Hula Hoops National Cup Gamezone (Men's and Women's)

Hula Hoops National Cup Gamezone (Men's and Women's)

  • Jan 06,2017

Results


Hula Hoops Men's National Cup semi-final:

SSE Airtricity Moycullen 77-85 Griffith Swords Thunder

Watch back here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4lS3pyfufA

FIBA Stats: http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/3077/19/48/97/32bR3xMFA0OXw/


Pyrobel Killester 81-69 UCD Marian 

Watch back here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdN4mSSqe6Q

FIBA Stats: http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/3077/19/49/01/56gDyrdtbSu6w/


Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup semi-finals:

Ambassador UCC Glanmire 84-47 Singleton SuperValu Brunell

Watch back here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IJ0qpb2-cE

FIBA Live Stats: http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/3077/19/48/96/35z0ypVVAKKk/


Courtyard Liffey Celtics 83-72 DCU Mercy 

Watch back here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lD41MW9lzMU

FIBA Live Stats: http://www.fibalivestats.com/matches/3077/19/49/00/95CKh61rauSBw/



Hula Hoops President’s Cup semi-finals:

Kestrels 79-92 BFG Neptune

Ej Sligo All-Stars 85-63 Team Kilkenny



Hula Hoops Senior Women’s Cup semi-finals:
ITC Basketball 64 - 73 Ulster Rockets

Oblate Dynamos 44 - 64 Marble City Hawks 



Detailed Results



Hula Hoops Men's National Cup Semi-Final 


SSE Airtricity Moycullen 77-85 Griffith Swords Thunder

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Neptune Stadium

Watch back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D4lS3pyfufA

 

Swords were first to take to the court in the Men's semi-finals and booked their spot in the Hula Hoops National Cup finals for the second year in a row with a 77-85 point win over SSE Airtricity Moycullen. 

A superb first quarter display from Isaac Westbrooks – which included 10 points, four rebounds and four assists – kicked Swords into a 17-25 lead at the first buzzer, but it wasn't an easy journey for Swords as Phillip Lawrence-Ricks and James Lougnane made it their business to make life difficult for them at the other end of the court, netting some nice scores early on to keep Moycullen in touch at the break, 29-43.




Paul Freeman was the spark behind the Galway’s side comeback in the second half, as they began to throw everything at Swords and managed to turn the ball over a number of times and use it efficiently at the other end. The mountain was just too big to climb at that stage though, and Swords held on to win.




"It’s exciting," said a relieved Head Coach, Dave Baker afterwards. "I’m really proud and happy for the team and club. It was a tough game, they didn’t back down, they came at us – we look tired, stagnant and I hope there was no complacency with the group. We’ve a lotto do now w can’t let our League form drop either so we’re looking forward to the Cup final."



SSE Airtricity Moycullen 77-85 Griffith Swords Thunder

Top scorers SSE Airtricity Moycullen: James Loughnane 17, Phillip Lawrence-Ricks 17, Paddy Lyons 15

Top scorers Griffith Swords Thunder:Isaac Westbrooks 19, Jose Maria Gil Narbon 18, Conroy Baltimore 11,

Half time score: SSE Airtricity Moycullen 29-43 Griffith Swords Thunder


Hula Hoops Men's National Cup Semi-Final 


Pyrobel Killester 81-69 UCD Marian 

Saturday, January 7th, 2017

Neptune Stadium

Watch back: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdN4mSSqe6Q


“When you’ve two quality teams going against each other, small things make the difference,” acknowledged Pyrobel Killester Head Coach Brian O’Malley as his side overcame UCD Marian in the Hula Hoops National Cup semi-final in Neptune Stadium, 81-69.

Indeed, while there may be small things making the difference, a sterling performance from Jermaine Turner that included 15 points and 28 rebounds was key for Killester and with an in-form Cian Nihill and Ciaran Roe pitching in with 16 points each, Killester marched through to a final showdown with Griffith Swords Thunder.




Good scoring from Killester early on sent them into a 24-17 point lead in the first, a lead they held tightly onto as the second quarter got underway to have them up by 10 at the break.

“We probably shot the ball better than they expected,” O’Malley reflected, “But it was to the standard we expected because they double and triple teamed Jermaine and gave us some wide open ones to knock them down.”

UCD weren’t ready to give up without a fight though, and looked to Dustan Moreira, Dan James and Mike Garrow for key shots and it seemed like the comeback was well and truly on in the third quarter as they began to run at Killester, but cool heads and determination kept Killester on course for what would be a memorable victory and all the sweeter off the back of last year’s Cup semi-final defeat in Cork at the hands of Templeogue.  


