Basketball Ireland weekly preview


11890 Killester are set for mouth watering Dublin derby with DCU Saints on Saturday in the Nivea For Men’s Superleague, while Belfast Star are seeking to break their duck with an away clash at UCD Marian.

Bord Gais Neptune, on the back of two defeats, will travel to Galway to play Moycullen.

On Sunday there is an interesting Munster derby in Cork as UCC Demons will host UL Eagles and Belfast Star will complete a weekend double header when they play DCU Saints at Belfield.

The big game in the Womens SuperLeague on Saturday will see Team Montenotte go head to head with joint leaders UL.
Waterford Wildcats host Liffey Celtics and 11890 Killester have a Dublin derby with Oblate Dynamos. Ulster Rockets will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they host league debutants Singletons Supervalu Brunell with DCU Mercy entertaining Meteors on Sunday.

No doubt the clash between 11890 Killester and DCU Saints is sure to attract a capacity attendance to the IWA in Clontarf.
11890 Killester are the only unbeaten side in the Nivea Men’s SuperLeague but Head Coach Darren O’Neill is expecting a huge test from their opponents.
“When you play DCU Saints you have got to be prepared to dig deep as they play with lots of intensity,” Darren said. “I was pleased in the manner we disposed of Moycullen and we will need a similar performance to see off the Saints challenge.”
UL Eagles shocked DCU Saints on Monday and their coach David Donnelly was unhappy with his teams performance.
“I was looking at a different team that had won their previous five games and UL to their credit punished us,” David said.
UCD Marian Head Coach Fran Ryan is not pressing any alarm bells despite their inconsistent start to the season. On Saturday, they face a Belfast Star side still looking for their first win of the season.
“We have not been executing as we should be and our free throw taking is down 15% from last season but on the plus side our defence has been doing well,” Fran said.
The northerners have surprisingly struggled in this campaign but in the words of Head Coach Danny Fulton they were in exactly the same position last season but ended qualifying for the Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague semi final.
“We need to improve to make an impact in this campaign,” Danny said. “I am now 65 and if we had won the game against Moycullen 25 years ago I would have been dancing around my kitchen table but I suppose you mellow with age.
“Our American Tyson Johnson although getting into better shape arrived in this country not ready to compete with the exertions of this league and I have told him he needs to pick it up big time.
“Belfield is always a difficult venue to get a result from but the guys are training hard and hopefully our first win will come sooner than later.”
Star will complete a double header on Sunday when they travel to Belfield to play DCU Saints.
Bord Gais Neptune coach Mark Scannell was left dissatisfied after his side were demolished by DCU Saints in Dublin last weekend and promised a different approach when his side travel to the NUIG for their clash with Moycullen.
Neptune were being touted as championship favourites after their opening three games but two consecutive defeats has alarmed coach Scannell.
“People were getting carried away because the reality is that we have not been doing the business at either end of the court and you have no divine right to win any game in this league,” Scannell said.
UCC Demons return to league action with a clash against a UL Eagles side, who pulled off a double win over UCD Marian and DCU Saints last weekend.
For the UL coach Mark Keenan this will be a huge test as they suffered a home defeat to the Cork side a fortnight ago.
Scott Kinevane and Stephen King are doubtful for the Shannonsiders but UCC Demons coach Paul Kelleher will have a fully fit squad available.
In the Womens SuperLeague joint league leaders Team Montenotte and UL clash at the Neptune Stadium on Saturday.
Montenotte were sluggish in their win over Ulster Rockets last weekend and UL with Michelle Fahy and Rachael Vanderwal in tremendous form will test the Leesiders in this intriguing clash.
Ulster Rockets coach Breda Dick, who was over the moon with the performance of her side in their away defeat to Team Montenotte Hotel, will host another Cork side when Singletons Supervalu Brunell travel to Anderstown
Waterford Wildcats have an opportunity to return to winning ways when they entertain basement side Liffey Celtics at the Mercy Gym.
There will be an interesting Dublin derby as 11890 Killester host Oblate Dynamos, who were three points winners over Singleton’s Super Valu Brunell last week.
The second Dublin derby will take place on Sunday when DCU Mercy host Meteors.
DCU Mercy coach Mark Ingle was happy with his teams performance last week in their win over 11890 Killester and a similar display will be required in this game.

Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures

Saturday November 5th 2011
Nivea for Men Superleague
Moycullen v Bord Gais Neptune, NUIG Kingfisher, 16:00; UCD Marian v Belfast Star, UCD Sports Centre, 19:10; 11890 Killester v DCU Saints, IWA, 20:00
Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
Waterford Wildcats v Liffey Celtics, Mercy Gym, 17:00; 11890 Killester v Oblate Dynamos, IWA, 18:00; Ulster Rockets v Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell, DLS Anderstown, 18:30; Team Montenotte Hotel v UL, Neptune Stadium, 19:00
Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Matt O’Flaherty Chemist Titans v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, Renmore Community Centre, 19:00; Team Loftus Recycling Ballina v Team Meadowlands St.Brendan’s, Ballina Sports & Leisure Centre, 19:30; Portlaoise v Blue Demons, St.Mary’s Sports Hall, 19:30
Basketball Ireland Women Division One
UL v Foireann na Gaillimhe, Castletroy College, 15:00; Team Tom McCarthy’s St.Mary’s v Scruffy’s St.Paul’s Killarney, Castleisland Community Centre, 19:45
Basketball Ireland Under-20 Men’s National Cup
Maree v Donegal Town, Calasanctius College, 14:00
Sunday November 6th 2011
Nivea for Men Superleague
UCCDemons v UL Eagles, Parochial Hall, 15:15; DCU Saints v Belfast Star, DCU Sports Complex, 16:00
Nivea Women’s SuperLeague
DCU Mercy v Meteors, DCU Sports Complex, 14:00
Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Neptune v CHM Ballon, Neptune Stadium, 14:00; Maree v Team Garvey’s St.Mary’s, Calasanctius College, 15:00
Basketball Ireland Women Division One
Britton Insurance Donegal Town v Meteors, Abbey Vocational School, 13:00;


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