SuperLeague form sides on collision course

NEPTUNE are scheduled to travel to travel to Limerick tomorrow night to play UL Eagles in an eagerly-awaited Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague game.

The Cork side, who meet neighbours, UCC Demons, in the semi-final of the National Cup on Sunday week, missed out on a game last weekend when the bad weather left DCU Saints stranded in Dublin.

But Pat Price could hardly have found a better opportunity to get Neptune back into competitive mode – weather permitting – than this visit to Limerick where the game will be played at what was the old Thomond College arena.

Neptune are on the back of seven consecutive wins in the league while UL Eagles went eight points clear of defending champions, UCC Demons, when they beat Hoops last weekend.

“We hope to continue our form against the deserved Southern Conference leaders,” said coach Price. “With the continued absence of starting point guard Gary Walsh and Paul Stapleton, we are making the necessary adjustments to our line-ups.

“We will need a big night from all of our perimeter players and we will play extra close attention to Matt Hall, Neil Campbell and Scott Kinevane. We will have to make big plays and big stops down the stretch.”

UL Eagles enjoyed a victory over their opponents earlier in the season courtesy of a 76-62 win but their coach, Tony Hehir, expects a tougher test this time around.

“Neptune are playing very well and have seven wins from nine starts,” he said. “They are a serious contender for a play-off place and will be marking this game as key to their campaign. I expect it to be close and it is up to us to work hard enough during the game to nail down the win.”

Killester are awaiting news on the fitness of Paddy Kelly ahead of their tricky test at home to Moycullen. The Irish international underwent light training earlier in the week with coach Mark Keenan admitting it will be a race against time to have him fit for tomorrow night.

Moycullen travel to Dublin to play Killester and will have a spring in their step on the back of three wins while Killester have lost to Neptune and Hoops in recent weeks.

Belfast Star could be without Michael McKillop as a result of an ankle injury and are definitely without the services of Joe Burns as they get set to host Hoops.

Star closed the gap on Northern Conference leaders Killester with an 89-82 win away to UCD/Marian last week but they face a side only too used to claiming scalps this season.

DCU Saints could be boosted by the return of trio, Joey McGuirk, Pat Glover and Martins Provizors, ahead of their clash with Ulster Elks.

Elks will be desperate to put a miserable 2009 campaign behind with their only win of the current campaign coming in a dramatic two point win over UCD/Marian in December.

In the IrishSport.TV Women’s SuperLeague, DCU Mercy and Team Montenotte Hotel Cork square off in an exciting clash in DCU, while Sligo All Stars are set for a tough test away to UL Basketball Club.

Meteors travel to Bausch & Lomb Wildcats and Killester entertain Tolka Rovers in an all capital affair.

DCU Mercy coach, Mark Ingle, is expecting another thrilling affair when unbeaten Team Montenotte Hotel Cork come to town on Sunday.

The two teams have served up some memorable games in recent years with the 2009 National Cup semi final which Team Montenotte Hotel Cork won 78-77 in double overtime a prime example.

For Montenotte coach Mark Scannell the game is ideal preparation ahead of their National Cup semi-final clash with Meteors the following weekend.

“We are all in good shape and it should be a great game for both ourselves and DCU ahead of the National Cup,” said Scannell. “They are on a good run at the moment and will be formidable opposition but it should stand to the side when they play Meteors in the cup.”

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