Hula Hoops National Cup Game Zone (U18's & U20's)

Hula Hoops National Cup Game Zone (U18's & U20's)

  • Jan 07,2016
Hula Hoops U18 & U20 National Cup Game Zone

Saturday 9 January 2016
Hula Hoops U20 Women's National Cup Semi-Finals
Killester 59, Liffey Celtics 51

Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup Semi-Finals
Maree BC 73 v BFG Neptune 75
Moycullen BC 78-76 Tolka Rovers (After OT)

Hula Hoops U18 Women's National Cup Semi-Finals
Brunell BC 74, Portlaoise Panthers 64
DCU Mercy 63, Fr Mathews 51

Sunday 10 January 2016
Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Semi-Finals
St. Vincent's 68, Moycullen 65
BFG Neptune 94, Templeogue 78

Hula Hoops U20 Women's National Cup Semi-Final
DCU Mercy 62, Brunell BC 58

Basketball Ireland will have live updates and video clips across the weekend on social media via Facebook and @BballIrl / #HulaHoopsCup on Twitter, Vine and Instagram as well as small snippets of games via Periscope. 

Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup Semi-Finals:

St. Vincent’s 68, Moycullen 65

St. Vincent’s edged out defending champions Moycullen in the Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup Semi-final with a 68-65 win in Neptune Stadium. There were seven players on the floor with Men’s Premier League experience and it was the Vincent’s quarter that helped to ensure safe passage. 

Defences were on top in the early exchanges with good hustle and some fine rebounding from both sides. As the game opened up, Martin Neary put St. Vincent’s five points ahead before Moycullen rallied and closed out the quarter with a couple of well worked layups from Kyle Cunningham. It was level at 15 apiece for the first quarter. 

Both sides appeared well matched and well drilled by Premier League coaches Nollaig Cunningham and Joey Boylan. Moycullen looked to be pulling clear late in the second quarter before James Harding’s drive and dish to Alex Bowers allowed the Vincent’s forward to reduce the gap back to two points. 

There was to be another surge from the Galway side. Sean Kelly won an arm wrestle to set up a Sean Candon hook shoot and good ball work allowed John Hackett to shoot for three from the top to make tit 41-33 at half time. 

St. Vincent’s needed a run and they got one. The crowd got involved as Conor Gilligan had a 10 point quarter, with eight from Shane Davidson, seven from Martin Neary and another two from Scott Dermody. Moycullen regrouped with the help of a Josh Marvesley three put Davidson spun around Sean Candon on the buzzer for a three-pointer that had Vincent’s 62-53 clear. 

Moycullen’s intensity kept St. Vincent’s scoreless for the first five minutes of the final period. Eoghan Kelly and Sean Candon combined for six points before Cathal Barron’s three-point play made it a two-possession game. The leveller never game as St. Vincent’s shut down any open looks before the final buzzer sounded. 

Moycullen: John Hackett, Josh Marvesley, Eoghan Kelly, Connor Curran,Rory Heffernan, Sean Kelly, Joseph Tummon, Sean Candon, Kyle Cunningham, Conor Egan, Daragh Mulkerrins, Jack Costelloe.
Coach: Nollaig Cunningham

St. Vincent’s: James Harding, Conor Gilligan, Graham Brannelly, Alan Euastace, David Harding, Martin Neary, Alex Bowers, Cathal Barron, Scott Dermody, Shane Davidson, Andrew McGeever.
Coach: Joey Boylan

BFG Neptune 96, Templeogue 78

BFG Neptune overcame Templeogue by 94 to 78 in the Hula Hoops U20 Men’ National Cup final at Neptune Stadium. Four of the squad were involved in the previous day’s win over Maree in the U18’s competition. 

Much of the talk before the game was about the back court talent. Neptune’s point guard Adam Drummond was ruled out through injury sustained the U18 cup  while his opposite number Sean Flood played 35 minutes of a gruelling semi-final for his Premier League side the previous day. 

It was Sean Jenkins who proved to be the real eye-catcher in the first quarter. The precocious talent had seven points in a row as Neptune forged an 18-13 lead. David Marnell had Templeogue fist-pumping with a strong drive before back to back threes from Sean Flood had them truly back in the hunt. It was 25 apiece at the end of the first. 

