Ulster University Elks and Fr Mathews to do battle in final
March 30, 2018
Ulster University Elks and Fr Mathews prepare for Women's Championship Trophy final battle
Fr Mathews of Cork will be hoping that they can claim their third piece of silverware of the season on Saturday, March 31st, as they travel to Belfast for the WNLC Championship Trophy final in what is the final game in the Basketball Ireland National League season.
Standing in their way however is a young but very talented Ulster University Elks side who are celebrating the achievement of reaching their first ever final at this level. The Elks side know that they have a tough task ahead of them though as they welcome this year’s Senior Women’s Cup and Women’s Division One Top Four champions to Ulster on Saturday.
“It’s a fantastic achievement for this young squad to be competing in the Champions Trophy final,” said head coach, Patrick O’Neill. “As a club and as a coach we are so proud of the work and commitment show this season."
“Fr Mathews are coming into the game off the back of winning their second trophy of the season last weekend, and I know that we have a massive task ahead of us, but the ladies have worked really hard and if we play to our strengths, I feel we will be in with a chance.”
Fr Mathews' head coach James Fleming was also looking forward to the prospect of a third final and is hoping that his squad will be able to round off an incredible season for the club.
“We’re really looking forward to heading up to Belfast this weekend,” he said. “We will be playing a young and improving Ulster side, and we’re also down a few players so we’re really going to be up against it.”
Basketball Ireland Fixtures: Saturday, March 31st, 2018
WNLC Championship Trophy final
Ulster University Elks v Fr Mathews, UUJ, 15.00