Basketball bonanza for Cork hoop fans as national cup weekend comes to Cork

Basketball bonanza for Cork hoop fans as national cup weekend comes to Cork
Aryn McClure, Brunell in the red shooting the ball will be a key player for her team in their cup semi-final on Saturday. Picture: Jim Coughlan

CORK basketball fans will be spoiled this weekend when the Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals will be hosted at the Neptune Stadium and Parochial Hall Gurranabraher.

Seven Cork clubs will be vying for a place in the finals that will take place at the National Basketball Arena on the weekend of January 24-26.

The Men’s and Women’s Super League semi- finals will be hosted on Saturday at the Neptune stadium where a capacity attendance is expected for all four games.

In the Men’s Pat Duffy National Cup semi- final host club Coughlan C & S Neptune will play Griffith College tomorrow night with a scheduled 8pm tip off.

Neptune go into the game on the back of four consecutive league defeats but player coach Lehmon Colbert is confident his side will be ready for battle.

Cork also have two representatives in the Women’s Paudie O’Connor semi-finals with Ambassador UCC Glanmire and Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell carrying Leeside hopes.

Glanmire face Pyrobel Killester in a game they will be expected to advance but for Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell it will be a tougher task as they go head to head with championship favourites DCU Mercy.

Tradehouse Central Ballincollig are the only undefeated side 14/0 across all leagues nationally and they will play LYIT Donegal at the Parochial Hall in a mouth-watering President’s Cup semi-final as they bid to win this championship for the third consecutive time.

In the other semi-final Fr Mathew’s will expected to book their place into the decider against IT Carlow.

Neptune and Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell are involved in the Men’s and Women’s U18 semi- finals and Rebel Wheelers will also be expected to qualify for the final of the IWA Wheelchair cup at the expense of Clonaslee.

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