The high scoring continued. Neptune had 33 points in the second quarter with Jenkins, Jamie Beadle, Adam Heaphy and Gregorz Fuchs contributing handsomely. Fuchs made a driving bank shot as part of a 13-3 run with Jenkins’ three establishing the double-digit lead. With Liam Chandler defending stoutly in the post, Sean Flood combined with Mark Gillian to create opportunities at the perimeter and finish the half with 24 points. 

Neptune were 58-46 clear at half time and protected their lead with blocks from Heaphy and Eric McCarthy in the third. Triples from Sean Kavanagh and Sean Daly gave Templeogue hope with the scores at 76-63 with ten minutes left. A 12-0 run settled the matter. 

BFG Neptune: Jamie Beadle, Sean Jenkins, Gregorz Fuchs,Bryan Murphy,Eric McCarthy. Substitutes: Alan Morgan, David Madden, Evan Lordan, Jason O’Flynn, Luke Madden, Ross Murphy, Conor O Sullivan, Adam Heaphy, Adam Drummond, Daniel Maguire.
Coach: Kieran Leahy

Templeogue: Sean Flood, David Marnell, Mark Gilleran,Sean Kavanagh, Cillian Armstrong. Substitutes: Eoin Murphy, Jamie Kavanagh, Sam Walsh, Conall Gordon, Ciaran Hollywood, Dan Fakoyede, Sean Daly, Abdu Huss.
Coach: Stephen James


Hula Hoops U20 Women's National Cup Semi-Finals:

Pyrobel Killester 59, Liffey Celtics 51

Killester beat Liffey Celtics to become the first team into the 2016 Hula Hoops U20 Women's National Cup Final #HulaHoopsCup. Full recap at

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Pyrobel Killester came through their Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup Semi-final against Liffey Celtics by 59-51 in a lively encounter at the Parochial Hall in Cork. It was a four-quarter performance by the Dubliners although a full-court press from Celtics ensured a heart-racing finish. 

“I knew the girls were going to be nervous,” said winning Coach Aisling Sullivan. “For some of these girls it was their first ever big game. We have quick guards and inside players and everyone needed to execute but I don’t think Liffey were able to match up with us in the post. 

Aisling McGann brought her big game experience to bear on the first quarter with the first seven points of the game. Rebecca Keating found her way to the basket via the baseline for a fine drive but it was still Killester 19-12 out in front for the first quarter. 

Liffey Celtics were struggling to penetrate the man to man defence while team fouls were allowing Killester to maintain their advantage. Still, Laura Fortune picked off a open two before a Chloe Mullins drive left five points between the sides. 

Ali Cleary’s pin-point passing was keeping turnovers to a minimum for Killester while Aoibheann Byrne and Aine McDonnell combined inside to keep them ahead 31-24 at half time. 

“The third quarter was bad for us,” said Celtics Coach Jordi Juste. “We missed a lot of shots and didn’t play defence. We reacted in a good way but missed easy shots and Killester played very consistently throughout.” 

Killester opened the second half with a 6-0 as Aoibheann Byrne scored three points the old-fashioned way with a bonus off a firm drive.  

Ally McGrath was timing her cuts to perfection and spurred on by the support of the club’s Men’s and Women’s Premier League sides, Killester found a new gear. McCann pulled up for two to leave 19 points between the sides. Celtics’ shooting percentages were slipping and they only managed seven points in the third. 

The press made things interesting in the fourth quarter. Ciara Wheeler snapped up an offensive rebound off a Sorcha Tiernan three-point attempt to reduce the game down to just seven points with 2:41 left. McCann slowed things down again for Killester and Caoimhe Moore’s baseline jumper put them back in control.

