The Dubliners will be seeking a measure of revenge for their recent cup final defeat, and Demons player coach Colin O’Reilly is adamant his side will be taking nothing for granted.
“I actually rate this UCD Marian team as they have some very good Irish players and a decent American, and they will be gunning to get one over on us,” O’Reilly said.
The Demons chief believes this game will be another final for UCD Marian as there has been a little history between the clubs in recent years.
“UCD will feel they underachieved in the cup final and we will have to be ready to battle and after that let’s hope our present form is good enough to win,” added O’Reilly.
Last week, O’Reilly was named as the new head coach of the Irish Senior Men’s All Star team that will compete in China in July but he preferred to put that subject on the back burner.
“All I can say is I am grateful to Blue Demons for having faith in me over the past two seasons as I wouldn’t have been in the position to fill the Irish position without their loyalty.”
Travelodge Swords Thunder begins the weekend action this evening with a home game against Dublin rivals Killester. Swords were pushed all the way last weekend in a double header wins over Dublin Inter and UL Huskies, and coach Dave Baker believes this is another huge weekend fulfilling two games over 28 hours.
“Killester will be a very tough game as they need to win in order to consolidate their top-four berth and we need a victory to keep the pressure on UCC Demons,” Baker said.
Good news for Swords is that American Spenser Mitchell is almost recovered from his knee injury that kept him sidelined for the past fortnight.
On Sunday, Thunder travel to Cork for a clash with BFG Neptune and again Baker feels this will be a tough assignment for his side.
“Neptune posed us a few problems on our home court and playing them in Cork is going a huge challenge for my players,” added Baker.
The last fortnight has been kind to Neptune player coach Ger Noonan and he is hoping that momentum can continue against Swords.
“Players will have to realise a 40-minute performance will be needed if we are get a win on this occasion,” Noonan said.
DCU Saints were given a lesson away to &Demons last week and will be hoping to get back to winning ways with home clash against Dublin Inter.
Belfast Star are on a poor run of results and face another tricky fixture on Sunday when they host Templeogue.
In the Women’s Premier League, Team Montenotte are guaranteed the regular season championship and they should have too much firepower when they travel to Waterford to play WIT Wildcats.
Meteors need to defeat DCU Mercy at home to keep their top-four hopes alive. A loss could give the advantage back to Singletons SuperValu Brunell.
It’s hard to believe Killester are fighting to keep their Premier League status alive, needing one win from their remaining two games. Tomorrow they travel to Leixlip for a clash with Liffey Celtics who will be anxious to get back to winning ways after their drubbing against Montenotte last weekend.