Basketball Ireland weekly preview

Updated: November 18, 2011


11890 Killester will be hoping to end their two game losing streak in the Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague when they host an in form UCC Demons and UCD Marian are sure to be tested at Belfield for the visit of Bord Gais Neptune.

Belfast Star are seeking their first in eight games when they welcome UL Eagles while DCU Saints have a home tie against Galway outfit Moycullen.
In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, leaders UL have an interesting Munster derby with Waterford Wildcats.
11890 Killester are involved in a mouth watering clash with league debutants Singletons SuperValu Brunell and Liffey Celtics could be in for a torrid evening in their home clash with DCU Mercy.

Meteors will be confident they can produce a shock when they host Team Montenotte Hotel and Ulster Rockets can get back to winning ways when they play Oblate Dynamos in Belfast.

No doubt the big game in the Nivea for Mens SuperLeague will be clash between 11890 Killester and UCC Demons.
When these teams last played in Cork, Demons had a 16 points lead with 6 minutes remaining when the game was abandoned in Cork due to court condensation.
This will be a chance for Demons to get their revenge as Killester are on a two game losing run but coach Paul Kelleher believes his side will need to be at their best to prevail.
Demons easily accounted for Saints last weekend and Kelleher is well aware of the task that lies ahead for his team.

“Killester will always be a handful as they have the nucleus of a very good side and we will have our hands full against them,” Paul said.
“I am not going to talk about our last game against them because that chapter is closed and now it’s a case of playing the type of defence we produced against Saints and hopefully we will get the right result.”

As the Irish Wheelchair Association is unavailable this weekend 11890 Killester’s superleague teams move to the Oblate Hall in Inchicore.
Darren O’Neill believes the move is coming at exactly the wrong time “Absolutely, after the losses to DCU Saints and UL Eagles we really could do with a home game and while we have it, it is in Inchicore and quite a few of our lads have never played there so the home advantage is gone.

“Demons are a great side and come to us in a rich vein of form. Paul (Kelleher) is doing a great job and I know they will be up for it particularly after the game that was abandoned in Cork earlier in the season.”
UCD Marian coach Fran Ryan is looking forward to the visit of Bord Gais Neptune as his team have won four out of their last five league games.

The one worry for the Dublin side is the loss of ace scorer Daniel James who tore a hamstring against Moycullen and he will be sidelined for up to three weeks.

“Daniel has been outstanding for us in this campaign and we will miss his scoring power in the next few weeks,” said Fran.

“Neptune defeated us by 10 points when we last played them at Belfield and in fairness to them they actually scored 85 points and that is an unusual high tally against us on our home court.

“We have identified the threats that punished us the last time we played them so it’s a case of addressing those and hopefully we can get the all important win.”
Bord Gais Neptune coach Mark Scannell guided his team to their first win in four games against Belfast Star last weekend and he is hoping for more of the same against UCD.

“We certainly needed to get back to a winning habit but this is another tough test because Belfield has proved a fortress to many teams over the years,” Mark said.

“We shared the ball well against Star but this will be a far tougher assignment and we have prepared accordingly for what will be a difficult game to get maximum points from.”

Belfast Star, whose record 0/7 is the worst in the league, face another difficult game in the shape of Limerick side UL Eagles.

Star were missing a number of players in their defeat in Cork to Neptune and coach Danny Fulton is hoping their season can turn sooner than later.

“We were missing Scott Summersgill, Michael McKillop and Paul Cummins against Neptune and no team could afford to be missing players of that calibre,” Danny said.

“Hopefully we will have a better squad for the UL game but it goes without saying we need to pick it up big time.”

UL boss Mark Keenan was over the moon after his team defeated his former club Killester last weekend and he will be demanding a similar performance in Belfast.

“We were excellent against Killester but we need to keep this run going and we will not be taking anything for granted against Star,” Mark said.

DCU Saints Head Coach, David Donnelly, will be looking for a quick response from his players as they prepare to take on Moycullen.

“I think the Moycullen game will be another tough challenge,” said Donnelly. “They have had some good results recently and have some excellent players in Luke Enos, Cian Nihill and Timmons. We must show a reaction from last weekend and come out with a much improved performance.”

Moycullen’s excellent performances came to an abrupt halt away to UCD Marian last weekend, when they suffered an 84-65 defeat.

In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague the champions UL are involved in an interesting Munster derby against Waterford Wildcats.
The Limerick side produced some terrific basketball in their last game against Team Montenotte and coach James Weldon is hoping for another win.

“The one good thing about my squad of players is their attitude as they give all teams the respect they deserve and that will not change.

“I am happy in the manner we have performed in all games this season.”
Ulster Rockets coach Breda Dick is confident with the progress of her side and is looking forward to the visit of Oblate Dynamos to Anderstown.

“It’s a great chance for my team to get back to winning ways but the most important thing for me is the experience we are gaining and that’s crucial for the future of our club,” Breda said.


Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures

Friday, November 18th 2011
Basketball Ireland Senior Men’s National Cup
Maree V Matt O’Flaherty Chemist Titans, Calasanctius College, 20:00

Saturday, November 19th 2011

Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague
UCD Marian V Bord Gáis Neptune, UCD Sports Centre, 19:10; 11890 Killester V UCC Demons, Oblate Hall, 20:00; Belfast Star V UL Eagles, DLS Andersonstown, 20:30

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
Ulster Rockets V Oblate Dynamos, DLS Andersonstown, 18:30; 11890 Killester V Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell, Oblate Hall, 18:00; UL V Waterford Wildcats, UL Arena, 18:15; Liffey Celtics V DCU Mercy, Leixlip Amenities Centre, 19:30;

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Portlaoise V Team Left Bank Kilkenny, St. Mary’s Sports Hall, 19:30; Team Meadowlands St. Brendan’s V Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s, Mercy Mounthawk, 19:30

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One
Tralee Imperials V Team Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s, Mercy Mounthawk, 16:00; UL V Scruffy’s St. Paul’s Killarney, UL Arena, 16:00; Foireann na Gaillimhe V Brittons Insurance Donegal Town, Calasanctius College, 19:30

U-20 Women’s National Cup Round 1
Glanmire V Meteors, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 19:00

Sunday, November 20th 2011

Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague
DCU Saints V Moycullen, DCU Sports Complex, 15:30

Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
Meteors V Team Montenotte Hotel, Coláiste Íosagáin, 15:00

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Blue Demons V Neptune, Parochial hall, 15:15; Ballon V Team Loftus Recycling Ballina, Palmerstown Sports Complex, 15:30

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