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Lions U18 Opening game...

Lions U18 opening game.

The U18 team had a successful start to their North Munster league campaign on Sunday 2nd with a home game against panthers from Ennis. It was a tentative start in the first quarter with Yuji Natsuma opening the scoring and Matthew Sutton following up with 6 points before Greg O’Callaghan found his range and buried 3 big shots to finish with 8 points. Hubert Wierzba opened his account also with a sublime baseline jumper. 18 to 8 at the end of the quarter.

The second quarter saw Jack Coyne and some of the U16 players step up to keep the pressure on Panthers with Greg opening the scoring with a big 3 pointer and Yugi scoring 9 points. Matthew Sutton again dominated the boards with 3 baskets from offensive rebounds. Cameron Di Bendetto finished the quarter with a big 3 pointer. 41 to 16 at half time.

The second half saw some great performances from the U16 players with Christian Ryan scoring his first U18 basket on his birthday Conor Flynn as usual was a rock on defence. Jack Coyne and Brian Murray controlled the play from the point with Greg draining two more 3 pointers and Matthew adding 4 more baskets to his tally. 57 to 30 after 3 quarters.

The final quarter saw Iain Campbell get on the score sheet with some strong inside plays and Cameron and Damian Hrynczuk playing strong defence. Karolis Vitkaitis didn’t reach the heights of his top scoring U16 game  performance but was a big influence on defence and was tightly marked on offence due to his speed and shooting threat. Final score 68 to 38.

Top scorers were Matthew Sutton with 24 points, Greg O’Callaghan with 17 points and Yugi Natsuma with 11 points.


U-16 Game Report 19th Oct

Lions U16 suffered a heavy defeat last Sunday In St Clements against a very strong Neptune side, Neptune had a very tall Squad which Lions found  very difficult to play against.

Next up for lions is a tournament in Thurles on Nov 1st which the players are looking forward to bouncing back to their winning ways....


U-12 Game Report 19th Oct

Lions U/12 had a great win over Neptune last Sunday in St Clements in a great game played by both sides which went into overtime. Coach Harry Coyne got his combination of player’s right and this seemed to work well for the young Lions squad.


There were great performance from our senior players Reece Barry had a brilliant game along with AJ Walsh, Daniel McDermott and Finn Martin. The ever improving Egor Bodrov and Kaspar Wasik had a fine game on defence. Playing his first Cork game was Alan Fitzgerald who impressed with great defence on Neptune point guard with some great steals.


Missing some regular players coach Coyne called up some of the U11 players who did not leave him down with good performance from Rory Considine, Nathan Stanners , Stephen Shaw ,Daniil Sidorovor, Alfi Mc Coy  and George McInerney.

This was the first time Lions have beaten a Neptune team since we started playing in the Cork League  and Coach Coyne said he was so proud of all players in the squad .



Lions U14 Squad continue strong start to their Cork League Campaign

Lions V Limerick Celtics

The U14’s next opposition would be local rivals, Limerick Celtics. This Cork League game was played at Salesians Gym. The Lions boys were adamant to make up for the marginal loss against Fr.Matthews the week before and came out of the blocks blazing. Ronan Cregan and Nathan Moore played superbly together and ran up a lot of early scored. Joey Byrnes who is improving every game was solid at the point guard position and also picked off some lovely scores. Denis Kolomiyets, Iarlaith Cosgrove and Jack Ryan played solid defense and also secured several rebounds. In the second quarter, the Lions boys continued to run in scores and secured a 20 point half time lead.

In the third quarter, Andrew McMahon used his physically to dominate the boards on both ends of the floor while also scoring numerous baskets. Dylan Sutton hit some beautiful outside shots and Nathan Moore put on a scoring clinic, hitting 3 pointers, drives to the basket and several 3 point plays.

In the end, the Lions boys had a comfortable win.

It was great to see the younger squad members starting to find their feet………. Ben Garry ran the fast break brilliantly. Josh Mulhare is showing glimpses of just how much of an offense threat he can be. Jack Ryan has a knack of being in the right place at the right time and picked up a lovely offensive rebound and a score late in the game. Josh Callahan was just brilliant on defense and also scored a lovely fast break lay-up.

Well done to all the U14 squad players for their hard work so far this season.


Lions U14 Squad make a strong start to their Cork League Campaign

Lions VFr.Matthews

Our U14 squad kicked off their Cork League campaign with an away visit to Fr.Matthews in Douglas on Saturday 4th October. After a bit of a nervous start, the Lions players settled down with Joey Byrnes and Nathan Moore combining for some great scores in the first quarter. Ronan Cregan and Denis Kolomiyets used their experience and height by grabbing several rebounds from our opponents. One of the squad’s youngest players, Nicolas Timakovs also played in the first quarter and held his own against strong opposition.

The second quarter introduced Dylan Sutton, Andrew McMahon, Sean Roche, Josh Mulhare and Josh Callahan. The Lions boys really stepped on the gas in this quarter with Andrew McMahon and Dylan Sutton getting some brilliant fast break scores. Josh Mulhare and Josh Callahan hustled the Fr.Matthews players intensely and created numerous opportunities for the team to score. Sean Roche used his experience well and played solid defence.

There was nothing to separate the two teams with the score tied at the end of the third quarter. Andrew McMahon kept pulling down the rebounds, while Dylan Sutton continued to score on the fast break and Nathan Moore showed some clinical finishing from our set plays. With Lions leading by 5 points with 1min 40 sec left to play, Nathan Moore was fouled out. Fr.Matthews clawed their way back into the game and with less than 10 seconds remaining, they scored a basket to tie the game. . . . . . . . .  OVERTIME. . . . . . .  . . .

Again there was noting between the teams in the overtime period, but unfortunately, it wasn’t to be our day and Fr.Matthews won the game by just one basket!





U-16 Game Report 1

Limerick Lions U/16 had a brilliant win over Fr Mathews in Cork last Saturday...

Travelling with 8 players it was going to be a tough game to win in Cork but Lions fitness paid off in the end.

Making his debut at U/16 this season was Cathal Morrissey who at 6ft 3 was a power house on the boards who along with the experienced Ian Campbell controlled our defensive boards.

Leading our attack was point guard Jack Coyne who chipped in a massive 22pt.  Karolis Vitkaitis also played a vital role in this win along with Christian Ryan with some great defence and steals.

Also making their debut at this level were Eoin O Donnell  and Conor Flynn who was back from injury.  Damien Hrynczuk coming off the bench did well and shows great potential  going forward.

The game finished with Lions winning 43-36 in a great display.

Coach Harry Coyne said lions Fitness paid off in the end.


U-12 Game Report 1

Limerick Lions U/12 Game Report:

Lions U/12’s started their Cork league campaign last Saturday with a trip to Fr Mathews.

This was a debut for a number of players who moved up from U/10 and made a good impression with Stephen Shaw , Rory Considine , Alfie McCoy,Niall Roche, Adam O Donnell,Egor Bodrov,Daniil Sidorovs, Jack Moynihan,all playing in Cork for the first time.

The more experienced players who put in  very good performances on the day were Reece Barry, Daniel Mc Dermott, Ajay Ryan Walsh and Finn Martin.

Coach Harry Coyne was very happy with the way Lions played having gone down in the 1st qtr, they fought back in the remaining qtrs and just lost out in the end to Fr Mathews .


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