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Sunday 23 September 2018

Killester set for Star turn

STAR POWER: Killester’s Michael Bonaparte attacks the basket.
STAR POWER: Killester’s Michael Bonaparte attacks the basket.

As Killester sit undefeated at the top of the table, the men from Belfast Star are gearing up to challenge their winning streak this weekend in the Irish Wheelchair Association in Clontarf tonight (8.0).

Last weekend, saw the closest encounter Killester have had this season after DCU Saints almost stole the three points in the final minutes.

Killester had dominated for the first half but a persistent Saints clawed their way back into the game, mostly down to the excellent three-point shooting from their star guard Eoin Quill.

STRONG

However, Killester stayed strong and proved why they are be at the top of the table when they came away with the three-point win on the road.

This weekend may prove more difficult for Killester as Belfast enter the game coming off the back of three straight wins.

It will test their ability against a team who have just as much confidence, which will make for an exciting battle between the two sides.

Killester's head coach, Jonathan Grennell, said: "Belfast Star will be a tough challenge.

"They've started very well in the league and I'm sure are full of confidence having won twice already in Dublin.

"We are very focused on this game and need to bounce back defensively after a poor second half last weekend against DCU Saints.

"With Michael Westbrooks returning and John Behan and Robbie Clarke catching up, we are nearly at full strength for this crucial stretch and badly want to defend our home court."

Not only will this match-up make for a great game but it also sparks an interesting family affair.

Star's key scorer this season, Paul Dick, will face two of his cousins, head coach Jonathan Grennell and guard Robbie Clarke.

DAMAGE

Dick, who has been very impressive in this first Premier League season, secured 28 points last week over Moycullen and will be looking to cause the same damage for Killester this time.

Dick termed this weekend as the start of a "three-week battle with Killester, as we play three weekends in a row (two cup legs and Saturday's league game)".

Dick added: "I've already heard the trash talking starting from certain people but we're not worried about it.

"We'll just get in the gym and prepare to do what needs done."

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