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Scotts Lakers v Neptune: Five things to watch out for




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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Maine Valley Golf Club raises €13,050



Maine Valley Members Golf Club hosted a Comfort for Chemo Golf Fundraiser in memory of Kathy Scannell. The fundraiser was a great success raising €13,050. Clonkeen Forestry Services sponsored the event, and a cheque  was presented to Mary Fitzgerald, Paul McCarthy and Mary Horgan on behalf of Comfort for Chemo.

Maine Valley Members Golf Club and Clonkeen Forestry services would like to thank all those who sponsored T-boxes, golf teams, and those who purchased tickets for the event. They would also like to thank Tom Barry from Killarney Printing for all the print works.


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Dóchas Drama Group’s series of short plays  is go!

The Dóchas Drama Group will run a series of short plays at the Muckross Schoolhouse from December 5 to 7. The group’s annual performance has been switched to the Muckross […]




The Dóchas Drama Group will run a series of short plays at the Muckross Schoolhouse from December 5 to 7.

The group’s annual performance has been switched to the Muckross venue as its traditional base – the ballroom in the Killarney Avenue Hotel is being refurbished.

“If you are fed up with the incessant rain and constant bad news. Do you need a break? Are tired of listening to advice about your Christmas cake recipe? There is a perfect solution,” said the group’s Liz Ryan.

“We will present six short plays and some of the questions you may ask yourself are: 

“Why is Jane suddenly so honest?

“What did happen on December 9. Will Tiffany be promoted? Will Mags eventually find love?

“Can lost love be re-kindled? What do grandparents get up to when they’re babysitting?

For answers to these questions and more, come along to Muckross Schoolhouse on December 5, 6 and 7.”


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