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In Pictures: Some class Sportsfile pictures from Portlaoise Panthers’ National Cup weekend

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The showpiece weekend on the basketball calendar took place over the last few days in Tralee.

Laois club Portlaoise Panthers had an unprecedented four teams taking part in the Hula Hoops National Cup.

There were two Women’s teams and two Men’s teams competing in their respective competitions.

On Saturday morning, the Panthers made a brilliant start as their U-20 Women’s team qualified for the final defeating Liffey Celtics.

Up next was the U-20s who were desperately unlucky to lose out to Dublin Lions. 

Then on Saturday evening, it was the turn of the Senior Women but once again fortune was not on their side as University Ulster Elks triumphed. 

The last of the semi finals was on Sunday morning as the U-18 Men took on Belfast Star where they were once again on the losing side. 

Sportsfile were there at the weekend and they captured some brilliant pictures from the Senior Women and U-20 Men’s games.

Check them out below:

Senior Women

Portlaoise Panthers players ahead of the Hula Hoops Women’s Division One National Cup semi-final
Sinead Melia of Portlaoise Panthers
Sinead Melia of Portlaoise Panthers
Ciara Byrne of Portlaoise Panthers
Claire Melia of Portlaoise Panthers
Sinead Melia of Portlaoise Panthers
Claire Melia of Portlaoise Panthers

U-20 Men

Portlaoise Panthers
Liam Kinsella of Portlaoise Panthers
Portlaoise Panthers head coach Jack Scully
Dejected Portlaoise Panthers players near the end of the Hula Hoops Under 20 Men’s National Cup semi-final
Liam Kinsella of Portlaoise Panthers
Gary Morrissey of Portlaoise Panthers
Sean Condon of Portlaoise Panthers
Trevor Swayne of Portlaoise Panthers
Sean Condon of Portlaoise Panthers
Jack Maguire of Dublin Lions in action against James Phelan of Portlaoise Panthers
James Gormley of Portlaoise Panthers in action against Finn Hughes of Dublin Lions during the Hula Hoops Under 20 Men’s National Cup semi-final
Sean Condon of Portlaoise Panthers and Rian Caverly of Dublin Lions tussle for possession during the Hula Hoops Under 20 Men’s National Cup semi-final match between Portlaoise Panthers and Dublin Lions
12 January 2019; The Portlaoise Panthers team prior to the Hula Hoops Under 20 Men’s National Cup semi-final match between Portlaoise Panthers and Dublin Lions at the Mardyke Arena UCC in Cork. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Portlaoise Panthers head coach Jack Scully
Liam Kinsella of Portlaoise Panthers
James Phelan of Portlaoise Panthers

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