Game Zone - Hula Hoops National Cup

Game Zone - Hula Hoops National Cup

  • Dec 02,2015
It’s that time of year again. A time for wishing. And hoping. And dreaming. Win three games and you could be a Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup champion. Four wins could bag you the men’s trophy. What team in the country won’t believe they are capable of that

The men’s format is truly unique. Where most major basketball competitions run a playoff format, this weekend will see Round One of the Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup decided on an aggregate score over two legs. The average margin after the first leg is 20 points, but plenty of drama is to be expected nonetheless.

It’s the first major weekend of Women’s Cup action after a preliminary round saw Singleton SuperValu Brunell past Portlaoise Panthers. Division One, underage and non-league clubs are also out in force this weekend with a full preview to follow.

Hula Hoops Men's National Cup Round One, Leg 2/2

Friday 4 December 2015


C&S UCC Demons v UL Eagles, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 20:00

Leg 1 Result: UL Eagles 53, C&S UCC Demons 82


C&S UCC Demons: “We’ve thrown away a 30 point lead before in a quarter-final so let’s hope history doesn’t repeat itself. The Hibernia lads have a bit of a spring in their step at the moment. You can see that the extra sessions are really benefitting them. Once we get through this week now with Hibernia and the cup, we’ve basically got a three week long mini pre-season to get us ready for the second half of the season.” Colin O’Reilly (Player Coach)

UL Eagles: “Every chance we get to play basketball is a chance to get better. We’ll be working on our offence and defence. Demons are such a good team that you can only improve by playing at that level.” – Staats Battle (Player)

Saturday 5 December 2015

Pyrobel Killester v Belfast Star, IWA Clontarf, Dublin, 20:00

Leg 1 Result: Belfast Star 86, Pyrobel Killester 74


Pyrobel Killester: “We just want to get out and get a good start. We didn’t against UL but we did the week before against Eanna, played our game and dug in on ‘d’ so I think that’s all we’ve got to concentrate on – a good performance and the rest should take care of itself.” - Alan Casey (Player)

Belfast Star: We’re going to play one of the best teams in the country at the moment in a Killester team who are third place in the league. Being honest, I’m hopeful Paul Dick isn’t back up to full speed because in my opinion when he is he’s the best in the country. We’ll be playing this game three or four minutes at a time and if we can give ourselves a chance going into the fourth, we can’t ask for more.  - Neal McCotter (Head Coach)

DCU Saints v UCD Marian, DCU Sports Complex, Dublin, 19:15

Leg 1 Result: UCD Marian 116, DCU Saints 85


DCU Saints: Beating them in the League has done a lot for the confidence but it’s still a big ask. We’ve just to improve again. If we could actually take a double digit lead it could make a bit hairy for them and change the psychology of the game but the big thing really though is a good performance. It’s league results we need at the moment. Joey Boylan (Head Coach)

UCD Marian: “We've had two losses in the league in the last two weeks so we're really looking to get back to winning ways this weekend. I'm hoping we'll learn our lessons from losing to DCU in the league and definitely hope we'll learn from losing to Demons two years ago. It was a 31 point margin in that game as well. I want to see a reaction from the players. We're going over there to win the game.” – Ioannis Liapakis (Head Coach)

Eanna BC v GCD Sword Thunder, Colaiste Eanna, 17:00

Leg 1 Result: GCD Sword Thunder 78, Eanna BC 59


GCD Swords Thunder: “Every game is a pressure-cooker at the moment. We’ve shown in stages that we can compete with any team this year but there’s stages where we could lose to any team too. We’ll have to focus, even with the 19 points.” – David Baker (Head Coach)

Eanna BC: “The team is upbeat but could do with a good performance. We are hoping to show signs of improvement over recent poor form in the league. We play them again the following week so we'll see it as a warm up to that game. We could really do with a win before Christmas.” – Ciaran MacEvilly (Head Coach)

Templeogue BC v SSE Airtricity Moycullen, Oblate Hall, Dublin, 19:30

Leg 1 Result: SSE Airtricity Moycullen 70, Templeogue 80


SSE Airtricity Moycullen: “We went down to 20 at one stage in the third [in the first leg] but really dug deep in the last few minutes to give ourselves a fighting chance” - Nollaig Cunningham (Head Coach)

Saturday 5 December 2015

Hula Hoops Women's National Cup Quarter Finals

Team Montenotte Hotel v Singleton's Supervalu Brunell, Neptune Stadium, Cork, 17:00

Preliminary Round: Singleton's Supervalu Brunell 80, Portlaoise Panthers 78


Team Montenotte Hotel: Brunell know us as well as we know Brunell. It’s going to be a very tough game. The tradition in Glanmire is the Cup and this is our only opportunity. For the first time in about 10 years, both our U18s and our U20s are out of the cup. There’s huge pressure on us now because we have to make sure that Glanmire are represented, but we can’t underestimate the challenge of Brunell”. - Mark Scannell (Head Coach)

Singleton SuperValu Brunell: It’s down to a local derby. It’s down to 40 minutes of basketball and anything can happen. Hopefully it will be a good game of basketball To be quite honest, we’ll have to be at 110% and they’ll have to be below par. We’re not a big scoring team at the moment but if we play defence and keep teams below the 70 point bracket, we’re in with a chance. Kieran O’Leary (Head Coach)

