Hula Hoops National Cup Semi-Final Gamezone (NICC Men & Women)

Hula Hoops National Cup Semi-Final Gamezone (NICC Men & Women)

  • Jan 04,2018

Hula Hoops NICC National Cup semi-finals results 

Hula Hoops NICC Women’s National Cup semi-final

Meteors 47-61 Killester

St Mary’s 67-51 Maree

Hula Hoops NICC Men’s National Cup semi-final

Blue Demons 86-53 Dublin Lions

BC Leixlip Zalgiris 74-66 UCD Marian


Hula Hoops NICC National Cup semi-finals detailed results:

Hula Hoops Men’s NICC National Cup Semi-Final

BC Leixlip Zalgiris: 74

UCD Marian: 66


Sunday, January 7th, 2018 – Mardyke Arena UCC

BC Leixlip Zalgiris and UCD Marian played out a superb Hula Hoops Men’s NICC Cup semi-final at the Mardyke Arena this afternoon, with a massive fourth quarter display from the Leixlip based team putting them through to the final at the end of January where they will meet Blue Demons.

For the other three quarters however, nothing separated these sides as Leixlip went into an early lead with strong shooting from Romas Eidukas, but UCD had an answer, with Patrick Nolan and Michael Higgins getting some big scores early on.

Marian kept the pressure up in the second quarter and it soon paid off, with Brendan Mullan and Mark Ryan chipping in on the scoring and strong defence throughout put them in prime position at half time, going in at the break with a 30-35 point lead.

A third quarter battle ensued, with the teams matching each other score for score at either end.  Again, it was Nolan and Ryan who kept the scores raining in for Marian,  and they held a slender two-point lead at the end of the third. A massive fourth quarter from Leixlip though changed the momentum of the game almost from the off, with Dalius Tomosauskis and Marzvydas Cepliauskas putting in massive displays to edge them into the lead, which was soon extended to ten points, 68-58. The hard-working Nolan continued to impress for Marian, but it was Leixlip’s day and they ran out 74-66 point winners.

BC LEIXLIP ZALGIRIS: Jurgis Butkevicius, Kestutis Damulevicius, Andrius Urnikis, ROmas Eidukas, Andrejus Karcikas, Dalius Tomosauskis, Mazvydas Cepliauskas, Andrius Lekavicius, Marius Kasperavicius, Giedrius Trakauskas, Valdas Grabauskas, Eugenijus Pocius.

UCD MARIAN: Michael Higgins, Gori Jackson, David Drumm, Brendan Mullen, Peter Mitchell, Patrick Nolan, Shane Egan, Martin Mulligan, Mark Ryan.

BC Leixlip Zalgiris 74-66 UCD Marian
Top scorers BC Leixlip Zalgiris: Dalius Tomosauskis 14, Mazvydas Cepliauskas 13, Romas Eidukas 9, Andrius Lekavicius 9
Top scorers UCD Marian: Mark Ryan 17, Patrick Nolan 15, Michael Higgins 11
Half time score: BC Leixlip Zalgiris 30-35 UCD Marian

Hula Hoops Men’s NICC National Cup Semi-Final

Blue Demons: 86

Dublin Lions: 53


Sunday, January 7th, 2018 – Mardyke Arena UCC

REIGNING NICC men’s National Cup champions Blue Demons proved just why they were crowned 2017 champions last January with an efficient and decisive victory over Dublin Lions in the 2018 semi-finals this afternoon.

A scoring masterclass from Demons’ Liam Carmody and Shane Coughlan saw them comfortably into the lead early on and, by half time, the result was beyond doubt as the Cork side took a 49-26 point lead into the dressing room.

Lions though had a number of standout moments, with Steven Kinvi in particular impressing for the Clondalkin-based team, as he, along with Sinaly Drame and Sinaly Drame kept Demons on their toes throughout, and continued to bag some well-earned shots up until the final buzzer.

For Demons though, it was a clinical finish in the end, as by midway through the fourth, they had opened up a 77-44 point gap, and they ran out eventual 86-53 point winners to march their way back to the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

BLUE DEMONS: Darren O’Leary, Kyle O’Mahony, Ryan Murphy, Shane McCarthy, Shane Coughlan, Daniel Thompson, Blake Murphy, Liam Carmody, David Lehane, Shane O’Connell, Stuart Rodgers.

DUBLIN LIONS: Steven Kinvi, Dylan Payne, Aivaras Geraltauskas, Sean Kennedy, Jay Lloyd, Darren Callanen, Chris McNairney, Sean Langan, Sinaly Drame, Oisin Rice, Randy Tamba.

