The straight-talking, record-breaking O’Reilly brothers are on the verge of another Cup final win for UCC Blue Demons tonight in the National Basketball Arena. They discuss how little coaching there was back in the day and how there’s plenty of it going on in the Mardyke these nights.
Anyone who has been to Upper Glanmire or the UL Sports Arena to watch the two most dominant forces in women’s basketball tussle each other won’t have been as wide-eyed as the casual observer, held in thrall by UL Huskies and Glanmire at the National Basketball Arena last night.
He’s still only 36, but basketball’s Women’s Superleague coach of the year James Weldon has already been coaching for half his life. The trick? Continually pushing himself outside his comfort zone in the search for new methods and insights, even if that’s an obscure tournament in eastern Europe. The UL Huskies coach doesn’t do down time.
No, she’s not related to him. She might be a Galvin, from Finuge, that plays football for Kerry with an astonishing intensity rampaging between the half-back and half-forward lines, so she can understand why you would assume that connection but, as it happens, they’re don’t really know each other.
Mark Scannell has had some close-ups of UCC Demons during his first term as coach to Bord Gáis Neptune before tonight’s National Cup final against UL Eagles at the National Basketball Arena and he believes Demons are “hot favourites” to win.
THE expected pairing for the Women’s SuperLeague National Cup final came together at the weekend when the raging hot favourites, UL, defeated former champions Montenotte Hotel Cork 71-59, and defending champions DCU Mercy, coasted to a 68-30 win over 11890 Killester in the other semi-final.