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November 2013 Volume 5 Issue 2

Fr Mathew’s Basketball Club Monthly Magazine


November 2013 Volume 5 Issue 2


Welcome back to Hoop Scene. As we face into November we can certainly say that the season is well and truly up and running, and what a season it is turning out  to  be  already.  I  don’t  think  I  can  remember  a  more exciting beginning to a campaign for quite a long time. Our girls teams are blazing a real trail so far and congratulations go out to our U16A team again this month on their great win in the Cork County Board U16 tournament.  That’s  trophy  number  two  for  this  very  talented  group  of  young   players. More on this win inside the magazine. We are delighted to announce a new range of club leisure wear which might come in handy as popular Christmas gifts next month. Details of the selection of club gear and how to get them can be found on page 6 of this months edition. November is National Cup month as our teams take on the cream of the clubs around  the  country.  It’s  been  a  mixed  bag  for  us  as  our  U18  Boys  and  Premier   Ladies both advance to the Quarter Finals after fantastic displays in their opening rounds but unfortunately our U20 Boys and Girls both bowed out in the opening round but they certainly flew the Mathew's flag with pride and honour. Our National League team have yet to play their first round game with fellow Cork side Blue Demons. There will be more extensive updates on all these games in the December edition. Many of our players are performing really well for their schools at the moment and  it  looks  like  being  a  very  exciting  season  on  that  front  also  for  Mathew’s   players. Finally, a huge congratulations must go out to five of our young girls who were instrumental  in  Cork  winning  the  BIPP’s  (U15  Schools)  tournament  in  Galway.   Well  done  Abbie  Jeffrey,  Aoife  Gibbons,  Niamh  Foley,  Jen  O’Regan  and  Kaylin   Hughes. Further congratulations are extend to Abbie, Aoife & Niamh for being picked on the Irish U16 Development Squad as a result of their fine performances in the above tournament. Well done girls. Enjoy the issue – enjoy the basketball.


Some of our triumphant U16A Girls parade the Cork Co Board U16 Tournament trophy at half time at the recent National League game v Titans in Chroist Ri. Earlier in the day they came out on top in an exhilarating tournament at the Parochial Hall.

Hoop Scene

Volume 5, Issue 2 – November 2013

Acknowledgements: Thanks to everyone for providing photo’s and news for this latest edition. Stephen O’Mahony (page 8 & 9), Diarmuid Nolan (page 9), Paul Barrett & Ger Gibbons (page 12), Jim O’Mahony (page 13) George Thompson (page 15) Hoop Scene is produced and edited by Pat Connolly (Fr Mathew’s Basketball Club – Cork). All photographs (with the exception of those acknowledged above) are taken by and are the property of Pat Connolly (Fr Mathew’s Basketball Club).


NOTE: Fixtures can be subject to change at relatively short notice. Please check with your coach on the date, time & venue of your matches prior to each game


NOTE: Fixtures can be subject to change at relatively short notice. Please check with your coach on the date, time & venue of your matches prior to each game

Fr Mathew’s website & Facebook page Why not post your comments on our match reports and news updates. Simply click on the report or news update of your choice on our website and leave a comment – it couldn’t be any easier


Fr Mathew’s Club Leisure Wear Our new club leisurewear is now available to buy and we think it would make great Christmas presents for players, supporters and friends. Orders are being taken every Sunday morning at Douglas Community School during our Academy which runs from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Orders are also being put in by some of our teams as they kit themselves out with shooting tops and hoodies etc. Get your order in soon as there is huge interest. You can also order through your coach. Fr Mathew’s Junior Academy

Each weekend we hold our Junior Academy for boys and girls aged between 6 and 9 years of age. The sessions run on Sundays in Douglas Community School from 11:00am to 12:00 noon for girls and from 12:00 noon to 1:00pm for boys. If you know of any boy or girl between the ages of 6 and 9 years of age who would like to take up basketball, be part of a great team structure and most importantly have loads of fun every week then why not put them in contact with Fr Mathew’s at the following numbers: - 087-7905049 or 086-2008807.


