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

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

  • Jan 04,2018

Hula Hoops Men and Women's National Cup Semi-Final Results 

Hula Hoops Men’s Pat Duffy National Cup semi-final

Pyrobel Killester 77-91 UCD Marian

UCC Demons 77-98 Black Amber Templeogue 

Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup semi-final

Ambassador UCC Glanmire 77-66 Singleton SuperValu Brunell

NUIG Mystics 50-92 DCU Mercy

Hula Hoops President’s Cup semi-final

Neptune 82-87 Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin

Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney 74-98 Ballincollig

Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup semi-final

Griffith College Swords Thunder 68-83 Fr Mathews

Fabplus North West 59-76 Meteors

Hula Hoops Men and Women's National Cup Semi-Final Detailed Results 

Hula Hoops Pat Duffy National Cup Semi-Final

UCC Demons: 77

Black Amber Templeogue: 98



A 34-point fourth quarter for Black Amber Templeogue this evening saw them tee up an all-Dublin Hula Hoops National Cup final at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght later this month, as they stormed home to a 77-98 point win over UCC Demons.

However, up until the end of the third quarter, the fate of this game was undecided, as a superb battle between the two sides throughout the opening three quarters saw Templeogue up by just two points (62-64) at the end of the third.

Captain fantastic Stephen James led the charge back in the fourth though and he, combined with three Luke Thompson three pointers and a triple-double from Mike Bonaparte, saw Templeogue on their way to Tallaght for the Cup for the first time since 2016.

“We felt like we missed out last year, so we’re back where we belong now and we’re looking forward to it,” said James afterwards. “We have the ability to play the way we did in the fourth all the time, but we keep letting teams hang in there so we’ve a lot to work on now.”

A lively first quarter got this game off to a flying start, with Lehmon Colbert and Lorcan Murphy netting 13 points each at either end to keep the sides neck-in-neck. Strong scoring from Luke Thompson of Templeogue and Stephen James gave the Dubliners the edge at the end of the first 24-28, but Demons were only getting started.

Colbert continued to dominate for Demons, with the speed and skill of Adrian O’Sullivan proving difficult for the Templeogue defence. However, Jason Killeen, Puff Summers and Murphy were on hand at the other end to keep the scores ticking in, and Templeogue held the lead by the bare minimum (41-42) at the half time break.

Both sides maintained the in quarter three, with Colbert, O’Sullivan and Colin O’Reilly giving an exhibition of shooting for Demons. Killeen kept the ship steady for Templeogue at the other end, but there was still no breathing room between the sides at the buzzer (62-64).

Whatever was said to Templeogue in the break between quarters certainly worked, as they came out a different team. Stephen James, Murphy, Killeen and Mike Bonaparte began carving open the Demons defence. Thompson was on hand with a huge three-pointer and all of a sudden, a ten-point margin had opened up. James kept the pressure on as Thompson added two more three-pointers and Bonaparte hit a triple-double to extend their lead even further. Despite the best efforts of Colbert and O’Sullivan, momentum was firmly in the hands of Templeogue and they held on firm to win 77-98 in the end.

UCC DEMONS: Adrian O’Sullivacn, Conor Ryan, Lehmon Colbert, Kyle Hosford, Darco Bucan, Carlton Cuff, Jack O’Mahony, Niall O’Reilly, Colin O’Reilly.

BLACK AMBER TEMPLEOGUE: Eoin Murphy, Sam Walsh, Jean Francois Basileu, Luke Thompson, Mike Bonaparte, Stephen James, Lawrence Summers, Sergi Sole Bertran, Baolach Morrisson, Jason Killeen, Neil Randolph, Lorcan Murphy.

UCC Demons 77-98 Black Amber Templeogue

Top scorers UCC Demons: Lehmon Colbert 29, Adrian O Sullivan 18, Colin O Reilly 15

Top scorers Black Amber Templeogue: Lorcan Murphy 22, Jason Killeen 20, Stephen James 17

Half time score: UCC Demons 41-42 Black Amber Templeogue

Hula Hoops Pat Duffy National Cup Semi-Final

Pyrobel Killester: 77

UCD Marian: 91



Saturday, January 6th, 2018 – Mardyke Arena UCC

A dominant third quarter display from UCD Marian was enough to book them a spot in the Hula Hoops Pat Duffy National Cup final this evening as they overcame Pyrobel Killester 77-91 in an intense and hotly-contested semi-final clash at the Mardyke Arena.

A frantic first quarter saw just one point separating the sides at the sound of the first buzzer, as scores rained in from Luis Garcia Hoyos, Royce Williams and Ciaran Roe of Killester which were responded to almost immediately at the other end by the hugely in-form Dan James along with Mike Garrow and Conor Meany.

