Templeogue sweat on US star Michael Bonaparte

Templeogue coach Mark Keenan is sweating on the fitness of two key players ahead of tomorrow’s Premier Men’s National Cup final against Swords Thunder (8pm, live on TG4).

American Michael Bonaparte hasn’t played for three weeks, while Irish senior international Conor Grace continues to recover from hand surgery.

Keenan is adopting a wait-and-see policy: “Michael has been doing some light training and we cannot say for sure whether he will be fully involved in this final.

"Conor hasn’t given up, but we have to be realistic and admit he is very much in danger of losing out in his bid to play in this final.”

Keenan has been able to call on the talents of former Killester captain Paddy Kelly as he fine-tunes preparations for the clash at the National Basketball Arena.

“Paddy hasn’t played in the Premier League since 2011, but he has been training with us, having played with our club in the Dublin Division One league,” said Keenan.

“Outside of that, we have a healthy team that are all ready to go. We will not go down without a fight.”

His Swords counterpart, Dave Baker, has a clean bill of health.

Their progression to the showpiece has been an incredible journey under Baker, given they only joined the top flight this season.

“We cannot even think about what players Templeogue will have at their disposal, as we have covered all permutations and, hopefully, we can reproduce the form that secured us a place in this final,” said Baker.

TODAY

Wheelchair Basketball National Cup:

Ballybrack Bulls v Limerick Scorpions, 6pm.

Hula Hoops Women’s National Intermediate Club Championships:

Muckno Lakers v Limerick Celtics, 8pm.

Men’s Division One:

Team Kilkenny v ITC Basketball, Watershed Sports Complex, Kilkenny, 8.30pm.

TOMORROW

Hula Hoops U20 Women’s National Cup:

Pyrobel Killester v DCU Mercy, 10am.

Hula Hoops Men’s Intermediate Club Championships:

St Brendan’s Tralee v BC Leixlip Nemunas, 12pm.

Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup:

BFG Neptune v Moycullen BC, 2pm.

Hula Hoops Presidents’ National Cup:

Maree v C&S Blue Demons, 5.30pm.

Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup:

GCD Swords Thunder v Templeogue BC, 8pm (TG4 Live).

SUNDAY

Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup:

BFG Neptune v St Vincent’s, 10.30am.

Hula Hoops U18 Women’s National Cup:

Brunell v DCU Mercy, 12.30pm Hula Hoops Senior Women’s National Cup: Oblate Dynamos v NUIG Mystics, 2.30pm Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup: Team Montenotte Hotel v Pyrobel Killester, 5.15pm (TG4 Live).

All games streamed live on YouTube



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