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Saturday 16 December 2017

Neptune hoping juwann is the one to help them get over the line against DCU

The quarter-finals of the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague Play-Offs take centre stage this weekend with Neptune hosting DCU Saints, while UCC Demons make the trip to Belfast Star.

In the final game of the IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague regular season, Team Montenotte take on DCU Mercy in a potentially mouthwatering clash in DCU.

Saturday March 13

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague Q-Final Play-Offs

Neptune v DCU Saints, Neptune Stadium, 8.0

Neptune earned home advantage after an excellent campaign which saw them finish second in the Southern Conference but they face a tricky challenge against DCU Saints this weekend.

The side's last meeting resulted in a 69-60 win for Neptune in early February but the Saints' recent win over Killester will send a warning to Pat Price's side.

Price's arrival as head coach of Neptune has sparked a revival at the club, as has the signing of Juwann James, joint first in the scoring charts with Carlton Aaron (32-point average a game this season).

A poor run of form threatened to derail Saints' play-off hopes but a surprise 75-72 win away to Northern Conference champions Killester last week secured third spot despite late advances from Ulster Elks.

Mike Trimmer used all his experience to hit 28 points in the win over Mark Keenan's side and his rebounding has been impressive this season, averaging 11.59 a game.

Sunday March 14

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague Q-Final Play-Offs

Belfast Star v UCC Demons, University of Ulster HPC, 3.30

UCC Demons' hopes of retaining the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague crown they won last year will be seriously tested this weekend when they make the trip to the University of Ulster to face Belfast Star.

A recent revival from the Cork giants has seen them secure three consecutive wins, including their 82-76 win away to Belfast Star, their opponents this weekend.

Their latest win over Star meant it was their third win over Danny Fulton's side this season, with other successes secured in both league and cup in December.

Demons' biggest threat is expected to come from Star's US recruit, Kevin Ratzsch, who is averaging 31.44 points this season, the third best scoring average in the league.

UCC will be looking to the duo of Niall O'Reilly and Joshua Johnson for inspiration as the two players look to maintain their good performances in recent weeks.

IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague

DCU Mercy v Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, DCU Sports Complex, 2.0

Regular Season champions Team Montenotte Hotel Cork face National Cup champions DCU Mercy as the sides use the game as their final preparation ahead of their crunch play-off semi-final.

Montenotte will host Killester in the semi-finals, while DCU Mercy face a tough test at home to third-place UL.

Montenotte did beat Mercy on the opening day of the season but Mark Ingle's DCU side avenged that defeat by claiming a 68-55 win in the final of the Women's SuperLeague National Cup Final.

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