Liffey Celtics: Aoife Tiernan, Sorcha Tiernan, Allanah Mullins, Chloe Mullins, Ciara Smith. Substitutes: Ciara Broderick, Ciara Wheeler, Patricia Lourenco, , Chloe Gleeson, Laura Fortune, Rebecca Keating, Hannah Hilliard, Mairead Dolan, 
Coach: Jordi Juste

Pyrobel Killester: Aisling McCann, Caoimhe Moore, Ali Cleary, Aoife O’Halloran, Aoibheann Byrne. Substitutes: Ally McGrath, Amelia McGuinness, Ally Wall, Sarah Traynor, Sarah Malone, Ali Connolly, Aine McDonnell, , Niamh Lakes, Eve Gleeson.
Coach: Aisling Sullivan

Hula Hoops Under 20 Women's National Cup Semi-Final:
January 10th, 2016
Parochial Hall, Cork

DCU Mercy 62, Singleton’s Super Valu Brunell 58

DCU Mercy secured a spot in the Hula Hoops Under 20 Women’s National Cup final after they overcame Singleton’s Super Valu Brunell in a thrilling and nail-biting clash. 

“Very tight game there was a basket each way, Brunell played very well in the second quartet. It still could have gone either way, but it was a good win – it’s tough to come down to Brunell and play them on their home court so it was great to get the win,” said Mark Ingle, DCU Mercy Head Coach.   

DCU Mercy came out strongest in the first quarter, with Megan Connolly and Tia Kelly Stevens both hitting the target to get the Dublin squad off the mark. However, the home side were not long in finding their stride, with good work from Amy and Eibhlish Murphy. At the other end, Connolly continued to make her presence felt, setting up Emily Black, Sarah Fitzpatrick and Rachel Huijsdens to give them a 19-12 lead at the buzzer. 

Brunell regrouped after the break, and as Fitzpatrick, Black and Connolly drove DCU to a ten-point lead, Amy Murphy and Orla Connolly stepped up for the home side and soon had the sides level. Good shooting from Alex Macheta sent the Cork team into the lead, and the crowd was roaring as they continued to storm the boards, taking a 36-29 lead into the dressing room at half-time. 

The third quarter was an intense affair, as DCU Mercy came back courtesy of Shannon O’Leary, Black and Megan Connolly. The game was soon tied, and brilliant shooting from Saoirse Power Cassidy put DCU into the lead. It didn’t last long though as the fantastic Alex Macheta ran the court to equalise and had a reply for everything DCU produced. 

A brilliant basket from Brunell’s Eibhlish Murphy in the dying seconds gave the home side a one-point edge going into the last, and it looked like the game was set to finish in dramatic fashion. The drama was certainly delivered in the fourth quarter, as it was end-to-end action in the last. Scores from Amy Murphy, Andrea Moynihan and Macheta kept the points coming in for Brunell, while Enya Brady, Huijsdens and Fitzpatrick were on hand to reply at every turn. A fantastic basket from Brunell’s Moynihan tied the game once again with just thirty seconds left, but a foul on Huijsdens for DCU saw the Dublin side take the lead with two free-throws, and an absolutely brilliant piece of individual skill saw Cassidy bring DCU Mercy four points clear. It was Huijsdens who had the last say of the game though as she found herself at the free-throw line once more and added one more point to her side’s tally, 63-59. 

DCU Mercy: Megan Connolly, Saoirse Power Cassidy, Emily Black, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Tia Kelly Stevens. Substitutes: Enya Brady, Sinéad Hession, Kate Mulligan, Catlin McFeely,, Erica Cody Kennedy Smith, Rachel Huijsdens.
Coach: Mark Ingle

Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell: Orla Connolly, Eibhlish Murphy, Alex Macheta, Amy Murphy, Ciara O'Sullivan. Substitutes: Jessica Lane, Andrea Moynihan, Shannon O'Leary, Kelly Murphy, Ciara O'Shea, Sarah Morrissey, Orla Casey, Megan Hartnett.
Coach: Danielle O’Leary


Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup Semi-Finals:  
January 9th, 2016
Neptune Stadium, Cork

BFG Neptune 75, Maree BC 73
Hula Hoops Cup - Semi Final: Maree v Neptune

A thriller in Neptune Stadium this morning when Neptune beat Maree 75-73 to book a place in National Basketball Arena. Full #HulaHoopsCup recap at

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BFG Neptune just managed to hold on to victory in the Hula Hoops Under 18 Men’s National Cup semi-final this morning with a 75-73 point win over Maree BC in a thriller at Neptune Stadium. 

