Pre-season tournaments the focus for this weekend
September 05, 2017
With the first round of the Men’s National League season tipping off next week, teams around the country are getting some final pre-season prep underway this coming weekend.
For a lot of the Men’s Super League teams, all roads lead to Galway for the Donie Greene Memorial tournament. The tournament will be hosted in Maree’s home venue, Calasanctius College Oranmore and sees the hosts joined by 2016/17 Regular Season winners, Templeogue, Cup winners Griffith Swords Thunder, UCD Marian, Belfast Star and near neighbours, SSE Airtricity Moycullen.
Check out the full schedule below.
Meanwhile, UL Eagles will host the Stuart Robbins memorial perpetual tournament this Friday and Saturday at the UL Arena in Limerick.
The event will see the hosts playing off alongside Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin, Fr Mathews, Portlaoise Panthers, Stuart Robbins All Stars and USA Select.
You can read more about the tournament, including the schedule, here.
Down in the kingdom of Kerry meanwhile, hosts Garvey’s Tralee Warriors will welcome BFG Neptune, Ballincollig BC and St Paul’s Killarney to Tralee Sports Complex this Saturday and Sunday.
Saturday evening will see St Paul’s Killarney face Ballincollig BC at 6pm before the Warriors take on BFG Neptune at 8pm. On Sunday, the runners up from each game will face each other at 2pm followed by a winners' battle at 4pm.
Carlow IT are also hosting a pre-season tournament this Friday and Saturday with six of the Men’s Division One teams competing including IT Carlow Basketball, Paris Texas Kilkenny, Dublin Lions, Ej Sligo All Stars, Ulster University Elks and LIT Celtics.
Hosts Carlow will play Paris Texas Kilkenny on Friday night at 7pm, with a full day of fixtures on Saturday:
9.30am - IT Carlow Basketball v Dublin Lions
10.45am - Paris Texas Kilkenny v Ulster University Elks
12pm - Ej Sligo All Stars v LIT Celtics
1.15pm - Paris Texas Kilkenny v Dublin Lions
2.30pm - Ulster University Elks v LIT Celtics
3.45pm - Dublin Lions v Ej Sligo All Stars
5.30pm - IT Carlow Basketball v LIT Celtics
6.45pm - Ulster University Elks v Ej Sligo All Stars
Elsewhere, UCC Demons will travel to Dublin to face DCU Saints in a pre-season friendly this coming Saturday.
The Men's Super League season gets underway next Friday evening, September 15th, with UCC Demons welcoming Garvey's Tralee Warriors to the Mardyke at 8pm and KUBS welcoming Belfast Star to Greendale at 8.30pm, while in the Men’s Division One, IT Carlow Basketball and BFG Neptune will be the first tip off of the season at the Barrow Centre in IT Carlow on Saturday, September 16th at 1pm.
You can check out all the fixtures for the season here.