Courtyard Liffey Celtics v Meteors BC, Leixlip Amenities Centre, Kildare, 19:30

Meteors: "The two teams are neck and neck in the league table. We played against each other in a very close game in pre-season up at the Arena so we’re expecting a good tough battle. They’ve a lot of good strong experienced players and they’ve a good track record in knowing how to win basketball matches. We’ll need to be at our best." - Mark Byrne (Head Coach)

Maxol WIT Wildcats v UL Huskies, Mercy SS Waterford, 19:00


UL Huskies: “This is one where we’ll look to compete. We’ve yet to play them this year. They’re a young team like ourselves. Their American players are very good and now they’ve some of their local players back so they’re very strong. We needed that first win to set us up. The players are focused and we want to do our best” - Des O’Sullivan (Head Coach)

Pyrobel Killester v DCU Mercy, IWA Clontarf, Dublin, 18:00

DCU Mercy: "We’re looking forward to that one. We didn’t play any defence in the last game against them. Hopefully now we’ll be a bit better in the Cup. It should be a good test. There was a bit of turmoil there [The loss of Maleeka Kynard] and it was upsetting for the girls. Obviously we put a lot of faith in her, she was running the team for us. Other people have to step up in that position that haven’t been playing there.” - Mark Ingle (Head Coach)

Pyrobel Killester: "The cup is very special in Irish basketball. This is a tough match up against a side that are top of the league but results don't matter in the cup. All that matters is who turns up on the night, who executes on offence, who gets stops on defence and who wants it most. We're really looking forward to Saturday night." - Karl Kilbride (Head Coach)

Wednesday 2 December 2015

FIBA Europe Cup, Group F


Hibernia v CEZ Nymburk, National Basketball Arena, 19:30

Hula Hoops President's National Cup Quarter Finals

Pyrobel Killester v St Vincent's BC 2, St Fintans HS, Dublin, 20:30

Thursday 3 December 2015

Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup Quarter Finals


Killester BC v Oblate Dynamos, St. David's CBS, 20:45

Friday 4 December 2015

Hula Hoops Men's National Cup Round One, Leg 2/2


C&S UCC Demons v UL Eagles, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 20:00

Hula Hoops Men's National Intermediate Club Championships Quarter Finals


Phoenix BC v St Brendans, Methodist College, Belfast, 20:15

Hula Hoops Women's National Intermediate Club Championships Quarter Finals

Trident's Dublin v Carraig Na Bhfear, Blanchardstown IT, 20:30

Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup Quarter Finals

Tolka Rovers v Templeogue BC, Tolka Rovers SC, Dublin, 19:30

Saturday 5 December 2015

Hula Hoops Men's National Cup Round One, Leg 2/2

DCU Saints v UCD Marian, DCU Sports Complex, Dublin, 19:15

Templeogue BC v SSE Airtricity Moycullen, Oblate Hall, Dublin, 19:30

Eanna BC v GCD Sword Thunder, Colaiste Eanna, 17:00

Pyrobel Killester v Belfast Star, IWA Clontarf, Dublin, 20:00

Hula Hoops Women's National Cup Quarter Finals

Team Montenotte Hotel v Singleton's Supervalu Brunell, Neptune Stadium, Cork, 17:00

Courtyard Liffey Celtics v Meteors BC, Leixlip Amenities Centre, Kildare, 19:30

Maxol WIT Wildcats v UL Huskies, Mercy SS Waterford, 19:00

Pyrobel Killester v DCU Mercy, IWA Clontarf, Dublin, 18:00

Hula Hoops President's National Cup Quarter Finals

Keanes SuperValu Killorglin v C&S Blue Demons, Killorglin Sports Centre, Kerry, 19:15

Hula Hoops Senior Women's National Cup Quarter Finals


Team Denjoes American Style v Fr Mathews, Castleisland CC, Kerry, 18:30

NUIG Mystics v Meteors BC, Calasanctius College Oranmore, Galway, 18:00

Ulster Rockets v Team Garveys Tralee, Methodist College, Belfast, 15:00

Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup Quarter Finals

Maree BC v Tralee Imperials BC, Calasanctius College Oranmore, Galway, 15:30

Hula Hoops U18 Women's National Cup Quarter Finals

Fr. Mathews v Ulster Elks, Parochial Hall, Cork, 19:15

Sunday 6 December 2015

Hula Hoops President's National Cup Quarter Finals


UCD Marian v Maree BC, Oatlands College Stillorgan, 13:30

Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup Quarter Finals


Neptune BC v KUBS BC, Neptune Stadium, Cork, 15:00

Moycullen BC v St. Mary's Castleisland, Coláiste Iognáid, Galway, 15:00

Hula Hoops U18 Women's National Cup Quarter Finals

Maree BC v Brunell Ladies BC, Calasanctius College Oranmore, Galway, 13:00

Portlaoise Panthers BC v Liffey Celtics BC, CBS Borris Little, Portlaoise, 15:00

DCU Mercy v Meteors BC, DCU Sports Complex, Dublin, 12:30

TBC - Hula Hoops President's National Cup Quarter Finals: Fr Mathews v Neptune
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