The game went right down to the wire, as Maree launched a fantastic comeback in the last quarter with Stephen Commins bringing his side back to within one point with just 40 seconds to go. Despite the best efforts of Eoin Rockall and Ciaran Blaney though, Neptune had the buzzer on their side and a superb block by Liam Chandler in the dying seconds kept Maree from getting that vital two points.  

“I knew the lads had it in them, the lads need this, the club needs it,” said Neptune Head Coach Tom O’Sullivan. “We’ve won nothing yet, but we’re really, really happy and hopefully we’ll be bringing a cup back to the stadium soon.”

Indeed, while Neptune took the lead at the end of the second quarter, victory was never certain as a determined and hugely inspiring display from Maree throughout the game kept the result in the melting pot. 

For Neptune, Sean Jenkins was the star of the show, producing magic under the boards at every turn, but there was also inspiration for Maree in the form of Eoin Rockall, Kenneth Pesaitis and John Burke. 

Maree were first off the mark as Ciaran Blaney deftly set up Kenneth Pesaitis under the boards for two while Adam Heaphy opened the scoring for Neptune shortly after. A touch of magic from Sean Jenkins down the base line kept the scores ticking over for the Cork side as they were dealt a blow midway through the first when Adam Drummond suffered a serious injury. A strong display from Maree saw them take the lead at the buzzer, but Neptune were taking no prisoners after the break, and opened the attack with a 10-0 run to take the lead. 

A somewhat rattled Maree soon settled though, and fantastic shooting from Eoin Rockall and a lovely three pointer from Blaney kept the scoreboard ticking over as the game stayed tied for much of the quarter. Neptune began to dominate though as the clock wound down, with David Murray and Liam Chandler putting in the work under the boards, and the former bagged a buzzer-beating jump shot to give his side the lead after an eventful first half, 40-32. 

Neptune continued to press in the third, and it was here that Sean Jenkins truly came into his own for the Cork side, kicking off a scoring masterclass. At the other end, Rockall and Blaney were leading by example for Maree, while Jim Crowley, John Burke and Pesaitis brought them back within five going into the last. 

The last quarter was packed with tension, and while Conor O’Sullivan and Jenkins kept inching Neptune ahead, relentless work by Pesaitis and Burke kept the dream alive for Maree and, with just over a minute left, had closed the deficit to just four points.

Stephen Commins brought the game to the wire as he delivered a superb three-pointer for Maree and suddenly, there was just a point between them. A free-throw from Neptune’s Adam Heaphy and some superb defending just kept the Cork team’s final hopes alive as the buzzer sounded on a thrilling and hugely exciting contest.  

BFG Neptune Top Scorers: Sean Jenkins 23, Adam Heaphy 13, David Murray 12
Maree BC Top Scorers: Kenneth Pesaitis 30, Eoin Rockall 17, Ciaran Blaney 10

BFG Neptune: Adam Drummond, Adam Heathy, Conor O’Sullivan, Daniel Maguire, Sean Jenkins. Substitutes: Alex Chandler, Liam Chandler, Mateus Kuchno, Rory Kenny, Cian Heaphy, Darragh O’Sullivan, David Murray, James Hannigan, Scott Hannigan. 
Coach: Tom O’Sullivan. 

Maree: Niall Bree, Kenneth Pesaitis, Stephen Commins, Eoin Rockall, Ciaran Blaney. Substitutes: Jim Crowley, Dylan Cox, Oisin Doyle, Adam Cox, Darren O’Hara Duggan, John Burke, Conor Loughran.
Coach: John Finn

Hula Hoops U18 Men's National Cup Semi-Finals:  
January 9th, 2016
Neptune Stadium, Cork

Moycullen 78, Tolka Rovers 76 
(After overtime)

Moycullen launched the comeback of the day so far when they secured a phenomenal win over Tolka Rovers in overtime to book their spot in the Hula Hoops Under 18 Men’s National Cup final. 

“I’m absolutely thrilled, these guys have so much heart. We’ve played so much basketball this year to get to this position that we knew that if we could be within a couple of points we would know how to win,"said Moycullen Head Coach, John Cunningham.   

