Coach Mark Scannell is urging his team to remain focused with the fourth league and cup double within sight. However, he is concerned the scheduling of the finals is putting a serious strain on his players.
Scannell explained: “Usually the club that wins the regular season have a home semi-final in the league play-offs but on this occasion, both semi-finals are being played in Waterford.”
The finals are fixed for Letterkenny a week later. “I know the gospel needs to be spread around the country regarding our sport but in it’s a huge financial strain on our club that we could well do without.”
DCU Mercy are battling to make the play-offs and their game against Killester is bound to attract a good attendance to Clontarf. Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell are still not safe from relegation and their clash with Portlaoise Panthers is one coach Francis O’Sullivan believes his team can win.
“We left the Killester game behind us as we committed far too many turnovers and if we can learn from these errors I am expecting a big performance.”
In the Men’s Super League UCC Demons travel to Dublin for a clash with Killester while a capacity crowd is expected in Tralee when the Warriors host title contenders and Cup champions Griffith Swords Thunder.
Home coach Mark Bernsen is hoping for another fantastic night in the Kingdom. He said: “We showed great character to defeat UCD Marian away last week but Swords Thunder are a quality side and we will need to have big performances from our key players.”
Leaders Templeogue travel west to play Moycullen while basement side UL Eagles will have their work cut out at home to UCD Marian and DCU Saints have a tricky home cash against fellow side Kubs.