Killester expect tough test from Neptune

KILLESTER continue their defence of the Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague tomorrow with a potentially tough clash at home to Bord Gáis Neptune.

Mark Keenan’s side have enjoyed a perfect start to the season with three wins out of three but will be without Paddy Kelly for these two games due to work commitments.

Issac Westbrooks, who has returned to the club following a spell with Leicester Riders in the British Basketball League, believes the club winning the treble last season has made everyone at Killester even more determined to repeat the heroics this time round.

“The goal is to repeat the treble,” said Westbrooks. “To go undefeated would be another goal but there is some excellent quality in the league so it would be difficult to achieve that.

“I believe Neptune will be one of the main challengers this season. After seeing UL Eagles, they are probably going to prove the stiffest competition.”

Neptune coach Pat Price has described Killester as ‘explosive’ ahead of their tough trip to the capital.

“We have a huge challenge against Killester on Saturday, certainly as big as it gets in this league,” said Price.

“The loss of Robinson Louisme and Ian McLaughlin to injury is a massive hurdle to overcome, but it provides opportunities for others to make their mark.’’

Ulster Elks are boosted by the return of Kevin Foley as they look to bounce back to winning ways at home to 11890 Killester.

Foley missed last weekend’s loss at home to UCD Marian and coach Deirdre Brennan is looking for a vast improvement for the visit of the champions.

“UCD Marian executed well on the variety of defensive errors we made at the weekend,” said Brennan. “It was a poor defensive performance on our part which was in contrast to the previous weekend. We need to achieve some consistency if we are going to improve.”

UCC Demons produced a sensational comeback to earn their second win of the season last weekend and will be looking to back it up at home to DCU Saints in their latest encounter.

Demons were trailing by 17 points at half-time to Moycullen but fought back after the interval to earn a five point success.

“DCU have been very unfortunate to have opened up against who I consider the best two teams in the league this year in Limerick and Killester and by all accounts were very unlucky not to come away with two wins,” said Demons coach PaulKelleher.

“Emmett Donnelly is up there with the best point guards in the country and will take some minding, while Trimmer, Quill and Darling will give them the size advantage over us’’

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