Hula Hoops National Cup basketball championship launches

Hula Hoops teams up with Basketball Ireland to promote fun and fitness for all ages


Brand Central

5 October 2015

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Hula Hoops has teamed up with Basketball Ireland to sponsor the 2015-2016 Hula Hoops National Cup – which sprung into action on Saturday, 3 October.

Over 50 teams went into the drum for the senior cup competitions with defending Men’s National Cup champions C&S UCC Demons drawing UL Eagles in the first round. Premier League newcomers Eanna will face GCD Swords Thunder.

In the Women’s National Cup, holders Team Montenotte Hotel avoided Round One and will meet the winners of Portlaoise Panthers versus Singleton SuperValu Brunell in the quarter finals. The format of the competition reverts to single-leg knock out for the 2015/2016 season.

Portlaoise Panthers’ promotion to the Women’s League means they can’t defend their Senior Women’s National Cup trophy while 2015 finalists Oblate Dynamos travel to IT Carlow in Round One.

The President’s National Cup has thrown up a novel pairing as the first and second teams of St. Vincent’s must play each other for a place in the quarter-finals. Holders C&S Blue Demons meet Queens Basketball in Round One.

All 38 National League teams gathered at the National Basketball Arena for the Cup draw and the National League season launch.

Hula Hoops brand manager, Niamh O’Dea, said: “We are delighted to announce the new sponsorship of Basketball Ireland’s Hula Hoops National Cup 2016.”

“Basketball is one of the fastest growing and most exciting sports in Ireland and Hula Hoops are the country’s favourite take home snack, which make this team a winning combination.

“Together Hula Hoops and Basketball Ireland hope to promote fun and fitness for all ages because Fun Never Grows Up!”

Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup Draw 2015/2016: Round 1: Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell v Portlaoise Panthers. Quarter Final: Team Montenotte Hotel v Winner Game 1; Courtyard Liffey Celtics v Meteors BC; Maxol WIT Wildcats v UL Huskies; Pyrobel Killester v DCU Mercy.

Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup Draw 2015/2016: Round 1 (2 Legs): UL Eagles v C&S UCC Demons; SSE Airtricity v Templeogue; GCD Swords Thunder v Eanna BC; Belfast Star v Pyrobel Killester.



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