Basketball Ireland fixtures and preview

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Updated: October 27, 2011

DCU Saints will be hoping their 100 per cent start to the Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague will still be intact after their games with Bord Gais Neptune and UL Eagles over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Elsewhere, UCD Marian will be bidding to make it three wins in a row when they meet UL Eagles, while Moycullen’s search for their first points of the season continues away to Belfast Star and 11890 Killester respectively.

In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, newcomers Liffey Celtics face a tough trip to holders UL, while an in-form Team Montenotte Hotel host Ulster Rockets.

DCU Mercy will be looking to bounce back to winning ways at home to 11890 Killester, while Meteors and Oblate Dynamos face tough tests against Waterford Wildcats and Singleton Super Valu Brunell respectively.

DCU Saints will put their unbeaten record on the line when they entertain Southern Sonference leaders Bord Gais Neptune at the DCU Sports complex on Saturday. Two days later, they face UL Eagles.

Saints are in a rich vein of form but coach David Donnelly believes this is a weekend that will tell him more about the progress of his team.

“We first have a real test against an inform Neptune side and then we have UL Eagles to contend with on Monday and these are two games that will test us to the limit,” David said.

“The one plus at the moment is that we have depth and that was shown against Star when Eoin Darling came off the bench and contributed 19 points.”

Bord Gais Neptune coach Mark Scannell was fuming at the end of the Killester game last weekend when he saw that his side had missed 21 lay ups, 19 free throws and turned the ball over on 14 occasions.

Looking ahead to the Saints clash Scannell believes his players will have to play far better defence against a side that have players that can shoot outside the perimeter.

“Over the years I have learned that Saints will play hard for 40 minutes and they are always dangerous coming down the stretch if they are within a few points of you.”

UL Eagles have endured a difficult start to the season, with a record of one win from four, but Head Coach Mark Keenan will be looking at their double header as an opportunity to arrest the slide.

“Its two big games on the road for us,” said Keenan. “We need to work very hard in training this week to put things right for these games. We need to improve on all aspects of our game if we want to win these games or to be in with a chance of winning. UCD are coming off back to back wins away from home and DCU are unbeaten so far & playing great team basketball.”

UCD Marian will be looking for a third straight win but will be without Matt Kelly for their test against UL Eagles.

Belfast Star is another side in need of a win and they entertain another winless side in the shape of Moycullen.

“If last year’s matchup is anything to go by, then we won’t be underestimating Moycullen anytime soon,” said Star Head Coach Danny Fulton. “DCU and UCD Marian have beaten us easily over the last few games and they only beat Moycullen by single digits so it outlines the task we face.
Both clubs are hoping to break their duck and Moycullen will travel north with a lot of encouragement from last weeks performance against UCD Marian.
“In the last two game against DCU Saints and UCD Marian we had opportunities to win but it was not to be and now we must take our home form on the road with us and it would be nice to get a win under our belts,” said Moycullen star Cian Nihill.

Moycullen’s weekend doesn’t get any easier on Bank Holiday Monday when they meet the reigning champions and currently unbeaten side 11890 Killester.

“They have had some great performances in their last few games and are very close to winning,” said 11890 Killester Head Coach Darren O’Neill. “I won’t be taking them lightly and neither will the team.”

In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague the top game of the weekend will see DCU Mercy involved in a Dublin derby game with 11890 Killester.

DCU were left reeling last weekend when Team Montenotte in Cork beat them and captain Lindsay Peat will be hoping her side can return to winning ways.

“With no disrespect to Montenotte we simply did not play and we will be determined to put it right against Killester,” Lindsey said.

Team Montenotte will host an in-form Ulster Rockets at the Neptune stadium with a stern warning from coach Cormac O’Donoghue not to underestimate the northerners.

UL are showing why they were crowned champions last season and they will be hoping to keep their unbeaten record intact when they host basement club Liffey Celtics.

Rachael Vanderwal and Aoife McDermott have begun the season in style and with Michelle Fahy also in great form they will be expected to win this game.

Oblate Dynamos will have an opportunity to chalk up a win when they host league debutants Singletons Supervalu Brunell.

Waterford Wildcats shocked Killester last week and they will have another opportunity to register a win over Dublin opposition when they host Meteors.

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BASKETBALL IRELAND UPCOMING FIXTURES

Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures

Saturday, October 29th 2011

Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague
DCU Saints V Bord Gáis Neptune, DCU Sports Complex, 19:00; UCD Marian V UL Eagles, UCD Sports Centre, 19:10; Belfast Star V Moycullen, DLS Andersontown, 19:15

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
Waterford Wildcats V Meteors, Mercy Gym, 17:00; Oblate Dynamos V Singleton’s SuperValue Brunell, Oblate Hall, 19:00; UL V Liffey Celtics, UL Arena, 19:00; Team Montenotte Hotel V Ulster Rockets, Neptune Stadium, 19:00

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Team Left bank Kilkenny V Maree, O’Loughlin’s Gaels GAA Club, 19:00; Team Loftus Recycling Ballina V Portlaoise, Ballina Sports & Leisure Centre, 19:30; Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s V Neptune, Castleisland Community Centre, 19:45

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One
Foireann na Gaillimhe V Tralee Imperials, Claregalway, 15:30; Britton Insurance Donegal Town V Team Tom McCarthy’s St. Mary’s, Abbey Vocational School, 18:00

Sunday, October 30th 2011

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
DCU Mercy V 11890 Killester, DCU Sports Complex, 15:30

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Ballon V Blue Demons, Palmerstown Sports Complex, 15:30

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One
Meteors V UL, Coláiste Íosagáin, 13:00
Monday, October 31st 2011

Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague
11890 Killester V Moycullen, IWS, 15:00; DCU Saints V UL Eagles, DCU Sports Complex, 15:30

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