Superleague sides considering play-offs boycott

SUPERLEAGUE clubs may opt to boycott the league play-offs, due to be held in Letterkenny on the weekend of March 28.

The choice of Letterkenny has caused unrest among SuperLeague clubs, with the exception of Belfast Star who logistically will not be affected by the journey.

One leading club in the Women’s SuperLeague has announced that they will withdraw from the championship if they qualify for the final.

At the moment with the quarter finals yet to be finalised most of the Men’s SuperLeague teams are keeping their plans close to their chest. But tomorrow a meeting of affiliated men’s clubs in Dublin could see a proposal that they decide to boycott the finals.

For the Cork teams UCC Demons and Neptune it would cost in the region of £3,000 for travel and accommodation that will hurt the finances of both clubs.

With no SuperLeague team in that region this has seen pressure intensify to change the decision.

Back on court, UCC Demons will be hoping to chalk up their 16th consecutive win when they complete their Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague programme with a home game against UCD Marian at the Mardyke Arena on Sunday. The Cork side have only lost one game all season in all competitions and that was against Killester back in early November.

Since that loss they have since defeated the Dublin side twice including a national cup final win as coach Douglas Leichner prepares for the battle of the colours.

“UCD are a strange team as when they are hot, you have to be prepared to play serious defence against them,” Leichner said.

Neptune, following their midweek win over Limerick, travel to Clontarf for a clash with Dart Killester.

Word from the Dublin club suggests that American Michael Bonaparte may miss the rest of the season with a foot injury.

Limerick Lions have had a very poor season and their final game will see them do battle with Belfast Star at the UL Arena tomorrow.

In recent weeks the Star coach Darren O’Neill has publicly stated that he fancies his team to win the title with an away quarter final to Neptune still to contend with on March 7.

The quarter final make up is almost completed with the exception of third place from the southern conference.

Tralee Tigers chance of making the play-offs will rest on their clash in the north with Ulster Elks while Hoops who have yet to win in 2009 face an under-strength DCU Saints side at the national basketball arena.

Saints will be without Mike Trimmer and Emmet Donnelly who are both suspended, as a win for Hoops would seal a quarter final clash with UCD Marian.

In the Women’s SuperLeague regular season champions DCU Mercy entertain Team Montenotte who went down at home to Waterford Wildcats.

If Montenotte are defeated they will have to play the first leg of their semi final at home to UL Aughinish.

Wildcats will this week travel to play Killester while UL Aughinish should take maximum points at Tolka Rovers.

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