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DCU to face SSV Brunell in play-off
01 Mar 2015 23:11
DCU Mercy have been drawn against Singleton SuperValu Brunell in the Women’s Premier League play-off semi-finals.
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The Dublin side beat Courtyard Liffey Celtics 74-46 on the last day of the regular season to secure second place and home advantage in the second leg. Liffey Celtics are also through to the post-season, but they’ll have to play table toppers Team Montenotte Hotel Glanmire.
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Glanmire’s Marie Breen says it’s time to gear up. "The season is very intense. We break it down into three parts with the league, the cup and the playoffs. We’ve had the weekend off so we’re refreshed for the last month of competition.”
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Play-off finals take place in NUIG at the end of March. Mark Scannell believes it’s a fair draw.
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“Everything starts again”, says Glanmire’s Head Coach. “Every team in the playoff has an equal opportunity. We need to make sure that our focus is right for that first playoff game so we can bring it home and get to Galway.”
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Elsewhere, Brunell beat Meteors in a low scoring affair to take third spot.
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In the Men’s Premier League, Conor Meany scored 40 points as UCD Marian reeled in Travelodge Swords Thunder and kept alive their hopes of a place in the end of season Champions Trophy. It’s the highest score by an Irish player in the National League this season.
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“I’m delighted that we were able to come back after a poor first-half” said the captain.
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“I started knocking down some shots and the guys kept finding me. Ultimately we started playing defence and that's what got us the win.”
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Swords Thunder’s Isaac Westbrooks blamed “complacency and a lack of execution down the stretch” for an inability to defend their lead.
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Templeogue are UCD Marian’s main rivals for the last spot in the Champions Trophy. Mark Keenan’s men snuck past Dublin Inter as a Lorcan Murphy dunk in the third quarter added momentum and the outside shooting of Stephen James saw them through.
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Coach Paul Kelleher claimed his first win at the IWA in Clontarf as UL Eagles beat Killester while a strong second half performance from Belfast Star saw off DCU Saints.
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*Women’s Premier League Play Off Pairings:
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Team Montenotte Hotel (1) v Courtyard Liffey Celtics (4)
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DCU Mercy (2) v Courtyard Liffey Celtics (3)
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*Women’s Division One Play Off Pairings:
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Portlaoise Panthers (1) v Garvey's Imperials Tralee (4)
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Team Den Joes American Style (2) v Oblate Dynamos (3)
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