British & Irish Basketball Federation | Roy Curtis Trophy (Dublin) 1971

Semi-Finals & Final

21.11.71Manchester University52Blue Demons Cork39
21.11.71St. Vincent’s Glasnevin60Sheffield Scorpions56
21.11.71St. Vincent’s Glasnevin76Manchester University67

Reference: [4][5]

Pool Tables

Pool A
*Blue Demons Cork3301461336
*St. Vincent’s Glasnevin3211641314
Edinburgh University (Sco)3121481692
St. Mary’s College Twickenham (Eng)3031441690
Pool B
*Sheffield Scorpions (Eng)3301851286
*Manchester University (Eng)3211651534
Sligo All Stars3121521402
Corinthians Dublin303991800

Reference : Compiled from Results in: [3][4][5] Pools from: [2]

Pool Results

Pool A
20.11.71Blue Demons46St. Vincent’s Glasnevin42
20.11.71St. Vincent’s Glasnevin61Edinburgh University43
20.11.71Blue Demons48St. Mary’s College46
21.11.71Edinburgh University60St. Mary’s College56
21.11.71Blue Demons52Edinburgh University45
21.11.71St. Vincent’s Glasnevin61St. Mary’s College42
Pool B
20.11.71Manchester University52Sligo All Stars49
20.11.71Sheffield Scorpions62Corinthians30
21.11.71Sheffield Scorpions67Manchester University57
21.11.71Sligo All Stars62Corinthians32
21.11.71Manchester University56Corinthians37
21.11.71Sheffield Scorpions56Sligo All Stars41

Reference: [3][4][5] Pools :[2]


The Roy Curtis Trophy was an International Tournament involving Irish, English, Scottish, welsh, American, and occasionally Scandinavian teams that was played in Dublin from 1965-1995. It was usually held at Oblate Hall in Inchicore until the construction of the National Basketball Arena in Tymon, Dublin, in early 1990s.


St. Vincent’s, from Glasnevin in Dublin, won the Roy Curtis Trophy for the fifth time in a row in 1971. They defeated Manchester University in the Final 76-67, and were ahead 33-25 at halftime, before the students clawed back to within 2 points, before pulling away again. David Fitzsimons (25 Points) was the top scorer in the Final.


St. Vincent’s 76 (John Prendergast (Capt.) 18, David Fitzsimons 25, Brian O’ Hanlon 13, Colm Kearns 13, Peter Crean 10, Clem Keyes, Tom O’Hanlon, Bill Casey, Frank Murray, Gerry Guihan, Kevin Byrne, Archie Hade)

Manchester University 67 (D. Owens 19, S. Brooks 16, R. Kelch 13, K. Khalafallah 10, D. Scrivener 9, C. Kennedy, R. Genzman, A. Yates, B. Meehan, K. Elliott, B. Travers)


Social Media:

[1] Irish Basketball Memories of the 80s and 90s | Facebook Group (2019) Post to Page by Rob Gihbu April 25, 2019 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 21 May 2019]

[2] Irish Basketball Memories of the 80s and 90s | Facebook Group (2019) Post to Page by Rob Gihbu April 25, 2019 [Internet] Available from: [Accessed 21 May 2019]


[3] Anon. (1971) “Oblate hall boon to sports” Sunday Independent, November 21, 1971. pg. 30.

[4] Anon. (1971) “St. Vincent’s Retain Trophy” Irish Press, Monday, November 22, 1971. pg. 14.

[5] Anon. (1971) “Curtis Trophy for Vincents” Irish Independent, Monday, November 22, 1971. pg. 13.


Thanks to Rob Gihbu.

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