Mathew’s U18  Boys  National  Cup  Q/F  – Sunday 8TH December @ Chroist Ri. Come out and support the lads bid  for  glory.  Spread  the  word….and  wear  RED on the day Mathew’s  triumphant   U16A Girls pose for their team photo for the Evening Echo with their two trophies which they won on September (Limerick Celtics Tournament) and October (Cork County Board Tournament)…

…and they then give the photographer a slightly different photo opportunity as they pose in a more relaxed mood. Well done girls, a great start to the season for you all.




Mathew’s U16A Girls triumph in Cork Co Board Tournament Tournament number  two  and  once  again  Mathew’s   were pitted against some of the best teams in the country as they competed in the Cork County Board U16 Tournament in October. Two hard fought victories against Ballincollig and Limerick Celtics meant they ended up qualifying from their pool to meet Waterford Wildcats in the Semi-Final, a game that was sure to be an exciting affair as both sides met in great game in the previous months tournament in Limerick. And indeed, the game certainly lived up to expectations as both sides put on an exhilarating performance. End to The final therefore, matched us end basketball had the large crowd on the edge up against fellow Cork side Brunell. The game was fitting of of their seats throughout. The lead changed hands on many occasions throughout bit it was the final as, once again, some of the most talented players at this Mathew’s  who  came  out  on  top  by  8  points,   age group gave a great display winning in the end by a score line of 44 – 36. of attacking basketball. Despite On the other court the second semi-final was decided in overtime with Brunell shading another playing in their fifth game of the day both sets of players kept great game against Limerick Celtics. going to the end and huge credit must be given to them for their fitness levels. Despite trailing by one at half time  Mathew’s  finally  took   control in the third quarter winning the period 14 – 5 and they never looked back after that. Mathew’s  eventually  prevailed   by a score line of 47 – 37 and took home their second piece of silverware in four weeks.


Mathew’s Division I Men win Tralee Tournament Mathew’s Division  I  Men  travelled  to  Tralee  recently  to  take  part   in  the  St  Brendan’s  Invitational  Tournament  and  after  a  hard   fought final against the host club, came away with the silverware. In a round robin competition they won 3 of their 4 games on the Saturday with their only defeat coming in their opening game against Tralee but the final proved to be sweet revenge as they came away with an 8 point win. Congrates lads, very well done.


Stars of the past & stars of the future Here’s a  blast  from  the  past.   Anyone recognise this chap on the left. He was a star with the North Mon in his playing days and even won a world title playing with them in London. He is a well known coach in the club so it should be relatively easy to narrow it down. Answer  in  next  month’s  edition…

Pictured on the right are our triumphant U15’s  who  led  Cork  to   victory  in  this  year’s  BIPPS  in   Galway. Congratulations (from left to right) Kaylin Hughes, Jen O’Regan,  Niamh  Foley,  Aoife   Gibbons and Abbie Jeffrey. Well done also to coaches Ger Gibbons and Mark Foley

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Be part of the Red Revolution

– Mathew’s Pride –

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY: Sunday 8th December U18 National Cup Q/F v DCU Mercy @ Chroist Ri


Some of  our  U16A  Girls  enjoying  the  National  League  game  between  Mathew’s  and   Titans in October (above) while our U13 Boys (below) are seen in action in their Cork County Board Tournament in the Parochial Hall.

Fr Mathew’s - PO Box

The club has its own PO Box . All correspondence, invoices etc. should be sent to the address below: Fr Mathew’s Basketball Club, PO Box 824, An Post South City Delivery Office, Togher Industrial Estate, Cork.


George Thompson snaps our U13 Boys in monochrome Some great black & white shots of our U13 Boys in action in their recent Cork County Board Tournament taken by George Thompson. Great shots George, thanks for sharing them with us.


Fr Mathew’s v Dragon Crew


Vol 5 issue 2 hoop scene november 2013  
Vol 5 issue 2 hoop scene november 2013