PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games

PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games

  • Nov 24,2017

PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend’s games

It’s another big weekend of action in the Basketball Ireland Super Leagues this weekend, with some very big games in store in both the men’s and women’s divisions.

In the Men’s League, all eyes will be on Oblate Hall on Saturday evening as Black Amber Templeogue prepare for a big clash against Griffith College Swords Thunder. In what has teed up nicely to be yet another top of the table clash, both sides come into the game with seven wins and three losses apiece in the season to date, with Swords just holding the edge on the table standings thanks to a bigger points difference.

Indeed, Swords will be confident going into this weekend’s game having upset last week’s table toppers UCD Marian in the ALSAA, and head coach Dave Baker was relishing the challenge of Templeogue this week.

“We have been showing good form the past two weeks beating Tralee and UCD Marian,” he said. “Hopefully, we can build on that this weekend. This is always a fixture we look forward to, but we haven’t had much success in the Oblates in the past. It promises to be a great match up.”

Black Amber Templeogue meanwhile have put a rocky start to the season behind them and are now on the hunt for their seventh win in a row.

“We’re really looking forward to this weekend’s game and being back in our home court,” said player, Jason Killeen. “We know that it will take a huge effort to beat Swords after they had a big win over UCD Marian, but we are confident that our form has been improving after a slow start and the team is starting to click at a crucial juncture of the season.”

Elsewhere, it’s set to be a close affair in UCD this weekend as UCD Marian welcome Moycullen, while Pyrobel Killester and DCU Saints will meet in what is set to be a very close and competitive game in the IWA, Clontarf on Saturday evening.

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors will be hoping this weekend will mark a change in their fortunes as they take to the road to face Belfast Star, Maree welcome Éanna to Oranmore, while KUBS – who are still chasing their first win of the season - will make the long trip down to UCC Demons on Sunday.

In the Women’s Super League meanwhile there is a big Cork battle on the cards on Sunday afternoon as Singleton SuperValu Brunell welcomes near neighbours, Ambassador UCC Glanmire to the Parochial Hall.

Brunell come into the game off the back of a huge overtime win against Maxol WIT Wildcats, while Glanmire went down at the hands of Courtyard Liffey Celtics last Sunday – their second loss in a row.

Liffey Celtics meanwhile remain top of the table with six wins from six, and they will be hoping to keep that impressive streak going when they travel to the IWA to face Pyrobel Killester on Saturday evening. Killester have a very solid home form however and will be hoping to keep their home record intact. Elsewhere, Portlaoise Panthers will be looking to regroup after a tough loss to DCU Mercy last week. They welcome NUIG Mystics to St Mary’s Hall, while DCU are back on their home stomping ground and will face off against Maxol WIT Wildcats in what is set to be a very close game.

It’s Cup action in the Women’s Division One meanwhile, with two Hula Hoops National Cup quarter-finals tipping off this weekend. An in-form Fr Mathews (who are unbeaten in the league) will welcome last year’s Cup finalists Marble City Hawks to Cork in what is set to be one of the games of the weekend, while Ulster University Elks will play host to Meteors on Sunday in the second quarter-final of the weekend.


Basketball Ireland Fixtures: November 24th – 26th

Friday 24th November 2017  

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One: 

Neptune v Ballincollig, Neptune Stadium, 20:00;

Hula Hoops NICC Women’s Cup quarter final:

Portlaoise Panthers v St Mary’s, St Mary’s Hall, 20.00


Hula Hoops Under 18 Men’s Cup quarter final:

Ongar Chasers v Dublin Lions, Ongar Community School, 20.20

Saturday 25th November 2017  

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: 

Belfast Star v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, Methodist College, 19:00;

UCD Marian v Moycullen, UCD, 19:00;

Pyrobel Killester v DCU Saints, IWA-Clontarf, 19:00;

Maree v Éanna BC, CC-Oranmore, 19:45;

Black Amber Templeogue v Griffith College Swords Thunder, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 20:00;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League: 

Pyrobel Killester v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, IWA-Clontarf, 17:00;

Portlaoise Panthers v NUIG Mystics, St Marys, 18:00;

DCU Mercy v Maxol WIT Wildcats, DCU Complex, 20:00;

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One: 

Dublin Lions v Paris Texas Kilkenny, Colaiste Bhride-Clondalkin, 18:30;

Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin v LYIT Donegal, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15;

Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney v Fr Mathews, Killarney Sports Centre, 19:30;

EJ Sligo All-Stars v IT Carlow Basketball, Mercy College, 19:30;

Portlaoise Panthers v Titans, St Marys Sports Hall, 20:00;

Hula Hoops Senior Women’s Cup quarter final: 

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

Hula Hoops NICC Women’s Cup quarter final:

Maree v Tridents, Calasanctius Oranmore, 16.00


Hula Hoops Under 18 Men’s Cup quarter final:

Templeogue v Moycullen, Presentation College, 14.30

Hula Hoops Under 18 Women’s Cup quarter finals:

Ulster Elks v Glanmire, UUJ, 13.00

DCU Mercy v Killester, Mercy College, 13.30

Sunday 26th November 2017  

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: 

UCC Demons v KUBS, Mardyke Arena, 15:00;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League: 

Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Ambassador UCC Glanmire, Parochial Hall, 14:45;

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One: 

Paris Texas Kilkenny v Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney, O Loughlins GAA, 13:00;

Hula Hoops Senior Women’s Cup: 

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

Hula Hoops Men’s NICC quarter final:

Blue Demons v Barrow Rovers, Mardyke Arena, 13.00

Éanna v BC Leixlip Zalgiris, Oblate Hall, 15.00

Hula Hoops Under 18 Men’s quarter finals;

KCYMS v KUBS, Killorglin Sports Centre, 15.00

Neptune v Malahide BC, North Mon AG, 16.00

Hula Hoops Under 18 Women’s quarter finals:

Brunell v Templeogue, Parochial Hall, 12.45

Portlaoise Panthers v WIT Wildcats, St Mary’s Hall, 18.00

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