Basketball: More than pride at stake for Glanmire in Cork derby

Mark Scannell

Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell host Ambassador UCC Glanmire in the pick of the weekend’s Women’s Super League action.

Brunell produced a late rally last weekend to defeat WIT Wildcats, but for Glanmire it has been a disappointing fortnight, as they have lost consecutive games to DCU Mercy and Liffey Celtics.

However, coach Mark Scannell is not panicking.

“We haven’t become a bad side overnight and, while admitting our present form isn’t good enough, we have the squad to bounce back,” said Scannell.

The mood in the Brunell camp is one of caution, as coach Francis O’Sullivan looks forward to the derby.

“We are doing OK, but we are coming up against a wounded Glanmire side and that’s a very dangerous time to be playing a team with their experience,” said O’Sullivan.

In the Men’s Super League, leaders Griffith College Swords Thunder are away to Templeogue in an intriguing Dublin derby.

Thunder coach Dave Baker said: “This game is crucial to both sides and for us it’s about getting to the level we reached when defeating UCD Marian last weekend.”

His counterpart Mark Keenan said: “We had a poor start to the season, but gradually our form is getting to where I would like to be at and this game is sure to test our credentials.”

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors have lost three consecutive games and have another huge test tomorrow away to Belfast Star. The northerners beat Moycullen last time out, but Warriors’ coach Mark Bernsen is confident his men are finding form.

Killester lost to Eanna last week, but they will expect a return to winning ways when they host DCU Saints while Maree welcome Eanna to Oranmore.

UCC Demons’ injury-stricken side will be confident of taking maximum points when they play Kubs at the Mardyke Arena on Sunday.

In the remaining Women’s Super League games, Killester clash with leaders Liffey Celtics at Clontarf. DCU Mercy should have too much firepower for WIT Wildcats and Portlaoise Panthers will be hoping to recover from last week’s drubbing to DCU when they host NUIG Mystics.

In the Women’s Division One, two Hula Hoops National Cup quarter-finals tip off this weekend. An in-form Fr Mathews — who are unbeaten in the league — will welcome last year’s cup finalists Marble City Hawks to Cork in what is set to be one of the games of the weekend, while Ulster University Elks will play host to Meteors on Sunday in the second quarter-final of the weekend.


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