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KABB Scene BY PRO Murt Murphy   23/11/2015

Div. I Mens:


Flynn secures win for Cougars as St Marys falter late on


Killarney Cougars   70                                          St Marys Castleisland   64

The Cougars hosted St Marys at the Pres Gym and a full strength Cougars just about held on for victory against St Marys in a tense finish. Cougars were very quick into their stride and dominated most of the opening half, Cougars Alan Flynn and Jordan sharing six three pointers and additional excellent baskets by the Eugene Bowler in the first half lay the foundations for the win with Declan Culhane 6 points and Seamus Brosnan 8 keeping the visitors in contention 36-31 at halftime. 

Cougars had a very good third quarter to increase the lead 53-42 with St Marys rotation disrupting their game with Cougars again using their physical advantage with Pa Murphy, Dan Doonan and Tomas Armonas all proving tough opposition on the boards for a youthful St Marys team. 

The Cougars were a very tired team and struggled through the final quarter with St Marys shutting down the Cougars three point shooters and they began to run the floor well to cut the Cougars lead down to just a basket. With Cougars reeling they were fortunate to benefit from foul trouble for the visitors and a couple of technical fouls by St Marys sent Cougars to the line to make the game safe with Alan Flynn securing the first win of the season with St Marys just missing out in a very entertaining contest for the good attendance.


Div. III Women’s:


Late flourish enough for Cougars


Gneeveguilla   32            Killarney Cougars   36

A good attendance in Rathmore enjoyed a good contest as the Cougars came from behind early in the second quarter and held onto the lead in a tense final quarter. The home side had the best of the opening quarter as they led 14-10 with baskets by Rachel Brosnan Loretto O'Leary and Shauna Guerin with Cougars finishing the quarter with a three on the buzzer by Fiona McSweeney.

Cougars dominated the second quarter to lead 22-19 at halftime with Caroline Kelly and McSweeney both contribution good baskets. The sides went basket for basket in the third quarter with Ciara Meaney 4 pts for Cougars with Gneeveguilla Rachel Brosnan 4 pts and a good basket on the buzzer by Loretto O'Leary put just the minimum between the teams 29-28 to Cougars.

The Cougars picked up the tempo in the closing stages and better team work produced some good scores to ease Cougars ahead despite late pressure by the home side.  

Best for Cougars on this occasion were Caroline Kelly, Ciara Meaney, Fiona McSweeney, Lourdes Ylla and Deborah Murphy with Gneeveguilla having strong performances form Rachel Brosnan, Shauna Guerin and Yvonne O'Riordan.


U-16s Div. 2 Girls:

Suarez on the mark for Cahersiveen

Cahersiveen 49           St Bridget’s 29

St Bridget’s made the journey to South Kerry, but  a strong start by Cahersiveen saw them go 6 -0 up thanks to Johanna Vogel,  Ciara Quigley, and  Sarah Landers dominating  the boards.
Strong play by Joyce O’Connor scoring 13 points for St Bridget’s closed the gap to 18 -17 to Cahersiveen, just before half time.
Start of third quarter saw Cahersiveen Siofra O’Shea control offence very well.
Great shooting from Ester Suarez draining 19,  Eva Murphy 11, and  Siofra O’Shea with  10 points. Cahersiveen attacking threat proved too much in 3rd and 4th quarter with 3 excellent point guards breaking the full court man to man press, the home side ran out comfortable winners.

U/12 girls Pool Game:

St Bridget’s 20                       . St. Paul's 32..
It was a very tight first quarter in Currow hall on Wednesday night with Tara Donnellan scoring for St. Paul's and Emma Buckley and Hillary O’ Connor getting baskets for the home side. Both teams gave it their all in the 2nd half showing great determination, with baskets from Doireann O’Sullivan of St Bridget’s and Kate O’Donoghue of St. Paul's .the game was unbelievably exciting.   However St. Paul's pulled away in the last 2 mins winning by 12points after a good contest.

Ladies Div. 2 County League

Roche stars for St Brendan’s

TK Lixnaw 20 St. Brendan’s 40


St. Brendan’s got off to the best possible start to lead by 8 points at the end of the first quarter with some fantastic teamwork running the bench. There were some outstanding performances throughout from St. Brendan’s but Carmel Roche in particular providing significant possession by winning a number of rebounds. St. Brendan’s maintained their control to lead by seven 21-14 at the half time break. In the third quarter St. Brendan’s upped their intensity and stretched their advantage to 20 points 36 -16 going into the 4th. In a low scoring final period St. Brendan’s saw the win out comfortably on a final scoreline of 40-20.


Top scorers: Carmel Roche 6, Erika Roche 6, Claire O’Sullivan 5, Laura Griffin 4, Isa Cervera 4:

Boys U-18 Div. 1 County League

Leonard stars as Imperials win

St. Brendan’s 48 Tralee Imperials 61


Tralee Imperials claimed victory in a very well contested local derby with St. Brendan’s played at Presentation Gym last Sunday. Imperials got off to a much better start and led by eleven 19-8 at the end of the first quarter. It was a lead they would maintain throughout the game and it was testament to St. Brendan’s that they went score for score with their local rivals from there on.

