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Saturday 18 August 2018

Neptune face their demons

One of the greatest rivalries in Irish sport is set for its latest installment tonight when old foes Bord Gais Neptune host UCC Demons in the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague, while Northern Conference leaders 11890 Killester take on Ulster Elks.

Elsewhere, National Cup champions UCD Marian are set for a tricky clash away to Belfast Star and on Sunday a resurgent DCU Saints meet Moycullen.

In the IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague, UL take on Team Montenotte Hotel Cork in a top-of-the-table clash, while cup champions DCU Mercy can keep the pressure on the top two with victory over Waterford Wildcats.

Meanwhile, Black Forge Oblate Dynamos can start dreaming of a play-off spot if they emerge from their clash with 11890 Killester tonight with a win.

TODAY

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Bord Gais Neptune (Cork) v UCC Demons (Cork),

Neptune Stadium, 7.0

Any meeting featuring fierce rivals Bord Gais Neptune and UCC Demons rarely disappoints and tonight's encounter should be no different with the fight for second place in the Southern Conference very much on. Demons currently occupy second spot in the conference, a position that guarantees home advantage in the play-offs, but a win for Neptune on Sunday would see them close the gap to just two points. Neptune may have lost to UL Eagles in their last outing but they will be encouraged by the displays of summer signings Michael Bonaparte and Phil Taylor.

Belfast Star (Belfast) v UCD Marian (Dublin),

De La Salle College, Anderstown, 7.15

National Cup champions UCD Marian were brought crashing down to earth with two defeats to DCU Saints and 11890 Killester respectively last weekend.

The losses saw them drop to third position in the Northern Conference and they will have to ensure no further slip-ups to a Star side waiting in the wings in fourth place. Marian will need to take a leaf out of Demons' book, who managed to restrict Star's high-scoring American Clayton Longmire to just 17 points in the last round of fixtures.

11890 Killester (Dublin) v Ulster Elks (Belfast),

IWA Clontarf, 8.0

11890 Killester returned to winning ways against UCD Marian in the late game on Sunday night and will be favourites to overcome an Ulster Elks outfit who have propped up the Conference since the start of the season.

An inspired Kevin Foley display saw Elks record just their third win of the season against Moycullen but they were made to sweat for the victory against the Westerners.

Elks' record against 11890 Killester this season doesn't make pretty reading with the Ulster side suffering two defeats.

IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague

Black Forge Oblate Dynamos (Dublin) v 11890 Killester (Dublin), Oblate Hall, 7.0

Black Forge Oblate Dynamos can take a giant leap towards the play-offs if they can overcome Dublin rivals 11890 Killester tonight. Dynamos will be taking nothing for granted after their last clash with Killester saw them dumped out of the National Cup by a 20-point margin.

UL (Limerick) v Team Montenotte Hotel Cork (Cork), UL Arena, 7.30

The game of the weekend in the IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague as the top two face off at the UL Arena.

Montenotte are in the unusual position of being on the back of two successive defeats but a return to winning ways away to UL would almost ensure they finish with the regular conference under their belts. Marie Breen is almost a certainty to miss out for Montenotte, while Louise Galvin is a doubt for UL.

TOMORROW

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

DCU Saints (Dublin) v Moycullen (Galway), DCU Sports Complex, 4.0

DCU Saints' excellent recent run is expected to continue against Moycullen as the race for second place in the Northern Conference gathers momentum. The Saints are on the back of impressive wins in 2011 against the likes of UCD Marian, UCC Demons and 11890 Killester and will be formidable opponents for Moycullen on their own patch. Moycullen almost secured their second win of the season but were undone at the death by Ulster Elks.

IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague

DCU Mercy (Dublin) v Waterford Wildcats (Waterford), DCU Sports Complex, 2.0

The double is very much on for DCU Mercy and a win over Wildcats would ensure their fourth consecutive league and cup win.

The last meeting between the sides saw Mercy see off their Munster counterparts on a scoreline of 79-51 in November.

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