UCD’s slender one-point lead disappeared almost immediately as the second quarter got underway. Roe at the point led the Killester battle, as Royce Williams and Garcia Hoyos attacked the Marian defense repeatedly.

At the other end, James continued to stand out, netting some vital three pointers, but it was Killester who had the lead at the half time break, 47-44.

A storming third quarter from Marian though proved to be key in the end as they put in a huge 26-point display in the third to take an eight-point cushion into the final quarter. Conor Meany chipped in with 10 points, while Mike Garrow continued to cause havoc in the Killester defence and brought his personal tally to 19. A huge quarter from Marian’s Neil Baynes at both ends of the court saw him vital on rebounds for UCD and despite super work from Garcia Hoyos, Williams and Paddy Sullivan, UCD led 62-70 at the end of the third.

Baynes, Barry Drumm and Garrow continued to dominate in the fourth quarter, and with just over six minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Marian’s Matt Kelly slotted home a super jump shot from the baseline to widen the gap to ten points (64-74) and UCD never looked back. Scores from Neil Baynes and Drumm followed and they ran out 77-91 point winners in the end, avenging last year’s semi-final loss with style.

PYROBEL KILLESTER: Andy McGeever, Alan Casey, Gavin O’Dea, Kieran O’Brien, Luis Filiberto Garcia Hoyos, Paddy Sullivan, Royce Williams, Farouq Raheem, Ciaran Roe, Rodrigo Garcia Ruiz, Eoghain Kiernan, Niall Hegarty.

UCD Marian: Cian Steele, Conor Meany, Mariusz Markowicz, Scott Kinevane, Marco Premier, Daniel James, Barry Drumm, Matthew Kelly, Donal Ring, Mike Garrow, Neil Baynes, Joan Jordi Vall-Llobera, Eoin Nelson.

Pyrobel Killester 77-91 UCD Marian

Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Royce Williams 24, Luis Filiberto Garcia Hoyos 14, Paddy Sullivan 12

Top scorers UCD Marian: Mike Garrow 19, Neil Baynes 18, Dan James 14, Conor Meany 14

Half time score Pyrobel Killester 47-44 UCD Marian

Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup semi-final

NUIG Mystics: 50

DCU Mercy: 92

January 6th, 2018 – Mardyke Arena UCC



DCU Mercy romped their way into the Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup final this afternoon with a dominant 92-50 point win over NUIG Mystics at the Mardyke Arena UCC.

DCU, who had been hoping to overcome the semi-final stage that has been haunting them for the last number of years, certainly did so in style with an emphatic and clinical first half display – which saw Tiffany Corselli bagging eleven points before the break – sending them into a comfortable 27-47 point lead.

Strong play from NUIG Mystics’ Dayna Finn, Jade Johnson and Maggie Byrne kept the Mystics scoring ticking over as the game moved into the third quarter, and a much closer 10-minute spell followed with Johnson and Finn causing DCU numerous problems. The damage had already been done though, and despite there being just a three point difference in scoring in the quarter, DCU still held a 42-65 point lead going into the last.

DCU showed no mercy in the fourth quarter, with Sarah Woods, Aisling Sullivan, Rachel Huijsdens and Corselli all pushing the team forward. Under 18 stars, Bronagh Power Cassidy and Nicole Clancy impressed as they slotted in easily and DCU powered on and made no mistake in qualifying their second team of the day (following earlier U18 success against Portlaoise Panthers) into the Cup finals at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght at the end of the month.

NUIG MYSTICS: Alison Blaney, Dayna Finn, Brid O’Connor, Aine McDonagh, Deirdre O’Shea, Jade Johnson, Maggie Byrne, Deja Bullock, Hannah Coen, Rebecca Hansberry.

DCU MERCY: Megan Connolly, Sarah Woods, Ciara Newell, Tiffany Corselli, Aisling Sullivan, Rachel Huijsdens, Maeve O’Seaghdha, Bronagh Power-Cassidy, Aoife Maguire, Aine McDonnell, Nicole Clancy, Alex Masaquel.

NUIG Mystics 50-92 DCU Mercy

Top scorers NUIG Mystics: Dayna Finn 12, Jade Johnson 11, Maggie Byrne 9

Top scorers DCU Mercy: Tiffany Corselli 18, Sarah Woods 15, Rachel Huijsdens 14

Half time score: NUIG Mystics 27-47 DCU Mercy

Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup semi-final

Ambassador UCC Glanmire: 77 

Singleton SuperValu Brunell: 66

Saturday, January 6th, 2018 – Mardyke Arena UCC


The battle of Cork lived up to all expectations at the Mardyke Arena UCC this afternoon as Ambassador UCC Glanmire and Singleton SuperValu Brunell ran out a thrilling Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup semi-final in front of a packed crowd.

