Basketball Ireland Weekly Preview
Neptune to face Killester in final repeat
On Sunday, 11890 Killester’s clash away to Bord Gais Neptune in the Nivea Form Men’s SuperLeague is a repeat of last season’s league final, while on Saturday UL Eagles face a tough assignment against UCC Demons.
DCU Saints take on Belfast Star and UCD Marian will be looking to build on their first win of the season when they meet Moycullen.
In the Nivea Women’s Superleague, old foes Team Montenotte Hotel and DCU Mercy clash, while fellow unbeaten side UL prepare for a tough double header weekend, starting with 11890 Killester.
Newcomers Ulster Rockets take on Liffey Celtics with Meteors taking on Dublin rivals Oblate Dynamos. On Sunday, Waterford Wildcats host 11890 Killester and Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell prepare for UL.
Bord Gais Neptune will be looking to gain some revenge on 11890 Killester when the sides meet on Sunday. The Dubliners’ claimed the league title at Neptune’s expense last season and the two sides are already showing title challenging form this season.
Neptune are on the back of a stunning 104-102 win over UCC Demons, while Killester also maintained their winning start with a win at home to UL Eagles.
“I know we scored 104 points but we gave up 102 and that is not a good enough effort on the defensive end,” said Neptune Head Coach Mark Scannell.
“We can’t allow this to happen again and I am expecting a better performance against Killester.”
Meanwhile, 11890 Killester will be boosted by a full strength squad.
“I am not worried about pressure because it is too early in the season for this to be a defining game,” said Killester Head Coach Darren O’Neill.
“Both teams are still settling in, adjusting to new players and coaches, and are not at their best.”
UL Eagles and UCC Demons will be both looking for a return to winning ways on Saturday night at the University Arena.
UCC Demons’ Head Coach Paul Kelleher believes his side has already moved on from their derby defeat and is looking for a return to their 2010 record away from home.
“This is an opportunity to get our record back on track similar to last year when we had five wins in five road games,” said Kelleher.
“Obviously there needs to be a level of discipline for this to happen and we are definitely on the right track as the players have bounced back quickly after such a disappointing defeat.”
UL Eagles will focus their attentions on the defensive end of their game.
“We have to play a full 40 minutes of defense and not one minute less if we want to give ourselves a chance to win,” said UL Eagles Head Coach Mark Keenan.
DCU Saints will be missing leading scorer Martin Provisors due to work commitments ahead of their clash with Belfast Star.
“Not having Provisors will force us to find alternative scoring and defensive pressure for the full game,” said Saints Head Coach Dave Donnelly.
“I will expect Mike Trimmer and Pat Glover with their experience to shoulder a lot of the scoring responsibility but in turn it should motivate everyone to step up their game.”
Star have been relying on the scoring prowess of Scott Summersgill who netted 19 points in last weekend’s defeat but Head Coach Danny Fulton is hoping that USA import Tyson Johnson will have a big performance.
“He is a great passer and we need him to step up and shoulder the scoring responsibility for our next two home games,” said Star Head Coach Danny Fulton.
UCD will be awaiting results from a hip injury sustained by Dan James last weekend while Moycullen have been boosted by the efforts of USA star Luke Enos ahead of the sides clash this weekend.
Although the National Cup champions triumphed against Belfast Star, Marian are refusing to underestimate their opponents, after the Galway side narrowly missed victory by two points against DCU Saints last weekend.
“We will never forget that Moycullen’s first SuperLeague victory was at our expense in 2010 so we won’t be misjudging their talents,” said Marian Head Coach Fran Ryan.
Moycullen Head Coach Ger Lyons hopes his Galway side will be rewarded for their efforts and anticipates that a victory is on the horizon.
“It really came down to the wire last week but it showed that the guys are learning and they are hungry for that win.”
Team Montenotte Hotel take on National Cup victors DCU Mercy in a much anticipated Cup final rematch this Saturday in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague.
Montenotte will be boast a full roster including former Irish International Niamh Dwyer who has been making her mark on the league since her return from the UK.
Despite the growing anticipation of the rematch, Montenotte Head Coach Cormac O’Donoghue won’t be reading too much into the outcome.
“It’s not January so we will be preparing for this game as a league game and nothing else,” said O’Donoghue.
However, DCU Mercy Head Coach Mark Ingle believes this game means much more to the players from both sides.
“This rivalry has been going on for five years now and every year there is a bit more build up to the game.”
“This match up is an extraordinary one and with both sides being used to playing each other there is always something special about this meeting.”
Holders UL are expecting a tough weekend with games against 11890 Killester and Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell respectively.
“Killester right behind us in fourth position on the tables and have only lost one game,” said UL Head Coach James Weldon.
“Brunell are playing well and they show no signs of letting up any time soon so we are prepared for this new challenge.”
Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures
Saturday October 22nd 2011
Nivea for Men Superleague
UL Eagles v UCC Demons, UL Arena, 19:30; Moycullen v UCD Marian, NUIG Kingfisher, 19:30; Belfast Star v DCU Saints, DLS Anderstown, 20:30
Basketball Ireland Women’s SuperLeague
UL v Killester, UL Arena, 16:00; Ulster Rockets v Liffey Celtics, DLS Anderstown, 18:30; Oblate Dynamos v Meteors, Oblate Hall, 20:00; Team Montenotte Hotel v DCU Mercy, Neptune Stadium, 19:00
Basketball Ireland Senior Men’s Cup
North Star v Demons, Bishops Field, 15:30; Team Meadowlands St. Brendan’s v Ballon, Mercy Mounthawk, 19:30; Tolka v Portlaoise, Tolka Rovers, 19:30; Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s v Dublin Thunder, Castleisland CC, 19:45
Sunday October 23rd 2011
Nivea for Men Superleague
Bord Gais Neptune v 11890 Killester, Neptune Stadium, 15:00
Basketball Ireland Women’s SuperLeague
Waterford Wildcats v Killester, Mercy Gym, 13:30; Brunell v UL, Parochial Hall, 14:45