Hula Hoops National Cup Semi-Final Gamezone (U18 and U20)

Hula Hoops National Cup Semi-Final Gamezone (U18 and U20)

  • Jan 04,2018

Hula Hoops Under 18 and Under 20 National Cup Semi-Final Results 2018

Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup semi-final

Ongar Chasers 48-75 Neptune

KCYMS 61-72 Templeogue

Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup semi-final

Moycullen 106-57 Neptune

Hula Hoops U18 Women’s National Cup semi-final

Brunell 58-61 Glanmire

Portlaoise Panthers 46-71 DCU Mercy

Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup semi-final

DCU Mercy 85-33 Portlaoise Panthers

Brunell 73-65 Killester

Hula Hoops Under 18 and Under 20 National Cup Semi-Final Detailed Results 2018

Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup Semi-Final

Sunday, January 7th, 2018 (Mardyke Arena UCC)

DCU Mercy: 85

Portlaoise Panthers: 33



Mission accomplished for DCU Mercy as they booked their place in the U20 Hula Hoops National Cup Final. It was the north Dublin clubs third semi final success of the weekend setting up a busy weekend in the National Basketball Arena later this month.

Portlaoise Panthers came into today’s game missing two crucial players with Irish internationals Claire Melia and Maeve Phelan both sitting on the bench injured. Unfortunately the team was overmatched against a very strong DCU Mercy side. Aoife Maguire and Maeve O’Seaghdha helped the Dublin team storm into a 10-0 lead. Portlaoise were fighting hard to break down the DCU defence and Amy Dooley managed to get them on the board mid-way through the first quarter. DCU were sharing the ball well though and finding gaps in the Portlaoise zone defence. By the time Erone Fitzpatrick managed to go coast to coast for Portlaoise to finish the quarter the score was 20-6.

Any fears for Coach Tiffany Corselli that her team would let up in the 2nd quarter were quickly put to bed with an early score from Aisling O’Driscoll. The highlight for Portlaoise was back to back three pointers from Aisling McAuley and Shauna Mulhall. Good work from Niamh Kenny for DCU as well as the growing dominance of Rachel Huijsdens saw DCU lead 43-17 in the 2nd quarter.

Despite the heavy deficit Portlaoise kept battling but DCU were in control throughout the 2nd half. Tiffany Corselli was able to rotate her full team and will be hopeful that her talented team can capture the National Cup when they face the winner of Brunell and Killester.

Portlaoise Panthers: Shauna Mulhall, Erone Fitzpatrick, Aisling McCauley, Ailbhe Griffin, Maeve Phelan, Amy Byrne, Sophie Delahunt, Jenny O’Neill, Claire Melia, Amy Dooley, Roisin Quigley

DCU Mercy: Deborah Sealy, Fiona O’Grady, Nicole Clancy, Niamh Kenny, Rachel Huijsdens, Cliona Hamill, Maeve O’Seaghdha, Ali Donohoe, Bronagh Power-Cassidy, Aoife Maguire, Jennifer O’Connell, Sonja Tutty, Elizabeth Black, Aisling O’Driscoll

DCU Mercy 85-33 Portlaoise Panthers

Top scorers DCU Mercy:  Maeve O Seaghdha 16, Aoife Maguire 12, Deborah Sealy 12

Top scorers Portlaoise Panthers: Amy Dooley 14, Erone Fitzpatrick, Aisling McCauley 5

Half time score: DCU Mercy 43 - 17 Portlaoise Panthers

Sunday, January 7th, 2018 (Neptune Stadium)

Brunell: 73

Killester: 65


Brunell ran to victory over Killester in the Hula Hoops U20 National Cup Semi Final as they secured their place in the  finals in the Arena at the end of January.

Indeed, it was Brunell who got the better of the opening exchanges as Amy Murphy opened up the scoring with a terrific three.  Brunell built up an early 7-0 lead as they started with a surge of energy that initially caught Killester off guard. Brunell’s full court press dampened Killester’s scoring as they finished the first quarter 23-12.