“I’m delighted for the club, it’s great to be back [in the final], it’s been a while since we’ve been in it. I’m delighted for the group of players we have there, they’ve put it all in,” continued O’Malley. “But we haven’t won anything yet. We’ve a lot of hard work to do and we’re under no illusions - Swords are a great team and we know we’ll have our work cut out for us.”






Pyrobel Killester: Cian Nihill, Alan Casey, Paddy Sullivan, Ciaran Roe, Jermaine Turner. Subs: Andy McGeever, Keith Anderson, Jonathan Grennell, Jody O’Neill, Peder Madsen, Niall Hegarty, Pete Lacey, Eoghain Kiernan.

UCD Marian: Conor Meany, Scott Kinevane, Mike Garrow, Neil Baynes, Dustan Moreira. Subs: Ciaran Dunne, Daniel James, Barry Drumm, Anthony Silvestri, Mike Higgins, Donal Ring, Matthew Kelly, James Brophy.


Pyrobel Killester 81-69 UCD Marian

Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Cian Nihill 16, Ciaran Roe 16, Jermaine Turner 15

Top scorers UCD Marian: Dustan Moreira 16, Dan James 14, Mike Garrow 13

Half time score: Pyrobel Killester 41-31 UCD Marian



Hula Hoops Women's National Cup Semi-Final 


Ambassador UCC Glanmire 84-47 Singleton SuperValu Brunell

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Neptune Stadium

Watch it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IJ0qpb2-cE


REIGNING Cup Champions Ambassador UCC Glanmire stormed to their fourth consecutive Hula Hoops Cup Final this evening as they overcame Singleton SuperValu Brunell 84-47 in an all Cork derby.

Neptune Stadium was packed with supporters and it was Brunell who had the best of the early exchanges with Amy Waters and Kaylee Kilpatrick driving them into a 22-11 point lead at the end of the first quarter to truly threw down the gauntlet to Glanmire.

However, Aine McKenna was the spark that ignited the scoring for Glanmire as the second quarter got underway and linking well with Claire Rockall and Grainne Dwyer, sent Glanmire to a 34-26 point lead at the break with Brunell scoring just four points in the quarter.

Indeed, Glanmire kept them at the 26 point mark until midway through quarter three, and were dominating at the end of quarter buzzer, 58-34. A spirited display from Brunell in the last just wasn’t enough as Glanmire stormed home to victory. 

“It’s a great night for Glanmire,” said Head Coach Mark Scanell. “I’m delighted for the girls, we got a horrible start, the character they showed to turn it around was amazing. We’ve great leaders on this team, I didn’t have to say too much Grainne, Claire, Aine – they sorted it out, we changed a few things around and ran on from there.”


AMBASSADOR UCC GLANMIRE: Aine McKenna (17), Casey Grace, Claire Rockall (11), Grainne Dwyer (22) Chantell Alford. Subs: Hayley Lenihan, Lesley Ann-Wilkinson, Olivia Dupuy, Hannah McCarthy, Jayne Fitzgerald, Louise Scannell, Annaliese Murphy, Katy Keating

SINGLETON SUPERVALU BRUNELL: Amy Waters, Danielle O’Leary (8), Amy Murphy,  Kaylee Kilpatrick (18), Madisson Ward. Subs: Lauren Falvey, Alex Macheta, Andrea Moynihan, Orla Connolly (10), Kelly Diggin, Aoife Dineen, Samantha Coomey, Gemma O’Mahoney, Alison Kearney.


Ambassador UCC Glanmire 84-47 Singleton SuperValu Brunell

Top scorers Ambassador UCC Glanmire: Grainne Dwyer 22, Aine McKenna 17, Claire Rockall 11

Top scorers Singleton SuperValu Brunell: Kaylee Kilpatrick 18, Orla Connolly 10, Danielle O'Leary 8

Half time score:  Ambassador UCC Glanmire 34-26 Singleton SuperValu Brunell



Hula Hoops Women's National Cup Semi-Final 


Courtyard Liffey Celtics 83-72 DCU Mercy 

Saturday, January 7th

Neptune Stadium 


Courtyard Liffey Celtics dared to dream in the Women’s Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals in Neptune Stadium, Cork this evening, and managed to get one step closer to making that dream a reality as they powered to an 83-72 point over DCU Mercy.

