The Premier League and Cup champions clash at Clontarf tomorrow, with Killester hosting C&S UCC Demons in the game of the weekend.
The only unbeaten sides in the league, both teams will see this as an opportunity to draw first blood with their first round national cup clash looming.
Demons were magnificent last weekend in Belfast and player coach Colin O’Reilly believes this will be another test of character for his progressing team.
O’Reilly said: “On each occasion we played Killester last season they were tight games and I am sure this one will test our credentials. We have prepared well and are ready to go but winning at Clontarf is not easy, despite doing it last season, and it would be nice to think we could repeat that feat.”
The mood in the Killester camp is one of caution but coach Jonathon Grennell is confident his understrength side will test Demons mettle.
“Demons are a class side but we have been playing well without the injured Michael Westbrooks and Kieran O’Brien and we will need to be at our best to gain maximum points from this game,” Grennell said.
The athleticism of Kyle Hosford is sure to pose Killester problems and with Colin O’Reilly himself capable of double figures, the Dublin side will need to baton down the hatches in defence.
Niall Murphy, Demons influential forward, contributed an eye-catching 18 points in Belfast and he could have a pivotal role.
Murphy has been absent for almost three seasons following two cruciate operations but is happy to back in the action.
“I think the mental stress of this injury is the hardest to overcome and despite taking its toll, I am enjoying myself at long last,” Murphy said.
Jermaine Turner was awesome coming down the stretch in Killester’s win over Neptune and Demons American Lehmon Colbert is sure to be kept busy in his defensive duties.
On Sunday, Demons will also be in action when they play Swords Thunder at the Mardyke Arena.
BFG Neptune will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they host DCU Saints. Dublin Inter will welcome former champions UL Eagles to Mountview.
The Shannonsiders gave a debut to American Orlando Parker last week and despite his 16-point contribution, they were demolished by DCU Saints.
Belfast Star also introduced a new American in their defeat to C&S UCC Demons but for Ricky Lee Taylor, the former Newcastle Eagles point guard, it proved a tough baptism, as the northerners were demolished.
Star will have an opportunity to get back to winning ways when they entertain UCD Marian and this will be another difficult game for the young Belfast side.
On Sunday, Star travel to the capital for their second game of the weekend, against Dublin Inter.
In the Women’s Premier League, the top game of the weekend will see first and second in action, with Dublin outfit Meteors hosting Singletons Supervalu Brunell.
Champions Team Montenotte will be without Marie Breen when they travel to Limerick for their clash with UL Huskies.
Killester, after three consecutive defeats, need to make the most of home advantage when they face Liffey Celtics.
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