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Lakers looking to finish 2017 with a flourish

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ANOTHER home win could set the tone for a successful New Year for Scotts Lakers in National League: Division 1 basketball. Scotts Lakers will host EJ Sligo All-Stars at 3pm this Saturday, December 30, in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre in the final game of the first phase of the 2017/18 Division 1 season. This fixture was initially supposed to be played two weeks ago but the away team were unable to travel due to adverse weather conditions.

The league will be divided into two in the New Year and both sides are already guaranteed to be playing in Division 1B when the competition restarts on January 13.

It has been an up-and-down year so far for the Lakers as they’ve struggled to find their rhythm in their first year back in the National League.

This home game against bottom-of-the-table Sligo should provide Cormac O’Donoghue’s team with a good opportunity to head into 2018 in positive form.

Sligo started the season strongly with wins over LIT and the Portlaoise Panthers but things began to fall apart when they lost heavily to Killorglin at the start of October. They haven’t won since.

Their current run of ten consecutive losses is the worst any team has had this season and has left them joint bottom with a points difference of -225.

This is the All-Stars’ second year back in the league but they sampled some success at the beginning of 2017 as they made it all the way to the final of the President’s Cup. They eventually lost to Cork kingpins Neptune, 97-85.

The Lakers will be gunning for some President’s Cup success of their own when they face Ballincollig in Cork on January 6. Their superb 85-92 win away to Fr Mathews in Cork sent them through to the semi-final and next weekend’s clash with Sligo will provide them with a good opportunity to prepare for their biggest game of the season to date.
 


 
Above: Antuan Bootle, Scotts Lakers St Paul's, scores a basket despite attention from Gary Walsh, David Murray and Darragh O'Sullivan, Neptune, in a recent National League Division One basketball clash in Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre. Pic: Eamonn Keogh

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Killarney competitors bring home the medals

By Michelle Crean It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich. Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the […]

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By Michelle Crean

It was a great weekend for Killarney as Brazilian jiu jitsu competitors took home medals from the AJP Switzerland International Tour in Zurich.

Members of Movement & Fitness Club competed against the world’s finest athletes which led to them bringing home amazing results.After a great fight Matthew Morris made it into the semi-finals.Ewelina Downey received two gold medals in Gi and NOGI fights, just two months after her promotion to blue belt.The club’s coach, Wilson Da Silva, also competed for the first time as a brown belt, and won gold in the Gi category and silver in NOGI.”The results don’t lie,” he said.”The hard work, dedication, commitment and passion pays off. Impossible is nothing, and that’s what we are trying to teach our students in Movement & Fitness Club Killarney.”Martial Arts helps to fight depression, bulling, obesity, and builds up self esteem and confidence, he explained.”There is no ego, no one is better, we are all the same trying to learn from each other, helping and correcting ourselves so we become better together. Our club is filling up with amazing students from age four up who connect with us by the same passion and love for the sport. If you are looking to change your life come and join our family.”

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Ian makes his debut as a radio presenter

By Sean Moriarty Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week. The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017. Since the accident he has been a […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Ian O’Connell said he is delighted with the messages of support following his first broadcast as a presenter on Radio Kerry this week.

The well-known and popular Killarney man was left with life-changing injuries after falling from his bike in Killarney National Park in 2017.

Since the accident he has been a champion for the less fortunate under his mantra: “If you can’t stand up – standout”.

This was the inspiration behind his brand new radio show which aired for the first time on Wednesday evening.

‘Stand Out with Ian O’Connell’ will feature interviews with people who have overcome great adversary to reach even greater heights.

His first guest was fellow Killarney man Jordan Lee. The Paralympian represented Ireland in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.

“I was used to being in the studio from people interviewing me, but this time I turned the table,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was great to have Jordan on, two Killarney men! I really enjoyed it, it got a massive reaction and I got loads of emails and messages afterwards and into Thursday morning.”

Ian will reveal his guest for the show on the previous Monday through various social media channels.

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