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Friday 15 December 2017

The Glovers are off

Saturday October 30
Nivea For Men's SuperLeague
Bord Gáis Neptune v UL Eagles
Neptune Stadium, 7.0

Southern Conference leaders UL Eagles travel to the Neptune Stadium on Saturday as they look to inflict a fourth consecutive defeat on their hosts.

Michael Bonaparte produced an inspirational display for Neptune in their last outing against his former club 11890 Killester but his 39 points were unable to save his side from a third loss in a row. Early signs indicate Eagles will be Killester's biggest challengers this season after a fantastic start which has seen Mark Bernsen's side enjoy a 100pc record after five games.

Moycullen v Ulster Elks Kingfisher Club NUIG, 6.0

Moycullen have endured a difficult start to the season with five straight defeats leaving them rooted to the bottom of the Southern Conference. However, one of the highlights for the Westeners has been the form of former Irish underage international Cian Nihill, averaging 18.2 points per game.

Elks were unable to stop the Killester machine last weekend but the form of Kevin Foley, averaging 31.33 points per game, will encourage head coach Deirdre Brennan.

IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague

Waterford Wildcats v 11890 Killester Mercy Secondary School, 6.0

Waterford Wildcats open their campaign this weekend against a Killester side who got their season off to a disappointing start against Team Montenotte Hotel Cork.

Julie Kavanagh made an impact in her first competitive start for 11890 Killester in their opener against Montenotte while Wildcats are expected to give youth a chance after the club's excellent success at underage level over the past couple of seasons.

Team Montenotte v Black Forge Oblate Dynamos Little Island Community Centre, 6.0

Dynamos marked their return to the top flight with a fantastic display against Meteors but they face a huge test this weekend with a trip to the home of the reigning champions. Montenotte have endured a number of changes to their squad but it was the reliable duo, Marie Breen and Claire Rockall, who proved the inspiration for their win over Killester.

Sunday October 31

Nivea For Men's SuperLeague

Belfast Star v UCC Demons De La Salle College, Anderstown, 3.0

Belfast Star are likely to continue with Puff Summers for their tie at home in the De La Salle College to UCC Demons as they await confirmation of the Clayton Longmire signing. Summers made a real impact in his first game for Star last weekend as the Northern club put in their best display of the season away to UL Eagles. Former Central Michigan University star Marcus Van is turning into a shrewd signing for the Cork giants, while Irish duo Ciarán O'Sullivan and Kyle Hosford impressed in their win at home to DCU Saints in their last encounter.

DCU Saints v UCD Marian DCU Sports Complex, 3.30

A game between Saints and UCD Marian is one of the oldest rivalries in Irish basketball with the first major contest at the top level taking place in 1971. A unique element is the meeting of the Glover brothers on opposite teams. And there is the distinct possibility they will be marking each other -- Barry for UCD Marian, and Pat for DCU Saints.

DCU Saints still continue to seek their first win of the season, while in contrast UCD Marian have made a blistering start to their campaign, securing three wins out of their first four games.

IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague

Meteors v DCU Mercy Coláiste Eoin/Íosagáin, 3.0

Reigning National Cup champions DCU Mercy commence their season with a short trip to face Meteors in this all capital clash. Emma Dyer, Catriona Foley and Iris Martinez have all joined the ranks at Dublin City University with the club determined to make amends for last season's disappointing league final loss to Team Montenotte Hotel Cork.

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