Saturday 20 January 2018

Game on for Killester

11890 Killester expectedly lead the way at the top of the Northern Conference and host a Neptune side, still reeling from the loss of their American Robinson Louisme through injury, as part of a double header for the Dubliners this weekend.

Neptune head coach Pat Price will be hoping to fill the void left by Louisme as they look to end a run of two games without a win.

Mark Keenan's Killester are in ominously winning form with players like Michael Hennebry, Eric Westbrooks and Alan Casey outlining the side's strength in depth. Paddy Kelly's absence due to personal commitments is a blow.

Ulster Elks sorely missed the presence of Kevin Foley as they were brought back down to earth with defeat at home by UCD Marian last weekend.

On Sunday Foley's return should re-ignite their hopes and they will hope fatigue will have set into a visiting Killester side who play their second game in as many days.

UCD Marian are enjoying a fine start to their campaign with two wins out of three and face a Moycullen side still awaiting their first win on Satuday.

Marian's bright start has been helped by the arrival of James Crowder, who contributed 31 points in their win away to Ulster Elks, while Irish trio Conor Meany, Neil Baynes and the returning Barry Glover are also impressing this season.

UL Eagles have justified their tag as one of the favourites this season with a 100pc record after three games and will be expected to continue that trend against Belfast Star on Saturday night.

Star produced a courageous performance against Killester in their last outing despite having no American in their side.

A lot will depend again this weekend if they can seal the signing of Clayton Maurice Longmire.

UCC Demons will be confident after overturning a huge 17-point deficit away to Moycullen last weekend but will be wary of a dogged DCU Saints.

Saints have already troubled the likes of Killester and UL Eagles this season. They enjoyed a decent performance in Limerick last weekend from across their bench.

Marcus Van has got his Demons career off to a positive start with an average of 24.67 points per game and he will be expected to shine in front of a large home crowd.


Tonight -- Men's National Cup: Tolka Rovers v Ballon, Tolka Rovers Sports Complex, 19:45.

Tomorrow -- Women's National Cup: UL v Portlaoise, Castletroy College, 19:30.

Saturday -- Nivea for Men's SuperLeague: UCD Marian v Moycullen, UCD Sports Centre, 19:00; UL Eagles v Belfast Star, UL Arena, 19:30; 11890 Killester v Bord Gáis Neptune, IWA Clontarf, 20:00. Men's National Cup: Titans v North Star, Renmore CC, 19:00; Waterford v St Vincent's, Waterford IT, 19:30; Portlaoise v Team Loftus Recycling Ballina, St Mary's Sports Hall, 20:00. U20 Men's National Cup: Maree v Longford Falcons, Calasanctius College, Oranmore, 15:00. U20 Women's National Cup: Killester v Meteors, St Fintan's, Sutton, 14:45.

Sunday -- Men's SuperLeague: Ulster Elks v 11890 Killester, University of Ulster HPC, 14:30; UCC Demons v DCU Saints, Mardyke Arena, 15:15. Women's National Cup: Meteors v Foireann na Gaillimhe, Coláiste Íosagáin, 18:00. U20 Men's National Cup: Ballincollig v Eanna, Parochial Hall, Cork, 14:30; Swords v North Star, ALSAA, 15:00. U20 Women's National Cup: Mercy Coolock v Brunell, Mercy College, 15:00; Moycullen v Tralee Imperials, Kingfisher NUIG, 16:30.

Monday -- Men's SuperLeague: Moycullen V UL Eagles, NUIG, 15:00.

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