The second quarter got off to a cracking start as Killester found their footing with Ella McCloskey weaved her way through Brunell’s defence to find the basket. This tremendous turnaround saw Killester go from trailing 11 points at the end of the first to finish ahead 34-36 at the half.  

The third quarter saw both teams turn up the heat as the crowd found their voice. Amy Murphy got into foul trouble and Ella McCloskey took advantage by collecting some easy scores after lacklustre defence.

The final quarter saw both sides come out fighting as the pressure intensified as the rowdy crowd went up an octive. Both teams were in danger of entering team fouls but this did not stop them from laying it all on the line. The deciding factor, along with the team fouls, was Andrea Moynihan’s multiple steals and scores to lead Brunell to victory 73-65.

BrunellLaura Morrissey, Alex Macheta, Eve Hannigan, Orla Murphy, Ellie Lean, Andrea Moynihan, Leah O’Mahony, Simone O’Shea, Amy Murphy, Katie Walshe

Killester: Maria Long, Rachel Jameson, Ali Cleary, Sarah Malone, Ella McCloskey, Ali Connolly, Ciara Curran, Hannah Feerick, Elaine Kenny, Mae Creane, Jenna Howe

Brunell 73-65 Killester

Top scorers Brunell: Andrea Moynihan 17, Simone O’Shea 15, Katie Walshe 13

Top scorers Killester: Ella McCloskey 19, Hannah Derrick 15, Jenna Howe 11

Half time score: Brunell 34-36 Killester

Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup Semi Final

Neptune Stadium, 6th January, 2018 (Neptune Stadium)



KUBS reached the Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup Final after defeating KCYMS 94-75 in what was an absorbing and exhilarating game.

Both teams started off with huge threes as it looked like we were in for a great game from the beginning. As the first quarter went on, both KUBS and KCYMS created chances but were unable to take advantage of them. Both teams were playing a zone defence and had different tactics to break the defence down. The first quarter acted as a settling period and KUBS lead 24-17 heading into the second.

As the second quarter went on, KUBS and KCYMS began to find their rhythm. KUBS talisman Eoin McCann played excellently on both ends of the court, managing to get his hands on just about every rebound, offensive and defensive. David McCarty and Liam Croke ran the floor for KCYMS with McCarthy gaining a hot hand after a shooting slump in the first quarter. The teams were almost neck and neck heading into the halftime break, KUBS leading 45-40.

The third quarter saw the emergence of KCYMS’ Conor Flynn. He hit a couple of nice three pointers to claw at KUBS’ lead. KUBS captain Stephen Allen did his best to contribute with some nice scores, but David McCarthy was on-and again to guide KCYMS to within a single point by the end of the third quarter 64-63.

The game plans of both teams seemed to be working until KUBS were dealt a massive blow as Eoin McCann suffered an ankle injury and was removed from the game with around six minutes to go. The KUBS men didn’t let this affect them and they went on a run of made baskets to build up an outstanding eighteen-point lead. This lead was just too much for KCYMS to handle as KUBS ran out eventual winners 94-75 to reach the Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup Final.

KUBS: Nicky Fallon, Jack Polion, Adam Graham, Ryan Lawlor, Donal McKay, Stephen Allen, Sam Callon, Jordan Fallon, Caleb Brady, Eoghan McKay, Eoin McCann, Jack Kelly, Sean Smith

KCYMS: Roan Moriarty, Ronan Fitzpatrick, Keelin Houlihan, Ewan Weldon, David McCarthy, Daire Cleary, Daragh O Connor, Conor Flynn, Eoin O’Sullivan, Eoin Evans, Liam Croke, Dwight Bacalso


Top Scorers KUBSEoin McCann 24,  Jack Polion 19, Jordan Fallon 15

Top Scorers KCYMS: David McCarthy 21, Eoin O’Sullivan 20, Conor Flynn 14

Half Time Score: KUBS 45-40 KCYMS

Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup Semi Final

Neptune Stadium, 6th January, 2018 (Neptune Stadium)

Moycullen 106
Neptune 57


Moycullen are the team advancing to the final stages of the U20 Men’s National Cup after a convincing 106-55 win over Neptune in Neptune Stadium this afternoon.

