GAME ZONE: Hula Hoops National Cup Finals 2016

GAME ZONE: Hula Hoops National Cup Finals 2016

  • Jan 29,2016
GAME ZONE: Hula Hoops National Cup Finals 2016

Sunday 31st January, 2016
Hula Hoops Women's National Cup Final
Team Montenotte Hotel 96, Pyrobel Killester 64
Live Stream: http://www.tg4.ie/ga/beo/baile/ (Game will not be streamed on YouTube)
Recap: Below

Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup Final
NUIG Mystics 71, Oblate Dynamos 44 
Recap: Below

Hula Hoops U18 Women’s National Cup Final
Brunell  72, DCU Mercy 69 (after overtime)

Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup Final
BFG Neptune 88, St Vincent’s 82

Saturday 30th January, 2016

Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup Final
Templeogue BC 78, GCD Swords Thunder 75

Hula Hoops Presidents’ National Cup Final
Maree BC 78, C&S Blue Demons 64

Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup Final
BFG Neptune 87, Moycullen BC 70 

Hula Hoops Men’s National Intermediate Club Championships Final
St Brendan’s Tralee 78, BC Leixlip Nemunas

Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup Final
Pyrobel Killester 60, DCU Mercy 49
Friday 29th January, 2016
Wheelchair Basketball National Cup Final
Limerick Scorpions 70, Ballybrack Bulls 36

Hula Hoops Women’s National Intermediate Club Championships Final
Muckno Lakers 56,  Limerick Celtics 47

*Live on TG4
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Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup Final
Team Montenotte Hotel 96, Pyrobel Killester 64
National Basketball Arena
Team Montenotte Hotel cemented their place in Irish basketball history with a record sixth Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup win at the National Basketball Arena. The Glanmire club completed a second three-in-a-row by beating Pyrobel Killester 96-64 in a one-sided affair.

Killester had lost none of the grace or steel that has seen them fight for silverware on two fronts this season. They were simply overpowered by a side peaking when it mattered most. 

“What I loved was the freedom we played with offensively,” said Coach Mark Scannell. “We shot the ball well we weren’t trying to force it. And we had so many weapons on the floor and on the bench.” 

Aine McKenna was the big gun and revelled in her captain’s role. The MVP had 10 points in four minutes and the Glanmire club still had time for a 12-0 run, becoming just the second side of the Hula Hoops National Cup weekend to hit a 30 point quarter. 

Claire Rockall was also firing on all cylinders. The Galway women was marauding down the court after an injury hampered 2015 finale. The one player who brought Killester’s form into the first half was Rae Contreras. While the robust defending of Casey Grace was keeping others at bay, the American was pouring in points at will.  

Killester Coach Karl Kilbride gave his bench the opportunity to get to grips and put three U20 Women’s Cup Champions on the floor. Aoibheann Byrne and Aisling McCann rewarded his faith with baskets as Killester managed a considerable 20-point quarter. 

The only problem was that Glanmire repeated their first quarter trick and put up another 31 points. One by one they stepped up to hit their shots. Marie Breen hit a pair and Chantell Alford refused to miss. They’d hit the half-century in 17 minutes of basketball, shooting at 67% on both sides of the three-point line. When the sides met in the 2015 decider, Team Montenotte Hotel won 62-36 on the back of a one-point lead at half time. This time around, they were already 62-34 clear at the break.

In 32 years of National Cup basketball, only two women’s clubs have scored 80 points or more in 40 minutes. In 1991, Blarney beat Snowcream Wildcats 86-56 and were back at the Arena as part of their 25 year jubilee celebrations. Glanmire’s first National Cup win was courtesy of an 89-75 win over UL Aughinish. Marie Breen scored 29 points that day in 2007 and had a double-double in 2016. A pure winner. 

“You play the game not the occasion,” she said. “There would have been no history if we hadn’t won the game and that came to down to a team performance.” 

Team Hotel Montenotte Hotel: Aine McKenna 18, Claire Rockall 11, Chantell Alford 21, Grainne Dwyer 11, Marie Breen 10. Substitutes: Amanda O’Regan 4, Hanna McCarthy, Eve O’Mahony, Lesley Ann Wilkinson, Miriam Byrne 5, Haley Lenihan 5, Casey Grace 5, Niamh O’Dwyer, Lauren Falvey, Sarah Kenny 6
Pyrobel Killester: Raeshel Contreras 35, Aisling Sullivan 7, Aoibheann Byrne 4, Rebecca Nagle 7, Anna Pupin 2. Substitutes: Ali Maguire 5, Michelle Clarke, Ally McGrath, Aisling McCann 3, Aine McDonnell 1, Emma Sherwood, Alex Troy.

MVP: Aine McKenna
HT: Team Hotel Montenotte 62, Pyrobel Killester 34


Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup Final
NUIG Mystics 71, Oblate Dynamos 44

NUIG Mystics marched to glory in this afternoon’s Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup final, as they dominated proceedings from beginning to end to take home a 27-point victory over Oblate Dynamos. 

"I'm absolutely thrilled, they deserve it they worked very hard. I’m so happy, and I’m happy for the girls," said NUIG Mystic’s Head Coach, Mike Murray. 

“I think Oblate are a great team, we were scared of them coming in so it was great to get the win, I feel great!"

A well-drilled and skilful NUIG had the game firmly in control from the off, taking a 15-0 run early in the first quarter, and had opened up a 20 point lead after just eleven minutes thanks to fantastic shooting from Siobhan Kilkenny, Michelle Fahy and Marritta Gilcrease. 

Oblate for their part never gave up, and solid performances from Katie Black, Katie Moloney and Shannon Farrell saw them sneak through for scores in the second quarter, but at that stage, Mystics had already built up a considerable lead and waltzed into the dressing room with a 42-19 cushion at half-time. 

The third quarter continued in much the same way as the previous two, with Ailish O’Reilly driving Mystics forward from the point while also bagging some great steals, and Gilcrease was really invaluable under the boards. At the other end, Oblate kept pushing though, with Heather Meagher, Black and Farrell all adding to their side’s tally. 

The result was never in any doubt though and as the game ticked into the final quarter and ‘The Fields of Athenry’ began to ring out around the Arena, Mystics showed their worth with Kilkenny, Deirdre O’Shea, Hannah Coen and O’Reilly all working hard and, but for some superb defending from Jasmine Wonik and Black for Oblate, could have been a lot further in front at the final buzzer. 

NUIG Mystics: Ailish O’Reilly, Michelle Fahy, Siobhan Kilkenny, Lauren Murray, Marritta Gilcrease. Substitutes: Deirdre O’Shea, Emer Smyth, Catherine Connaire, Leah Cunningham, Rebecca Hansberry, Hannah Coen, Suzanne McDonagh. 

Oblate Dynamos: Georgina McKenna, Katie Black, Samantha Massey, Katie Moloney, Heather Meagher. Substitutes: Shannon Whelan, Jasmine Wonik, Alison Keech, Aileen Crowley, Selina McMahon, Shannon Farrell, Sarah Staunton.




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