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National League: Division 1
Scotts Lakers v Bad Bob’s Tolka Rovers
Saturday at 7.30pm
Killarney Sports Centre

 

The Lakers host the dubiously named Bad Bob’s Tolka Rovers on Saturday night and with just three games remaining in the regular season, Cormac O’Donoghue’s side will be more than a little anxious to get back to winning ways.

After an extended period of dominance that saw them win 11 games out of 12, the Lakers came up short against the Dublin Lions and DBS Éanna in recent weeks and a third consecutive defeat this weekend would be major blow. The Lions and Éanna are two of the strongest teams in the division but players and management know that this is the wrong time of the year to get into a losing habit.

The major concern for the Lakers at the minute is the lack of bodies at their disposal. Coach Cormac O’Donoghue has been relying on just seven or eight players in recent weeks which means that his key players have been playing additional minutes. It has been a long season so O’Donoghue would no doubt prefer to rest players where appropriate but it appears as though his hands are tied at this juncture.

There doesn’t appear to be a quick fix for the Lakers as the players who have dropped out appear unlikely to return in the near future. If guys have other commitments with work etc. that’s fair enough but you have to wonder how you can start with a squad of 13 or 14, win a bunch of games to put yourself in contention, and then end up losing five or six players halfway through the campaign.

Whatever the reasons behind it, the club will surely need to do a better job of holding onto their players moving forward.

Tomorrow night’s opponents are currently fourth in the north so it’s looking like the playoffs are just out of reach, but the Dubliners are sure to provide another tricky test for the home team.

Former Lehigh forward Justin Goldsborough (pictured) and Ukrainian Alex Dolenko will require special attention if the Lakers are to prevail.

Pic: Eamonn Keogh

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More than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country without power

Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country. The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will […]

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Gale force winds associated with Storm Barra, with gusts of over 130 km/h, are continuing to cause damage to the electricity network, currently affecting more than  38,000 homes, farms and businesses across the country.

The damage is mainly attributable to fallen trees on overhead lines as a result of the high winds. ESB Networks’ crews will continue to work late into the evening to restore power to those affected, where safe to do so, but unfortunately, some customers will remain without electricity overnight.

Since early morning and despite challenging conditions, ESB Networks have continued to restore power to customers across the country.
With the storm still crossing the country, more damage and interruptions to supply can be expected. ESB Networks reminds the public that if you come across fallen wires or damaged electricity network, never, ever touch or approach these as they may be LIVE and extremely dangerous.

All internal resources and contractors remain on alert and are responding to electricity outages once it is safe to do so. With a Red weather warning in the Southwest in effect until 9 pm tonight, and Co Clare until 1 am on Wednesday morning, some of our crews may not be mobilised on the ground until the worst of the severe weather passes.

We are advising all those impacted by outages that they should prepare to be without electricity overnight and into tomorrow, with some customers potentially without power beyond that. It is very important that any customers who use electrically powered medical devices should contact their healthcare professional to make alternative arrangements if necessary.

In addition to safety procedures associated with power restoration, crews continue to work under all national Covid-19 protocols with respect to hygiene, social distancing and PPE.

Customers without power can check for updates on when their fault is expected to be repaired at www.powercheck.ie

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“Avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney” Kerry County Council

County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm. Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney Due to the significant risk […]

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County Kerry is now bearing the full brunt of Storm Barra and the Kerry Severe Weather Coordination Team reminds everyone that a Status RED weather warning, the highest such warning, remains in place for Kerry until 9pm.

Kerry County Council is advising people to avoid the Ballycasheen area of Killarney

Due to the significant risk to life and property, members of the public should remain indoors and not travel for the rest of the evening. Everyone is advised to follow updates on weather warnings from Met Éireann as well as the local media and social media.

There are an increasing number of roads closed or blocked because of fallen trees, electricity poles and spot flooding. Council crews will respond to issues when it is safe to do so and with the assistance of other agencies where required.

The N71 road at the Suspension Bridge in Kenmare remains closed to traffic as does the N70 Tralee to Castlemaine Road at the hairpin bends. There are a significant number of local and regional and local roads blocked or partially blocked by fallen trees, electricity poles and debris in all parts of the county so travel should be avoided.

The Ballycasheen Road in Killarney and Main Street in Ballybunion (and the surrounding area) should be avoided due to concerns about potential falling debris.

The Council’s emergency contact number is 066 7183588 and it will be operational through this evening and tonight.

Fallen electricity wires/poles and power outages should be reported to ESB Networks on 1800 372 999.

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