The Kildare side will now contest their first Hula Hoops National Cup final at this level and will face off to defending champions, Ambassador UCC Glanmire on the day.

Back to today though, and the win was truly a story of playing smart and key players stepping up, with Karen Mealey taking over the mantle of point guard in style and was really one of the talking points of the game as she lead from the front with a cool and calm head, and chipped in with 11 points.

The true scoring story for the winning team though came from Jazmen Boone who delivered a whopping 26 points, netting key baskets when Liffey Celtics needed it most and calming the offense immediately after a DCU attack at the other end.

Speaking of DCU, Sarah Fairbanks was one of the stand out performers for Mark Ingle’s charges, driving strong to the basket on numerous occasions and adding 19 to her side’s tally in total. There were good displays from underage stars Bronagh Power Cassidy and Aine Maguire who stepped up to the challenge in style. 

The story to tell is Liffey Celtics this evening though, and having led from the opening quarter, 21-16, they never relinquished that lead throughout and despite a ropey period in the closing stages, that saw Aine O'Connor in foul trouble, the damage was already done and Celtics drove home to a much-deserved victory. 

Speaking about the game, a thrilled Head Coach, Mark Byrne was delighted with the result: “It feels fantastic. I don’t really know what to say, everybody played their part.

“I'm really delighted with the girls, especially to come back after that loss three weeks ago. We were really smart today, we were composed. We were patient today too.”



Courtyard Liffey Celtics: Jazmen Boone, Emma O’Connor, Anna Pupin, Laura Fortune, Chloe Mullins, Sorcha Tiernan, Karen Mealey, Aoife Tiernan, Megan Howe, Ailbhe O’Connor, Aine O’Connor, Erin Bracken.

DCU Mercy: Becky Woods, Sarah Woods, Fionnuala Toner, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Megan Connolly, Enya Brady, Nicole Clany, Jasmine Wooton, Bronagh Power Cassidy, Maeve O’Seaghdha, Aoife McDermott, Rachel Huijsdens, Aoife Maguire, Sarah Fairbanks.  


Courtyard Liffey Celtics 83-72 DCU Mercy

Top scorers Courtyard Liffey Celtics: Jazmen Boone 26, Emma O Connor 13, Karen Mealy 11

Top scorers DCU Mercy: Sarah Fairbanks 19, Sarah Woods 15, Jasmine Wooton 12

Half time score: Courtyard Liffey Celtics 40-31 DCU Mercy


Hula Hoops Men's President's Cup Semi-Final:


Kestrels 79-92 BFG Neptune

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Neptune Stadium 


BFG Neptune moved one step closer to making their Hula Hoops President’s Cup dreams come true this evening as they overcame Kestrels in the opening game of the Hula Hoops Cup semi-finals weekend in Neptune Stadium.

Sean Jenkins and Tanner Brooks drove the Cork team to victory with fantastic shooting and brilliant work under the boards, but it wasn’t all easy for Neptune though, as a fantastic display from Christopher Teasley and Aaron Whelan saw Kestrels in it the whole way up to the dying moments.

“Teasley really caused us problems,” admitted Neptune Head Coach, Paul Kelleher afterwards. “We couldn’t handle it so we had to go against everything we teach them to change tactics to stop him.

“I”ve never been as nervous for a game as I was all day today,” he continued. “I think our performance showed a nervousness. I was looking forward to showing off our tempo with the crowd here, but I don’t think we showed it – what we did show was toughness and our fight and I’m so happy with the win.”


Indeed, an in-form Christopher Teasley wasn’t the only thing that made the win hard work for Neptune, with a full court press by Kestrels in the first half putting the pressure on Neptune from the off leaving it all square at half time, 48-48. 

Neptune came out all guns blazing in the third, and began to put space on the scoreboard early on with strong scoring from Jenkins and Brooks. Adam Heaphy also proved to be influential for the hosts, and they held a 10-point lead going into the last 58-68 and despite the best efforts of Kestrels, managed to hold firm to win 79-92.

