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Posts Tagged ‘ Paul Kelleher ’

Basketball : National Cup Finals Fail To Disappoint

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Friday night saw one of the greatest if not the greatest Womens Cup final of all time as UL Huskies were defeated in overtime by Team Montenotte Hotel Cork. A sold out crowd at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght saw defending champions UL defeated as Irish coach James Weldon squared off against another Irish coach in Paul Kelleher. UL were chasing their third straight National Cup but it wasn’t to be although the girls from Limerick have to be praised for their spirited fight back having looked dead and buried at half time in this one.

The Men’s final was never going to outplay the Women’s fixture as UCC Demons comfortably got the better of shock cup finalists Dublin Inter. Inter , who are made up mainly of Lithuanian players , shot well from behind the three point line but after keeping in touch with their Cork counterparts for much of the first quarter they fell away as the game progressed. The game marked a fantastic achievement from Demons captain Shane Coughlin as he collected his fifth National Cup winners medal. Continue reading

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Bright Future Ahead For Irish Basketball

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Finally after years of having little or no international basketball the underage teams seem to be back up and running with Basketball Ireland hopeful that they will have a senior team back competing in the not too distant future.

As things stand there is currently an Irish U15,U16 and U17 team with an U20 team due to be set up later this year. This will be the most teams that Basketball Ireland have had since they were forced to dismantle the Senior International Teams four years ago. This was especially controversial on the girls side as they operated on a budget of just €40,000 a year and were extremely hopeful of gaining promotion to Division A. Continue reading

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