UCC Demons will be second regardless of the result of their tie with Limerick Lions and this means that they will play the winners of the Northern Conference clash between defending champions St. Vincent’s and Shamrock Rovers Hoops at The Mardyke Arena on St. Patrick’s Day.
“What we are hoping for now is continuity,” Demons’ coach, Pat Price, said. “We have won seven out of our last eight SuperLeague games and we want to maintain the momentum.
“We have secured our place in the quarter-finals and there is already a great buzz around the club. On January 6 we had just three wins and seven losses. Fast forward to March 6 and everything has changed dramatically.”
Both Demons and Mustang Sally’s could end up on 10 wins come
tomorrow night but even if Pat Price’s team lose to Limerick and Mustang Sally’s were to win their final game against Neptune in Neptune Stadium at 8pm, Demons would claim second spot by virtue of their three victories over the Killarney side.
Limerick Lions have gone through a traumatic season on and off the court, losing some desperately close games down the stretch. They would like to finish the campaign positively but player/coach, Matthew Hall, knows how difficult an assignment that will be.
“If we keep our shape and really put in the high level of effort required, then we will be in there with a chance,” he said. “Another win would be a decent way to close out the season.”
The Northern Conference is set for a grandstand finish with the game of the weekend undoubtedly being the Dublin derby between Hoops and St. Vincent’s in the National Basketball Arena tomorrow evening.
St. Vincent’s are without the influential Mike Trimmer and coach Joey Boylan will be hoping Jermaine Turner will be back to his best following illness.
Merry Monk Ballina will be without Ronan McGarrity for the remainder of the season due to illness. They play UCD Marian tomorrow evening in the first of two games and then they return home to play DART Killester on Sunday afternoon at the Sports and Leisure Centre.
Killester may well have clinched victory in the Northern Conference by that time pending the result of their game against Belfast Star tomorrow night in Clontarf.
For their game against Ballina, UCD will be without the suspended Peter Finn and Kevin Foley.
David Harrison is drafted in to replace Kevin Foley.
With Barry Glover and Pat Glover still injured, Kevin Meany and Gary Edge, two former SuperLeague players, will also be in action for UCD this weekend.
Killester Coach, Mark Keenan, has given his American, Bryce Burch, a few days off to get over the ‘flu that affected him in last Sunday’s win over St Vincent’s.
Michael Goj is another victim of the dreaded ‘flu and hasn’t trained so far this week. Keenan hopes that both players will be fit for the weekend’s action starting with the Northern Conference title clash against Belfast Star on tomorrow night.
“The lads know just how important Saturday’s game is to the club, our fans and our sponsor DART and I know they will not let them down,” Keenan said.