Hula Hoops Cup Finals Gamezone: Senior Men and Women

Hula Hoops Cup Finals Gamezone: Senior Men and Women

  • Jan 27,2017


Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup - Pat Duffy Cup:  

Pyrobel Killester 51-72 Griffith Swords Thunder 

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Courtyard Liffey Celtics 48-61 Ambassador UCC Glanmire

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Hula Hoops Presidents Cup Final Result:  

BFG Neptune 97-85  EJ Sligo All-Stars,National Basketball Arena-Tallaght, 17:30;

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Hula Hoops Senior Women’s Cup Final:

Marble City Hawks 54-55 Ulster Rockets (after overtime)      

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Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup - Pat Duffy Cup:  

Pyrobel Killester 51

Griffith Swords Thunder 72

National Basketball Arena

Report: Ross O'Donoghue


That’s the funny thing about Swords. It’s not the sharp edge that does the damage, it’s the man at the hilt. For the 2017 Hula Hoops Men’ National Cup winners, Isaac Westbrooks new exactly when to parry and when to go for the kill. His Griffith Swords Thunder side saw off Pyrobel Killester 72-51 at a packed National Basketball Arena. Watching from his half-court seat, President Michael D. Higgins might have wondered if he could have been a point guard in his day. Looking down at Westbrooks, it would have occurred to him to leave it to the professionals.

Westbrooks was up against friends and teammates from his old club. A Killester trio of 2010 National Cup winners all started the game with Al Casey captaining the side alongside Peder Madsen and the indefatigable Jermaine Turner. Coach Brian O’Malley elected to use the 42 year old sparingly in the first quarter as Thunder built up a seven point lead through 20 year old Charlie Coombes.

It was Killester’s young guns who brought them back into contention as Paddy Sullivan let fly with his first touch of the game for three points. Turner’s reintroduction late in the first brought with it his first and only Superman impression of the evening either side of an ‘and-one’ play. 17-15 to Thunder at the end of the first.

Only four players on the Griffith Swords Thunder squad had competed in the club’s maiden final in 2016. New recruit Alex Calvexe chipped in from outside while American duo Justin Goldsborough and Conroy Baltimore rotated to put the squeeze on Turner who did manage to kick out to Cian Nihill for an open three late in the second. It looked destined to be a low scoring game but with 27 points off the bench, Dave Baker’s side had enough fire power for a six-point lead at half-time.

Killester had failed to score from play in the last four minutes of the third. A block, steal and rebound by Jose Gil Narbon teed up six points on the run and it was the Spaniard who clinched the MVP award.

If Swords were to be bested, Killester would need Turner’s tomahawk. Instead it was Westbrooks with the killer blow. He fooled everyone in the Arena with a midair switch to Alex Dolenko for an open triple. Less than a minute later, he repeated the trick for his seventh assist of the night.

Pyrobel Killester: Ciaran Roe* (9), Peder Madsen* (2), Cian Nihill* (16), Alan Casey (Capt)*, Jermaine Turner* (12), Patrick Sullivan (3), Niall Hegarty (2), Eoghain Kiernan (7), Andy McGeever, Jonathan Grennell, Jody O’Neill, Peter Lacey. Coach: Brian O’Malley

Griffith Swords ThunderIsaac Westbrooks*, Kevin Lacey* (3), Charlie Coombes* (10), Jose Maria Gil Narbon* (12), Justin Goldsborough* (14), Conroy Baltimore (7), Alex Calvexe (12), Paul Caffrey (2), Alex Dolenko (6), Conor Gallagher, Eric Westbrooks. Coach: Dave Baker

HT: Griffith Swords Thunder 33, Pyrobel Killester 27

MVP: Jose Maria Gil Narbon

*Denotes Starter


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Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup final 

Courtyard Liffey Celtics: 48

Ambassador UCC Glanmire: 61

(Sunday, January 29th, National Basketball Arena)

“This is just as sweet as the first time,” said MVP of the Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup final Grainne Dwyer as Ambassador UCC Glanmire secured their fourth Cup title in a row this evening with an impressive and dominating 48-61 point win over Courtyard Liffey Celtics.

“It’s a bit surreal. I’m emotional about it, I thought it was amazing four years ago, but this is just as sweet,” she continued.

