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Limerick Lions basketball club report - 2nd December 2012

Limerick Lions seniors (in picture), coached by Dave Barry, maintained their perfect winning record this season with a 70 to 50 points win over Litpol in the North Munster league last Sunday in St Clements college. The team of Russian nationals certainly put it up to Lions and led for much of the first half. However, once Lions ace shooters Diarmuid "Dod" O' Donovan and Rando Kozlov found their range, there was only going to be one winner. O' Donovan top-scored with 23 points with Kozlov notching 18 and there were fine performances also from Aaron Lynch, Matthew Collins and "Bono" Kavanagh. In other action last weekend Harry Coyne's U-14 team had two good displays with a narrow loss to Blue Demons in the Cork cup on Friday and bouncing back with a comfortable win over Limerick Lakers on Sunday. Lions U-14 B team which is coached by Bono Kavanagh and Cian McDonnell also put in a good performance against Lakers. Best for Lions U-14's were Jazz Pendejito, Ben Murphy, Iain Campbell and Nathan Moore. Lions U-16's had a comfortable win over Lakers with Adam Barry notching up a very impressive 30 points. Lions U-18's went down by 10 to Lakers in an entertaining game with decent performances from David O'Connell, Darragh O'Connor and Luke Ryan.


Limerick Lions basketball club report - 25th November 2012

Lions U12’s (in picture) secured their second victory in the North Munster league on Sunday 25th November against the Limerick Lakers. This was always going to be a closely fought game as both sides have some fine basketball players in their squads.

The young Lions players started off the first quarter in great style with Dylan Sutton, Andrew McMahon, Joey Byrne and Scott Bridges combining for some great early scores. Ronan Cregan used his height advantage well to dominate the opposition near to the basket.

The Lions led by just a few points at the end of the first quarter. With the introduction of five fresh players for the second quarter, the Lions maintained this lead at half time thanks to some great play by Adam Long, Iarlaith Cosgrove, Nathan Moore, Sean Roche and Luke Fitzgerald. As usual Luke proved to be a serious thorn in the opposition’s side pulling down rebound after rebound.

The third quarter swung in the Lakers favour after Andrew McMahon got into foul trouble. The Lakers ate into the Lions lead making it a tied ball-game going into the fourth quarter. The Lions needed their more experienced players such as Nathan Moore and Dylan Sutton to step-up to the mark, and they didn’t disappoint. Nathan scored some exceptional baskets down the stretch while Dylan nailed a number of long-range jump shots and with great support from Adam Long, Denis Kolomiyets and Iarlaith Cosgrove, the Lions finished with a comfortable win.

In other juvenile action last weekend, Lions U-14's travelled to Cork on Saturday last for an open tournament and put in some good displays, narrowly losing to Ballincollig in the quarter-final after beating Galway Titans. Lions U-16's travelled to Cork last Friday evening to play Neptune in the Cork championship. Despite a fine display by Matthew Sutton with 18 points, an under-strength Lions side bowed out of this years championship to a strong Neptune side.


Limerick Lions basketball club report - 18th November 2012

Lions U-18's (in picture) and seniors had comfortable wins in the North Munster league last weekend. On Friday night Lions seniors took care of business with an impressive win over Newport Glen Cruisers to maintain their 100% winning record this season. Rando Kozlov was the stand-out player for Lions with 30 points while there were fine contributions also from young debutants Diarmuid O'Shea with 13 and Matthew Collins with 12 points. On Sunday Lions U-18's were far too strong for a young Celtics side. The main feature of this game was the impressive scoring performance of David O'Connell with 30 points. He was well assisted by Luke Ryan and Darragh O'Connor with 14 points apiece. A number of  Lions U-18 players attended international trials in Dublin and Galway last weekend. An initial squad of 24 for the 2014 European championships will be announced this week, so the very best of luck to all players involved.


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Limerick Lions basketball club report - 11th November 2012

Lions U-10's and U-8's (in picture), coached by Brendan Kelly and Nigel Briganti had some great games against Lakers in St Clements college recently. The Limerick Lions basketball nursery is held every Sunday in St Clements college gym from 11am to 12pm and welcomes boys from 6 to 10 years of age who are interested in learning the skills of basketball.

In other juvenile action Lions U-14's and U-16's had a busy weekend with Cork league fixtures on Saturday away to Limerick Celtics and on Sunday at home to Blue Demons of Cork. There were mixed fortunes as under-strength Lions sides conceded defeat to Celtics on Saturday but bounced back with wins over Blue Demons on Sunday. Niall Sweeney, Neville O'Sullivan, Mark Shiels and Jack Coyne performed well for Harry Coyne's U-14 side while Ian Coates, Matthew Sutton, Aaron Madden and Greg O'Callaghan impressed for Diarmuid O'Donovan's U-16's.


Limerick Lions basketball club report - 4th November 2012











Last Sunday was a busy day in St Clements as Lions hosted local rivals Limerick Celtics in U-12, U-14 and U-16 games. Lions U-10's also played Limerick Lakers and Lions seniors kicked off their league campaign against Newcastlewest. For Lions U-10's the performances of Reece Barry, Adam McNamara, AJ Ryan-Walsh and Finn Martin caught the eye in some very good games against the Limerick Lakers. Then it was the turn of Trevor Moore's U-12's (in picture) and they did not disappoint either with a well-deserved win over the Celtics. The young Lions players started the first quarter in great style with Dylan Sutton and Joey Byrne combining for some great scores. Conor McGurren and Ronan Cregan used their height advantage well to dominate the opposition and Luke Fitzgerald was pulling down rebound after rebound. With the introduction of five fresh players for the second quarter, the Lions led at half time thanks to some great play by Adam Long, Scott Bridges, Denis Kolomiyets,  Iarlaith Cosgrove, Nathan Moore and Andrew McMahon. With just a two point lead going into the fourth quarter, the Lions needed their more experienced players such as Nathan Moore and Andrew McMahon to step-up to the mark, and they did not disappoint. With great support from Adam Long, Sean Roche and Iarlaith Cosgorve, Nathan and Andrew combined to create some very important scores and led the young Lions safely home to their den.

In other action Lions U-14 A and B teams both lost narrowly to the Celtics in exciting finishes while Lions U-16 had a comfortable win over Celtics in their crucial local derby which will go a long way towards determining All-Ireland qualification. Mark McGarry, Neville O'Sullivan, Ben Murphy, Eoin O'Donnell and Conor Flynn were the pick of Lions U-14 players while Ian Coates, Aaron Madden and Adam Barry impressed for Diarmuid O'Donovan's U-16 team. In senior action Dave Barry's team had a good win over Newcastlewest and the Lions are looking strong again this year and are bolstered by the return of Diarmuid O'Donovan from the UL Eagles. Dod had a fine game with 15 points as did Rando Kozlov, who top-scored with 21 as Lions won by 10 in an entertaining game.


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