It was a tough opening quarter for Neptune U20’s as Moycullen got off to an explosive start with John Hackett being the first to get his name on the scoresheet. Kieran Leahy did his best to interrupt their rhythm calling a timeout in the opening minutes, but this was made in vain as an immense team effort captained by Connor Curran saw Moycullen finish the first quarter comfortably 33-14.  


Despite some nice shooting from Conor O’Sullivan, Neptune struggled throughout the game to cope with Moycullen’s quick and effortless offence. Paul Kelly, described by Commentator David Naughton as the ‘Floor General’, most definitely lived up to his name as he made Neptune’s defence work overtime as he netted an impressive 25 points.

Despite the deficit going into the fourth quarter Neptune showed amazing resolve and continued to challenge Moycullen. Captain Adam Heaphy did his best to close the distance between the two sides, ultimately it wasn't to be as the tribesmen pushed out the lead and the game ended 106-57.

Moycullen: Paul Kelly, Paddy Lenihan, James Cummins, Max Brennan, James Connaire, Connor Curran, Mark Convery, John Hackett, David Kelly, James Lyons, Liam Nolan, Dara Kenna, Aaron Kiernan, Kevyn Burke, Daniel Arimoro

Neptune: Ciaran Fitzgerald, Darragh O Sullivan, Cian Heaphy, Jake Collins, Dan Maguire, David Murray, Scott Hannigan, Brian McCarthy, Adam Heaphy, Rob Cahill, Conor O’Sullivan, James Hannigan

Moycullen 106-57 Neptune

Top scorers Moycullen: Paul Kelly 25, John Hackett 21, Connor Curran 19

Top scorers Neptune: Adam Heaphy 19, Darragh O Sullivan 11, Conor O’Sullivan 7

Half time score: Moycullen 54-33 Neptune

Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup semi-final

Sunday, January 7th, 2018  (Neptune Stadium)
Ongar Chasers: 48
Neptune: 75

Neptune have reached their third consecutive U18 Men’s National Cup Final after a convincing 48–75 win over a resilient Ongar Chasers. The Corkmen were lead by the very talented Darragh O’Sullivan and David Murray.

Neptune operated a full-court press from the beginning as they looked to force Ongar to make mistakes. Ongar themselves, were playing a zone defence, which Neptune struggled against early on. Their outside shots weren’t falling and when Neptune players made it inside they were met by the shot blocker, Ongar’s Sanmi Fajana. Fajana’s mix of stellar defence and mighty offence kept the sides level at the end of the first quarter, 14-14.

Neptune continued to keep the pressure on Ongar Chasers, forcing the Dubliners to commit multiple turnovers. The Fajana brothers played well inside and tried to dictate the pace of the game. Neptune’s Darragh O’Sullivan hit two consecutive three-pointers and controlled the offence to guide his team to lead 25-32 at the half.

Neptune settled into the game at the beginning of the second half. They forced turnovers from Ongar once again and made it count on the offensive side. Big men David Murray and Rob Cahill shone for Neptune, as the ever-present Darragh O’Sullivan also helped them pull away by the end of the third, 34-52.

Neptune continued to dominate the game as the fourth quarter went by. They were physical on both offensive and defensive boards. Their big men were strong inside and Darragh O’Sullivan and Scott Hannigan controlled the floor for the Corkmen. Sanmi Fajana did his best to bring Ongar Chasers back into the game with some nice scores but Neptune saw the game out 48–75 to reach their third U18 Men’s National Cup Final in a row.

Neptune head coach Paul Kelleher on his side’s convincing win, “To me the scoreline doesn’t reflect how dominant we were in that game, how well we played”.

