In-form Tigers boosted by return of Kingdom star Donaghy

ABRAKEBABRA Tigers will include Kieran Donaghy when they host DART Killester in the NIVEA for Men SuperLeague at the Tralee Sports Complex tomorrow night.

Tonight the star of Kerry’s All-Ireland winning football team will be in Dublin for the All-star Awards and will dash back to Tralee tomorrow for the basketball game.

“This will be his first home game this season,” Abrakebabra manager, Junior Collins, pointed out. “He has been having a pretty busy schedule since the All-Ireland final and we won’t begrudge him that. He has only been available for two of our games but we will have himself and Micheál Quirke back in the team for this game.”

With four wins out of five, Tigers are topping the Southern Conference following their six point win over Neptune last weekend.

Killester coach Mark Keenan must plan without the injured John Quigley while the influential Paddy Kelly has a groin strain. The plus for the Dubliners is that Damien Sealy has fully recovered from the flu and is raring to go. Killester had a big win over UCD Marian last weekend but Mark Keenan knows what to expect from Tigers.

“We were sluggish in the first half (against UCD) but we really turned it on in the third and fourth quarters. It was great to have such a spread of scorers but we will really need to be at the top of our form if we are to win in Tralee,” he said.

Part two of a Dublin v Kerry double header sees Mustang Sally St. Paul’s play host to UCD Marian at Presentation Killarney tomorrow night. St. Paul’s have lost Eoin O’Brien as he heads to Spain to take up a pro-contract. Barry and Pat Glover are still sidelined for UCD with injury as the students look to pick up more points on the road.

UCC Demons, lifted by their victory over Limerick Lions last weekend, travel to Belfast to play Star who recorded their first victory of the season last weekend when they beat the defending champions, St. Vincent’s.

Tim O’Halloran misses out with a shoulder injury, Michael Plichta is struggling with a back problem while Carlton Cuffe has a thigh problem and Shane Coughlan is still sitting out with a broken thumb and Arturas Gavenia has an ankle knock.

Neptune will be hoping to stop their recent run of bad luck when they travel to Letterkenny IT to play Merry Monk Ballina tomorrow night. Ronan McGarrity is fast approaching full fitness and Terry Kennedy‘s men will be hoping to put last weekend’s loss to HOOPS behind them.

On Sunday unbeaten HOOPS head to Limerick to take on Tom Hehir’s Lions. Lennie McMillan still sits out for Hoops but Conor Anhert returns for selection after recovering from injury.

In the women’s SuperLeague Tolka Rovers face a trip to Waterford as they take on Bausch & Lomb Wildcats in the Mercy Gym tomorrow night.

On Sunday UL Aughinish host DCU Mercy in a top of the table clash at the UL Arena at 1:00 pm. UL beat DCU in their last clash 71-54 but will be without Jillian Aherne due to injury and Nessa O‘Keeffe because of work commitments. DCU Mercy Coach Mark Ingle has a full squad to pick from in what promises to be a humdinger. UL will also be looking to avoid any major injuries as they have a date with Team Montenotte Hotel on Tuesday in the UL Arena at 8:30pm.

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