Things may have been nerve-wracking in the first of the Hula Hoops Under 18 Men’s National Cup semi-finals when BFG Neptune just held onto their lead over Maree, but this game had the stadium on its feet as, after four full quarters, nothing could separate Tolka Rovers and 
Moycullen who were tied at 71 points apiece. A determined finish from Moycullen saw them fight back at the death, and the momentum stayed with them in overtime to secure a win in absolutely nail-biting fashion. 

An entertaining first half saw the eventual winners settle the quickest enjoying a 6-0 run to get the game underway. Tolka soon hit their stride though, and fantastic displays from Brian Ashton and Matt Treacy quickly had the game level. As Tolka continued to press, Ladmy Sila was the stand out star for Moycullen, keeping his side in contention with some well-taken scores under the boards. 

Tolka seemed to be taking the reins of the game in the second quarter, with the hugely impressive Padraig McGroggan driving his side forward from the top of the key and they enjoyed a purple patch that saw them open up a 17-point lead. However, Moycullen’s never say die attitude soon came to the fore once more, with Sila, again, leading the way. Some sharpshooting from Eoghan Kelly and John Hackett soon had the Galway side back within eight, to leave it 44 – 36 at the break. 

Sila kept the momentum going for Moycullen as the second half got underway, dominating under the rim and this, coupled with some great work from John Hackett reduced it to just a four-point game. Spectators were in for a treat though as Tolka’s Matt Treacy and Brian Ashton stepped up to the challenge and showed off their skills in style, netting some brilliant scores. Moycullen’s Eoghan Kelly wasn’t to be outdone though, and drove to the net twice off the fast break to put his side straight back into contention. 

With just ten points between the sides as the fourth quarter opened, it was Sila who closed the gap early on to ensure a thrilling finale for fans. Indeed, the fourth quarter was where Moycullen truly showed their character, grit and determination, with James Lyons, Connor Curran and John Hackett all on hand to hit the target for the Galway side and with three minutes to go, just five separated the teams. An Eoghan Kelly lay-up had the crowd on their feet and tensions ran high as with just over a minute to go, only three points separated the sides. It was Connor Curran who proved to be the hero for Moycullen, bagging a buzzer-beating three-pointer to tie the game and send it to over time and it was Curran who was first off the mark as the five minutes of overtime got underway. A basket from James Lyons followed to give Moycullen a tenuous lead and suddenly, the crowd was daring to dream. Free throws at either end were followed by a superb score from John Hackett and the momentum was well and truly with Moycullen.  Stephen Canning bagged three free-throws for Tolka at the other end, but it was Moycullen’s day as they held on to win 78 – 76. 

Moycullen Top Scorers: Connor Curran 21, Eoghan Kelly 19, John Hackett 17

Tolka Rovers Top Scorers: Matt Treacy 26, Brian Ashton 17, Emmet Lawless 14

Moycullen: John Hackett, Eoghan Kelly ©, Connor Curran, Ladmy Sila, James Lyons. Substitutes: Ronan Clancy, Dara Heffernan, Brian Garvey, Max Brennan, Evan Somers, Lorcan O’Mordha, Mark Convery, Thomas Hackett.
Coach: John Cunningham
Tolka Rovers: Brian Ashton, Matt Treacy, Bobby Cuden, Padraig McGroggan, Emmet Lawless. Substitutes: Eoin O’Mara, Chris Cashin, Sean Macken, Seamus Ashton, Stephen Canning, Bradley Owens, Ciaran McHugh, Lee Murray.
Coach: Stephen Fields


Hula Hoops U18 Women's National Cup Semi-Finals:

DCU Mercy 63, Fr Mathews 51

DCU put together runs at the right times to eventually see off Fr Mathews in an uproarious Hula Hoops U18 Women’s National Cup final at the Parochial Hall. It finished 63-51 to the Dublin side.

DCU Mercy looked calm and focused before the game and it helped take the edge off of an opening quarter by Fr Mathews. The drums were thumping at the stage end and it was Danielle O’Riordan who channeled the fervour of the crowd into her performance with some surging drives from the back court. The pace exerted suited the Cork side but DCU Mercy started bringing the game around to their liking as four points from Rachel Huijsdens allowed them to creep 15-14 in front for the first quarter.

