PREVIEW: Neptune and Lions prepare for battle
April 10, 2019
IT Carlow will be the venue for a hugely-anticipated game this evening [Wednesday] as C and S Neptune go head-to-head with Abbey Seals Dublin Lions in a Men’s Super League relegation/promotion battle.
Neptune, who were promoted to the Super League this season, finished bottom of the table this year and now face the threat of relegation back to the Men’s Division One, and will need to see off the challenge of Lions tonight in order to retain their Super League status.
"This is a game where we need more performance,” said head coach, Paul Kelleher. “We know the quality and tremendous strength of this Dublin Lions team who have shown what they are capable of in recent weeks. We have to be at a high level in all aspects of our game both collectively and individually in order to get the result we are looking for. We have shown that ourselves a lot this year as we have only lost by a combined 30 points against the top six teams this year, so we know that we are a good team and we have prepared in a manner to try and show that capability."
Lions meanwhile come into the game off the back of a run of good form, including placing second in the Men’s Division One – behind automatically promoted DBS Éanna – and a win through the League Cup qualifying rounds to see them in action not just this evening, but again on Saturday afternoon in the Men’s Division One League Cup semi-finals.
Looking ahead to this evening’s game, head coach, Rob White, stated: “It’s great to still be playing at this time of the year in games that have such meaning. We are going into this evening’s game with nothing to lose – so we are just going to have fun and enjoy the experience.
“I think Neptune are very similar to us – both teams are young and want to play fast. Neptune are a very good club and have a great history, so it should be a good experience to go head-to-head with them. Our lads are up for the challenge.”
Tip off for this evening's game is at 8pm at the Barrow Centre in IT Carlow, with admission €5 at the door.
Basketball Ireland Fixture - April 10, 2019:
Wednesday, April 10th
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League Relegation/Promotion:
C and S Neptune v Abbey Seals Dublin Lions, Barrow Centre, IT Carlow, 20:00