Blue Demons 86-53 Dublin Lions
Top scorers Blue Demons: Liam Carmody 17, Shane Coughlan 13, Daniel Thompson 10
Top scorers Dublin Lions: Sinaly Drame 13, Steven Kinvi 10, Jay Lloyd 7
Half time Blue Demons 49-26 Dublin Lions

Hula Hoops NICC Women’s National Cup semi-final

Meteors: 47

Killester: 61

Saturday, January 6th, 2018 – Mardyke Arena UCC


PYROBEL Killester stormed into the Hula Hoops Women’s NICC Cup final this afternoon with a clinical win against fellow Dublin team, Meteors.

A superb third quarter display from Killester saw them drive into a commanding 12-point lead and they went on to control the remainder of the game.

A fantastic display from Killester’s Catriona White saw her top score for the side, with a brilliant performance also by Hannah Feerick.

The opening quarter saw both teams take some time to settle, with scores at a premium early on. Killester soon found their rhythm though and had opened a 4-11 gap on the scoring with eight minutes gone. Meteors weren’t too far behind though, with Catherine Connaire on target on numerous occasions, and a close and competitive second quarter followed with strong defense from Meteor’s Bernice Byrne keeping the game neck-in-neck at half time, with Killester up 21-27.

However, a power house third quarter display from Killester saw them take the game on. White was to the forefront once more for the eventual winners, whoe kept the momentum up in the fourth – despite fantastic shooting from Connaire and Mattie Hanahoe it just wasn’t to be and Killester march on to the final.

METEORS: Catherine Connaire, Mattie Hanahoe, Bernice Byrne, Eileen Bradley, Lorna McNamee, Bethany Thompson, Lauren Mitchell, Aoife Ryan, Lauren Flynn, Clodagh O’Halloran.

KILLESTER: Ali Connolly, Hannah Feerick, Ciara Fenton, Catriona White, Niamh O’Donovan, Siobhan Kennedy, Andressa Nascimento, Laura Hoffman, Mae Creane, Ciara Curran, Meabh Barry.

Meteors 47-61 Killester

Top scorers Meteors: Catherine Connaire 20, Mattie Hanahoe 7, Lauren Flynn 4

Top scorers Killester: Catriona White 13, Hannah Feerick 11, Niamh O Donovan 11

Half time score: Meteors 21-27 Killester

Hula Hoops NICC Women’s National Cup semi-final

St Marys Castleisland: 67

Maree: 51

Saturday, January 6th, 2018 – Neptune Stadium 


by David Naughton

"We played really smart, we played really well and what can I say, we are delighted," said St. Mary’s Castleisland head coach Liam Culloty as they  go forward to take on Killester in the Women’s Hula Hoops NICC Final after they defeated Maree 67-51 in Neptune Stadium this afternoon.

Both teams got off to a strong start swapping baskets in the opening minutes with a three pointer from Carol McCarthy that was swiftly responded with a big three from Maree’sDenise Dunlea.  However it didn’t take long for St.Mary’s to find their rhythm as they racked in the scores from some superb shooting and slick passing ending the first quarter 27-14.

This was the beginning of a tough uphill battle for Maree as they scrambled to recoup the points lost in the first quarter. While this would deem to be their best quarter of the game, outscoring St.Mary’s 12-16, it seemed to be too much of an ask as St.Mary’s defence kept the pressure at full force ending the half just ahead 39-30.

The third quarter saw Liam Culloty’s side display a stunning team performance from basket to basket as they patiently played the ball until they found their opportune moment to make their move. Although St. Marys lead was growing, Maree’s Carol McCarthy certainly did not give up the fight as she drove again and again to the basket finishing her game on an impressive 29 points.

The final quarter saw both team rally but as St. Marys ticked away the scores it was evident this would be the end of the road for Maree as they finished the game 67-51.

St Marys Castleisland:  Aoife Nolan, Lorraine Scanlon, Eileen O Connor, Denise Dunlea, Mary Herilhy, Orla White, Emma Dineen, Ciara Ryan, Rachel Ryan, Nicole Downey, Sarah O Sullivan, Laoibhse Walmsley, Katie Reidy

Maree: Carol McCarthy, Colleen McInerney, Finola Kelly, Michelle Fahy, Saoirse Kelly, Emer Smith, Niamh Egan, Niamh O’Toole, Sacra Mannion, Eveann Kennedy

 St Mary's Castleisland 67-51 Maree

Top scorers St Mary’s Castleisland: Mary Herilhy 13, Eileen O Connor 13, Denise Dunlea 12, Aoife Nolan 12, Lorraine Scanlon 9

Top Scorers Maree: Carol McCarthy 29, Sacra Mannion 9, Michelle Fahy 8

Half time score: St Mary’s Castleisland 39-30 Maree

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