Basketball – Super League Weekend Preview

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Screen shot 2015-10-02 at 12.41.39TEMPLEOGUE Head Coach Mark Keenan has hailed his new recruits as a factor in their 100% start to the Men’s Super League. The Hula Hoops National Cup Champions lost a number of players central to their break out season, but Neil Randolph and Puff Summers have proven key additions to date.

“Neil is a great positive guy coming into the group, the attitude and everything is right,” said Keenan. “Puff just gives us that extra bit of experience on point when it’s needed – there are a lot of young guys who will learn a hell of a lot from him.”

Templeogue go to winless Commerical.ie Éanna while UCD Marian face a Belfast Star side who beat them by 20 points on their last trip up the M1. UCC Demons face a tough test as they look to get back to winning ways with the visit of unbeaten Griffith Swords Thunder to the Mardyke.

Pyrobel Killester join the action this weekend in the Women’s Super League. Their bye-week came in the first round and gave them a chance to scout the opposition.

“We got to see a few teams play and we’re just excited to get going now. It’s been a long lead-in,” said Head Coach Karl Kilbride

First up are a Portlaoise Panthers side who are a  “good young team,” according to Kilbride.
“Their American player is very athletic, she’s aggressive and did very well against Glanmire. We’re chomping at the bit now to get going on Saturday.”
Glanmire renew Munster rivalries with Maxol WIT Wildcats on Saturday. The teams won their respective home games against each other last season with just a single basket to separate them.

Meteors will look to build on an impressive win at home to DCU Mercy with a trip to newly promoted NUIG Mystics.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Saturday 8th October 2016
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:
Commercial.ie Éanna v Templeogue, Coláiste Éanna, Rathfarnham, 18:00;
Belfast Star v UCD Marian, Methodist College, Belfast, 19:00;
DCU Saints v UL Eagles, DCU Complex, Glasnevin, 19:00;
Pyrobel Killester v SSE Airtricity Moycullen, IWA, Clontarf, 20:00;
KUBS v Irish TV Tralee Warriors, Carroll Arena, Greendale 20:00;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:
NUIG Mystics v Meteors, Kingfisher NUI Galway, 15:00;
Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Maxol WIT Wildcats, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 17:00;
Pyrobel Killester v Portlaoise Panthers, IWA, Clontarf, 18:00;

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:
LYIT Donegal v Dublin Lions, Letterkenny IT, 16:00;
BFG Neptune v Fr Mathews, Neptune Stadium, Cork 17:00;
Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin v Kestrels, Killorglin Sports Centre, 19:15;
Maree v Titans, Calasanctius College, Oranmore, 19:45;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:
Ulster University Elks v UL Huskies, Methodist College, Belfast, 16:30;
Fr Mathews v Marble City Hawks, Coláiste Chríost Rí, Cork, 17:45

Sunday 9th October 2016
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:
UCC Demons v Griffith Swords Thunder, Mardyke Arena, Cork, 15:00;

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:
Ulster University Elks v Sligo All-Stars, Ulster University, Jordanstown, 12:45;
Team Kilkenny v ITC Basketball, O’Loughlin Gaels Gym, 15:00.

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:
Ulster University Elks v Oblate Dynamos, Ulster University, Jordanstown, 15:00.

Saturday 15th October 2016
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:
Belfast Star v Pyrobel Killester, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, 14:00;
Irish TV Tralee Warriors v SSE Airtricity Moycullen, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, 16:00;
Commercial.ie Eanna v DCU Saints, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, 18:00;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:
Meteors v UCC Glanmire, Coláiste Íosagáin, 16:00;
Maxol WIT Wildcats v Pyrobel Killester, Mercy SS, Waterford, 19:00;
Courtyard Liffey Celtics v NUIG Mystics, Leixlip Amenities, 19:30;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:
Marble City Hawks v ITC Basketball, O’Loughlin Gaels Gym, Kilkenny 19:00;
Oblate Dynamos v Ulster Rockets, Oblate Hall, Inchicore, 19:30;

Sunday 16th October 2016
Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:
Griffith Swords Thunder v UL Eagles, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, 14:00;
KUBS BC v UCC Demons, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, 16:00;
Templeogue v UCD Marian, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, 18:00.

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:
Singleton SuperValu Brunell v DCU Mercy, Parochial Hall, Cork, 14:45;