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IN NATIONAL League Basketball Division One, Scotts Lakers St Paul's Killarney will face Fr Mathews of Cork again this weekend in the quarterfinal of the President's National Cup in Coláiste Chríost Ri, Cork, on Sunday, December 3, at 3pm. Fr Mathews will be firm favourites after last week and home advantage is another boost to them.

Scotts Lakers will probably be without Padraig Lucey again for this one but they are still more than capable of matching up well against Mathews and getting the desired result.

It was a disappointing weekend for Scotts Lakers suffering a double defeat at home to Fr Mathews (Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney 56, Fr Mathews Cork 67) and away to Paris Texas Kilkenny (Paris Texas Kilkenny 86, Scotts Lakers St Paul's Killarney 72). Like many of their outings so far this season, these were two more games that the Killarney side were more than capable of winning but they struggled to reproduce the great performance that they produced in last week's thrilling overtime win against Ulster Elks.

The Lakers were slightly under strength in both outings with the influential Padraig Lucey ruled out through injury while point guard Mihail Kapitanov picked up an injury on Saturday night and sat out Sunday's encounter.

It was a low-scoring drab encounter against Fr Mathews in Killarney Sports Centre on Saturday night where Lakers held the upper hand in the first half but a third quarter collapse contributed to their downfall and effectively handed the advantage to the Cork side. Just one basket from play and three free throws was the sum total the Lakers scored in this miserable third quarter and returns like that just aren't good enough to compete at this level.

Scotts Lakers started well and with Andrew Fitzgerald and Antuan Bootle leading the way, the home side were 15-13 in front at the end of the third quarter. A big three-pointer from Mark Greene kept them in front and the energetic Justin Tuason was outstanding at the end of the half to push Scotts Lakers 29-25 ahead at the break.

However the third quarter belonged to Fr Mathews with Paul O'Driscoll finding his form as they hit ten points without reply and the Cork side led 35-29 with four minutes left. Amazingly Lakers had yet to register a score at this stage in the third quarter. Two free throws from Bootle opened their account with 3.43 left in the quarter and it was over seven minutes of playing time before Andrew Fitzgerald netted the home side's first basket from play. Fr Mathews dominated under the boards and outscored Lakers 17-5 in this period to lead 42-34 as the game entered the final quarter.

Following Saturday night's defeat, Scotts Lakers were on the road early on Sunday morning for a lunchtime tip-off against Paris Texas Kilkenny. Still feeling the effects from the night before, the Lakers struggled to find their range early on and the home side led 29-9 at the end of the first quarter.
Scotts Lakers stepped it up in the second quarter but still trailed 44-35 at the interval break.
 


 
Above: Andrew Fitzgerald, Scotts Lakers, in action against Marcus Thomas and Barry Denieffe, Fr Mathews, in Killarney Sports Centre on Saturday night.
Pic: Eamonn Keogh

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Applecroft B&B named in Ireland’s Top 10

By Michelle Crean What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic. Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s […]

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By Michelle Crean

What a better way for a local business to celebrate its silver jubilee than to be named in the Top 10 places to stay in Ireland especially as they prepare to reopen after the pandemic.

Owners Kathy and Don Brosnan, who run Applecroft House in Woodlawn, were named number 6 in Ireland’s Top 10 B&Bs for 2022 by the Irish Independent ‘Reader Travel Awards’ while Ireland’s Best B&B was named as Dingle’s Pax House.

The couple began their business in 1997 and are very happy with the feedback from visitors who voted for their B&B, especially after two difficult years.

“I’m thrilled, especially as we’re celebrating our silver jubilee this year,” Kathy told the Killarney Advertiser.

The couple built their house in the early ’80s and aptly named it ‘Applecroft’ as it was built in a field which has an orchard.

In the late ’90s they opened five spacious rooms up, each with its own theme; 
‘Poet’s Corner’, ‘Past Times’, ‘The 19th Green’, ‘The Race-goer’s Club’ and ‘The Kerry Way’, for guests as Kathy, who worked in The Europe Hotel and the Great Southern Killarney for many years, had a passion to bring a great stay experience to guests visiting Killarney. They kept themselves busy planting in their two acre garden during the pandemic.

They have won numerous awards over the years and have had film crews in but this latest award is the icing on the cake for the couple who are looking forward to reopening in late March.

“It’s amazing, and a bonus especially with the two years we’ve had. We’ve never experienced anything like that. It was “wow” – we were preparing to reopen on St Patrick’s Day that year and all of a sudden everything closed down on the 16. It was a big shock.”

Don creates amazing bread and scones which guests rave about, she added.

“I was delighted as we came tenth for breakfast and sixth for the B&B.”

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Tributes paid to life-long Legion supporter

By Sean Moriarty Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday. Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage. As well as a life-long supporter of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

Legion GAA Club has led tributes to one of their most ‘fervent’ supporters who passed away on Tuesday.

Described as one of the town’s ‘old stock’, Tim Looney from Coolgraine Park and late of Daltons Avenue, was a central part of Killarney’s rich sporting heritage.

As well as a life-long supporter of Legion, he played basketball in the famous town leagues of the 1970s and the seven-a-side soccer ‘Wipeouts’ competitions.

“He was a very proud Legion man and always flew the green and white flag out his window whenever the club was playing in a big game,” PRO Enda Walshe told the Killarney Advertiser. “He was a fervent loyal club supporter but was also one of the characters of the winter basketball leagues.”

Tim was also a regular participant in Dart Pub Leagues back in the 1970s and 1980s.

Tim’s funeral took place today (Friday). He was laid to rest at Killarney Burial Ground after 10am Mass St Mary’s Cathedral.

Tim is survived by his wife Nuala, his children Joanne, Paudie and Timmy, and was a much loved grandfather to Stephen, Makaela, Chloe, Padraic, Keelan, Alex and the late Lorna. He will also be sadly missed by his daughters-in-law Margaret and Sharon, son-in-law Tony, sisters Kathleen, Sheila and Ann, brothers Lewis-John and Paddy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, relatives, neighbours and many great friends.

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