Ongar Chasers: Milosh Kutijevac, Kevin Shea, Shamie Kumbu, Jack Sweeney, Ug Roland Onouha, Finn Hughes, Gildo Kingolo, Conor Thornton, Thomas Fokas, David Nugent, Sanmi Fajana, Okiki Fajana.
Neptune: Ciaran Fitzgerald, Scott Hannigan, Kelvin O’Donoghue, Jake Collins, Eli Lenihan, David Murray, James Hannigan, Darragh O’Sullivan, David Varma, Sean McCarthy, Brian McCarthy, Robert Cahill, Cian Heaphy.

Ongar Chasers 48–75 Neptune
Ongar Chasers Top Scorers: Finn Hughes 17, Sanmi Fajana 15, Conor Thornton 7.
Neptune Top Scorers: Darragh O’Sullivan 16, David Murray 16, Scott Hannigan 13.
Halftime Score: Ongar Chasers 25-32 Neptune

Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup Semi Final
Templeogue 72
January 7th, 2018 – Neptune Stadium


Templeogue ran to victory over KCYMS in the Hula Hoops U18 National Cup Semi Final to book a matchup with Neptune at the end of January.

KCYMS built up an early 9-2 lead as they started the game at in incredibly fast pace. The young men from Kerry had great success on the fast break but also made no mistakes knocking down three pointers. Templeogue settled into the game soon after with help from point guard Kris Arcilla. However, the sharpshooting of KCYMS’ Liam Croke had his team up 21-16 at the end of the first quarter.


Both teams kept the same fast pace during the second quarter. KCYMS attacked the basket with ferocity, every chance they received, lead by David McCarthy. McCarthy seemed to have unlimited stamina as he ran from the start to finish of the half. Templeogue’s Tom Phelan stepped up with some big scores for his team and the teams went into the changing rooms at halftime, neck and neck, 30-30.


The teams were unable to convert chances early in the second half but they were soon urged on by their supporters. Nice outside shooting by KCYMS was matched by fast break scores by Templeogue’s Kris Arcilla to keep the sides biting at each other’s heels. A quick run at the end of the quarter had Templeogue leading, 46-52.

As the fourth quarter went on, Templeogue did a fantastic defensive job of limiting KCYMS’ scores. McCarthy and Croke put every effort into fighting Templeogue’s lead but good scoring from Iarla McKeon and defensive pay from Aston Kisuka, ensured Templeogue’s place in the Hula Hoops U18 National Cup Final. Final score: KCYMS 61-72 Templeogue.


KCYMS: Roan Moriarty, Sean Hogan, Linus Burke, Ewan Weldon, David McCarthy, Daire Cleary, Daragh O’Connor, Ronan Fitzpatrick, Eoin O’Sullivan, Eoin Evans, Liam Croke, Tim Moscal, Kevin Fitzpatrick.
Templeogue: Tom Phelan, Kevin Robinson, Iarla McKeon, Kris Arcilla, Jack Walsh, Matthew Thompson, Harris Webster, Matthew Harper, Aston Kisuka, Soloman Snow, Adam Riordan, Conor Flood, Finn McKeon.

KCYMS 61–72 Templogue
KCYMS Top Scorers: David McCarthy 14, Liam Croke 13, Eoin O’Sullivan 11, Ewan Weldon 11
Templeogue Top Scorers: Aston Kisuka 14, Tom Phelan 13, Matthew Harper 11
Halftime Score: KCYMS 30-30 Templeogue. 

Hula Hoops Men’s U18 Women’s National Cup Semi-Final

Saturday, January 6th, 2018 (Mardyke Arena UCC)

Portlaoise Panthers: 46

DCU Mercy: 71



Reigning Cup champions, DCU Mercy have booked their place back in the Hula Hoops U18 Women's National Cup final after an assured display against a talented but understrength Portlaoise Panthers team.

