Basketball Ireland Weekly Preview

Updated: March 1, 2012


The big Cork derby will see UCC Demons hosting Bord Gais Neptune at the Mardyke Arena with Demons having already consolidated the Southern Conference title.

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Both teams are involved in double headers, as Neptune will host Moycullen on Saturday with UCC Demons completing their regular season campaign with a home game against UCD Marian on Sunday.

UL Eagles will be hoping to finish their programme on a winning note when they entertain Belfast Star at the UL Arena.

The Dublin derby between DCU Saints and 11890 Killester on Sunday will attract a good attendance to the DCU Sports complex.

In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, the big game of the weekend will see UL bid to wrap up the regular season against Team Montenotte.

On Sunday, UL make the long trip to Belfast for a clash with Ulster Rockets who entertain 11890 Killester on the eve of this game.
Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell will be hoping to build on their shock win over Waterford Wildcats when they are involved in a double header against Meteors and Liffey Celtics.

Meteors and Liffey Celtics will go head to head on Sunday with the latter still in search of their first win of the season.

No doubt the game of the weekend will see the Mardyke Arena rocking on Friday for the Cork derby between UCC Demons and Bord Gais Neptune.

The big news this week in the Neptune camp was the signing of American Michael Bonaparte who will make his debut in this crucial clash.

“Ron Thompson has been carrying a leg injury so we decided that Michael would be a good option for us as his experience in the league will stand to the team,” said Neptune coach Mark Scannell.

“We are in a funny position because if we lose to Demons and Moycullen UL Eagles could pip us to the runner up spot in the Southern Conference.”

The mood in the Demons camp is upbeat particularly after their double wins over Belfast Star last weekend that clinched them the Southern Conference.

“Before last weekend, Neptune were putting up really good numbers and their perimeter game was really good,” said Demons Head Coach Paul Kelleher.

“UCD Marian were very unlucky this past weekend, and regardless of the last result, Owen McNally seems to have settled in quickly with a big game last weekend against UL Eagles.”
UL Eagles will be hoping to win against Belfast Star on Saturday to keep their outside chance alive of clinching the runner up berth in the Southern Conference.

“I expect a really tough final regular season game at home on Saturday against Belfast Star,” said Eagles Head Coach Mark Keenan. “We must finish the regular season on a positive result as we head for the league play-offs. Belfast Star have some great players in their team but have been very unlucky with some close results going against them. We cannot be complacent at all.”
The big game in the capital will see a Dublin derby between DCU Saints and 11890 Killester.
Saints have inflicted two wins on Killester this season and coach David Donnelly despite leading his team to the Northern Conference title would like to finish the regular season in style.
“We always have good games against Killester and I think this will be a very competitive one as they will not want us to inflict a third consecutive defeat on them,” David said.

In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, UL have a double fixture assignment as they host Team Montenotte on Saturday and then travel to Belfast the following day for a clash with Ulster Rockets.
The Limerick side have been going well all season and with an unbeaten record that stretches back to December 2010 coach James Weldon believes his team will not be taking either opposition lightly.

“We want to maintain the winning habit,” said UL Head Coach James Weldon. “Games against Team Montenotte are always difficult, while Ulster Rockets have made great strides since gaining promotion to the top flight.”

Ulster Rockets face 11890 Killester on Saturday before taking on the might of UL as coach Breda Dick reflected on a successful season.

“It has been a wonderful experience for my young players and to finish the season playing against my former club Killester and then competing against the best side in the country is something we are all looking forward to,” Breda said.

Singletons Supervalu Brunell also have a double fixture weekend when they host Meteors before entertaining basement side Liffey Celtics.

Waterford Wildcats fresh from their shock extra time defeat in Cork last week to Brunell will complete their regular season campaign with an away fixture to Meteors on Sunday.

DCU Mercy will be looking to maintain their good form from last weekend when they make the short trip to Oblate Dynamos.

Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures
Friday March 2nd 2012
Nivea for Men’s Superleague
UCC Demons v Bord Gais Neptune, Mardyke Arena, 19:30

Saturday March 3rd 2012
Nivea for Men’s Superleague
Bord Gais Neptune v Moycullen, Neptune Stadium, 19:00; UL Eagles v Belfast Star, UL Arena, 19:30
Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
UL v Team Montenotte Cork, UL Arena, 17:00; Ulster Rockets v 11890 Killester, DLS Anderstown, 18:30; Singleton’s Super Valu Brunell v Meteors, Parochial Hall, 18:30; Oblate Dynamos v DCU Mercy, Oblate Hall, 20:00
Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Team Loftus Recycling Ballina v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, Ballina Sports & Leisure Centre, 19:30; Team Meadowlands St.Brendan’s v Ballon, Mercy Mounthawk, 19:30; Portlaoise v Matt O’Flaherty Chemist Titans, St.Mary’s Sports Hall, 19:30
Basketball Ireland Women Division One
Tralee Imperials v Scruffy’s St.Paul’s Killarney, Mercy Mounthawk, 16:00; Foireann na Gaillimhe v UL, Calasanctius College, 19:30
Sunday March 4th 2012
Nivea for Men’s Superleague
UCC Demons v UCD Marian, Mardyke Arena, 15:15; DCU Saints v 11890 Killester, DCU Sports Complex, 15:30
Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
Ulster Rockets v UL, St Patrick’s College, 14:00; Singleton’s Super Valu Brunell v Liffey Celtics, Parochial Hall, 14:45; Meteors v Waterford Wildcats, Colaiste Eoin/Iosagain, 15:00
Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Neptune v Maree, Neptune Stadium, 13:00; Blue Demons v Team Garvey’s St.Mary’s, Mardyke Arena, 13:00

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One
Meteors v Donegal Town, Colaiste Iosagain, 13:00; Foireann Na Gaillimhe v Team Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s, Calasanctius College, 15:30

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