There were never more than a basket between the sides until Mercy put a run together at the end of the second. Sara Guebaili got things going and only a fine block from Heather Lynch stopped Mercy from extending their 33-28 lead for half time.

Sinead O’Mahony popped up for two points at the start of the second half before Fr Mathews forced a shot clock violation at the other end. Aoife Gibbons even got the first three-pointer of the afternoon but it wasn’t until Abigail Jeffrey snaffled an offensive rebound with 2:30 left in the third, that the sides were level again.

Mercy still have time in the period for a barrage of shots to lead 47-39 with ten minutes to go. It was an 8-0 run that proved crucial.

The more Fr Mathews chased the lead down the stretch, the more Mercy expoited their options on the fast break as Anna Brennan and Guebaili converted at pace.

DCU Mercy: Anna Brennan, Ruth Fennell, Rachel Huijsdens, Rebecca Brennan, Elizabeth Black. Substitutes: Cliona Hamill, Aoife Maguire, Deborah Sealy, Ali Donohoe, Sara Guebaili,Maria Petrakova.
Coach: Joan Black

Fr. Mathews: Danielle O’Riordon, Sinead O’Mahony, Niamh Lynch, Heather Lynch, Abigail Jeffery. Substitutes: Aoife Gibbons, Sarah Livesey, Emma Geaney, Caoimhe Sreenan, Niamh Foley, Caroline O’Mahony, Aine Fitzgerald.
Coach: David O’Mahony. 


Brunell 74, Portlaoise Panthers 64

In the U18 Women's National Cup Semi-Final, Brunell advance at the expense of Portlaoise Panthers. Full #HulaHoopsCup recap at

Posted by Basketball Ireland on Saturday, 9 January 2016
Brunell booked their place in the Hula Hoops U18 Women’s National Cup Final with a 74-64 win over a resilient Portlaoise Panthers side at the Parochial Hall. The midlanders roared back into contention in the second quarter but Brunell controlled the second half to take the win. 

“We love running,” said Brunell’s Alex Macheta. “No team can stop us when we run our game. We dug deep when we had to and kept Claire Melia’s score down as much as we could.”

Point guard Andrea Moynihan pushed a high tempo for Brunell as they raced into an 8-0 lead on the fast break. On the defensive side, they deployed a box-and-one defence with Ciara O’Shea assigned to guard the potent Claire Melia. Melia still opened Panthers’ account from the free throw line via one of countless offensive rebounds but it was Maeve Phelan who pulled up on the fast-break to hit their first basket from play. By then 6:30 had elapsed and Brunell were 12-6 ahead.  Sarah Morrissey and Erone Fitzpatrick traded threes for Portlaoise Panthers to trailing 26-12 for the first quarter. 

As the adrenaline subsided, Panthers found their rhythm. Sekinat Shabawale came off the bench to play her part in a run to make it a two-possesion game. The streak topped out at 13 points with Brunell 41-35 ahead at the half.
Brunell were a joy to watch on the attack in the third quarter. Amy Murphy went coast to coast and followed up with a superb finish to restore a 10-point lead with 15 minutes left. Sheer weight of numbers kept Melia at bay in the low post. Aisling McCauley got on the scoreboard for Panther but they were 17 in arrears by the end of the third. 

Amy Murphy finished the game with 29 points. Panthers Coach Catherine Ashe said: “We just took an awful long time to get into the game. Take nothing from Brunell, they’re a phenomenal team. Amy Murphy today, I haven’t seen a performance like that for quite some time. “

Singleton SuperValu Brunell: Andrea Moynihan, Ciara O'Shea, Alex Macheta, Megan Hartnett, Amy Murphy. Substitutes: Sarah Morrissey, Laura Morrissey, Claudia O'Leary, Sinead Warren, Rebecca Miller, Kelly Murphy, Orla Casey.
Coach: Kieran O’Leary

Portlaoise Panthers: Erone Fitzpatrick, Maeve Phelan, Aisling McCauley, Orlaith O'Donovan, Claire Melia. Substitutes: Jennifer O'Neill, Ailbhe Griffin, Ellen Dunphy, Sekinat Shabawale, , Rebecca Grant,  Ellen Healy.
Coach: Catherine Ashe


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