PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games

PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games

  • Nov 30,2017

Ambassador UCC Glanmire will be hoping to kick start their journey to five Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup titles in a row this weekend as they prepare for a massive quarter-final clash in Dublin on Sunday afternoon.

Standing in their way however is Pyrobel Killester, who now boast not only the services of former Glanmire star Chantell Alford, but also an unbeaten home record in the Women’s Super League – most notably ending Courtyard Liffey Celtics’ run at the top of the table last weekend.

“We know we’re going to be heavy underdogs in the eyes of everyone outside of our dressing room,” admitted Killester’s Karl Kilbride, “But we have great confidence in our own ability and know that if we play to our potential, there’s nobody we can’t beat.”

Glanmire head coach, Mark Scannell, knows the pressure is on the reigning champions to perform big on Sunday.

“As defending champions and going for five in a row, it’s one of the most difficult fixtures,” he said. “They are a tough and physical team and are coming in off the back of a big win against Liffey but it’s Cup, and we’ll be ready.”

Elsewhere, it’s a top of the table showdown on Friday evening as Courtyard Liffey Celtics and DCU Mercy go head-to-head in their quarter-final, in what is a repeat of last year’s Cup semi-final, which Liffey won. The two sides met already this year in a cracking League clash which saw Celtics come out on top, but Mark Ingle’s charges will be showing no mercy this weekend.

“We are looking forward to this Cup tie,” he said. “Both teams are joint top of the Super League at the moment, and we’ve been playing very well lately so have a lot of momentum going into the game. We will have to be at our best defensively to get the job done, but I am confident we can put in a good performance.”

Singleton SuperValu Brunell and Maxol WIT Wildcats will play out a hugely-anticipated Cup clash in Cork on Sunday meanwhile, in a repeat of a League fixture from two weeks ago, which saw Brunell win out in overtime. 

Brunell’s Francis O’Sullivan was looking forward to the game: “The whole club is really excited about this. The league game went to overtime and we won, so hopefully that will give us the confidence to perform on Sunday.”

There’s also Hula Hoops National Cup action across the Men’s and Women’s Division One, with the Men’s President’s Cup quarter finals taking centre stage on Sunday afternoon.

Reigning Cup champions, Neptune, will host Titans on Sunday afternoon. 

“Titans have made huge strides this year and they gave us problems two weeks ago in the league,” said head coach, Paul Kelleher. “Keegan Ryan is a handful and we will have our work cut out with him.”

Elsewhere, their Cork neighbours Ballincollig – who currently sit top of the Men’s Division One table – will face the challenge of newcomers, Portlaoise Panthers.

“It will be the biggest game of the year for us without doubt,” said Portlaoise’s head coach, Jimmy Ward. “They have depth and consistency and we will have to try and match that for us to have a chance.”

“There’s huge anticipation for Sunday’s game against Portlaoise,” said Ballincollig’s Kieran O’Sullivan. “We are on a good run of form like Portlaoise so it has the makings of thrilling quarter final. It’s the first quarter final in the club’s history at this level so we have a lot to look forward to and hopefully, home advangtage will get us across the line.”

The unbeaten Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin meanwhile will go head-to-head with Paris Texas Kilkenny in Kilkenny, while Fr Mathews and Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney do battle in what is set to be another competitive game.

In the Hula Hoops Senior Women’s Cup meanwhile, Fabplus North West will welcome UL Huskies to Donegal for a big quarter-final battle. Fr Mathews and Meteors have already booked their spots in the semi-final stages following wins over Marble City Hawks and Ulster University Elks last weekend, while Griffith College Swords Thunder have a bye into the semi-final.

It’s regular Super League action in the Men’s Super League meanwhile, with Garvey’s Tralee Warriors welcoming UCC Demons in a hugely-anticipated clash. Griffith College Swords Thunder and Pyrobel Killester will also go head-to-head, Black Amber Templeogue will face off to DCU Saints, while KUBS travel up to Belfast Star.

In an extremely busy weekend of basketball, the Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic also tips off in the SSE Arena, Belfast this coming Friday, with a feast of basketball in store for fans across the country. Friday will see Manhattan and Holy Cross tip off at 4.30pm while Towson and La Salle will go head-to-head at 7pm. The runner up game and Championship match will take place on Saturday, to finish off a brilliant few days of basketball.

Basketball Ireland Results: November 30th to December 3rd

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: 

UCD Marian 84-79 Éanna

Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup Preliminary round (knock out): 

NUIG Mystics 84-77 IT Carlow Basketball (after overtime)

Basketball Ireland Fixtures: November 30th to December 3rd

Friday 1st December 2017

Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup Quarter Final: 

Courtyard Liffey Celtics v DCU Mercy, Leixlip Amenities Centre, 20:20;

Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic

Manhattan v Holy Cross, SSE Arena, Belfast, 16.30

Towson v La Salle, SSE Arena, Belfast, 19.00

Saturday 2nd December 2017 

Basketball Hall of Fame Belfast Classic

Runner up match, SSE Arena, Belfast, 14.30

Championship game, SSE Arena, Belfast, 17.00

Sunday 3rd December 2017 

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: 

Griffith College Swords Thunder v Pyrobel Killester, ALSAA-Dublin, 15:00;

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v UCC Demons, Tralee Sports Complex, 15:00;

Belfast Star v KUBS BC, Methodist College, 15:00;

Black Amber Templeogue v DCU Saints, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 15:30;


Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup Quarter Finals: 

Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Maxol WIT Wildcats, Parochial Hall, 14:45;

Pyrobel Killester v Ambassador UCC Glanmire, I.W.A Clontarf, 15:00;

NUIG Mystics v Portlaoise Panthers, CC Oranmore, 15.00

Hula Hoops President’s Cup Quarter Finals: 

Ballincollig v Portlaoise Panthers, Ballincollig CS, 13:30;

Neptune v Titans, Neptune Stadium, 14:00;

Paris Texas Kilkenny v Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin, O Loughlins GAA, 14:00;

Fr Mathews v Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney, Colaiste Chriost Rí, 15.00

Hula Hoops Senior Women’s Cup Quarter Final: 

Fabplus North West v UL Huskies, Colaiste Choilmcille Ballyshannon, 15:00;

Basketball Ireland Detailed Results: November 30th to December 3rd

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: 

UCD Marian 84-79 Eanna
Top scorers UCD Marian: Mike Garrow 27, Barry Drumm 17, Conor Meany 15
Top scorers Eanna: Tamron Manning 19, Aidan Dunne 18, Garny Garcia Nivar 9
Half time score: UCD Marian 44-39 Eanna

Hula Hoops Women's National Cup Preliminary Round (knock out)

NUIG Mystics 84-77 IT Carlow Basketball (after overtime)
Top scorers NUIG Mystics: Aine McDonagh 31, Deja Bullock 16, Dayna Finn 11, Jade Johnson 11
Top scorers IT Carlow Basketball: Alexis Eckles 30, Maeve Parahus 17, Ciara McCarthy 13
Full time score: NUIG Mystics 70-70 IT Carlow Basketball
Half time score: NUIG Mystics 33-37 IT Carlow Basketball

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