It’s far too early to be making bold predictions – especially when there are a number of new teams in the league – but things are looking up for the Scotts Lakers.
The 2017/18 season was predictably up and down as St Paul’s tried to reacclimatise to National League basketball but now, with one year under their belt and some exciting new signings in their ranks, the Lakers appear to have all the right ingredients to make a real impression in Division One.
Coach Cormac O’Donoghue is fortunate to have plenty of local talent at his disposal, most notably athletic all-rounder Mark Greene who was excellent last weekend, but ultimately your Americans and your Europeans are likely to be your most influential players. To this end, the Lakers recruited guard Seán O’Brien from the States at the last minute to replace the outgoing Harrison Deneka, who was traded to Galway. If O’Brien’s home debut is anything to go by, that late transfer may prove to be a masterstroke.
O’Brien was outstanding last week against Mathews. He top-scored with 37 points, shooting 12/20 from the field and a perfect 9/9 from the line. But the Philadelphia native is more than just a finisher. For me, the most impressive aspect of his performance was his attitude.
The newcomer worked as hard as (if not harder than) anyone on the floor and showed a degree of selflessness rarely seen in American imports. At 6’2” the former Colgate University star is no giant but he got more offensive rebounds (4) than any of his teammates and he also finished up with four steals. His active hands made things difficult for Mathews all night long and if he can maintain this level of effort, he is sure to become a firm fan favourite here in Killarney.
Dutch big man Papito Hersisia also did well. He racked up 18 points, 14 rebounds and a couple of blocks in a solid outing and he seems to have all the necessary tools to be a dominant force in the league. Last year the Lakers were expecting Antuan Bootle to play that role but I felt he lacked a bit of aggression down low. The Bahamian-American seemed to settle for jump shots a bit too often when realistically a player that big and strong should be doing most of his damage closer to the basket.
Papito likes to shoot as well – and he’s not a bad shooter by the looks of things – but if he can use his huge frame to control the paint, the Lakers will be hard to beat this season.
Last Saturday the home team grabbed nine offensive rebounds (the opposition had 10) but the majority were corralled by guards. In Hersisia and Andrew Fitzgerald the Lakers have great size and athleticism at 4 and 5 so there’s no reason why that number can’t improve over the course of the campaign.
One big positive for Cormac O’Donoghue was the low number of turnovers given up by his new-look team. Turnovers were an issue throughout the Lakers’ comeback season but they were careful with the ball against Mathews, coughing up possession just eight times. Mathews, meanwhile, had 18 turnovers and that differential was undoubtedly one of the deciding factors on the night.
The Lakers are now 3-0 following last night’s victory over the WIT Vikings and they’ll be hoping to make it four from four when they host the UL Eagles today at 3pm at Killarney Sports Centre.
The Eagles remain winless after last night’s 72-73 defeat to LIT but the Lakers will have to keep a close eye on American Tarchee Brown. The former Eastern Connecticut State guard is currently averaging 31 points per game.
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The secret is in the book!
By Michelle Crean The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential. Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into […]
By Michelle Crean
The secret to finding your true happiness is all in a new book which will guide readers to unlock their potential.
Brazilian native Michelle Hadad, who moved to Ireland 14 years ago has written ‘The Secret Box: Concave and Convex’, a 432 page book which addresses the issues of suicide and develops into two different narratives.
It is also a follow up to her previous work ‘The Secret Box…Finding the Key’, a 192 page paperback launched by Michael Healy-Rae TD and reviewed by now retired judge James O’Connor, in October 2017.
Michelle, who studied adult psychology and is a NLP practitioner who encourages clients to transform limiting self-beliefs, explains that this version continues the story of Maria from the first book.
In the first book, the reader compares and contrasts their own life experiences with those of Maria and ask themselves the very question posed at the end of the book in the final chapter or ‘Padlock 13’ – “who are you?”
“Readers are outside the box, they see their own stories – that’s when we judge others,” Michelle told the Killarney Advertiser.
“It is fiction and the story is in two versions, the positive is bigger than the negative. There is always hope regardless of pain.”
She added that people need to forget about what others think, and focus on their own values and traditions.
“It’s a self help book, it doesn’t matter what people think of us, life’s too short. I’m motivating people in a positive way because of my NLP and psychology qualification.”
However, she emphasised that readers don’t have to have read the first book to understand the second one.
“Maria is the leading figure and there’s a few characters from book one but you don’t have to read that to get book two.”
She added that she’s thankful to everyone who helped her along the way.
“I have been blessed to have met so many people to help with my books.”
Both books are available from O’Connor’s Centra, The Reeks and Horans Health Store on Beech Road.
Green light for teen accommodation
By Michelle Crean Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead. An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment. The teens living within the premises […]
By Michelle Crean
Plans for sheltered accommodation to house homeless teenagers in foster care have been given the go ahead.
An Bord Pleanala has approved a three-storey building in Flemings Lane just off High Street, which will have eight bedrooms, two one bedroom apartments and one two bedroom apartment.
The teens living within the premises will be supervised by applicant Eileen O’Brien who will live on the ground floor of the premises.
The two one-bed apartments on the second floor would either be rented out or used for independent living for the teenagers as they reach adulthood.
The two-bed apartment will be on the third floor. There are also plans for balconies at second and third floor levels.
The proposed apartment building is contemporary in design with a mix of stone and render finish on the lower floors and synthetic burned timber finish on the upper floors. The second floor is recessed at the front and the third floor is recessed at the front and the rear with a decorative feature on the front elevation comprising dark grey timber steel poles. The building will also have a flat roof.
Planning permission was granted subject to 14 conditions including a two-metre high boundary wall to be constructed on south, south-western boundaries of the site and there’s to be no overnight commercial guest accommodation.
Fans return to Fitzgerald Stadium after eight months
By Sean Moriarty Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game. Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the […]
By Sean Moriarty
Officials from Fitzgerald Stadium remain hopeful that crowd capacity at the venue can be increased to 500 spectators in time for the Munster final on July 25 – subject to both national health guidelines and Kerry qualifying for the game.
Last Saturday evening’s National League semi-final between Kerry and Tyrone was the first game at the stadium since the 2020 Kerry Petroleum Intermediate Club Football Championship Quarter-Final when Glenbeigh-Glencar played Beaufort on October 4 last year.
Due to current restrictions only 200 fans were allowed attend Saturday’s big match. That will remain in place for Kerry’s opening Munster Championship tie with Clare on June 26.
“It had been more than eight months since Fitzgerald Stadium welcomed back fans to the venue,” stadium PRO Tatyana McGough told the Killarney Advertiser. “Everything went exceptionally well.”
She is hopeful that more restrictions will be eased on July 5, paving the way for an increase in capacity to 500 fans in time for the July 25 Munster Final.
“It is likely that from July 5 up to 500 spectators may be permitted to attend games. We hope this number will increase for the Munster Final. If it is a Cork versus Kerry Munster Final the game will be fixed for Sunday July 25 at 4pm in the Fitzgerald Stadium. The stadium’s staff are very confident in being able to host any number of fans that may be allowed.”
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