National League Preview R3

National League Preview R3

  • Oct 15,2015

The National Basketball Arena in will be opened up to the public for the first time this season with the first in a series of Men’s Premier League Double Headers.

Top tier newcomers Eanna and SSE Airtricity Moycullen face off before C&S UCC Demons and UCD Marian reprise their Men’s National Cup Final meeting with three league points on offer.

“It's always nice to go to the Arena,” says Moycullen Head Coach Nollaig Cunningham. “How we did against Eanna last year has no bearing. They're a much changed team with a lot of new firepower.”

Both sides have recruited from the US to help cope with Premier League basketball. “Being out for the last year, you notice the difference in pace and execution. We can do it, it’s just that we're not doing it consistently at the moment.”

UCD Marian put their unbeaten record on the line against C&S UCC Demons. “We’re really looking forward to playing the best team in the country. It’s a great test for us and having it early in the season will show us what we need to do and where we have to be,” said Head Coach Ioannis Liapakis.

Eventbrite - Basketball Ireland Men's Premier League Double Header #1

One of the newly installed coaches in the Women’s Premier League believes two teams in particular will be fighting it out for silverware. UL Huskies Coach Des O’Sullivan watched his young side lose heavily to Team Montenotte Hotel on the opening day of the season before a tight loss to Courtyard Liffey Celtics at home.
 
"Any team could have won that game [Against Celtics].  All those teams will be in or around the same place but there’s definitely two tiers in the league. There’s a gap to Glanmire and DCU Mercy and everyone else is trying to close it."  Huskies travel to Meteors on Saturday where another new coach has been putting the work in.

"So far I like a lot of what I see, but obviously there’s a lot of room for improvement, says Mark Byrne. "We spend a good bit of time working on our defence but probably but giving up 87 points [against Team Montenotte Hotel] doesn’t reflect what type of work we’ve done. We’re still a work in progress. There’s a long way to go in terms of the season so a lot of basketball still to be played."

Kerry will host plenty of league and cup action this weekend. Both Women's Division One teams are at home with Team Garvey's Tralee hosting NUIG Mystics and Team Denjoes American Style taking on ITC Basketball. The commencement of the Hula Hoops U20 National Cup means Mercy Mounthawk will also feature Team Brogue Tralee against St Vincents while the first round of the National Intermediate Cup sees Shannon Jets make the trip from Clare to take on St Brendan's in Moyderwell. 

 CLUB QUOTES:


Dave Baker (Head Coach GCD Swords Thunder): We’ve a lot to do. We’ve bodies missing at the minute. We didn’t have any bigs [against UL] and we’ll have bigs for the next game so hopefully we’ll have everyone back in shape and get together in one group.
I said we can’t look past UL Eagles. They’re coached very well by Paul Kelleher and they’re young, but a lot of the time young players will come out and do what they’re asked to do and stick to the program and that’s what they did. They didn’t let go from start to finish.
 
Brian O’Malley (Head Coach Pyrobel Killester): It’s not really about guys that aren’t playing. Any team that we put out - they’re the only guys you can comment on. Whether there’s anybody waiting to come in, it doesn’t affect how we think. The team we put out [against Demons] should have been able to do a good job and we thought we could have competed.
 
Tim O’Halloran (Head Coach C&S Blue Demons): We’re looking okay. Last year we won the National Cup and there’s five players gone from last year and about five or six new in. That’s no excuse about losing [against KUBS] but I think we’ll be there or there about again this year.
 
Martin Conroy (Head Coach ITC Basketball): We were playing against the best team in the league by far [Against NUIG Mystics] I thought the way the girls played today was fantastic. They really showed tenacity and defence and they worked really hard but we just missed a few things on offence. That’s a lot of players coming together and we need to gel and that’ll happen over the next few games. 

Saturday 17 October 2015
Men's Premier League 2015-2016
Templeogue BC v GCD Swords Thunder, Oblate Hall, Inchicore, 19:30                         
UL Eagles v Belfast Star, PESS Building, UL, 19:30                             
Pyrobel Killester v DCU Saints, IWA Clontarf, Dublin, 20:00                             

Women's Premier League 2015-2016
Meteors v UL Huskies, Colaiste Iosagain, Dublin, 16:00                                   
Pyrobel Killester v Portlaoise Panthers, Irish Wheelchair Centre, 18:00                         
Maxol WIT Wildcats v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Mercy SS, Waterford, 19:00             
 
Women's Division One 2015-2016
Team Garvey's Tralee v NUIG Mystics, Mercy Mounthawk, Kerry, 17:30
Team Denjoes American Style v ITC Basketball, St. Marys CC, 19:30                           

Hula Hoops President's National Cup (SMC) 2015-2016
Team Kilkenny v JM&L Auctioneers Titans, Watershed Complex, Kilkenny, 19:00

Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup 2015-2016
Team Brogue Tralee v St. Vincent's 2, Mercy Mounthawk, Kerry, 13:00                     
Sligo All Stars v KCYMS, Mercy College, Sligo, 17:30                       
Killester BC v Tolka Rovers, St Fintans HS, Dublin, 12:00                        
Moycullen v North Star, Kilannin Community Centre, 17:00                            

Hula Hoops U20 Women's National Cup 2015-2016
Glanmire BC v Tolka Rovers, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, Cork, 19:30

Hula Hoops Men's National Intermediate Cup 2015-2016
St Brendans v Shannon Jets, Moyderwell, Tralee, 16:30                                  
 
Sunday 18 October 2015
Men's Premier League 2015-2016
Eanna BC v SSE Airtricity Moycullen, National Basketball Arena, 14:00                        
UCD Marian v C&S UCC Demons, National Basketball Arena, 16:00                              

Women's Premier League 2015-2016
DCU Mercy v Singleton's SuperValu Brunell, DCU Sports Complex, Dublin, 15:30

Women's Division One 2015-2016
Marble City Hawks v Ulster Rockets, O'Loughlin Gael's Kilkenny, 16:00     

Hula Hoops U20 Men's National Cup 2015-2016
Blue Demons v Dublin Lions, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 15:00                              

Hula Hoops U20 Women's National Cup 2015-2016
Killester v St Mary's, St. David's CBS, 13:30      

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