Thunder aim to shoot down Eagles

Swords Thunder coach Dave Baker is hoping his side can continue on their winning ways in the Men’s Premier league when they host UL Eagles tomorrow.

Thunder saw off the challenge of fellow Dublin side Eanna last week and coach Dave Baker is confident his side can build on their opening win.

Baker said: “We had a good start and although the team has changed a little from last season we have some decent players to choose from. UL are a talented young team but I will be expecting my squad to take advantage of playing at home and hopefully everything goes to plan for us.”

C&S UCC Demons were stunned into submission last week after commanding a nine-point lead in their away game against Templeogue.

Coming down the stretch Demons were taken apart by a rampant Templeogue side but ace forward Niall Murphy believes his side can respond to that defeat.

Murphy said: “We played reasonably well in the first half but credit to Templeogue they showed great resilience in the second and we had to put our hands up and accept we were second best on the night.

“One swallow never made a summer and we are good enough to respond playing on another difficult tight court.” Moycullen lost out to Killester in their opening game but played well for long periods according to coach Nollaig Cunningham.

“I thought we did a lot of things right over the 40 minutes but the end result was we left Clontarf without maximum points,” Nollaig said.

The Galway side will get a chance to put things right tomorrow when they host UCD Marian.

Belfast Star were also on the losing end of their opening fixture against UCD but coach Neil McCotter is confident his team will be ready for their home game with Dublin side Eanna.

“We will show Eanna the respect they deserve as reports from their game against Swords Thunder suggests they pushed them to the limit,” McCotter said.

“We have lost the Quinn brothers Aidan and Conor but we have some other young players aspiring to play at this level of basketball and hopefully we can get our season up and running with a home win.”

DCU Saints coach Joey Boylan was disappointed with last week’s performance in their loss to UL Eagles and the visit of Templeogue at the DCU complex is sure to be a stiffer test.

In the Women’s SuperLeague champions Team Montenotte travel to play Meteors in Dublin with coach Mark Scannell warning his side against complacency.

Scannell said: “I watched Meteors last weekend in Cork when they defeated Brunell and their shooting was impeccable so we will need to play good defence to close down their various threats.”

Killester were impressive in their win over Liffey Celtics and they will be expected to take maximum points when they visit Leeside to play Singleton’s Supervalu Brunell.


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