The game got off to a cracking start, with nothing separated the sides as Grainne Dwyer was on hand to get the Glanmire scoring going with six points, while Amy Murphy, Amy Waters and Madelyn Ganser were all on form for Brunell to leave just a point in it at the first buzzer, 19-18 in favour of Glanmire.

Quarter two was where the game really lit up and indeed, Brunell lit up, as Ganser, Breana Bey and Amy Murphy began to dominate the scoring, guided skilfully from the top of the key by Danielle O’Leary.  Brunell edged into the lead, and by the midway mark, had opened the gap to ten points, 27-37.

A Grainne Dwyer-inspired response from Glanmire late in the second saw the Tipperary woman and Claire Rockall stamp their mark back on the game, with Dwyer increasing her scoring to 11 points, while Rockall was vital under the boards to leave it at 37-41 in favour of Brunell at the half.

Glanmire came back out all guns blazing in the third quarter and by the midway mark in the quarter, they went into a 46-45 point lead, which they extended out to 56-49 by the end of the quarter thanks to strong scoring from Ashley Prim and Dwyer, with Katie Keating also chipping in.

Brunell weren’t done yet though, and a ding-dong fourth quarter ensued, before two huge three-pointers from Ashley Prim swung momentum back in favour of Glanmire, and Claire Rockall spun through the Brunell defence to stretch their lead out even further to run out 77-66 point winners in the end.  

AMBASSADOR UCC GLANMIRE: Aine McKenna, Casey Grace, Claire Rockall, Grainne Dwyer, Ashley Prim, Louise Scannell, Hannah McCarthy, Miriam Byrne, Annaliese Murphy, Adily Martucci, Katy Keating, Avril Braham.

SINGLETON SUPERVAL BRUNELL: Rebecca Lyall, Lauren Falvey, Andrea Moynihan, Amy Waters, Danielle O’Leary, Kelly Diggin, Aoife Dineen, Simone O’Shea, Alex Macheta, Madelyn Ganser, Amy Murphy, Breana Bey.

Ambassador UCC Glanmire 77-66 Singleton SuperValu Brunell

Top scorers Ambassador UCC Glanmire: Grainne Dwyer 19, Ashley Prim 18, Claire Rockall 16

Top scorers Singleton SuperValu Brunell: Breana Bey 20, Madelyn Ganser 18, Amy Waters 9

Half time score: Ambassador UCC Glanmire 37-41 Singleton SuperValu Brunell

Hula Hoops President’s Cup semi-final

Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney 74
Ballincollig BC 98
January 6th, 2018 – Neptune Stadium.


by David Naughton

Ballincollig will face Killorglin in the Hula Hoops President’s Cup Final after a dominating 74–98 victory over Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney. Cameron Clark was the star man as he showcased his shooting touch to carry Ballincollig to triumph.

St Paul’s came out of the blocks with all guns blazing. Ballincollig were unable to keep up with their pace for the first few minutes but they settled fairly soon afterwards. Dailian Mason of St Paul’s did a fantastic job of controlling the pace of the game as he ran the point. For Ballincollig, both Ronan and Ciaran O’Sullivan moved the ball well and created shots for themselves to lead at the end of the first, 19-22.

Ballincollig’s American, Cameron Clark, absolutely ignited in the second quarter, it seemed like he was unable to miss. Ballincollig completely controlled the tempo for the remainder of the half with thanks to the O’Sullivans and Clark. Dan Griffin and Antuan Bootle contributed for St Paul’s but it was Ballincollig who lead at the half, 39-55.

No matter what St Paul’s managed to do, Ballincollig were able to match them. Cameron Clark continued to dominate on both sides of the floor due to his sheer athleticism. Ballincollig made shot after shot and committed little to no violations in what was an extremely strong quarter for the Corkmen, where they lead 53-79.

Both teams played the same style of basketball as they had in the previous three. The problem for St Paul’s was that they were playing with a substantial deficit and they weren’t doing anything extraordinary to claw at Ballincollig’s lead. Big shots from Ballincollig’s main men, the O’Sullivan’s, Clark and Dylan Corkery ensured that they ran out eventual winners, 74-98.

Ballincollig Head Coach Kieran O’Sullivan is already looking ahead to the final and seems optimistic about their chances. “Roll on the final. We played Killorglin a few weeks ago and they were better than us, but we’ll see in a few weeks. It’s going to be a good game.”

Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney: Cian Clernon, Shane Horgan, Dan Griffin, Dailian Mason, Philip O’Connor, Mark Greene, Keith O’Grady, Justin Tuason, Andrew Fitzgerald, Padraig Lucey, Paul Clarke, Billy Wiseman, Antuan Bootle.
BALLINCOLLIG BC: Patrick McSweeny, Tres Pere, Daniel O’Sullivan, Joshua De Nijs, Daire O’Sullivan, Alex Chandler, Dylan Corkery, Ciaran O’Sullivan, Colin Murray, Mariss Brusevics, Shane O’Connell, Elliot Asemota, Jimmy Puha, Jack Kelly, Cameron Clark, Gareth Blount, Ronan O’Sullivan

Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney 74–98 Ballincollig BC
Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Top scorers: Antuan Bootle 29, Padraig Lucey 12, Dailian Mason 11.

Ballincollig BC Top scorers: Cameron Clark 39, Ciaran O’Sullivan 18, Ronan O’Sullivan 18.

Half time score: St Paul’s Basketball Club 39-55 Ballincollig BC.

Hula Hoops President’s Cup Semi Final

Neptune: 82
Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin: 87 

January 5th, Neptune Stadium

by David Naughton

In the President’s Cup semi-final, reigning champions Neptune bowed out of this year’s battle following an 82-87 loss at the hands of Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin in an absolute thriller. Neptune raced into an early 10-0 lead in front of a raucous home crowd, but multiple Neptune turnovers midway through allowed the visitors to fast break and close the gap. The introduction of Roy Downey to the game made a huge difference as he made consecutive three pointers to extend Neptune’s lead, much to the delight of the crowd and to give them the lead at the end of the first quarter, 26-17. 

The second quarter was a much closer affair, with neither team managing to edge in a substantial lead on the other. Roy Downey once again had multiple scores for Neptune and Ian McLoughlin was the standout player for Killorglin as he amassed 16 points in the first half. There wasn’t much to separate both teams by the end of the half though as Neptune held a tenuous one-point 44-43.

An absorbing battle ensued as the third got underway, with Killorglin’s Daniel Jokubaitis lighting up the court, while Neptune’s Jarrel Marshall had a huge dunk to try and swing momentum back to the Corkmen. With fifteen seconds left on the clock, Killorglin’s star man Daniel Jokubaitis made a contested three which was enough to give the Kerrymen the win 82-87.

Speaking afterwards, Killorglin head coach Ignas Sijanus reflected: “Before the game we knew how important it would be and how Neptune were going to give us a good fight. They’re young, talented and experienced but we were prepared.”

NEPTUNE: Gary Walsh, Darragh O’Sullivan, Ian Thom, Owen Connolly, Conor O’Sullivan, David Murray, Brian O’Neill, Roy Downey, Enric Nogales, Adam Heaphy, Ger Noonan, Jarrel Marshall.

KEANE’S SUPERVALU KILLORGLIN: Ewan Weldon, Darragh Jones, Kevin Grey, Declan Wall, David McCarthy, Ian McLoughlin, Conor Flynn, Eoin O’Sullivan, Ivan Bogdanovic, Liam Croke, Daniel Jokubaitis, Mark St Fort.


Neptune 82-87 Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin

Top scorers Neptune: Roy Downey 32, Jarrel Marshall 20, Owen Connolly 12

Top scorers Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin: Daniel Jokubaitis 28, Ivan Bogdanovic 17, Kevin Grey 12

Half time score: Neptune 44-42 Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin

Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup semi-final

Griffith College Swords Thunder: 68
Fr Mathews: 83
January 6th, 2018 – Neptune Stadium

by David Naughton

Fr Mathews have qualified for the Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup Final, defeating Griffith College Swords Thunder 68-83, showcasing sharpshooting, pinpoint passing and lockdown defence.

Both teams started the game well at a very fast pace. It was quite clear from the get-go that each player wanted to lead their team to glory. Great teamwork from the teams allowed them to create open looks for themselves, some capitalised on, some not. Thunder were the team on top at the end of the first quarter after Peggy Black hit a fine three to extend their lead to 18-13.

The second quarter was a tight affair. Fr Mathew’s experienced Niamh Dwyer was excellent in executing baseline cuts and coming off screens. The standout player in the second was definitely Swords’ Elisabet Lopez Sagrera. She used every inch of her 6’1 frame to out-reach and out-muscle the opposition. Her multiple steals and scores kept Swords fighting at the half after a good quarter by Fr Mathews. Halftime score: 33-33.