The second quarter saw Brendan’s find their range but Imperials still managed to edge the quarter by 2 points and held a 13 point advantage at the half time break as the host defence struggled with the attacking threat of Dara Devine and Ryan Leonard.

 However Brendan’s shooting improved considerably in the second half and with Dominic Craig, Ama Lelental and Kasparas Bulrytlas landing some fine scores the home side went basket for basket in the third and fourth quarters. Imperials managed to keep their lead in double figures and saw out their win in style by thirteen in the end on a scoreline of 61-48.


Players and scorers: Kasparas Bulrytlas 18, Dominic Craig 11, David McCarthy 8:

KABB Scene

BY PRO Murt Murphy


Div. 1 Women’s:


Top lady footballers boost for Cougars who beat Imperials:


Tralee Imperials   49           Killarney Cougars   54


Tralee hosted the Killarney Cougars Ladies in Mounthawk and the visitors continued their good start to the season with a hard earned away victory. Cougars lined out with two well-known debutants, Kerry Ladies stars, Aisling Leonard and Louise Ni Mhuircheartaigh both adapting well to the basketball courts with good performances against a youthful Tralee side. The more experienced Cougars were made to work hard all the way and needed all their experienced performers to step up in the closing minutes to create a safe lead from the home side. 

The sides were level 38-38 entering the final quarter with Cougars enjoying a very good spread of scores in the final quarter to push ahead with Emir O'Neill, Chloe O'Doherty and Cassandra Buckley getting some vital scores when it mattered most, Tralee had good performances from Ryan, Fitzgerald and Carmody but their young team tired in the tough closing stages as the Cougars continued their winning start to the season.  



U-18:  Boys Div. 1:

Leonard stars for Imperials despite O’Sullivan’s scoring spree

 Gneeveguilla 66            Tralee Imperials 82
This game was an exciting and close shootout for 3 quarters, after which the score was 51 each. Shane O'Sullivan (33 pts) and Connie O'Connor (13 pts) led the home team's scoring, while Imperials were led by Irish International Ryan Leonard (son of Tigers legend Ricardo) (30 pts) and Keelan Crowe (21 pts). Imperials proved too strong in the 4th quarter to ease to an 82-66 victory.

Ladies Div3:

Moynihan drains buzzer beater for first ever wins

Gneeveguilla 46                                       TK Vixens 45
It was a game that Vixens looked in control of as they led by 14 with 5 mins left on the clock.  Healy (13 pts) and Ahern (10pts) led Vixens scoring. Gneeveguilla were led by Loretto O'Leary (10 pts), Sarah Murphy (9 pts), and Catherine O'Sullivan (8 pts). Gneeveguilla launched a dramatic comeback in those last few minutes, with every steal, every point being loudly cheered by the fans, and when Miriam Moynihan scored the winning basket with 30 secs left, the celebrations of Gneeveguilla's first ever ladies win could begin.


U14 Boys Div. 2: 

Ravens swoop on Imperials:

 Rathmore Ravens 46:  Tralee Imperials 33

This proved to be an close, exciting and sporting game right up to the last quarter, when the Ravens pulled away, winning on a scoreline of 46 - 33.
The first quarter was close ending on a score of 11-6, Alan Dineen scoring 5 of the points. Baskets also by Daniel Herlihy, Kieran Fitzgerald and Ian O' Connor....
The 2nd quarter was very close with Cian Godley being on target for Imperials but great running by James Darmody added more points to the Ravens score.
The 3rd quarter was low scoring but fast paced and exciting with chances missed on both sides. Ian O' Connor made great runs for the Ravens and scored 2 baskets. Kieran Fitzgerald and Cathal Ryan defended well.
The Ravens upped the ante in the last quarter outscoring the Tralee team 21-10, with Alan Dineen getting 11 of those points for the Ravens.  Great defending by Sean Kennedy and PJ McAuliffe and Cathal Ryan reduced Imperials scoring ability.

County League Ladies Div. 2:

Michael wins the battle of the Saints

St. Brendan’s 39   St. Michael’s Lixnaw 53


St. Brendan’s started well and in an evenly contested opening quarter the sides were locked at 6 points apiece. The home side then took the initiative in the second quarter and with scores from Claire O’Sullivan, Laura Griffin and Katelyn Sullivan, St. Brendan’s led by a single point 24-23 at the half time break. However the visitors found their range in the third quarter and took a seven point 37-30 lead into the final quarter and continued to dominate in the latter stages of the game to see out the win on a scoreline of 53-39.


Players and scorers: Claire O’Sullivan 12, Laura Griffin 9, Katelyn Sullivan 5:

U11 Boys Div.  1 Academy:


Cougars earn early bragging rights in local derby



St Pauls   14                    Killarney Cougars    16 

The Cougars boys made the short journey across town to the Sports & Leisure Centre to play Pauls and the Cougars came away with the points to record back to back wins with victory over the town rivals.

Cougars had to come from behind after a slow start to hold six point lead in the closing stages and had to defend some late pressure from the home side before deservedly securing another good win. Cougars again enjoyed a good spread of scores throughout the team with the best performances coming from Maidchi Lynch, Victor Lopez and Rocco Sheehan for the Cougars with Mark Sheehan and Daniel Murphy trying hard for Pauls. Cougars will look to bring their good run to Killorglin for the Cup game for their next outing. 




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