UL EAGLES travel to Cork tomorrow for a clash with Bord Gáis Neptune in a crucial Nivea for Men SuperLeague game at the Neptune Stadium (7pm).
The Shannonsiders are one of two unbeaten teams in the SuperLeague along with Killester and will be favourites to notch up their fifth consecutive win.
Neptune need a win after three defeats on the trot but the one positive from last weeks defeat to Killester was the performance of their new American signing Michael Bonaparte who chipped in with 39 points.
Despite the excellent performance of Bonaparte the Cork side lost 103-84 and coach Pat Price is hoping that home terrain and support will lift his team.
“We are not playing as we should be and we need a response against UL,” Price said.
“As a team we are not singing from the same hymn sheet but the training sessions have been intense all week and I am confident there will be a huge improvement.”
The Eagles are certainly soaring and with American coach Mark Bernsen in his first season at the club the mood in the camp is positive as they prepare for their visit to Cork.
“I am happy with the start we have made but I feel this will be a different Neptune team to the one we defeated a fortnight ago,” Bernsen said.
On that occasion UL were 13 points victors but Neptune were minus an American and coach Bernsen knows the quality that Bonaparte will bring to their side.
“This will be our toughest test to date and I am hoping we can pass it as Neptune will be anxious to get back to winning ways.”
Galway side Moycullen will be hoping to win their first game of the season when they entertain Ulster Elks at the Kingfisher NUIG.
The westerners were demolished on Bank Holiday Monday by UL Eagles and they will need to be at their best to see off the challenge of the ever-improving Ulster side.
Despite UCC Demons losing a number of key players this season, they have won three of their opening four games and will travel north to face Belfast Star on Sunday.
Star drafted in Puff Summers last week as they await the clearance of American Clayton Longmire.
With the Belfast club under UK regulations they have been working diligently for many weeks to get the green light for their player to be given his work permit.
Demons lost a 25-point lead against DCU Saints before running out 92-84 winners and coach Paul Kelleher will be hoping for another win before they take on their great rivals Neptune.
DCU Saints coach Vinnie O’Keeffe will be looking for a major improvement from his side to kick start their season when they entertain an in-form UCD Marian.
The Women’s SuperLeague has been reduced to seven teams this season and champions Team Montenotte have a home clash against newly promoted Oblate Dynamos.
DCU Mercy should gain maximum points with a home clash against fellow Dublin side Meteors and Waterford Wildcats and Killester will complete the Womens SuperLeague programme.
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