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Lions Seniors Win Inaugural North Munster Open Tournament !

Congratulations to Limerick Lions Men's senior team (in picture) who won the North Munster Area Board Men's senior open tournament in UL arena last Saturday. Dave Barry's side beat UL, Cork Celts and Newport Glen Cruisers to secure victory in the inaugural running of this tournament which provided an entertaining day's basketball for all in attendance in the UL arena. Charles Flynn, Rando Kozlov, Diarmuid O'Donovan and Raido Koiv were outstanding for Lions throughout the tournament.

 

Lions U-16's are North Munster League Champions Again !

Limerick Lions have won the North Munster U-16 league title for an impressive third year in a row.

Under the expert guidance of head coach Diarmuid O'Donovan, the Lions boys are actually undefeated in three years of North Munster league competition.

This season's squad is as good as any of its predecessors and secured the title in a gripping contest away to Limerick Celtics on 17th February last.

Dod's Boys will represent the North Munster league in the All-Ireland club championships in Galway on the weekend of April 13th/14th.

Back-row (left to right) Adam Barry, Hubert Wierzba, Matthew Sutton, Ian Coates, Aaron Madden, Diarmuid O'Donovan (head-coach),

Front-row (left to right) Shane Moore, Conor Cullen, Brian Murray, Cian Collins, Greg O'Callaghan, Cameron Di Benedetto.

   

Limerick Lions basketball club report - 3rd March 2013

Lions hosted a major U-10 blitz in St Clements last Sunday in which a total of 8 teams participated. Lions U-10's (in picture) were represented by 2 teams, coached expertly by Brendan Kelly and Nigel Briganti, and there were some great scoring performances from Reece Barry, Josh Mulhare, AJ Ryan Walsh, Jack Golden & Jamie Downey. Also Adam McNamara, Finn Martin, Dylan O’Leary, Alan Fitzgerald, Egor Bodrov & Alex Healy passed the ball well and defensively Daniil Sidorovs, Adam Lengen, Ryan Briganti & Ethan Mulcahy performed strongly. Visiting teams Moycullen (Galway) and a very strong Killorglin (Kerry) team gave good performances as well as local clubs Limerick Celtics and Lakers who all proved that under-age basketball's popularity is strong. Jack Golden of Lions won the "Hot Seat" competition and Moycullen took home the “Knock Out” award in a close contest. Thanks to all participating teams and to referees Jason Barry and Harry Coyne for making the event an entertaining mornings basketball with plenty of up and coming talent on show.

In other action, Lions participated in the James Hobbert memorial U-17 tournament in Tralee last Saturday. Lions lost the opening game by a single point to eventual finalists Fr Matthews and then beat Killorglin in the next game. The Lions just missed out on a semi-final place, losing again by a single point to Ballincollig, in a game that was packed with incident. Diarmuid O'Shea, Shane McNamara and Adam Barry were outstanding in this tournament for the Lions and there were fine performances also from David O'Connell, Luke Ryan, Joe Dudley and Cian Collins.

 

Limerick Lions basketball club report - 17th February 2013

In a very busy week for Limerick Lions, pride of place goes to the U16's (in picture) who clinched the North Munster league title by winning a tough away win over Limerick Celtics. Lions got off to a great start and led by 8 at the end of the first, but Celtics came fighting back and trimmed the lead to 4 at half-time. Both teams traded baskets in a very exciting final quarter until the Lions pulled away in the last minute to win by 8. Matthew Sutton, Cian Collins, Aaron Madden, Ian Coates and Adam Barry were outstanding for the Lions. Diarmuid O'Donovan's boys now march forward to the All-Ireland club championship in Galway in April.

There was also a great win for Lions U-14 B side over Celtics B and these boys have shown huge improvement under the guidance of coaches Cian McDonnell and DJ Bono. Stand-out players for the Lions were Eoin O'Donnell, Ben Murphy, Evan Griffin, James Tierney and Cian McDonnell.

Lions U-18 had a comfortable win over Celtics with Lions international forward Diarmuid O'Shea chalking up a career-high 39 points.

Lions U-12 and U-14 conceded victory to strong Celtics sides. The U-12's under the astute guidance of Trevor Moore were particularly unlucky to narrowly lose out in a nail-biting finish but certainly have stars of the future in Nathan Moore, Dylan Sutton and Joey Byrne.

There was high drama in Newport earlier in the week as Lions seniors came from 8 points down in an amazing final minute to steal a win over Glen Cruisers. With the Glen Cruisers in possession and seemingly about to close out the game, a rejection by Diarmuid O'Donovan released Paul Horkan to win the game on a spin move lay-up with the final buzzer ringing in his ears. Dave Barry's team remain undefeated this season.

   

Limerick Lions Annual Table Quiz 2013 - Friday March 1st

Limerick Lions Annual Table-quiz will be held on Friday 1st March at 9pm in Bobby Byrnes Pub, O’ Connell Avenue.  As well as raising vital funds for the club this is always a fun social event that we are sure you will enjoy.

Please contact Brendan @ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 087-6296109 if you would like to enter a team (€40 for a team of 4).

Also we will gratefully accept any prizes that you would like to donate to the quiz-night raffle.

 

Limerick Lions basketball club report - 3rd February 2013

Limerick Lions hosted Ballincollig last Sunday in the Cork league at U-14 and U-16 and there were mixed fortunes as Harry Coyne's U-14's recorded a famous come-back victory while Dod's U-16's conceded defeat to an impressive Ballincollig side. The U-14 game provided tremendous excitement as the Lions came back to snatch the win after being as much as 15 points down in the third quarter. A steal and break-away lay-up by Conor O'Leary was the deciding score in the dying seconds of a pulsating encounter. In spite of being without key forwards and conceding a major height advantage, the Lions were driven on by the outstanding Cameron Di Benedetto, Jack Coyne, Jazz Pendejito and Iain Campbell to record a very satisfying win and maintain an impressive winning record in the Cork league this season. Lions U-16's went down to a Ballincollig side who gave an exhibition of 3-point shooting. There were impressive performances for Lions from Adam Barry, Matthew Sutton, Greg O'Callaghan and Hubert Wierzba.

   

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