National Cup

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Jan 21 2022 National Cup - Paudie O'Connor Cup final preview

Sunday sees two old rivals, The Address UCC Glanmire and DCU Mercy, come face-to-face in the Paudie O’Connor Cup final of the National Cup. When they met in November in the Super League it was The Address UCC Glanmire who edged it, 80-77, at the Mardyke Arena. Mark Ingle, DCU Mercy head coach, said: “We are looking forward to renewing our long rivalry with Glanmire in the National Cup final. Glanmire have been the top team in the league so far this season. We had a very close game against them in Cork on their home court, so we are excited to be playing them on a neutral court in the National Basketball Arena. It should be a great game."

DCU Mercy denied Glanmire the five-in-a-row the last time they met in a Paudie O’Connor Cup final, winning by the narrowest of margins, 72-71, in 2018. The Address UCC Glanmire head coach Mark Scannell says it’s been “too long” since they were last in the Cup final and is happy with how his team are shaping up ahead of Sunday’s game. “It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I feel playing games has been great preparation for the Cup final. It’s very important now that we enjoy it, but focus on playing the game and not let the occasion get in the way of playing our best basketball. We have a nice rhythm about our play right now, different players stepping up at different times. The balance in the team is good and hopefully that continues into Sunday, but we are under no illusions it will be a difficult game against a very well organised team. Hopefully we are ready for the challenge and have prepared properly. It’s great to be back in the final. It’s been too long.”

Route to the final:

The Address UCC Glanmire

Round 1

Killester 61-102 The Address UCC Glanmire


The Address UCC Glanmire 97-59 IT Carlow Basketball


The Address UCC Glammire 92-82 Singleton Supervalu Brunell (Read game report here)

DCU Mercy

Round 1

Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s 42-66 DCU Mercy


DCU Mercy 61-50 Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics


DCU Mercy 68-65 WIT Waterford Wildcats (Read game report here) National Cup fixtures National Cup fixtures:

Friday 21st January

Session 1 

U20 Men's National Cup Final 

UCC Blue Demons v UCD Marian (1815) Watch here 

Saturday 22nd January 

Session 2

IWA Cup final

Killester BC v Rebel Wheelers (1100) Watch here

Presidents' National Cup Final

UCC Demons v Drogheda Wolves (1330) Watch here

Session 3 

Pat Duffy Men’s National Cup Final

C&S Neptune v Garvey’s Warriors Tralee (1800) Live on TG4 YouTube from 1745, deferred full match coverage from 1945 on TG4

Sunday 23rd January 

Session 4 

U20 Women's National Cup Final

Portlaoise Panthers v Waterford Wildcats (1100) Watch here

Women’s Division One National Cup Final

Griffith College Templeogue v NUIG Mystics (1330) Watch here

Session 5 

Paudie O'Connor National Cup Final

The Address UCC Glanmire v DCU Mercy (1720) Live on TG4