KESTRELS: Glen Mitchell, Mantas Vilimas (12), Daniel Debosz, Aaron Whelan (19), Christopher Teasley (28). Subs: Conor Foster, Liam Guinan, Dylan Dunne, Dainius Stankevicius, James Gormley, Simonas Skuziskas

BFG NEPTUNE: Adam Drummond, Tanner Brooks (33), Darren Cronin, Shane Duggan, Gary Walsh (11). Subs: Stephen Sheehan, Sean Jenkins (16), David Murray, Brian O’Neill, Conor O’Sullivan, Adam Heaphy, Liam Chandler


Kestrels 79-92 BFG Neptune

Top scorers Kestrels: Christopher Teasley 28, Aaron Whelan 19, Mantas Vilimas 12

Top scorers BFG Neptune: Tanner Brooks 33, Sean Jenkins 16, Gary Walsh 11

Half time score: Kestrels 48-48 BFG Neptune


Hula Hoops Men's President's Cup Semi-Final:



Ej Sligo All-Stars 85-63 Team Kilkenny

Saturday, January 7th Neptune Stadium


"We didn’t believe this was possible you know, our first year back in the League,” said an emotional Ej Sligo All-Stars Head Coach, Shane O’Meara this afternoon as he side marched into the final of the Hula Hoops Presidents Cup with an 85-63 point win over Team Kilkenny in Neptune Stadium.

“Getting to a Cup final wasn’t even one of our goals really this year as it’s our first year back. We just wanted to be as competitive as possible this year and see how we went so to be here is just fantastic.”

Indeed, Irish Under 18 international Oisin O’Reilly, Kaylim Noel and Ronan McGarrity were the key driving forces behind Sligo’s win, with O’Reilly and Noel netting 27 and 26 points each but O’Meara wasn’t too confident coming into the game.




“We really felt like we were up against it coming down as we lost Cian Lally to injury and we didn’t have Aidan O’Shea and Peter Papik so a lot of our rebounding power was down. We knew Team Kilkenny had pedigree, they’ve been here before, but the lads did well and Oisin came out and hit some huge threes there in the second half, he really put himself on the map today.”

O’Reilly was on form early on and coupled with a strong display from Noel, pushed Sligo into an early 28-13 point lead.

Matt Van Pelt was key for the Kilkenny side, and hit some fantastic jump shots throughout. A strong display from James Butler on defense made Sligo’s work hard, but they held firm and ran out convincing 86-63 point winners in the end.



EJ Sligo All-Stars: Ronan McGarrity, Tobi Brockmann (10), Oisin O Reilly (27), Kaylim Noel (26), Philip Hamilton. Subs: Julian Jarmolowicz, Mark Chambers, Luke McLoughlin, Lee Sherlock, Conor Byrne, Emmet Keogh.


Team Kilkenny: James Butler (15), Jack Murphy, Matt Van Pelt (26), Paul Leigh, Padraig Morrissey. Subs: Lughaidh O’Neill, Ryan Pepper, Julian O’Keeffe, Aaron Fennell (8).


EJ Sligo All-Stars 85-63 Team Kilkenny

Top scorers Ej Sligo All-Stars: Oisin O Reilly 27, Kaylim Noel 26, Tobi Brockmann 10

Top scorers Team Kilkenny: Matt Van Pelt 26, James Butler 15, Aaron Fennell 8

Half time score: Ej Sligo All-Stars 41-30 Team Kilkenny


Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup Semi-Final


Marble City 64-44 Oblate Dynamos
Saturday, January 7th, 2017
Parochial Hall


Marble City Hawks made history in reaching their first ever Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup final on Saturday when they overcame Oblate Dynamos in Parochial Hall, Cork.
The quality of senior women's basketball exploded in the opening quarter with a relishing match-up between former Great Britain squad member Meagan Hoffman of Oblate Dynamos and Kelly O'Hallahan of Marble City Hawks. New Zealand-born O'Hallahan and Katie Fox and combined to race into a nine-point lead, with Hoffman keeping the Dubliners alive.
Hallahan ran a high-tempo game, while Elizabeth Munnelly, Aine Sheehy and Ann Prendergast made good plays, as they kept Oblate Dynamos to just seven points (7-23).
The second-quarter was a slow burner but Dynamos dug deep with baskets from sisters Emily and Katie Black, Heather Meagher and Kelsey Ellis. A tough time-out discussion with assistant coach and former Irish international legend Suzanne Mcguire inspired them further, but the double team display from American-born Katie Fox and O'Hallahan, and Prendercast, had them in front by 17 at half-time (38-21).
A head injury to Prendercast didn't expose them either on her departure despite the best efforts of Katie Black, as Fox and Sheehy continued to execute from beyond the arc to give the Hawks a 20-point lead midway through the third.
Defensively they were executing well too with Hallahan handling Hoffman and denying them on the shot clock to add salt to their wounds to enter the fourth quarter 54-33 in front.
Hoffman to her credit continued to battle for Dynamos but Marble City Hawks were on route to scripting history in securing a place in their first Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup final. They will now face Ulster Rockets in the final. 
Speaking after his sides victory, Julian Keeffe believes his side won't shy away from the biggest stage of all.
"It's absolutely fantastic! We only started up 18 months ago and to think now we're in a National Cup final is unbelieveable but the girls deserved it.
"We're looking forward to the final now though. Bring it on!"
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MARBLE CITY HAWKS: Philomena Fogarty, Kelly O'Hallahan (13), Katie Fox (25), Ann Prendergast. Subs: Aine Sheehy (7), Claire Kelly, Nicola Gannon, Maria Connolly, Elizabeth Munnelly,  Aine Sheehy, Milica Rabat, Leah O'Keeffe.
OBLATE DYNAMOS: Kelsey Ellis, Katie Black (9), Katie Maloney, Heather Meagher (6), Meagan Hoffman (17). Subs: Emily Black, Shannon Whelan, Samantha Massey, Billie-Jean Byrne, Lisa Kinane.

