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Scotts Lakers v Neptune: Five things to watch out for

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THE LAKERS host Cork kingpins Neptune at 7.30pm this evening in Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre and there’s plenty to keep an eye on.

1. Can the Lakers keep the momentum going?

It has been the perfect start to the season for the Scotts Lakers who followed up their dramatic opening night win over the Dublin Lions with an emphatic comeback victory against LIT last weekend.

The Lakers will be hoping to continue their unbeaten run with another win on home court.

2. A home debut for Antuan Bootle

Having missed the first game through injury, 6’8” forward Antuan Bootle played five minutes in Limerick and is expected to feature heavily against Neptune on Saturday night.

Local stars Andrew Fitzgerald and Pádraig Lucey have undoubtedly done well in his absence but Lakers coach Vojkan Bencic will be hoping that Houston native Bootle will be able to come in and make his sizeable presence felt at both ends of the floor.

3. How will the Lakers line out?

League rules stipulate that teams can only have one American on the floor at any one time so the Lakers will have to rotate Bootle with Justin Tuason, who has been their top scorer in both of the first two games.

Tuason, originally from the Bay Area, has been electric thus far but Bootle’s return could potentially mean fewer minutes for him going forward, while either Lucey or Fitzgerald (if not both) are also likely to feature less prominently.

It will probably take Coach Bencic a few games before he gets an idea of his most effective rotation.

4. Neptune will surely provide the biggest test yet

Historically one of the most successful sides in Irish basketball, Neptune of Cork will also be hoping to maintain their perfect start to the season when they come to town on Saturday evening.

So far they have comfortably defeated IT Carlow (99-61), LYIT Donegal (113-80) and Sligo (89-52) – that’s an average winning margin of 36 points - and they will undoubtedly expect to come to Killarney and turn over the league’s newest team.

The reigning President’s Cup champions have a squad stacked with talent including one player who’ll be no stranger to local basketball fans: veteran Ger Noonan lined out for St Paul’s with great distinction back when the club last played at this level.

5. Another sell-out expected at The Auracle.

After a shaky start, the home support really found their voice by the end of the Dublin Lions game and the Lakers will be hoping for more of the same on Saturday. There’s a fantastic buzz around the club at the moment and fans are certain to turn out in great numbers to see Killarney’s new favourite team in action.

Neptune are bound to be very tricky opponents but, with a boisterous home crowd behind them, the Lakers will be gunning for an upset.
 


 
Above: Scotts Lakers St Paul's Killarney Basketball team members Mark Greene, Andrew Fitzgerald, Antuan Bootle and Philip O'Connor, Captain, in full flight at the launch of their new national league season campaign by the lake shore at Lough Leane, Killarney. Picture: 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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