PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games

PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games

  • Feb 08,2018

With just five weekends left in regular season, things are certainly heating up across the men’s and women’s Super Leagues, with all eyes now firmly focused on the coveted spots at the top of the table.

In the Women’s Super League an interesting battle is in store as Courtyard Liffey Celtics have bounced up to the top of the table, overtaking DCU Mercy for top honours after beating the Cup champions 61-57 in Leixlip last weekend.

They will need to focus though if they are to keep that position though, as Mercy and Ambassador UCC Glanmire are directly behind them in joint second place, and need Liffey to drop just one game in order to be in with a chance to move to the top.

This tussle for top spots makes the weekend’s games all the more interesting, as Liffey Celtics face one of the toughest tests with a trip to Cork to face an in-form Singleton SuperValu Brunell on Sunday. Brunell are currently battling for a coveted top four spot in the League so will be targeting this game as one to win, and Celtics will need to be on top form to overcome the Cork team in their home court.

DCU Mercy meanwhile will be aiming to bounce back from last week’s loss to Liffey Celtics when they take to the road to face IT Carlow Basketball this weekend, while Ambassador UCC Glanmire will welcome bottom of the table NUIG Mystics.

Pyrobel Killester will also need to take home a win this weekend as they travel to Portlaoise to face the Panthers and, with Brunell snapping at their heels, they can’t afford to drop a game either.

Over in the Men’s Super League things are just as interesting as, thanks to an upset by DCU Saints last weekend which saw them overcome league leaders UCD Marian, the top of the table is now closer than ever, with Tralee, Swords, Templeogue and Killester all chasing top spots.

With that in mind, all eyes will be on the IWA in Clontarf on Saturday evening as Pyrobel Killester welcomes UCD Marian for what is set to be a very interesting clash. The sides have already met twice this year, with Killester taking the win in the League while UCD Marian won the Cup clash, so this is set to be another close battle.

DCU Saints welcome Griffith College Swords Thunder on Saturday evening, with Thunder aiming to get one back on the Saints as DCU have won both of their encounters so far this season.

Elsewhere, Black Amber Templeogue will travel to Maree, Eanna will welcome Garvey’s Tralee Warriors and KUBS and Moycullen will do battle in Greendale on Saturday night.

It’s set to be a very interesting tie in Cork on Sunday meanwhile, as UCC Demons and Belfast Star – who are both battling for top six spots – while go head to head at the Mardyke Arena in a must win clash for both sides.

Basketball Ireland Fixtures: February 10-11th 2018

Saturday 10th February 2018 

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: 

Pyrobel Killester v UCD Marian, IWA-Clontarf, 18:00;

Eanna v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, Colaiste Eanna, 19:00;

DCU Saints v Griffith College Swords Thunder, DCU Complex, 19:00;

Maree v Black Amber Templeogue, Calasantius College Oranmore, 19:45;

KUBS BC v Moycullen, Greendale, 20:00;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:

Portlaoise Panthers v Pyrobel Killester, St Marys, 18:00;

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One: 

Ballincollig v IT Carlow Basketball, Ballincollig CS, 16:00;

Dublin Lions v Titans, Colaiste Bride, 18:30;

EJ Sligo All-Stars v Scotts Lakers St Pauls Killarney, Mercy College, 19:30; 

Neptune v Ulster University Elks, Neptune Stadium, 20:00;

Portlaoise Panthers v Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin, St Marys Sports Hall, 20:00

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One: 

Fabplus North West v Griffith College Swords Thunder, Ballyshannon, 16:00;

Marble City Hawks v UL Huskies, O Loughlins GAA, 17:00;

Fr Mathews v Ulster University Elks, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 17:45;

Sunday 11th February 2018  

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League: 

UCC Demons v Belfast Star, Mardyke Arena, 15:00;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League: 

Ambassador UCC Glanmire v NUIG Mystics, Mardyke Arena, 13:00;

Singleton SuperValu Brunell v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Parochial Hall, 14:45;

IT Carlow Basketball v DCU Mercy, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 15:30;

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