PREVIEW: We look ahead to this weekend's games
February 27, 2020
PREVIEW: DCU Mercy look to fend off their greatest challengers as they face off against Maree this weekend
DCU Mercy remain firm favourites to secure the Women’s Super League title after coming up a spot short a season previous. The league leaders host Maree this coming Sunday in a game which promises to play a significant part in the destination of the Super League title. Maree got the better of Coach Mark Ingle’s outfit in the reverse fixture, edging a narrow 72-70 victory in Galway, with thanks to outstanding performances from Claire Rockall and Fiona Scally. However, Meredith Burkhall will look to cause problems for visitors, leading the line in scoring in many competitions over the course of this campaign. The sides will take to the floor at 14:30 in DCU, both vying for a say in Super League glory.
A packed weekend of women’s basketball continues when Ambassador UCC Glanmire journey to the capital to face off against Pyrobel Killester. The sides comfortably occupy third and fourth place, with Glanmire having the upper-hand and a buffer of two-wins between them and their opponents. Killester will look to bounce back from a tough defeat at the hands of Maree last weekend, with Adella Randal El (26) and Christa Reed (22) both posting stellar outings in a tough overtime defeat. Glanmire will feel they still have an outside chance at the title, especially if DCU Mercy fail to pick up points on home soil.
Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics will welcome IT Carlow in Sunday’s second Super League clash. Both sides enter the weekend following significant victories a week ago. Celtics picked up a slender 70-74 win over Fr Mathews whilst IT Carlow got the better of a struggling Marble City Hawks outfit. This game promises to be an exciting encounter as two of the league’s most serial scorers will go head to head in the form of Jaiamoni Welch-Colman and Kaitlyn Slagus, notching 21 and 35 points respectively in their games last weekend.
Fr Mathews and Singleton Supervalu Brunell will match up against each other in a Cork derby that always brings out the best in both sides. Each team will reflect on tough seasons following their National Cup Semi-Final showdown during last year’s campaign. The battle between Greta Samasankaite and Chantell Alford should prove to be intriguing, with both ladies leading in scoring in their defeats last time out.
Marble City Hawks will hope to secure their first win of a testing campaign in the form of a potential upset against Maxol WIT Wildcats. Hawks were on the receiving end of a heavy 53-81 defeat at the hands of Carlow in their last outing, with Katie Fox (15) and Cassidy Williams (11) offering the main scoring outlet on the day. They’ll be hoping to limit Waterford’s Jasmine Walker and Maria Palarino who’ve been stellar performers all year for Wildcats.
Onto the Men’s Super League where DBS Eanna will play host to UCD Marian in a local rivalry this Saturday evening. Eanna simply haven’t been themselves since their Pat Duffy National Cup final appearance, where they fell short against Templeogue. In the other camp, UCD Marian have made a quiet surge up the table, comfortably dispatching of Dublin Lions in their last outing. Their well-rounded scoring is what has sparked this rise, Barry Drumm and Mariusz Markowicz being among the consistent performers for the visitors.
Belfast Star travel to face Abbey Seals Dublin Lions in another crucial showdown in the latter weeks of Super League action. CJ Fulton has been efficient for Star in their last few outings, dropping 27-points in their last contest with Eanna. Delaney Blaylock has also been immense for Coach Adrian Fulton’s charges, following his 50-point performance with another impressive 19-point showing at the weekend. Lions will look to bounce back from a poor outing when they played host to UCD Marian last week, Muhamed Sabic (13) led in the scoring column for the home-side.
Garvey’s Tralee Warriors will look to keep their run of form when they take on Maree at the Tralee Sports Complex this Saturday. Maree were unfortunate in their last outing, coming up short against Killester, 81-84, seeing point-guard Eoin Rockall score a significant 25-points on the day. Warriors will hope that Daniel Jokubaitis’ 21-point showing will carry over into this contest, leading the scoring for Coach Pat Price’s side in their win over Killorglin.
Fourth placed Griffith College Templeogue will look to get the better of a travelling Moycullen side, fresh off of the back of a huge away win over Neptune, 85-107. The visitors’ Conor Curran (28) and Grant Olsen (24) were particularly strong last week, carrying their Galway side to an impressive away victory at the Neptune Stadium. Templeogue will look to bounce back from an upset last week by way of DCU Saints, Lorcan Murphy (22) and Neil Randolph’s (21) performances weren’t enough to carry them over their local opposition.
Pyrobel Killester will strive to claw level on points with their opponents, Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin, when they host a testing Kerry side in IWA-Clontarf. Killester will look to keep their winning streak intact, following strong showings against Maree and Neptune in their last two encounters. Killorglin will look to bounce back from a significant against Tralee Warriors, seeing strong performances from Allan Thomas (20) and Colin O’Reilly (20) go to waste against local rivals.
Coughlan CandS Neptune will look to call a halt to their recent slide when they take on DCU Saints in Cork in one of the six games taking place this Saturday. Player-coach, Lehmon Colbert will look for a reaction from his troops following a tough home defeat in their last run. However, they’ll be up against a confident Saints side who blew by Templeogue, with thanks to a strong output from Michael Bonaparte (25). A win for the away outfit would see them draw level on points with their opponents on the night, currently occupying the eighth and ninth spot on the Super League ladder.