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Trinity Meteor’s secure spot in the Hula Hoop National Cup Final

Trinity Meteors take on Portlaoise Panthers on Sunday 26th Jan

Published: January 21st, 2020

Congratulations to the Trinity Meteors basketball team who have secured a place in the upcoming Hula Hoop Women’s division 1 National Cup final following their semi-final win against Ulster University Elks in Cork on Sunday 12th January. After an uncertain start the Meteors bounced back in the latter stages to claim a 77-63 victory over their opponents who, having secured an early lead, were looking set to win the game. The Trinity Meteors team rallied to execute an impressive comeback in the second half aided by a particularly strong game by sport scholar Edel Thornton.

Thornton has been awarded Basketball Ireland’s player of the month for December 2019, commenting on her recent accolade, Thornton said: “I truly believe this is a team game and if I didn’t have people around me it wouldn’t have happened and even more importantly the games wouldn’t have been won.” Trinity Meteors team-mate Sarah Kelly was awarded the same in November while Meteor’s coach Vinny O’Keefe was awarded the Women’s division 1 coach of the month for two consecutive months in November and December 2019.

In November, the Meteors’ cup game against Swords Thunder was chosen by Trinity Sport as the first of three key fixtures to promote the 2020 Women in Sport campaign. This national campaign aims to promote coverage, engagement, and attendance around women’s sport in Ireland. The event was hosted in collaboration with the Trinity College Student's Union and was a huge success, with an attendance record of 358.
This cup win comes off the back of a strong season for the Trinity team who have been on a recent winning streak and are currently sitting at joint 2nd place in the division 1 league table with four games still to play. Another victory at the weekend against Tipperary Knights sets the Meteors in good standing for Sunday’s National Cup Final.
Speaking about the upcoming final, Thornton commented: “Our team are really focused on the task at hand and overcoming the final hurdle to win the cup. We are up against a strong Portlaoise side, but we will hopefully rise to the challenge. We have been playing well so far this season however, I still believe the best is yet to come.”

We wish the Trinity Meteors all the best in the final which will take place in the National Basketball Arena on Sunday 26th January tip off at 13.30 against Portlaoise Panthers. Show your support! Tickets available online here from Basketball Ireland. (session 4)