A Glanmire team packed full of experienced players including Grainne Dwyer, Aine McKenna, Claire Rockall and Chantell Alford to name but a few, drove home to victory in style in front of a large crowd at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

 A dominating opening few minutes lay down the challenge to Liffey Celtics immediately as Glanmire stormed to a 0-9 lead in the opening few minutes. A rattled Celtics though quickly regrouped, and soon it was game on thanks to a fantastic score by Sorcha Tiernan off the bench, and with more scores in from Emma O’Connor and Jazmen Boone, Celtics were down by 7-13 at the end of the first.

Emma O’Connor and Tiernan continued to shine for Celtics throughout the second quarter, but an unstoppable Dwyer, coupled with the strong shooting of Claire Rockall, Aine McKenna and Chantell Alford kept Celtics on their toes throughout and they had opened up an 18-32 point lead going in at half time. It certainly wasn’t over by any means though as Celtics again continued to battle hard, working extra on defence to try and close down the shooting power of the dominant Cork side. Emma O’Connor, Anna Pupin, Boone and Aine O’Connor all stepped up to the challenge of Glanmire in the third, and dropped some nice scores in to leave it 31-45 going into the last.

While Glanmire may have been dominant throughout, the final score belies the effort of Liffey Celtics in the last though, as with Boone and O’Connor on the break, they looked like they could bring the game down to the wire at any moment. Again, experience showed from Glanmire though, and team captain Aine McKenna led by example, bagging three baskets in quick succession to settle her side and see them safely home to their fourth win in a row.

COURTYARD LIFFEY CELTICS: Jazmen Boone (11), Emma O’Connor (22), Anna Pupin (2), Laura Fortune, Chloe Mullins, Sorcha Tiernan (7), Karen Mealey, Ciara Wheeler, Aoife Tiernan, Megan Howe, Ailbhe O’Connor, Aine O’Connor (6), Erin Bracken.

AMBASSADOR UCC GLANMIRE: Aine McKenna (11), Lesley-Ann Wilkinson, Casey Grace (8), Claire Rockall (12), Hayley Lenihan, Grainne Dwyer (16), Chantell Alford (12), Olivia Dupuy, Hannah McCarthy (2), Jayne Fitzgerald, Louise Scannell, Annaliese Murphy, Katy Keating.

Half time: Courtyard Liffey Celtics 18-32 Ambassador UCC Glanmire

MVP: Grainne Dwyer (Ambassador UCC Glanmire)

                                                                                                      Hula Hoops President’s Cup Final

BFG Neptune: 97
EJ Sligo All-Stars: 85
(Saturday, January 28th, 2017, National Basketball Arena)

Report: David Naughton

BFG NEPTUNE secured their second National Cup of the weekend as they were victorious 97-85 in a tremendous team effort over EJ Sligo All-Stars in the Hula Hoops President’s Cup Final. Neptune were lead by their talisman Sean Jenkins who finished with 32 points, along with Gary Walsh who made 5 three pointers at crucial times.

The game started off at a very fast pace with both teams getting scores in the opening thirty seconds. As it usually tends to be for teams that play in the Arena, it took a few minutes for the nerves to settle for both Neptune and All-Stars. Sligo’s Oisin O’Reilly and their American, Kaylim Noel both got scores early while Gary Walsh made a bright start for Neptune.
Noel began to turn up the intensity, showcasing his ability to drive at the defence and pull up for three. Neptune’s Sean Jenkins made a statement of his intent by scoring 8 points in just four minutes on the court. Adam Drummond of Neptune made a three just before the buzzer to reduce Sligo’s lead to eight at the end of Q1; 21-29.

Noel made another three to start the second quarter as well as he finished the first. Both Neptune and Sligo exchanged scores during the opening minutes of the second quarter. Noel made his fourth three of the half to give Sligo a ten point lead but after a couple of scores, Neptune’s American, Tanner Brooks, made a three to bring the lead down to four. Neptune scored another three to bring the lead to two in the last minute of the quarter. It was looking like Sligo All-Stars would lead going into the break until Neptune’s Gary Walsh made a huge three from half court to tie up the game; 49-49.

Sean Jenkins scored a three at the beginning of the second half to give Neptune the lead for the first time since the first quarter. Neptune coach Paul Kelleher must have had some words of wisdom for the men from Cork as they built up a seven point lead, causing Sligo coach Shane O’Meara to call a timeout in an attempt to settle his players. Neptune began to build a lead and they had big shots from Sean Jenkins and Tanner Brooks. Brooks made a huge block to keep Neptune’s lead at 7 heading into the final quarter; 74-67.

