PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games

PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games

  • Oct 12,2017

Belfast Star is hoping to bounce back from a tough loss last weekend against Griffith College Swords Thunder when they welcome Pyrobel Killester this Saturday evening.

Star have had a strong start to the season with just one loss out of four games, and head coach Darren O’Neill is hoping the squad will get back to winning ways this weekend.

“We’re looking forward to the Killester game, especially coming off the defeat against Swords,” he said. “Killester are always tough, and we know that we will have to play well to get a result. There is no better way though of getting over a tough defeat than getting a victory in the following game.”

Black Amber Templeogue meanwhile are hoping that they can get a result in a must-win game for them this weekend as they face UCC Demons at Oblate Hall this Saturday evening. The reigning regular season champions have just one win from four games, and head coach Mark Keenan is hoping their performance will produce a result this weekend: “Demons have been playing very well and scoring high numbers. Our defence will be crucial to how we compete.”

UCC Demons head coach Colin O’Reilly was also looking ahead to the game: “It’s a very tough game on the road for us against one of the deepest and most talented teams in the league. For us, we are not at the stage yet where we can worry about the win and loss columns. We are still trying to piece together quality weeks of training and games before we know what our expectations will be as far as league positioning goes.”

Elsewhere, UCD Marian will welcome Maree, Griffith College Swords Thunder face KUBS, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors go head-to-head with DCU Saints and Moycullen and Eanna do battle in NUIG.

Meanwhile it’s a busy weekend of action in the Women’s Super League, particularly for Portlaoise Panthers as they face in to two games in 24 hours. They play Maxol WIT Wildcats at home on Saturday, and Courtyard Liffey Celtics on Sunday.

“It’s a tough weekend ahead for us,” admitted head coach Peter O’Sullivan. “We’re at home against two teams that picked up wins last weekend. We were disappointed with not playing how we know we can against Brunell last week, but we have had two tough training sessions this week and hopefully we can bring that intensity into this weekend’s games.”

Elsewhere, DCU Mercy will get their season underway when they welcome Pyrobel Killester on Sunday, Singleton SuperValu Brunell face NUIG Mystics and IT Carlow Basketball welcomes Ambassador UCC Glanmire.

The Men’s Division One is also well and truly heating up, and all eyes will be on Kerry this weekend with a local derby showdown on Saturday night between near neighbours Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney and Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin.

With all three teams in Kerry attracting huge crowds to their games, there’s no doubt that Saturday’s game in Killarney is set to be a sell-out with a superb display of basketball promised. Killorglin come into the game off the back of an unbeaten start to the season, with wins against IT Carlow Basketball, Fr Mathews and EJ Sligo All Stars under their belts.

“We have had a fantastic start to the season,” said head coach, Ignas Sijanus. “The team is really coming together and everyone is playing their part. It is a huge game this Saturday away to our local rivals in St Paul’s, but games like this is why we play. The level of excitement for this particular game is massive and I think you will hear the cheers in Cork!”

Killarney were also relishing the prospect of a neighbourly showdown: “We’re really looking forward to the game. Killorglin have a few successful seasons under their belt and we are trying to reach that as a new club back in the league after a nine-year absence. We need to push on now after a good start to the season and hopefully things will go our way on Saturday night.”

Elsewhere, Ballincollig and Neptune also remain unbeaten and will have two tough games ahead of them this weekend. Ballincollig travels to Paris Texas Kilkenny on Saturday evening, while there will be a cracker in Limerick as Neptune face off to LIT Celtics – the latter with the shooting prowess of Matt St Amour who is averaging 48 points per game.

Fr Mathews will be hoping that they can bounce back from a loss on the road to LYIT Donegal last weekend when they face into a double-header weekend, facing Titans on Saturday and Ulster University Elks on Sunday.

Portlaoise Panthers will travel to Dublin Lions off the back of a huge win against Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney last weekend, while IT Carlow Basketball and LYIT Donegal go head-to-head in the Barrow Centre.

Meanwhile, the Women’s Division One tipped off last weekend, with a big win for Ulster University Elks as they overcame Meteors, who were relegated from the Super League last season. Elks will face off to UL Huskies this weekend.

“It was a great win for us against a very experienced and big Meteors team,” reflected head coach, Pat O’Neill. “I’m so proud of how our young team reacted, particularly in the third quarter when Meteors took the lead. This weekend will be really tough for us, we face UL Huskies and they are very experienced and were impressive last weekend in Donegal, so we are expecting a difficult game.”

Newcomers Griffith College Swords Thunder had a tough first game test last weekend, losing out by just one point to Marble City Hawks. They have a bye this weekend to regroup, while Hawks will travel down to an experienced Fr Mathews side. Elsewhere, Meteors will host Fabplus North West on Saturday afternoon, with both sides looking for their first win of the season.

Basketball Ireland Fixtures October 14-15th

Saturday, 14th October 2017

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:

Griffith College Swords Thunder v KUBS BC, ALSAA-Dublin, 17:00;

Moycullen v Eanna BC, NUIG Galway, 19:00;

UCD Marian v Maree, Colaiste Iosagain, 19:00;

Belfast Star v Pyrobel Killester, Methodist College, 19:00;

Black Amber Templeogue v UCC Demons, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 20:00;

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v DCU Saints, Tralee, 20:00;


Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:

Portlaoise Panthers v Maxol WIT Wildcats, St Mary’s, 18:00;


Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:

LIT Celtics v Neptune, SportsHub Limerick IT, 18:00;

Paris Texas Kilkenny v Ballincollig, O Loughlins GAA, 18:00;

Dublin Lions v Portlaoise Panthers, Colaiste Bhride-Clondalkin, 18:30;

Fr Mathews v Titans, Colaiste Chriost Ri Cork, 19:15;

Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney v Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin, Killarney Sports Centre, 19:30;


Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:

Meteors v Team North West, Meteors, 16:00;

UL Huskies v Ulster University Elks, UL Arena-Limerick, 17:00;

Fr Mathews v Marble City Hawks, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 17:45;


Sunday, 15th October 2017

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:

Singleton SuperValu Brunell v NUIG Mystics, Parochial Hall, 14:45;

Portlaoise Panthers v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, St Mary’s, 15:00;

DCU Mercy v Pyrobel Killester, DCU Complex, 15:30;

IT Carlow Basketball v Ambassador UCC Glanmire, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 15:30;


Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:

IT Carlow Basketball v LYIT Donegal, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 12:30;

Fr Mathews v Ulster University Elks, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 15:45;


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