Brothers in for Kill'!
Reigning treble champions Killester 11890 are preparing for their new Nivea For Men's SuperLeague campaign buoyed by the return of a number of familiar faces. Last season's National Cup MVP Michael Westbrooks will be joined by his brothers Issac and Aaron (who plied their trade last season in England), while Eric makes the step up to SuperLeague level after an excellent year with St Fintan's.
Last season's National Cup MVP Michael Westbrooks will be joined by his brothers Issac and Aaron (who plied their trade last season in England), while Eric makes the step up to SuperLeague level after an excellent year with St Fintan's.
"We have a very strong Irish squad and will create a piece of basketball history as we have the four Westbrooks brothers on the roster," said Killester head coach Mark Keenan.
Killester have enjoyed a busy pre-season with quality performances recorded against top class opposition in the shape of US college giants Pittsburgh University and BBL outfit Cheshire Giants.
"We were obviously delighted with last season but we have no intentions of resting on our laurels," added Keenan. "Damien and I have been working with the lads and we have played plenty of top quality games including a fantastic one against Pittsburgh University at DCU and the English side Cheshire Jets."
The club also received a boost after signing a season-long partnership extension with the directory enquiry company, 11890, whose CEO Nicola Byrne said: "Winning the cup in January at the National Basketball Arena and live on RTé television was special but to go on to win the Nivea for Men's SuperLeague and Northern Conference title was amazing. I can't wait for the new season."
Meanwhile, DCU Saints head into the upcoming SuperLeague campaign under the guidance of Vinny O'Keefe who begins his third year at the helm.
A familiar line-up this year sees 10 of last year's 11 players committing themselves once again to the quest for honours. Dermot Madsen is the only absentee while Eanna Rutherford joins the team in his first season. Eanna was an U20 star at Swords Basketball Club, who are a structured link club with Saints. Eoin Quill and Pat Glover will be glad to have a good first season under their belts and will be hitting the ground running in October.
Veteran Mike Trimmer continues his excellent service for another year alongside Emmet and James Donnelly, Eoin Darling, Martins Provizors and Michael Chubb.
Mark Nagle is expected be back for the start of the season as he nurses a dislocated shoulder injury while Kevin Lacey is battling for fitness and will be out until at least November with an ongoing knee injury.
Coach O'Keefe would ideally like to add another inside player to fill the 12th spot on the team and provide additional competition but is confident of fielding a side with the potential to win silverware either way.
Having lost out in last year's league semi-finals, Saints are hungry for success and will hope to push for an extended league and cup run this time around. Saints are also delighted to be returning to DCU for a fourth successive year having extended their relationship with DCU Sport and retaining one of the top venues in the SuperLeague.