Marble City 64 Oblate Dynamos 44
Top scorers Marble City Hawks: Katie Fox 25, Kelly O Hallahan 13, Aine Sheehy 7
Top scorers Oblate Dynamos: Meagan Hoffman 17, Katie Black 9, Heather Meagher 6
Half time score:  Marble City Hawks 38 Oblate Dynamos 21




Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup Semi-Final


Ulster Rockets 73-64 ITC Basketball
Saturday, January 7th, 2017
Parochial Hall


DESPITE a contribution of 29 points, Jamiyah Bethune finished on the losing side in a thrilling Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup semi-final as Ulster Rockets made history in booking their place in their first such final.
In what was a top of the table clash, first-placed ITC were inspired by Ciara McCarthy in the opening quarter having initially trailed with Ulster's Mairead McNally and Carlee Lough getting the Rockets on the board.
Bethune and Lough provided the most enjoyable match-up in the opening exchanges as both teams produced full-court presses. But it was quarter-final MVP Zee Shahid-Martin and Troy who ensured Ulster led at the end of the first quarter, 17-21, as ITC's eagerness saw them in team foul territory.
Lough nailed a three-pointer upon the restart but a tidy reverse lay-up on the baseline by Elaine Kennington and an Amy Dooley basket saw the sides tied once again only for poor rebounding making life difficult for ITC.
They regrouped fairly lively after Conroy called a time-out and Megan Campbell and Bethune led the charge, but Troy and Shahid-Martin responded in kind. A huge three by Charley McGrath gave Ulster the lead but Bethune - who had 19 first-half points - replied with one of her own to give ITC a two-point lead at half-time (39-37).



ITC had a terrific start with scores from co-captain Chris O'Gorman, Bethune and Campbell. However, Ulster continued to find an answer courtesy of Troy, McNally and Shahid-Martin and led 52-56 entering the final act.

Ulster opened up a six-point gap, but McCarthy, O'Gorman and Holli Dunne brought ITC back to within two with five minutes left. In the closing exchanges however Ulster's Mairead McNally produced five monster points to give her side a seven-point lead (68-61) and they never looked back.

Speaking following her side's win, Ulster Rockets' coach Breda Dick was evidently thrilled with her side's display.

"It's unbelievable. It's a dream for all the girls who have worked so hard and I think it paid off tonight.

"This is our second time to meet them and there's nothing between us. We lost to Marble City Hawks in the league but we're really looking forward to the final now."


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ITC BASKETBALL: Megan Campbell (11), Ciara McCarthy (10), Elaine Kennington, Jamiyah Bethune (29), Chris O'Gorman. Subs: Holli Dunne, Megan Dunne, Laia Clark Rios, Amy
McGuire, Amy Dooley, Nicole Kelly.
ULSTER ROCKETS: Ciara O'Neill, Louisa Donnelly, Mimi Troy (14), Zee Shahid-Martin (20), Mairead McNally. Subs: Susan Dick, Maeve Deery, Eimhear Morris, Charley McGrath, Hannah Byrne, Carlee Lough (13).


Ulster Rockets 73 ITC Basketball 64
Top scorers ITC Basketball: Jamiyah Bethune 29, Megan Campbell 11, Ciara McCarthy 10
Top scorers Ulster Rockets: Zee Shahid-Martin 20, Mimi Troy 14, Carlee Lough 13
Half time score: ITC Basketball 39 Ulster Rockets 37



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