National Cup

National Cup
Jan 21 2022

InsureMyHouse.ie National Cup - Presidents' Cup final preview

UCC Demons’ Cup pedigree is without question, they’re seven-time National Cup winners, the last Pat Duffy Cup success came in 2015. On their return to National League after a season’s absence they’re into the Presidents’ Cup final and are unbeaten in the InsureMyVan.ie Division 1. Daniel O’Mahony, UCC Demons head coach, says reaching the Cup final was always the target. “The excitement around the team and the club at the moment is amazing with all talk of Tallaght this coming weekend. It was a personal and team goal and something myself and the team will not take for granted. Drogheda are a team we will need to be at our best for 40 mins to overcome. Although we have different records in the league, this is a Cup final and Drogheda overcame some some really great teams to book their place here as we did. Having the ties with DKIT they have number of victory scholars who have plenty of experience and you could see that experience in the semi-final win they had (over IT Carlow). Our mentality has not changed since week one, when we spoke about how we believe if we play to our full potential, no team in the men’s National League can match us. I think both teams will be hungry for it and has the makings to be a great Presidents Cup final.”

Drogheda Wolves are playing in their first National League campaign and head coach Gavin Garland admits reaching the Presidents’ Cup final sees the club ahead of schedule. “It’s come early and we’re delighted it’s come early. It shows that the boys have the talent. We thought they’d need longer, to get the experience of National League, so to come this early, a year or two ahead of what we had in the timeline is absolutely fantastic. The boys have been in the Cup finals before in the tier below, so they’re ready for finals, they’re used to finals. They’re prepared and it is just about obviously we’re now, instead of playing local league players, we’re playing the captain of Ireland (Kyle Hosford) and an ex-Super League club, but the boys are prepared and they’re excited. For the club, it is a great reward for all the work they’ve done in the first year (of National League).

“They (UCC Demons) play a very similar style to us and where we want to be, so I think it will be a great game. Obviously they have been playing that style for years.”

Route to the final:

UCC Demons

Round 1

Bye

Round 2

UCC Demons 88-61 Ulster University

Quarter-finals

Fr. Mathews 72-80 UCC Demons

Semi-finals

UCC Demons 73-64 EJ Sligo All-Stars (Read game report here)

Drogheda Wolves

Round 1

Bye

Round 2

Drogheda Wolves 105-64 WIT Vikings

Quarter-finals

Limerick Sport Eagles 82-83 Drogheda Wolves

Semi-finals

Drogheda Wolves 74-72 IT Carlow Basketball (Read game report here)

InsureMyHouse.ie National Cup fixtures

InsureMyHouse.ie 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