Basketball Ireland: Weekend Preview

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molten_basketball_105397Travelodge Swords Thunder can go second in the Men’s Premier League with a win at Belfast Star this Sunday. Dave Baker’s side are on a 4-0 run thanks to a number of options off the bench and good form in key positions. The November Coach of the month is looking wants his players to back themselves.

“Anyone can be in any position at any time – we like to play with freedom. I trust in the players win or lose and we’re winning in the league at the moment.”

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UL Eagles make their seasonal debut at the National Basketball Arena against Templeogue to open Sunday’s Double Header. Head Coach Paul Kelleher is looking to dispel some myths about the national stadium. “The rims are tight but anyone who says it’s a low scoring venue should look at the Cup finals which often go over 80+ points.” Limerick native Jason Killeen will wear Templeogue colours against his old team mates for the first time. C&S UCC Demons meet Dublin Inter in the second game of the Arena Double Header while BFG Neptune and UCD Marian reprise their Cup clash at the Neptune Stadium.

Killester can move off the bottom of the Women’s Premier League if they can get past Singleton SuperValu Brunell. Olivia Lee believes herself and her fellow American Robin Murphy are continuing to grow with the side. “It was difficult at the start, but I’ve gotten into a flow and it’s coming together”, said the Texan. “The only thing I had to adjust was the weather.” DCU Mercy travel to Glanmire to face Team Montenotte Hotel. Mercy have November Player of the Month Sarah Woods among their ranks but the Cork women remain unbeaten for the season. Meteors will want to redress their recent dip in form when they travel to Limerick to take on UL Huskies. Courtyard Liffey Celtics are away to Maxol WIT Wildcats. Vinny O’Keefe made his coaching debut for Celtics in Waterford last season. “They’re a team in transition,” he said. “But the time their taking to develop players seems justified. It’s impressive that they can maintain a top four position during the process.”

Men’s Premier League

P            W            L            F            A            BP            Points

1            C&S UCC Demons                                    8            8            0            744            597            0            24

2            Killester                                                9            6            3            627            611            0            18

3            Travelodge Swords Thunder            6            5            1            467            409            0            15

4            Belfast Star                                    9            3            6            646            672            4            13

5            Templeogue                                    8            4            4            602            636            0            12

6            BFG Neptune                                    8            4            4            707            703            0            12

7            DCU Saints                                    8            3            5            628            655            1            10

8            UCD Marian                                    7            2            5            527            545            3            9

9            UL Eagles                                    7            2            5            485            547            2            8

10            Dublin Inter                                    8            2            6            571            629            1            7

 

Women’s Premier League

P            W            L            F            A            Points

1            Team Montenotte Hotel                        6            6            0            432            310            18

2            Courtyard Liffey Celtics                        7            5            2            454            398            17

3            Singleton Supervalu Brunell            7            4            3            458            473            15

4            Maxol WIT Wildcats                        7            3            4            408            425            13

5            DCU Mercy                                    5            3            2            361            305            11

6            Meteors                                                5            3            2            343            312            11

7            UL Huskies                                    8            1            7            423            580            10

8            Killester                                                7            1            6            390            466            9

 

Men’s Division One

P            W            L            F            A            BP            Points

1            SSE Renewables Moycullen            6            5            1            462            374            1            16

2            C&S Blue Demons                        6            4            2            428            429            0            12

3            Maree                                                5            3            2            368            333            1            10

4            JM&L Auctioneers Titans                        5            3            2            367            349            1            10

5            Eanna                                                6            3            3            421            388            1            10

6            Fr Mathews                                    5            2            3            293            361            0            6

7            Tolka Rovers BC                                    5            1            4            305            388            1            4

8            Team Left Bank Kilkenny                        6            1            5            434            456            1            4

 

Women’s Division One

P            W            L            F            A            Points

1            Garveys Tralee Imperials                        4            3            1            247            231            10

2            Oblate Dynamos                                    4            2            2            257            261            8

3            Portlaoise Panthers                        2            2            0            165            129            6

4            NUIG Mystics                                    4            1            3            258            270            6

5            ITC Basketball                                    4            1            3            205            241            6

6            Team Denjoes American Style            2            1            1            118            118            4

 

 

Basketball Ireland: This week’s fixtures

 

Saturday 13 December 2014

Women’s Premier League

Team Montenotte Hotel v DCU Mercy, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, Cork 17:00;

UL Huskies v Meteors, UL Sport Arena, Limerick 17:00;

Killester v Singleton Supervalu Brunell, IWA Clontarf, Dublin 18:00;

Maxol WIT Wildcats v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Mercy SS Waterford 19:00;

Men’s Division One

JM&L Auctioneers Titans v Maree, Community Centre, Knocknacarra, Galway 19:00;

Fr Mathews v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, Colaiste Chriost Ri, Cork 19:15;

Tolka Rovers BC v SSE Renewables Moycullen, Tolka Rovers SC, Dublin 19:30;

Women’s Division One

ITC Basketball v Team Denjoes American Style, IT Carlow, 15:00;

Portlaoise Panthers v Oblate Dynamos St Mary’s Hall, Laois 19:00

 

Sunday 14 December 2014

Men’s Premier League 2014-15

Templeogue v UL Eagles, National Basketball Arena, Dublin 14:00;

Belfast Star v Travelodge Swords Thunder, Methodist College, Belfast 15:00;

BFG Neptune v UCD Marian, Neptune Stadium, Cork            15:30;

Dublin Inter v C&S UCC Demons, National Basketball Arena, Dublin, 16:00