Team Montenotte coach Paul Kelleher is hoping his side can maintain their recent rich vein of form in the Women’s Premier League when they entertain Killester at Upper Glanmire tomorrow.
The Cork side, after a sluggish start to the season, have suddenly found their true form and go into this game on the back of a double win over WIT Wildcats and Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell.
“We did not get a proper run of games at the start of the season and now that we are on a six-game unbeaten run I can see true harmony in the squad,” Kelleher said.
The improvement of Killester has also been eye-catching in recent weeks, according to coach Kelleher.
“Killester are the only team to have defeated UL Huskies this season and with American Candace Bond and Spanish ace Lauro Pardo they have a lot of depth in their squad,” he said.
Liffey Celtics pushed the champions UL Huskies hard last weekend and this week joint leaders DCU Mercy travel to Leixlip to face the progressive Kildare side, with coach Mark Ingle warning his side against complacency.
“I think the good thing about this league is that any team can defeat another on any given day and I have my players well tuned in as Liffey Celtics are a dangerous side on their home court,” Ingle said.
In the Men’s Premier League, Templeogue coach Mick Thompson was thrilled with his side’s performance last week when defeating defending champions UL Eagles.
Templeogue will be hoping to put back-to-back wins together when they travel to Belfield to play UCD Marian.
Thompson said: “Although we have only won one game I thought we competed hard in all of them, with only UCC Demons and Killester dominating us,” Thompson said.
“UCD Marian are a good side on their home court and we will need to defend against their various outside scoring threats.”
Dublin Inter went close to upsetting Bord Gáis Neptune in Cork and they will hoping to get back to winning ways when they host Belfast Star.
Star began the season well but have since dropped out of contention and Spanish coach Jose Maria Berrocal is demanding a major improvement with the second half of the league looming.
“We started well but our performances have dipped in recent weeks and we need to find the right balance for our second round games,” Berrocal said.
Basketball Ireland has announced the times of the men’s Premier National Cup semi-finals to be held at Neptune Stadium on January 10: C&S UCC Demons v Killester, 7pm; Bord Gáis Neptune v Dublin Inter, 9pm.
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