Big weekend for Portlaoise Panthers as four teams contest the Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals

first_img News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Home Sport Basketball Big weekend for Portlaoise Panthers as four teams contest the Hula Hoops… SportBasketball Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, January 10, 2020Next articleIn Pictures: Stradbally Tractor and Truck Run in aid of local school sees huge turnout Aedín DunneAedín graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Journalism and New Media. She is a proud Townie with a passion for all things sports and doesn’t like to speak about the 2016 blip in Portlaoise’s bid to 10-in-a-row. Big weekend for Portlaoise Panthers as four teams contest the Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals Facebook Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory By Aedín Dunne – 10th January 2020 Facebook Pinterest Pinterest It’s a big weekend for Portlaoise Panthers as they have four teams heading to Cork to compete in the Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals.This is the second year in a row that the club will have four teams in this stage of the competition, a true sign of the work and talent within the club.Players such as Sarah Fleming, Jasmine Burke and Ciara Byrne will play in three grades over the three days.center_img 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin WhatsApp Twitter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role GAA GAA The U-18 women, U-20 women, U-20 men and the senior women’s team will all take to the court in the hopes of booking a spot in their respective finals.All four teams have had brilliant seasons so far so it will be a weekend of very entertaining games.The games will take place between Neptune Stadium and Parochial Hall.FRIDAYPortlaoise Panthers v Waterford Wildcats (8pm)Hula Hoops U-20 Women’s National CupThe U-20 women are first up to represent Panthers on Friday night.They’ll take on Waterford Wildcats in Neptune Stadium and given their strong season, they’ll be hoping to book their place in the final.Although they are just U-20, this team have much experience at club and international level with players such as Ciara Byrne, Jasmine Burke and Sarah Fleming all playing on the international stage this year.This team is close to the same set of players the the U-18 girls with around six of the players also playing senior National League.They beat Leixslip Amenities Liffey Celtics and Pyrobel Killester to advance to this weekend’s showdown.SATURDAY Portlaoise Panthers v Team Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s (2pm)Hula Hoops Women’s Division One National CupThis will be a good one! The senior women have a strong team and have only had two losses in the National League so far this season.They beat Limerick Celtics in Round 1 by 19 points and had a huge win over Tipperary Knights in the quarter-final and now they head to Parochial Hall to take on Team Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s.Portlaoise have played twice in the Division 1 National League and come away with one loss and one win, so this is anyone’s game on the day.Panthers will be looking up to players who have been great leaders this season such as Trudy Walker, Sarah Fleming, Ciara Byrne and Deirdre Tomlinson, to name a few.This team have given Panthers’ fans a brilliant season so far and have showed massive character from the beginning under the watchful eye of coach, Peter O’Sullivan.SUNDAYPortlaoise Panthers v UCD Marian (3pm)Hula Hoops U-20 Men’s National CupThese men are on a winning streak so lets hope it continues this weekend in Parochial Hall.In the National Cup they beat Limerick Celtics in Round 1 and overcame Waterford Vikings in the quarter-final.They have been unbeaten in the National League so far.In their last round of the National League, they traveled away with just five fit players, James Phelan, Rian O’Connell, Gary Morrissey, Trevor Swayne, Tom Gbenola, and still maintained their 100% record.They are a team of talents with most playing senior Division 1 National League with Panthers and the experience from the senior grade is clearly standing to them.Vikings will not be the easiest task but if anyone is going to beat them, it’s these guys.Portlaoise Panthers v Singleton Supervalu Brunell (1pm)Hula Hoops U-18 Women‘s National CupThe U-18 team and U-20 team are made up of many of the same group of players minus a few.They beat UU Tigers to contest this weekend’s semi-final in Parochial Hall.With six senior players, this team are a strong outfit with some of the girls contesting the U-18, U-20 and senior cup quarter finals over three days.This is the last of their games so it will be tough on the bodies but they are a team of natural leaders and great character.Nonetheless, the have a strong panel and will no doubt be expecting to advance to the final.Best of luck to all four teams!SEE ALSO – Laois swimmer nominated for Young Athlete of the Year and she needs your votes  TAGSHula Hoops National CupNeptune StadiumParochial HallPortlaoise Panthers Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more