Fr Mathews began to gain the upper hand as the third quarter played on. Hollie Herlihy shot very well, inside and out of the three-point line. Herlihy, Olivia Dupuy and Niamh Dwyer were the shining stars for Fr Mathews as they began to pull away towards the end of the quarter, 49-61.

The fourth quarter was all Fr Mathews. Fluid ball movement, unpredictable cuts and pinpoint shooting helped them coast through. Swords did not give up, however, with Anna Brennan adding some scores. Towards the end of the game, the tough defence and silky offence of Fr Mathews ensured they would be competing in the Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup Final in January. Full Time score, 68-83.

Fr Mathews Head Coach James Fleming praised his team’s performance before the end of the first half, “We got the run just before half time to go level and I think that changed the momentum, the girls all did their job.”

GRIFFITH COLLEGE SWORDS THUNDER: Anna Brennan, Peggy Black, Aisling O’Mahony, Emily Black, Sharon Kelly, Elisabet Lopez Sagrera, Kristine Miller, Kelsey Carey, Jodie Black.
FR MATHEWS: Hollie Herlihy, Amy Fitzgerald, Niamh Dwyer, Amanda O’Regan, Rachel Furlong, Emma Gallagher, Olivia Dupuy, Kellie Cahalane, Rachel Finn, Niamh Foley, Anna Lynch, Susie Large, Lainey Nolan, Aine Fitzgerald, Ashley Cunningham.

Griffith College Swords Thunder 68–83 Fr Mathews
Top Scorers Griffith College Swords Thunder: Kristine Miller 16, Kelsey Carey 10, Elisabet Lopez Sagrera 10, Anna Brennan 10.
Top Scorers Fr Mathews: Hollie Herlihy 18, Niamh Dwyer 17, Ashley Cunningham 17.
Halftime Score: Griffith College Swords Thunder 33-33 Fr Mathews.

Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup semi-final

Fabplus North West: 59
Meteors: 76
January 6th, 2018 – Neptune Stadium

by David Naughton

Meteors booked their place in the Hula Hoops Senior Women’s Cup Final as they pulled away from Fabplus North West towards the end of a thrilling contest. Cliona Máirtín made two massive three pointers with one minute left to allow Meteors to pull away, 59-76.

There was little to separate the teams in the first quarter as they both made shots and good defensive plays. There were also a number of missed opportunities for each team, however, the scoring of Makenzie Burud for Fabplus North West and Eimear Máirtín for Meteors, kept the teams relatively close, Meteors leading 16-19.

The second quarter was even closer than the first. Meteors capitalised on the physicality of Fabplus North West by getting several and-ones. Faith Welch came to life in the second as she ran the floor acting as leader for her team. She called the shots and motivated her teammates when they needed it. Meteors kept fighting back and by the end of the half, the score was tied 37-37.

North West’s Makenzie Burud came into her own in the third quarter as she gained much-needed scores to give her team the momentum, while Clodagh Brennan made multiple impressive defensive stops. Meteors were on the backfoot for most of the third quarter and when things started to become worrying, they called a timeout to regroup and settle the nerves. The timeout helped them out as they only trailed by four points at the end of the third, 51-47.

The beginning of the fourth quarter saw a reinvigorated Meteors side regain the lead after some nice play. Fabplus gave away fouls and were in foul trouble early on. Meteors capitalised on the free throws they received. Eimear Máirtín did a fantastic job of controlling the pace of the game towards the finish. The result was cemented as Cliona Máirtín made to huge threes to give Meteors the win 59-76.

Meteor’s head coach Igor Petrovich believed his team deserved the win, “The hard work the girls put in during the last quarter and over the Christmas definitely helped us to pull through.”


FABPLUS NORTH WEST: Ellevyn Irwin, Katie McGovern, Saoirse McDevitt, Ruta Balezentyte, Laura Kealy, Clodagh Brennan, Eilis Dolan, Niamh McFadden, Andrea McGlynn, Aisling Nee, Faith Welch, Makenzie Burud, Emma Rooney

METEORS: Kate O’Flaherty, Olivia Reid, Eimear Máirtín, Mackenzie Rule, Karen Meany, Susan Fogarty, Susie Doyle, Cliona Máirtín, Shannon Brady, Fiona Meany, Jenn Kirwan, Ciara Flaherty

Fabplus North West 59-76 Meteors
Top Scorers Fabplus North West: Makenzie Burud 20, Faith Welch 12, Aisling Nee 11.

Top Scorers Meteors: Shannon Brady 27, Cliona Máirtín 9, Karen Meany 9.

Halftime Score: Fabplus North West 37-37 Meteors.

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