Super League Preview: We look ahead to this weekend's games

Super League Preview: We look ahead to this weekend's games

  • Dec 08,2016

Templeogue may well be coming off the back of their first loss of the season after the Hula Hoops Cup quarter-final on Wednesday night saw them go down 81-88 to Griffith Swords Thunder in a thriller, but they will be ready to bounce back for the Super League on Saturday evening according to Head Coach Mark Keenan

Indeed, despite their loss against Swords on Wednesday evening, Templeogue are still undefeated in Super League basketball, and are currently top of the table with nine wins from nine – a fact that is not lost on Mark Bernsen, Head Coach of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, as his side prepares to welcome the table toppers to the Kingdom this Saturday evening. Warriors themselves are in flying form, and boast an undefeated record on their home court so far this season, ensuring that this weekend’s clash is going to be pretty interesting to say the least. 

“They’re a very good group, they’ve great Irish players and Bonaparte and Puff Summers are great players," said Bernsen. "They have big experience, that’s the thing that concerns us, not only are they good players but they are experienced players. We lack some experience, they’ve been through the wars over and over, it’ll be exciting. 

"These are the kind of games our guys have to play and learn how to play in so we look forward to it. There are no easy games in the Super League and I think they will be ready for the match and it will be a great game."

"Our guys are boosted by the crowd," he continued, "Especially if we give them something to cheer about! I think everybody likes coming here and playing in front of a crowd, I think they’ll enjoy it, but hopefully we’ll enjoy it a bit more! I’m okay with how we have been this season. We’ve had a couple of losses on the road this past month that could have gone either way. Those kind of games tend to linger with coaches a little longer, those losses, I mean. You think: could you have made a better decision, could you have helped the lads by doing this or that – those things bother me. We’ve a brand new sponsor in Garvey’s Super Valu, so that’s been a great boost and bonus for us – the Garveys are great people and great supporters of the club and the programme. It’s great to be able to join hands and keep this thing going."


Elsewhere, all eyes will also be focused on a hugely anticipated clash between UCD Marian and Griffith Swords Thunder on Friday evening. Swords will have less than 48 hours to recover from their Cup clash with Templeogue, but the win on Wednesday will surely boost their confidence. 

"It is a tough ask after two big tight games," admitted Head Coach, Dave Baker. "To come out now and face UCD, who I feel are one of the deepest teams in the Super League is tough. In saying that, we have worked very hard to be ready, knowing we had this schedule and I believe in this group so much."

UCD Head Coach Ioannis Liopakis was also looking forward to the game: “We’re really looking forward to this game. It’s a key game for us as whoever wins will stay up close to Templeogue and have the chance to go top of the League. Of course, it’s still mid season and there’s a long way to go, but a win would be a big plus. We’re prepared for battle.”


Elsewhere, Éanna face Pyrobel Killester on Friday, DCU Saints will play host to UCC Demons and SSE Airtricity Moycullen will welcome Radisson Blu UL Eagles, while Belfast Star had the better of KUBS on Thursday evening. 

In the Women’s Super League meanwhile, it is time to regroup after a nail-biting weekend of Cup action last weekend which saw Ambassador UCC Glanmire, Singleton SuperValu Brunell, DCU Mercy and Courtyard Liffey Celtics all book their spots in the semi-finals with wins over Maxol WIT Wildcats, NUIG Mystics, Pyrobel Killester and Portlaoise Panthers respectively. 

Pyrobel Killester will travel to the League leaders Ambassador UCC Glanmire this weekend off the back of that narrow defeat to DCU last weekend and Head Coach Karl Kilbride is hoping they will be able to bounce back. 


“We were very down after our loss at the weekend, particularly how we lost in the second half. That one is gone now though and all we can do is learn our lessons from it and move on. We’re very excited for the game this Saturday, Glanmire have consistently been the best team in the country over the last couple of years and we have a huge amount of respect for them and what they do. But we also have a huge level of belief in our ability and our potential. 

"Glanmire are unbeaten in the League this year and have been the best and most consistent team so far, but you always want to test yourself against the best and what better place to do that then by playing Glanmire. Travelling down to play them in Cork is always a tough ask, but we firmly believe that when we play to the best of our ability, we can beat any team on any day, so we’re looking forward to what will hopefully be a great game on Saturday."


Maxol WIT Wildcats are also looking forward to getting back on track after an agonizing Cup defeat to Glanmire last weekend.

“We are still a bit angry with ourselves over last weekend, we felt that we had a great chance and failed to take it,” said Head Coach Mick Evans. “But there’s nothing like playing another game to get over it, so we will hopefully bounce back and get a win. We’re not taking anything for granted, DCU are a great team and we need to step up.”

Elsewhere, Portlaoise Panthers will be aiming to get back to winning ways on their home turf when they face NUIG Mystics, while Singleton SuperValu Brunell hope to build on their first win of the season last week when they take on Meteors.



Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   

KUBS BC 68-82 Belfast Star

Upcoming Fixtures 

Friday 9th December 2016    

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:  

UCD Marian v Griffith Swords Thunder, UCD, 19:00; Éanna v Pyrobel Killester, Colaiste Eanna, 20:00;

Women’s NICC 

Maree BC v Tridents, Calasanctius College, 19.30

Saturday 10th December 2016          

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:  

DCU Saints v UCC Demons , DCU Complex, 19:00;

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v Templeogue, Tralee, 20:00;           

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   

Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Pyrobel Killester, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 15:00;

Portlaoise Panthers v NUIG Mystics, St Marys, 19:00;

Maxol WIT Wildcats v DCU Mercy, Mercy SS, 19:00;       

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1:  

LYIT Donegal v  EJ Sligo All-Stars, LYIT, 16:00;

Maree v Ulster University Elks, Calsanctius College, 17:45;

Titans v Dublin Lions, Colaiste Iognaid, 18:00;

Team Kilkenny v Kestrels, Watershed Sports Complex, 19:00;

BFG Neptune v ITC Basketball, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 19:00;

Fr Mathews v Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin, Douglas Community School, s19:15;          

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division 1:  

Ulster Rockets v Fr Mathews, Methodist College, 16:30;         

Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup:  

St Vincent’s 1st Team v Moycullen BC, St Vincent’s, 15:00;

Sunday 11th December 2016

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:   

SSE Airtricity Moycullen v Radisson Blu UL Eagles, The Jes, 14:00;    

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:   

Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Meteors, Parochial Hall, 14:45;         

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division 1:  

Ulster University Elks v Marble City Hawks, UUJ, 15:00;           

Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup:  

DCU Mercy v Fr Mathews, DCU St Pat’s Campus-Drumcondra, 13:00;

Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Moycullen BC, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 14:30;

Women’s NICC 

Muckno Lakers v Brunell, Our Lady’s SS, Castleblayney, 14.30

Ballincollig BC v Phoenix BC, Ballingcollig CS, 15.30

St Mary’s Castleisland v Killarney Cougars, Castleisland CC, 15:45;

Men's NICC

Limerick Celtics v BC Leixlip Numanus, St. Munchins College, Corbally, Limerick, 19:00

Detailed Results

Basketball Ireland Men's Super League

KUBS 68-82 Belfast Star
Top scorers KUBS: Gary Barron 20, Kevin Foley 13, Brian Edwards 10
Top scorers Belfast Star: Dillon Stith 39, Feargal Toner 19, Patrick McGaharan 10
Half time score: KUBS 37-34 Belfast Star

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