Sunday 25 August 2019

Killester's eye on the Eagles

In another busy series of Nivea For Men's SuperLeague matches, 11890 Killester make the trip to UL Eagles, while Ulster Elks face a double header against UCC Demons and DCU Saints respectively.

UCD/Marian host Bord Gáis Neptune and Moycullen will be looking for their second win of the season at the expense of Belfast Star.

In the IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague, DCU Mercy take on 11890 Killester in an all capital affair, while Team Montenotte Hotel Cork and Waterford Wildcats host Meteors and UL.


Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Ulster Elks (Belfast) v UCC Demons (Limerick), UUJ Sports Centre, 2.0

Elks will be playing for pride when they host a Demons side, desperate to reach the play-offs as the second best placed team in the Southern Conference.

Elks' lowly position in the Northern Conference is quite surprising given the fact they boast two players in the top 10 of average points scorers in the league; Kevin Foley (averaging 23.14 points) and Ben De La Cruz (22.8 points).

Demons will be hoping their American Marcus Van will be fit after suffering a knee injury in the recent derby loss to Neptune.

UCD Marian (Dublin) v Bord Gáis Neptune (Cork), UCD, 7.0

Marian's National Cup hangover didn't last too long with a return to winning ways at Belfast Star in their last outing, while Neptune claimed bragging rights in the Cork derby at the expense of Demons.

A win for Fran Ryan's Marian will edge them closer to the play-offs, while Neptune will see the trip to Dublin as an opportunity to close the gap on second place Demons.

Their previous meeting this season saw Neptune record a comfortable 92-78 win with Michael Bonaparte contributing 34.

UL Eagles (Limerick) v 11890 Killester (Dublin), UL Arena, 7.30

Eagles may have had an excellent campaign in the Regular Season but will be desperate to finally get a win over Killester.

Killester have once again held the hoodoo sign over UL this season, with their 93-81 league win in November followed by a 67-56 National Cup semi-final success.

Cameron Mitchell's impact in his first season in the SuperLeague is highlighted by another 'Player of the Month' award in January.

Moycullen (Galway) v Belfast Star (Belfast), NUIG, 8.0

Moycullen produced one of their best displays of the season away to DCU Saints in their last outing and will be hoping momentum will help them earn just their second win of the season.

Their only win this season came against Belfast opposition in the shape of Elks but their performances have suggested that a second win isn't too far away.

Star's play-off hopes suffered a blow at home to Marian last weekend and they cannot afford to slip up again this season.

IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague

Team Montonette Hotel Cork (Cork) v Meteors (Dublin), Neptune Stadium, 4.45

Team Montenotte Hotel Cork are on the back of three defeats and their chances of claiming the Regular Season were almost certainly dashed by a devastating UL display in their last outing.

The Cork side continue to be without Marie Breen but will be hopeful she will be fit in time for the play-off stages.

Meteors are currently bottom in the Women's SuperLeague but do have a game in hand on their nearest rivals, Killester.

11890 Killester (Dublin) v DCU Mercy (Dublin), IWA Clontarf, 6.0

DCU Mercy are one of the favourites to contest this season's league finals and are likely to use this clash as continuous preparations for the play-offs.

Mercy managed to negotiate their National Cup semi-final with Killester in January and will be expected to overcome their Dublin counterparts on Saturday night.

Killester will have to overcome their last-gasp defeat by city rivals Black Forge Oblate Dynamos on Saturday last.

Waterford Wildcats (Waterford) v UL (Limerick), Mercy Sec School, 6.0

UL are enjoying a superb run of form, claiming seven consecutive wins, and an eighth win today would further strengthen their grip on the Regular Season trophy.

Their recent display at home to Team Montenotte Hotel Cork has backed up claims that they are favourites to lift the league.

Wildcats produced an excellent display against DCU in their last encounter but were edged out on a 64-61 scoreline.


Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Ulster Elks (Belfast) v DCU Saints (Dublin), Uni of Ulster HPC, 2.30

Elks will have happy memories of their last clash with DCU Saints, recording an 101-87 win away to the Dubliners in December.

However, Saints are on an excellent run, which has left them in pole position to seal second spot in the Northern Conference.

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