Glanmire released their first American signing Alexis Eckles (who has since signed for IT Carlow) with coach Mark Scannell replacing her with Adili Martucci who is a graduate of Quinnipiac University. Martucci made her debut against Brunell on Sunday — hours after arriving in Ireland.
Ironically, Killester signed the former Glanmire American Chantelle Alford during the summer and it will be interesting to see how coach Scannell attempts to nullify her threat. Scannell admitted: “Chantelle is a class player and we will have to restrict her getting the ball and that will be a challenge for my players. On every occasion we have played Killester over the years it’s been a tough test as they seem to raise their game and it’s a case of being ready to play.”
Killester are sweating on the availability of Rebecca Nagle, injured against Liffey Celtics.
Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell coach Francis O’Sullivan hopes history repeats itself when WIT Wildcats come to the Parochial Hall on Sunday.
Brunell defeated the Déise side after extra time in a recent league game but coach O’Sullivan knows his charges got out of jail.
O’Sullivan said: “It was a case of wondering how we managed to win at Wildcats while their coach Jillian Hayes was trying to figure out how they lost. It will be test of our character but we are on home terrain and hopefully our fans will help us get over the line.”
Liffey Celtics begin the quarter-final action tonight when they host DCU Mercy at Leixlip Amenities Centre.
In the Men’s Super League leaders Griffith College Swords Thunder host fellow Dublin side Killester while the postponement of the Men’s National Cup quarter-finals will see Garvey’s Tralee Warriors play the first of back-to- back games against UCC Demons (The cup game is fixed for the Parochial Hall on Saturday, December 8 at 7.30pm).
Belfast Star will be confident of gaining maximum points when they host Kubs while Templeogue should win at home to DCU Saints.
There are also quarter-finals in the Men’s President’s Cup with Fr Mathew’s hosting Scott Lakers Killarney.
Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin travel to play Kilkenny on a court where the Kerry side lost last season at this stage of the championship.
Ballincollig should advance at home to Portlaoise Panthers and Neptune also have home advantage against Galway outfit Titans.
Neptune announced yesterday they have signed American Jarrel Marshall from the University of Portland.