PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games

PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games

  • Oct 06,2017

The full complement of Women’s Super League fixtures will get underway this coming weekend, with eight of the nine teams in action this Saturday and Sunday.

Reigning regular season champions Ambassador UCC Glanmire will host Pyrobel Killester at the Mardyke Arena in Cork on Sunday in what is set to be a tough opening round test for both sides.

“It’s not an easy one going away to Glanmire, given how good they’ve been the last few years,” admitted Killester Head Coach, Karl Kilbride, “But we like to think we’re not an easy pushover either.”

Glanmire’s Mark Scannell added: “The girls have trained hard, and they’re hungry as ever, so hopefully we’ll have a good season,” he said. “We’re disappointed that we didn’t win the League last year, we won the regular season but we didn’t win the League and that hurts. We’ll come back hungrier and stronger because of it though.”

Elsewhere, Portlaoise Panthers will be without the services of international star, Claire Melia this coming weekend when they host Singleton SuperValu Brunell on Saturday, as she picked up a serious injury in pre-season.

“Pre-season was going well for us up until last week, when we got the devastating news of Claire’s injury,” said Head Coach, Peter O’Sullivan. “Everybody knows what Claire brings to any team and especially ours, but she will still play an important role in the team and other players will now have the chance to stand up. We’ve had to deal with long term absences of other key players before, so this season is no different and we’re delighted to start the season off at home in the club’s first ever National League double header, as our men’s team also take on Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney.”

Brunell’s Francis O’Sullivan looked ahead to the clash, stating: “Portlaoise are an established team in the League and St Mary’s Hall has become a hotbed of basketball. It’s going to be a challenging game for us.”

Last season’s League champions and Cup runners-up, Courtyard Liffey Celtics meanwhile will welcome NUIG Mystics. Mystics come into the game off the back of an opening round overtime loss to IT Carlow Basketball last weekend and will be hoping to get a win under their belts, while Carlow will face off against Maxol WIT Wildcats in their second game of the season on Sunday.

In the Men’s Super League meanwhile, some very interesting clashes are in store. Griffith College Swords Thunder will welcome an unbeaten Belfast Star to the ALSAA On Saturday and they come into the game off the back of an agonizing one-point loss to UCC Demons last weekend. Star, for their part, will be relishing the chance of a tough test against one of the top teams in the League.

Elsewhere, UCD Marian will travel to Oblate Hall in Inchicore for a much-anticipated clash with Black Amber Templeogue. Marian have won both of their games so far this season, while Templeogue will be aiming to get back to winning ways having suffered defeat at the hands of both Pyrobel Killester and Éanna. The latter will face an interesting test in Colaiste Éanna meanwhile, as they welcome Joey Boylan’s DCU Saints on Saturday evening.

Both Galway sides are also in action with Maree welcoming UCC Demons while Moycullen will make their way to the packed house of Garvey’s Tralee Warriors. KUBS and Pyrobel Killester meanwhile will wait a few more days for their clash, as they go head-to-head on October 10th.

In other basketball news this week, the new arena at Waterford Institute of Technology was unveiled as the venue for the 2017/18 National League finals which will take place on March 24th, 2018 and will see the top four teams from Men’s and Women’s Super League and Division One do battle for the last trophy of the season.

Basketball Ireland Fixtures: October 7-9th, 2017

Saturday, 7th October 2017

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: 

Griffith College Swords Thunder v Belfast Star, ALSAA-Dublin, 18:00;

Éanna v DCU Saints, Colaiste Eanna, 19:00;

Maree v UCC Demons, Calasanctius College, 19:45;

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v Moycullen, Tralee Sports Complex, 20:00;

Black Amber Templeogue v UCD Marian, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 20:00;

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division 1: 

Ballincollig v Ulster University Elks, Ballincollig CS, 16:00;

LYIT Donegal v Fr Mathews, LYIT, 16:00;

BFG Neptune v Dublin Lions, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 19:00;

Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin v EJ Sligo All-Stars, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15;

Portlaoise Panthers v Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney, St Mary’s Sports Hall, 20:00;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super league: 

Portlaoise Panthers v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, St Mary’s Sports Hall, 18:00;

Courtyard Liffey Celtics v NUIG Mystics, Leixlip Centre, 19:30;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division 1: 

Marble City Hawks v Griffith College Swords Thunder, O Loughlin’s GAA, 19:00;

Team North West v UL Huskies, Ballyshannon, 19:30;

Sunday, 8th October 2017  

Basketball Men’s Division 1: 

LIT Celtics v Ulster University Elks, SportsHub Limerick IT, 15:00;

Titans v Paris Texas Kilkenny, The Jes, 15:30;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super league: 

Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Pyrobel Killester, Mardyke Arena, 15:00;

IT Carlow Basketball v Maxol WIT Wildcats, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 15:30;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division 1: 

Ulster University Elks v Meteors, Ulster University Elks, 15:00;

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