Holders C&S UCC Demons are involved in the game of the weekend in the Mens Premier National Cup when they travel to Dublin tomorrow for a clash against their great rivals Killester.
It has been a great start to the season for Demons as they have won all six games and with Colin O’Reilly named October Player of month in the Premier League the mood in their camp is positive.
O’Reilly has amassed 101 points in his last three games and is happy how the season has panned out to-date as his team have won five games on the road. “Our results has been purely down to hard work since last August and the guys are all making valuable contributions. Killester are a very difficult team to defeat on their home court and although we have done it already this season in the league I am sure they will be fired up to turn the tables on us.”
In a two-leg clash getting a win on your home court is essential as Killester’s coach Jonathon Grennell is urging his players to respond against the league leaders.
Grennell said: “Demons are a very well balanced side and we will have to improve on recent performances if we are to take a lead to Cork for the second leg in December.”
UCD Marian captain Conor Meany is banking on his teammates to produce 40 minutes of competitive basketball as they get ready to welcome BFG Neptune at Belfield.
Meany said: “We have lost to Neptune already on our home court in the league but in truth we didn’t do ourselves justice in the second-half and with so much at stake in this game let’s hope we step up to the mark.”
Templeogue, after a bad start to their league campaign, have won their last two games and they will feel confident they can complete the hat-trick when they travel to play DCU Saints.
UL Eagles coach Paul Kelleher was disappointed last weekend when his side went down to Belfast Star and his squad will get an opportunity to redeem themselves when they host Dublin Inter at the UL Arena.
In the Women’s Premier National Cup the biggest game of the weekend will see Singletons Supervalu Brunell hosting the champions Team Montenotte in a mouth-watering Cork derby on Sunday. Montenotte showed true class last week when defeating a Killester side by 33 points that included new American signings Olivia Lee and Robin Murphy.
Brunell will feel confident following their stunning win against DCU Mercy in Dublin as coach Kieran O’Leary looks forward to what he terms as the biggest game in the club’s recent history.
For the Team Montenotte coach Mark Scannell complacency will not be an issue for his side. “We know that derby games can sometimes go against the grain but we have prepared well and are looking forward to the challenge,” Scannell said.
WIT Widcats will be fancied to dispose of Munster rivals UL Huskies and the Liffey Celtics clash with Killester should be a cracking encounter. Killester were disappointed with their performance against Team Montenotte last week but with two new American signings at their disposal they could well test Liffey’s credentials.
Men’s National Cup: UCD Marian v BFG Neptune, UCD Sports Centre, 7pm; UL Eagles v Dublin Inter, UL, 7:30pm; DCU Saints v Templeogue, DCU, 7pm, Killester v C&S UCC Demons, Clontarf, 7pm.
Women’s National Cup: Courtyard Liffey Celtics v Killester, Leixlip, 7:30pm; UL Huskies v WIT Wildcats, UL, 5pm.
Men’s National Cup: Belfast Star v Travelodge Swords Thunder, Belfast, 3pm.
Women’s National Cup: Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell v Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, Parochial Hall, 3:15pm; DCU Mercy v Meteors, DCU, 3:30pm.
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