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Scotts Lakers set for President’s Cup semi-final against Ballincollig

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SCOTTS LAKERS will start the New Year with a very important President’s Cup semi-final against Ballincollig tomorrow, Saturday, January 6, in the Neptune Stadium, Cork, at 8pm. The other semi-final featuring Neptune against Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin will go ahead this evening, Friday, January 5, at 8.30pm.

It is a big achievement by the Killarney side to reach the cup semi-final and opponents Ballincollig will be firm favourites in this tie. The Cork side are in second place on the league table with just two defeats and when the sides clashed in November, Ballincollig enjoyed a comfortable 98-75 win over the Lakers. It was a match where they also scored a remarkable 15 three-pointers spread across seven different players so they have several threats to cause the Lakers problems again.

Coached by former Tralee Tigers league winner Kieran O'Sullivan, the Cork side have top quality foreign players in Cameron Clarke and Pere Tres while Ronan O’Sullivan and Ciarán O’Sullivan are two of the best Irish players in the league.

However Scotts Lakers have showed very encouraging signs throughout the season that they can match up well against any opposition when playing to full potential. Both sides clashed in the Castleisland blitz last week with the Lakers coming out on top. The Lakers eventually lost the premier men's final to Tralee Warriors by six points after putting up a great performance.

Scotts Lakers coach Cormac O'Donoghue will have his side well prepared for this clash. The Castleisland blitz games and last weekend's league win over Sligo kept the team very active over the festive season and were better preparation than any training sessions.

Ballincollig's three-point scoring threat is well documented and if they repeat he 15 three-pointers again, Lakers will not be able to match them. Better defence and dominating an inside game is probably Scotts Lakers best chance of progressing to a cup final. The Killarney side have one of the biggest and strongest Americans in the league in Antuan Bootle, a player capable of troubling any team under the boards when he plays close to the basket. It will also be a huge game for the Lakers other big men Padraig Lucey, Andrew Fitzgerald, Dan Griffin and Paul Clarke under the boards. Elsewhere on the backcourt, the likes of Justin Tuason, Mark Greene, Dailian Mason, Philip O'Connor and Shane Horgan will also have to be at their best to bring the Lakers over the line.
League form, table positions, previous meetings and general levels of consistency will all point towards a Ballincollig victory. It will be a tough challenge for Scotts Lakers but a win is not beyond the realms of possibility.

Scotts Lakers finished the year on a high with a five-point win over Sligo All Stars in Killarney Sports Centre last Saturday afternoon.
This was a closely contested encounter and it was only in the third quarter that the Lakers managed to pull away and enjoy a narrow advantage that they held on to for the remainder of the game.

The match started on a sad note with the news of the death of the mother of Lakers player Justin Tuason. A minute’s silence was observed before the tip-off and St Paul's and Scotts Lakers offer sincere condolences to Justin and his family at this time.

Scotts Lakers will run a supporters bus to the President's Cup semi-final tomorrow, n the Neptune Stadium if there is enough interest. If enough supporters are willing to travel on it, the bus will depart the High Street car park, Killarney, at 5.30pm.The match is at 8pm and the bus will return to Killarney afterwards. The cost is €10 for the return journey per person. Further details from club officers or on the St Paul’s Killarney Facebook page.

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Caution urged as “damaging gusts” expected during Storm Barra

Road users are being advised to be extremely cautious during tomorrow’s Storm Barra after an Orange Weather Alert was issued for the county. According to Met Éireann, southerly winds which will later becoming north-westerly, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with severe or damaging gusts of up to 130km/h, possibly higher in coastal […]

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Road users are being advised to be extremely cautious during tomorrow’s Storm Barra after an Orange Weather Alert was issued for the county.

According to Met Éireann, southerly winds which will later becoming north-westerly, will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h with severe or damaging gusts of up to 130km/h, possibly higher in coastal areas affecting Kerry, Clare, Cork, Galway, and Limerick.

A Yellow Warning has been issued for the rest of the country on Tuesday and for a time on Wednesday, as Storm Barra brings very strong winds and spells of heavy rain across Ireland. Heavy rain will bring localised flooding. There will also be a risk of coastal flooding on south and west coasts.

Road users in areas affected by the Orange Warning are advised to check local traffic and weather conditions before setting out on a journey.

The following advice is being given by the Road Safety Authority (RSA) to road users.

Motorists:

Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds, especially on exposed routes such as dual carriageways and motorways. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.

Beware of objects being blown onto the road. Expect road conditions to change quickly in high winds so reduce your speed.

Watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.

Drivers should allow extra space between themselves and vulnerable road users, such as cyclists and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.

Drivers need to slow down in wet weather conditions, to avoid the risk of aquaplaning. Drivers should also leave a bigger gap between themselves and the vehicle in front.

If the road ahead is flooded choose another route, do not attempt to drive through it. Flooded roads that appear shallow could be deeper than you think. They may also have trees or branches that have fallen that may not be visible.

Road users should always follow recommended routes and obey signs closing roads to traffic.

After going through water, drive slowly with your foot on the brake pedal for a short distance – this helps to dry the brakes.

Drive with dipped headlights at all times.

Advice to pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists:

In areas affected by Orange Weather Warnings you should consider postponing your journey until conditions improve.

Visibility and light is reduced in poor weather conditions. Keep safe by making sure you can be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.

Take extra care when crossing the road or cycling in extremely windy conditions as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.

Walk on a footpath where possible and not in the street. If there is a footpath and it is safe to use, look out for falling debris from above, especially in urban areas.

Walk on the right-hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.

Cyclist should ensure that they and their bike are visible to other road users by investing in a good set of front and rear lights (white at the front, red at the back) and by wearing clothes that help you be seen on your bike such as bright and light reflective items.

For advice on severe weather driving tips, please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.

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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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