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Monday 22 January 2018

Killester and UCD in Cup face-off

Ioannis Liapakis. Pic: Sportsfile
Ioannis Liapakis. Pic: Sportsfile

Cork is the place to be this weekend as the Hula Hoops National Cup semi-finals tip off at the Mardyke Arena UCC and Neptune Stadium, with teams from Under 18 to senior level all vying for a spot in the National Cup finals at the National Basketball Arena.

In the Men's Pat Duffy Cup, Pyrobel Killester and UCD Marian will go head-to-head in a repeat of last year's Cup semi-final (which saw Killester come out on top) tomorrow evening at the Mardyke.

UCD Marian currently sit at the top of the Men's Super League table with just two losses so far this season but one of these losses was at the hands of Killester.

"We're really excited to be back in the Cup semi-finals and we're really looking forward to it," said Marian head coach, Ioannis Liapakis.

"Our preparation is going well, and we have a lot of motivation."

In the other men's semi-finale, UCC Demons will host Black Amber Templeogue, with both teams returning to the Cup semi-finals for the first time since 2016.

The sides already met this year in the Super League, where they dished up an overtime thriller at Oblate Hall, which Templeogue won.

Challenge

"We're really looking forward to this weekend's challenge," said Templeogue's Mark Keenan.

"Playing Demons in their home court is always going to be tough. They are a high scoring team with lots of scoring options, so our defence will need to be really good on the night."

In the women's semi-finals, reigning champions, Ambassador UCC Glanmire, will be hoping to keep their bid for five Cup titles in-a-row on track when they face Singleton SuperValu Brunell in a big Cork derby at the Mardyke Arena.

The other game sees NUIG Mystics face off against the hugely experienced DCU Mercy.

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