Ace forward Niall Murphy looks forward to the busy schedule. “It is going to be tough, particularly on our players that were involved in midweek action with Hibernia but in reality everything should be ok as we have a serious level of fitness in the squad,” Murphy said.
He does believe Sunday’s clash against Swords Thunder, in particular, will test the mettle of his side. “With no disrespect to Eanna I think the Swords game is the one that will test us more but having said that we also know that no side can be taken for granted in this league,” added Niall.
Demons have no injuries to report and this game is bound to attract a large attendance to the Mardyke Arena with Swords coach Dave Baker looking forward to the trip south.
“We got a bad start to our campaign but have shown in recent games that we have the players to compete with the best in this league,” Dave said.
Baker is confident his team will give a good account of themselves despite playing on Demons home terrain.
“I am not stupid enough to think we will have it easy in Cork as we are playing the number one team in the country but I do feel we have the players to test them,” added Baker.
The Swords outfit are also involved in a double-header with a home clash against Moycullen tomorrow.
Leaders Templeogue travel to Belfield for a clash with UCD Marian who were shocked last weekend when losing to DCU Saints.
UCD ace point guard Conor Meany believes his team will have to produce their best basketball of the season to get a result.
“We need to pick it up big time against a very good Templeogue side but on the plus side the mood in our camp is positive and it should be a competitive game,” Conor said.
UL Eagles will have it all to do to defeat Killester at the UL Arena with coach Paul Kelleher still missing the influential Neil Campbell.
Killester are presently the form team in the Women’s Premier League but their credentials will be tested when they host Waterford Wildcats at Clontarf.
Team Montenotte coach Mark Scannell will be expecting his champions put in a big performance when they welcome Portlaoise Panthers to Upper Glanmire Sports complex.
Scannell is not panicking, insisting “no trophies are handed out in November”.
“We are not where we want to be but I am confident my squad will find their best form in the coming weeks,” he added.
DCU Mercy coach Mark Ingle will be without American Maleeka Reynard for the second consecutive week.
“Maleeka returned to the States before we lost to Killester last week and it was hard for us to take as she departed without informing I or any of her teammates,” Ingle said.
“We were informed she was suffering from homesickness and did everything we could to look after her but in the end the way she left was simply unacceptable.”
The Dublin side are in Cork on Sunday when they face their bogey team Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell at Gurranabraher.
BFG Neptune v Kestrels, Neptune Stadium, 7.30pm; Senior Women’s National Cup, Ulster Rockets v Longford Falcons, Methodist College, Belfast, 8pm; Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup, Glanmire BC v Brunell, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, Cork, 8pm
Men’s Premier League, Eanna BC v C&S UCC Demons, Colaiste Eanna, 7pm; UCD Marian v Templeogue BC, UCD Sports Centre, Dublin, 7pm; GCD Swords Thunder v SSE Airtricity Moycullen, ALSAA, Dublin, 7pm; UL Eagles v Pyrobel Killester, PESS Building, UL, 7.30pm.
UL Huskies v Meteors, UL Sport Arena, Limerick, 5pm; Team Montenotte Hotel v Portlaoise Panthers, Upper Glanmire SC, 5pm; Pyrobel Killester v Maxol WIT Wildcats, Irish Wheelchair Centre, 6pm.
Men’s Division One, ITC Basketball v KUBS, Barrow Centre, IT Carlow, 3.30pm; JM&L Auctioneers Titans v BFG Neptune, Coláiste Iognáid, Galway, 7pm; Fr Mathews v Team Kilkenny, Colaiste Chriost Ri, Cork, 7.15pm.
Women’s Division One, ITC Basketball v Longford Falcons, IT Carlow, 1pm; NUIG Mystics v Oblate Dynamos, NUIG Kingfisher, 2pm; Ulster Rockets v Fr Mathews, Methodist College, Belfast, 5pm; Team Garvey’s Tralee v Marble City Hawks, Mercy Mounthawk, Kerry, 7.30pm.
15; Women’s Premier League, Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell v DCU Mercy, Parochial Hall, Cork, 2.45pm; Men’s Division One, Maree BC v JM&L Auctioneers Titans, Calasanctius College Oranmore, 2.30pm; Women’s Division One, ITC Basketball v Team Denjoes American Style, IT Carlow, 2pm; Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup, Templeogue v Fr Mathews, Oblate Hall, Inchicore, 1.30pm; Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup, Liffey Celtics v St Colms BC, Leixlip Amenities Centre, Kildare, 3.30pm