Starting in a zone defense, Portlaoise were hoping to negate the inside threat of Maeve O’Seaghdha and Bronagh Power Cassidy. Unfortunately for the midlands side, Nicole Clancy was in devastating early form knocking down two big three pointers to start the game. As the defense spread out to try and limit Clancy, Maeve O’Seaghdha rose to the occasion and had some beautiful inside scores. As DCU grew into the game scores were proving difficult to come by for the Panthers. Shauna Dooley was doing an excellent job scoring six early points but Portlaoise were clearly missing their star player Maeve Phelan who looked to be nursing a knee injury on the bench. Phelan, one of the stars of the U18 European Championship team has been a leader for the Super League team too and her absence left a gaping hole that couldn’t be filled as DCU stormed to a 43-20 lead at halftime.

The second half was much of the same as Coach Damien Sealy must have been delighted with his team’s defense, particularly in transition where they completely shut down the fastbreak game of Portlaoise. The trio of Nicole Clancy, Bronagh Power Cassidy and Maeve O’Seaghdha combined well throughout to put DCU out of reach as Damien Sealy could afford to have one eye on what will be a busy weekend for the Dublin team. Later today they face NUIG Mystics in the Super League final before they regroup and go again tomorrow morning against Portlaoise Panthers in the U20 Semi Final.

You can hear Coach Damien Sealy’s reaction to the game below.


Portlaoise Panthers: Ciara Byrne, Shauna Mulhall, Erone Fitzpatrick, Shauna Dooley, Aibhe Griffin, Maeve Phelan, Amy Byrne, Sophie Delahunt, Jasmine Burke, Sarah Fleming, Hannah Collins, Gillian Wheeler


DCU MercyFiona O’Grady, Nicole Clancy, Niamh Hickey, Niamh Kenny, Kim Clarke, Laura Stafford, Maeve O’Seaghdha, Ali Donohoe, Bronagh Power-Cassidy, Melissa Kelly, Katie Nolan, Grainne Conway, Ciara Phillips, Elizabeth Black


Portlaoise Panthers 46-71 DCU Mercy 

Top scorers Portlaoise Panthers: Shauna Dooley 10, Erone Fitzpatrick 8, Hannah Collins 6, Gillian Wheeler 6

Top scorers DCU Mercy: Nicole Clancy 18, Maeve O’Seaghdha 13, Bronagh Power Cassidy 11

Half time score: DCU Mercy 42 - 20 Portlaoise Panthers

Hula Hoops Under 18 Women's National Cup Semi-Final

Brunell: 58

Glanmire: 61

January 5th, Neptune Stadium

GLANMIRE U18 Women overcame Brunell in an epic comeback to reach the Under 18 Women's Hula Hoops National Cup final. Brunell raced to an early 15-point lead, but it was Glanmire who ended up victorious as they drove back to a stunning win led by Tara Lynch and Annaliese Murphy.

Brunell got the hot start in this matchup as they raced into a 9-0 lead early on. They edged their lead even further to 16-1, but Glanmire soon kicked into gear and they closed out the quarter with more finesse with the help of sharpshooter, Annaliese Murphy. In what was a fast-paced quarter, Brunell came out on top 17-10.

The second quarter started similarly to the first as Brunell began to pull away once again. Orla Murphy was in fine form, as was Laura Morrissey for Brunell. Their key to success was driving inside and popping it out to the open shooter. Sophie Charrington made multiple baskets to frustrate the Glanmire side, as Brunell held a ten point lead at the end of the first half, 32-22.

Both teams began the second half well as they traded scores. Glanmire’s Tara Lynch stepped up to the plate as she had huge consecutive scores to claw at Brunell’s lead. Brunell had other ideas, however, as they made three consecutive three pointers to extend that lead of theirs. Simone O’Shea was in incredible form as she fought on both ends of the court. Brunell pushed their lead to thirteen points at the end of the third quarter, 50-37.

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