The Cork side are in a rich vein of form, with wins over Belfast Star and Moycullen, but Killester coach Jonathan Grennell will be hoping his troops can rally to the challenge.
“Neptune are a decent side who defeated us three times last season so we have a bit of improving to do in this game,” Grennell said.
“I think we are a better side this season, especially with Isaac Westbrooks returning but Neptune are an explosive side that will take some stopping.”
It has been a tremendous year for Neptune, crowned with their victory in the national cup but coach Mark Scannell is under no illusions.
“Killester are tough to defeat on any court and the addition of Isaac Westbrooks, plus the appointment of coach Jonathon Grennell, suggests they mean business,” said Scannell. “Unfortunately we are without Ger Noonan and we have doubts with Gary Walsh and Darko Bucan.”
“Killester are a tough side to defeat on any court and the addition of Isaac Westbrooks plus the appointment of coach Jonathon Grennell suggests they mean business.”
The biggest attendance of the weekend will be at the Mardyke Arena on Sunday where & UCC Demons entertain DCU Saints.
Demons were fortunate to beat UL Eagles despite commanding a 17-point lead midway through the third quarter but player/coach Colin O’Reilly believes it’s too early to make assertions.
“It was our first game of the season, against the champions on their home court, and we won so people can make up their own minds on that,” O’Reilly said. “I realise errors were made but that was to be expected and I am sure when the team gets into full throttle, our fans will be pleasantly surprised.”
Moycullen face UCD Marian while league debutants Templeogue are still searching for their first win as they prepare to host Belfast Star. UL Eagles face Dublin Inter.
In the Women’s Premier League, the top game of the weekend will see Team Montenotte clash with the champions UL Eagles at the Upper Glanmire Sports complex.
UL demolished Meteors by 41 points last week and coach James Weldon knows this clash will be a lot trickier.
“When you play Montenotte you have got to be very focused because they have some very talented players that could us pose us problems but I am confident my players will rise to the challenge,” Weldon said.
Team Montenotte coach Paul Kelleher, who spent three seasons at the helm of UCC Demons knows a tough task is in store. “UL are simply a class outfit but my squad are a work in progress and I am sure they will anxious to do well,” he said.