Hoops Magic in Tallaght this Weekend

The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght will be hopping in every way this weekend as the 2019/20 Hula Hoops National Cup finals take centre stage from this evening through to Sunday.

The two marquee finals of the weekend sees the Hula Hoops Pat Duffy National Cup showdown between DBS Éanna and Griffith College Templeogue on court at 8 pm on Saturday night, while Singleton SuperValu Brunell and Pyrobel Killester will battle it out for the Hula Hoops Paudie O’Connor National Cup in a hugely-anticipated match at 5.30 pm on Sunday evening.

Éanna are having a journey of dreams through this season, as they enjoy their first year back in the Super League. Sitting strong in the chasing pack at the top of the league table, Éanna have added an extra bit of history to an already fantastic season as they saw off the challenge of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in the Cup semi-finals to reach their first-ever National Cup final and teeing up a fifth Dublin derby in a row in the Pat Duffy Cup final.

This is the biggest game in the Irish basketball calendar and I am hoping for a positive reaction from my players,” said Éanna head coach, Darren McGovern.

“They have put a tremendous amount of work into the season so far, and we are in good spirits going into Saturday night. If we can stay close to Templeogue in the first half I think we have a chance to make some monumental history for our club.

In the other games around the weekend, the IWA Wheelchair National Cup final is set to be a cracker as old rivals, Rebel Wheelers and Killester WBC face off in what is set to be a superb opening game to the weekend.

This will be followed on Friday evening by the meeting of Portlaoise Panthers and Waterford Wildcats in the women’s U18 final with both teams boasting a host of young Irish internationals across their rosters.

Saturday will see three big games before the Pat Duffy cup final, including the much-anticipated meeting of Moycullen and UCD Marian in the U20 men’s cup final.

Both the men’s and women’s Super League finals will be broadcast live on TG4 on Saturday and Sunday evening, with all other finals streamed live throughout the weekend.

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