Montenotte ready to match physical Mercy

The Women’s Premier League semi-final clash between Team Montenotte and DCU Mercy on Sunday is sure to capture the imagination of basketball fans in the capital.

Montenotte ready to match physical Mercy

Montenotte captain Gráinne Dwyer believes the result hinges on the team that commits the fewest number of errors in a potentially physical game.

“Turnovers will be costly as both teams will be committed from tip-off, but we know one another so well it may be similar to a game of chess,” Dwyer said.

“If we do not meet them head-on they will demolish us, but usually we have the ability to go shoulder to shoulder with any side that adapt these tactics.”

The Montenotte performance in their quarter-final win against Singletons Supervalu Brunell (77-70) was not impressive and they will need to pick it up against DCU to keep their double dream alive.

For DCU Mercy coach Mark Ingle it will be a good opportunity for his team to show their true credentials.

“It will be an interesting game as both teams have experienced players mixed with newcomers competing at this level and usually a player that you do not count somehow finds a big game in them,” Ingle said.

In Saturday’s semi-final, defending champions UL Huskies will be on full alert for the visit of Killester.

The Dublin side defeated UL on their last visit to Shannonside and coach James Weldon is looking forward to their visit.

“Killester are the most improved team in this country and we will need to be on our guard as we intend to keep our record of competing in four consecutive Premier league finals intact,” Weldon said.

Weldon travelled to see Killester last weekend in their quarter-final clash with WIT Wildcats and was surprised their two key players didn’t play due to injury despite being involved in the warm-up.

“Aishling O’Sullivan and Michelle Clarke did not play and that surprised me as usually when you are injured you are not involved in pre-game preparations,” added James.

In the Champions Trophy quarter-final Bord Gáis Neptune travel to play Division 1 National Cup champions Titans in Galway. In the other semi-final, DCU Saints travel to play Division 1 league champions Maree, with Killester awaiting the winners.

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