GAMEZONE: Men's and Women's Division One Cup Finals
January 27, 2019
Hula Hoops National Cup Final Results
Saturday, January 26th
Hula Hoops Presidents Cup Final
Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers 59-71 Tradehouse Central Ballincollig
Sunday, January 27th
Hula Hoops Women’s Division One National Cup final
Maree 82-76 Ulster University Elks, 2pm
Hula Hoops National Cup Final Detailed Results
Hula Hoops Women’s Division One National Cup Final
Sunday, January 27th
National Basketball Arena
UU Elks: 76
Unbeaten in the league this year, Maree came into the Division One women’s final as favourites. Early on the weight of expectations didn’t look to be affecting the Westerners as they settled early with good scores from Claire Rockall and Dayne Finn. Elks though came into the game with confidence having pushed Maree close earlier in the season. The opening minutes saw both teams trade baskets as they settled into the game and at the midway point of the first the Elks led by the narrowest of margins 11-10. Jenna Kaufman was having success inside and was proving a difficult matchup for Maree as they maintained their one point advantage to the end of the first.
The second quarter was hugely positive for Patrick O’Neill’s team as they exploded to life in the first five minutes. Aoife Callaghan was shooting well from the outside as Elks raced into an eight point lead with just four minutes to go in the first half. The experience of Maree showed late in the first half as they went on a crucial run led by Catherine Connaire and Dayna Finn to tie the game at 41 points apiece going into halftime.
The momentum of the game continued to swing back and forth in the third quarter. As Maree initially took control Maree answered with a huge 9-0 run behind three consecutive three pointers from Enya Maguire and Aoife Callaghan as the Elks stormed into a 53-48 lead. Any thoughts that Maree would lay down though were answered emphatically by Dayna Finn as she came up with a number of big plays to regain control for Maree. A big inside move by Kollyns Scarbrough was met with a transition score for Finn and the game was finely balanced heading into the final quarter as Maree led 62-59.
Tension was building in the fourth quarter as both teams were making big plays defensively. Maree had opened a five point lead and were threatening to open a lead before Seana Harley-Moyles hit a big two pointer to reduce the gap. With five minutes remaining a huge and one play by Elks American Kollyns Scarbrough narrowed the gap to just two at 68-66. Scarbrough then struck again just a minute later with a huge assist to tie the game. Looking for someone to take control of the game, Maree found joy through former Super League player Fiona Scally who had a huge three point play to give Maree a three point lead. Scarbrough wasn’t done yet though and yet another and one by the Elks American tied the game yet again with just three minutes remaining. As the game reached the closing stages Claire Rockall and Dayna Finn took control with eight points that gave them a six point lead with just a minute to go. Aoife Callaghan wasn’t going to go down without a fight and a huge three pointer by the Elks number 10 had the lead back to just three. After a miss by Elks Catherine Connaire controlled the crucial rebound and nailed two free throws to seal Maree’s first Senior women’s National Cup on a scoreline of 82-76.
MAREE: Carol McCarthy (5), Dayna Finn (29), Claire Rockall (16), Orlaith Walsh, Maggie Byrne (6), Catherine Connaire (13), Nicola O’Connell, Eveann Kennedy, Alison Blaney (4), Clodagh McGrail, Laoise Walsh, Sacra Mannion, Fiona Scally (9)
ULSTER UNIVERSITY ELKS: Enya Maguire (5), Erin Maguire (7), Seana Harley-Moyles (6), Kollyns Scarbrough (18), Jenna Kaufman (10), Nichola Rafferty (2), Aoife Callaghan (26), Ruth Neil, Erin Bracken, Eimhear Morris, Alex Mulligan (2), Abigail Rafferty
MVP: Dayna Finn (Maree)
Hula Hoops Men’s Presidents National Cup Final
Saturday, January 26th, 2019
National Basketball Arena
Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers 59
Tradehouse Central Ballincollig 71
Ballincollig have retained their Hula Hoops Men’s Presidents National Cup title after a, 59-71, victory over a resilient Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers. Tolka led for most of the game but an MVP performance from Ian McLoughlin, spurred the Cork side on to victory.
Tolka gained the early advantage, holding Ballincollig scoreless for the first four minutes of the game. Tolka’s Justin Goldsborough was dominant on the boards early-on which led to scores in the paint. Ballincollig soon found rhythm, with Ciaran O’Sullivan and Dylan Corkery finding the net, while Andre Nation kicked into gear with some acrobatic scores to end the quarter, 16-15, in favour of Tolka.
As the game progressed, it was clear to see that both teams were well-prepared for each other. Tolka did a fantastic job of interrupting the Ballincollig offence by gaining some well-needed steals. This effort from the Dubliners put Ballincollig off their game and although O’Sullivan fought back for the Cork side with some big scores, Tolka led at half time, 36-30.
Ballincollig struggled to make shots fall from outside the arc in the third so they made the decision to bring it inside. The Cork side’s fast break was extremely effective in narrowing Tolka’s lead. Andre Nation used his incredible athleticism to out-rebound the Tolka players, while Tolka’s Oisin O’Reilly continued to score consistently and keep his side in the lead, heading into the final quarter, 52-51.
Ballincollig took the lead in the fourth quarter and the crowd in the Arena erupted when Ian McLoughlin nailed a three to extend their lead by five points. Suddenly, after a Nation jumper and a dagger of a three from O’Sullivan, Ballincollig’s lead grew to ten. After solid team play and scores from Corkery and McLoughlin, Ballincollig ran out victors, 59-71, and retained their crown.
“We knew at half time that we had the right tempo, we just weren’t clicking on offence. We trusted ourselves in the third and we came away with it.”, said Ballincollig head coach Kieran O’Sullivan after the game. “I feel our experience with Ian McLoughlin, Ciaran O’Sullivan and Daniel O’Sullivan led us down the stretch.”
BAD BOBS TOLKA ROVERS: Emmet Lawless, Paul Caffrey (5), Oisin O’Reilly (18), Michael Murray, Alex Dolenko (4), Bradley Owens, Sean Moore (7), Tom Kenny (4), Conor Liston (2), Justin Goldsborough (15), David O’Beirne (2), Mark Blanchfield (2).
TRADEHOUSE CENTRAL BALLINCOLLIG: Colin Murray (2), Dylan Corkery (10), Patrick McSweeney, Andrew O’Connor, Ian McLoughlin (17), Ciaran O’Sulivan (15), Colm Blount, Steven O’Sullivan, Daniel O’Sullivan (4), Jack Kelly (4), Alex Chandler, Andre Nation (19), Issac James
MVP: Ian McLoughlin (Tradehouse Central Ballincollig)
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