Lovely link-up play from Neptune’s Shane Duggan and Sean Jenkins lead to them keeping their lead. Luke McLoughlin made a layup on the fast break under immense pressure from the Neptune defence to claw at the Corkmen’s lead. Neptune began to build up a lead again and it was the man of the hour, Sean Jenkins who made it his responsibility to get big-time scores.

The last couple of minutes were as tense as could be. Sean Jenkins scored with 1:40 left on the clock to put Neptune up 9. Neptune began to play with the clock until Gary Walsh made his fifth three pointer of the game to put Neptune up 10. Sligo tried to get back in the game but time was not on their side as Neptune secured their second cup of the weekend, winning 97-85.

BFG Neptune: Gary Walsh*(23), Adam Drummond*(8), Tanner Brooks*(14), Shane Duggan*(6), Darren Cronin*(1), Stephen Sheehan, Sean Jenkins (32), David Murray (6), Conor O’Sullivan, Adam Heaphy, Liam Chandler (2).
EJ Sligo All Stars: Oisin O’Reilly*(15), Kaylim Noel*(31), Philip Hamilton*(2), Ronan McGarrity*(17), Tobi Brockmann*(10), Julian Jarmolowicz, Mark Chambers, Luke McLoughlin (6), Peter Papik (2), Lee Sherlock, Emmet Keogh, Conor Byrne (2).
HT: BFG Neptune 49-49 EJ Sligo All-Stars
MVP: Sean Jenkins (BFG Neptune)
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Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup Final

Marble City Hawks: 54

Ulster Rockets: 55

(after overtime – full time 47-47)

Ulster Rockets have taken home their first ever Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup this afternoon, as they held off a soaring Marble City Hawks performance in an overtime thriller at the National Basketball Arena in Dublin.

Ulster Rockets imposed themselves on the game early on but even at that early stage, it was clear to see that the sides were evenly matched with Aine Sheehy proving instrumental for Hawks in the opening quarter to go in 13-11 to the good.

Superb rebounding saw Rockets on the break a lot throughout the second, but a plucky Hawks side forced numerous turnovers and kept the scores ticking through to go in at the break just one down, 20-21.

The clash of styles and grinding play worked in favour of Ulster Rockets as the third quarter got underway. A hard-working Mairead McNally helped put 10 points between the teams, a massive bridge to gap considering the low scoring nature of the game. Zee Shahid-Martin proved to be key for Rockets in this quarter too, but just as Hawks fans were starting to get anxious, Shelia Sheehy stepped up to net a buzzer-beating jump shot to close the gap to just seven points going into the last.

The last quarter is where is all boiled over though, as Hawks’ Kelly O’Hallahan stepped up yet another gear, grabbed the match by the scruff of the neck and suddenly, there was just one score between the teams. Shahid-Martin responded well at the other end, but Aine Sheehy hit a massive three to close the gap back to two. It was a nail biting couple of minutes as each side tried to get that little bit of breathing room, and with eight seconds on the clock, Kelly O’Hallahan tied the game up from the free throw line (47-47) and it was into overtime.

Aine Sheehy gets the overtime scoring underway well with a nice three-pointer to put Hawks in the lead, but it was to be a short-lived lead as Carlee Lough responded with a superb three pointer and added two cool-headed free throws. With just seconds on the clock, Aine Sheehy nets an absolutely fantastic three-pointer, but time had ran out and they finished down by one, 54-55 and Ulster Rockets were crowned Hula Hoops Senior Women’s Cup champions.

Marble City Hawks: Philomena Fogarty, Kelly O'Hallahan (19), Katie Fox (7), Shelia Sheehy (6), Ann Prendergast (2), Claire Kelly (6), Nicola Gannon, Maria Connolly, Elizabeth Munnelly (2), Aine Sheehy (12), Niamh Sheehy, Milica Rabat.

Ulster Rockets: Mairead McNally (10), Clara O'Neill (4), Susan Dick (3), Zee Shahid-Martin (17), Carlee Lough (11), Eimhear Morris, Maeve Deery, Alex Troy, Louisa Donnelly, Charley McGrath, Mimi Troy (10), Hannah Byrne, Nichola Rafferty.

Full time: 47-47

MVP: Zee Shahid-Martin (Ulster Rockets)

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