Killester did not play last weekend but have shown enough this season to earn the favourites’ tag on home court. Jonathan Grennell, in his first season at the helm for the Clontarf side, believes this will be their true test of character.
“We have done relatively well all season but playing Demons will certainly test the character of my team,” Grennell said.
“Demons have a balanced side with youth and experience and in Colin O’Reilly they have a player of immense talent.”
The clash of Americans Michael Bonaparte and Demons’ Lehmon Colbert will be interesting. Bonaparte is a good scorer but is not known for his defensive skills and Colbert may shade this battle as he works hard at both ends of the floor. The biggest problem for Demons could be how they match up in defence, in particular how they defend Isaac Westbrooks.
Bord Gáis Neptune, fresh from their cup win over DCU Saints, entertain Dublin Inter at Neptune Stadium tomorrow. They welcome back Michael McGinn but Roy Downey is still out with an ankle injury.
Defending champions UL Eagles travel to Inchicore to play basement side Templeogue, who welcome back American Wayne Houston. The Limerick side are out of the cup but coach Mark Keenan is not ruling out a bold late bid to retain the title.
“When we have a fully fit side we are match for most and all we are doing now is worrying about our own performances,” Keenan said.
Moycullen will have to be at their best when they entertain DCU Saints.
The big game in the Women’s Premier League will see Singletons Supervalu Brunell entertain Team Montenotte at the Parochial Hall on Sunday.
Brunell coach Kieran O’Leary was highly critical of the standard of referees in the Women’s Premier League this week.
“It takes a lot of finance to compete at this level of basketball and some of the officiating we have had to endure this season is not good enough by a long shot,” O’Leary said.
“This is the game all our supporters look for at the start of the season and we look forward to gauging our progress against a very good Team Montenotte side.”
UL Huskies will be expected to defeat Liffey Celtics in Leixlip and Killester face an interesting Dublin derby with Meteors.
UCC Demons’ Ciarán O’Sullivan has been appointed Cork Basketball development officer.
A leading player with the Premier Men’s League table toppers, he has played an influential coaching role within his local club, Ballincollig.
The position of development officer was created in recent years to promote and encourage the sustainable development of the game in Cork with the objective to increase participation in all areas.
O’Sullivan replaces his fellow Basketball Ireland Premier League player, Ian McLoughlin of Bord Gáis Neptune.
“The interview board was very impressed with the volume and quality of applications received. We wish to thank all those who applied,” said Basketball Ireland secretary general Bernard O’Byrne.
“It is hugely important that the excellent programmes initiated by Ian will be carried on and expanded by Ciarán in the coming period. He was an outstanding candidate and we are looking forward to working with him.”