The draw for the 2019/20 Hula Hoops National Cup was made yesterday at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.
There are some interesting clashes in store, as a big Kerry derby looms in the Men’s Pat Duffy National Cup as Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin host Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in what is set to be one of the big games of the opening round.
Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin is sponsored by Peter Keane who guided the Kerry Senior Football team to this year’s All Ireland Football Championship Final.
All eyes will also be in Dublin as Griffith College Templeogue host UCD Marian in another big derby showdown, while Cup holders, Pyrobel Killester, have a bye into the next round.
In the Women’s Paudie O’Connor Cup meanwhile, the two preliminary round games have thrown up two cracking battles as reigning champions Liffey Celtics travel to Cork to face old rivals Ambassador UCC Glanmire, while DCU Mercy host newly-promoted and reigning Women’s Division One cup champions Maree.
Hula Hoops came on board as sponsors with Basketball Ireland ahead of the 2015/16 season and are now entering their fifth year of partnership on the National Cup.
They also backed the two 3×3 Summer events which Basketbal Ireland have staged at Dundrum Shopping Centre and on the seafront in Bray.
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