PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games
January 17, 2020
It’s back to Super League action this coming weekend after a huge weekend of Hula Hoops National Cup semi finals in Cork last weekend.
In the Women’s Super League, league leaders DCU Mercy will be hoping to bounce back from the disappointment of last Saturday evening’s cup semi final clash, which saw them lose out to Singleton SuperValu Brunell. They face another tough test this weekend as they travel down to Waterford to face Maxol WIT Wildcats who currently sit in joint second place with just three losses to date. The sides last met back in October in Dublin, with DCU taking the points on that occasion winning out by seven in the end, 77-70. Sarah Woods was the main threat for the Dubliners in that game, top scoring with 24 points, while Americans Ashley Russell and Meredith Burkhall were also to the fore, combining for 30 points and 19 rebounds between them. Wildcats will be hoping to close them down this coming weekend and will look for big performances once more from Stephanie O’Shea and Jasmine Walker.
Elsewhere, one of the other big clashes will see the meeting of Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics and Maree in Kildare on Saturday evening. Liffey won out over Maree in Galway, 70-76, earlier this season and Maree will be looking to return the favour this coming weekend. Dayna Finn is back in action for the Galway side and with American Briana Green returning to the Celtics’ side for the remainder of the season, this could well prove to be one of the big match ups of the weekend.
A big derby game awaits in Cork on Sunday meanwhile as Ambassador UCC Glanmire host Singleton SuperValu Brunell at the Mardyke Arena UCC. Both sides come into the game off the back of a busy weekend of Hula Hoops Cup semi-final action, but it is Glanmire who will be hurting more, after losing their Cup semi final bout to Pyrobel Killester. All of their focus will now be firmly on the league, and with Shrita Parker in stunning form at the moment, Brunell could well be in a for an extremely tough battle. Brunell meanwhile are coming off the back of a big Cup semi final win over DCU Mercy. The Cork outfit were in dazzling form last Saturday evening, with Americans Aryn McClure and Treyanna Clay causing havoc in their Cup clash, while young Irish international, Katie Walshe was also one of the big stand outs.
Bottom side Marble City Hawks meanwhile face a tough test this weekend when they welcome the extremely in-form Pyrobel Killester. The Dubliners are coming into the game after winning their Cup semi-final bout with Ambassador UCC Glanmire last Saturday to see them through to a first Cup final in four years. Back up in Carlow meanwhile, IT Carlow Basketball will welcome Fr Mathews in another hugely-anticipated game this weekend. Clashes between these two sides in the past two seasons have been great battles and this weekend’s is set to be no different.
It’s another busy weekend of action in the Men’s Super League as well, as the competition around the top of the table continues to heat up. Cup finalists DBS Éanna will be hoping to carry the momentum from their big Cup semi-final win over Garvey’s Tralee Warriors last weekend into their clash with Pyrobel Killester this coming Saturday as they host their Dublin neighbours at 7pm. Éanna come into the game in a solid run of form, and will look to Stefan Zecevic and Josh Wilson to help guide them over the line. Killester will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the league after dropping their last three clashes to Belfast Star, DCU Saints and Moycullen.
Fellow Cup finalists, Griffith College Templeogue, are on the road to Kerry meanwhile where they will face off against an extremely in-form Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin, who have only dropped one home game in the league so far this season. This is set to be a very interesting fixture, with Allan Thomas and Colin O’Reilly in solid form for the Kerry outfit, while Lorcan Murphy will be expected to cause the Killorglin defence trouble.
Bottom of the table, Abbey Seals Dublin Lions, are still chasing an elusive first win this season and will be hoping that they can get it this weekend at home when they welcome Coughlan C&S Neptune. The Cork side come into the game off the back of a tough Cup loss to Templeogue, and Lehmon Colbert and his charges will be hoping to bounce back well and take the points on the road.
Tralee are also hoping for a big bounce back this coming weekend when they host DCU Saints in Castleisland. Warriors went down to Éanna last Saturday evening in Cork in the Cup semi final, and will be hoping that Eoin Quigley and Paul Dick will be in top form for them this weekend. DCU Saints meanwhile come into the game off the back of a mixed run of form, and will be hoping to bring the points home from Kerry. Both Galway sides are at home this weekend, with Maree welcoming a high flying Belfast Star to Oranmore. Maree come into the clash off the back of a loss to Killorglin but had two big wins in the league in the last few weeks, while Belfast Star are in solid form of late and remain in the mix at the top of the table. Moycullen meanwhile will welcome UCD Marian in what is set to be a very interesting fixture. Clashes between these two teams in recent seasons have seen some close encounters, and this weekend is set to be no different.
Basketball Ireland Fixtures: January 18-19th
Saturday 18th January 2020
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:
Abbey Seals Dublin Lions v Coughlan CandS Neptune, Colaiste Bride, 17:30;
DBS Eanna v Pyrobel Killester, Colaiste Eanna, 19:00;
Keanes Supervalu Killorglin v Griffith College Templeogue, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15;
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v DCU Saints, St Mary’s Castleisland, 19:30;
Maree v Belfast Star, Calsanctius College, 19:30;
Moycullen v UCD Marian, Kingfisher, NUIG, 19:30;
Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:
IT Carlow Basketball v Fr Mathews, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 15:00;
Marble City Hawks v Pyrobel Killester, The Watershed, 17:00;
Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics v Maree, Leixlip Amenities Centre, 19:00;
Maxol WIT Wildcats v DCU Mercy, Mercy Gym, 19:00;
Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:
Tradehouse Central Ballincollig v Ulster University, Ballincollig CS, 16:00;
McGowans Tolka Rovers v Portlaoise Panthers, Tolka Rovers SC, 18:00;
Limerick Celtics v Fr Mathews, St Munchins, 18:30;
Waterford Vikings v Scotts Lakers St Pauls Killarney, WIT, 19:00;
EJ Sligo All-Stars v Limerick Sports Eagles, Mercy College, 19:30;
Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:
UL Huskies v Phoenix Rockets, PESS Building-UL, 15:00;
Trinity Meteors v Tipperary Knights, Meteors, 16:00;
Limerick Celtics v Ulster University, St Munchins, 16:30;
NUIG Mystics v Swords Thunder, NUIG, 16:30;
Portlaoise Panthers v Griffith College Templeogue, St Marys Sports Hall, 19:00;
Sunday 19th January 2020
Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:
Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, Mardyke Arena, 14:30;