BASKETBALL: Paudie O’Connor Cup

Killester move on to face Meteors

by Aaron Dunne
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Defending Paudie O’Connor Cup champions Pyrobel Killester ran out 82-75 victors against University of Galway Mystics in a close encounter at IWA Clontarf.

Their Ireland internationals Claire Melia and Michelle Clarke displayed some good form ahead of next Sunday’s FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2025 Qualifiers against France, with 26 and 21 points.

Speaking after the game Pyrobel Killester captain Clarke said: “Galway is a really tough matchup for us, they shoot the ball extremely well which is always really tough, it’s win or get home so down the stretch we had some big plays. Delighted to come away with the win and get into the next game.”

They will play Trinity Meteors next, a repeat of last year’s final.

Elsewhere, In the Presidents’ Cup Mater Private Malahide won 90-73 at Team Northwest, Drogheda Wolves had a 96-88 road success at Titans BC, Limerick Celtics defeated SETU Waterford Vikings 101-93 and UCD Marian narrowly defeated Kavanagh’s Portlaoise Panthers 72-69. There was a comfortable win for SETU Carlow 111-78 at Scotts Lakers Killarney, while Moy Tolka Rovers also eased to a 91-67 success over Killarney Cougars.

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