Session 3 tickets (Saturday evening) are now sold out, with Session 4 almost sold out as of 3pm on Thursday afternoon. Tickets for the games are available at www.eventbrite.ie. You can read more about availability here.
Basketball Ireland Fixtures: January 26th-29th Thursday 26th January 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: KUBS BC v UCD Marian, Carroll Arena, 20:00;
Friday 27th January 2017 Hula Hoops Wheelchair Basketball National Cup Final: Fr Mathews v NI Knights, National Basketball Arena-Tallaght, 18.00
Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup Final: BFG Neptune v KUBS BC, National Basketball Arena-Tallaght, 20.00
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Commercial.ie Eanna v SSE Airtricity Moycullen, Colaiste Eanna, 21:00;
Saturday 28th January 2017 Hula Hoops U18 Women's National Cup Final DCU Mercy v Ambassador UCC Glanmire, National Basketball Arena-Tallaght, 10:00
Hula Hoops Men's National Intermediate Cup Competition Final: Blue Demons v UCD Marian, National Basketball Arena-Tallaght, 12:00;
Hula Hoops Women's National Intermediate Cup Competition Final: Limerick Celtic v Maree BC National Basketball Arena-Tallaght, 14.00;
Hula Hoops Presidents Cup Final: BFG Neptune v EJ Sligo All-Stars, National Basketball Arena-Tallaght, 17:30;
Hula Hoops Men's National Cup - Pat Duffy Cup: Pyrobel Killester v Griffith Swords Thunder, National Basketball Arena-Tallaght, 20:00;
Sunday 29th January 2017
Hula Hoops U20 Women's National Cup Final: Pyrobel Killester v DCU Mercy, National Basketball Arena-Tallaght, 10:30;
Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup: KUBS BC v BFG Neptune, National Basketball Arena-Tallaght, 12:30;
Hula Hoops Senior Women's Cup Final: Marble City Hawks v Ulster Rockets, National Basketball Arena-Tallaght, 14:30;
Hula Hoops Women's National Cup Final: Courtyard Liffey Celtics v Ambassador UCC Glanmire, National Basketball Arena-Tallaght, 17:15;
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: UCC Demons v Templeogue, Mardyke Arena-Cork, 15:00; DCU Saints v Garvey's Tralee Warrior, DCU Complex, 15:30;
Introduction to coaching course in February Jan 25,2017 Basketball Ireland will be hosting an Introduction to Coaching course in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght in February. The one day course will take place on Saturday, February 4th from 9.30am to 5.30pm and will cost 40 euro per person. Speaking about the course, Basketball Ireland Coaching Officer, Conor James stated: 'This Introduction to Coaching course is perfect for anyone looking to kick start their coaching qualifications and are aged 16 years or older. We've no doubt this course is going to fill up fast and with limited places, we advise anyone interested to get their booking in quickly!' Payment must be made before the start date and can be made by calling BIHQ reception and making a card payment over the phone. Only payment will secure a place on the course. To book a space on the course, please contact 01 4590211. For queries, please e-mail Conor James - email@example.com
Pete Strickland Podcast with Ballin in Europe : http://ballineurope.com/podcast-ireland-basketball-pete-strickland-5489/
The Panathinaikos Worldwide Basketball Academy (Ireland) Network Presentation has been moved forward a day to 15th February next and will happen at The Bank of Ireland Workbench Space 70 St Patrick St Cork City beginning at 7.15 and will run to 9 p.m.Basically I will do a 17 slide Powerpoint Presentation together with a Q & A session going in detail into all that is involved for the parents of prospective Academy players who will have a key role in the Academy's operation.I have taken the liberty too to invite along on the night coach's from all around the country as well as officials involved in the game's administration to NGO level as well as potential sponsors .For further information my E-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org https://twitter.com/PatMaher5 https://www.facebook.com/Maherprobasket-240634641052/?fref=ts
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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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