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UCD without Ross for Thunder clash
20 Nov 2014 10:10
UCD Marian will be without influential forward Preston Ross for Sunday’s clash with Travelodge Swords Thunder at the National Basketball Arena.
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The American picked up an ankle injury in Saturday’s Cup win over BFG Neptune and is hopeful of recovery before the return leg on 6 December.
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Point guard Barry Drumm is also on the treatment table but Ioannis Liapakis remains confident. “A losing bonus point isn’t enough for us,” said the head coach. “Thunder look like a team who could challenge Killester or Demons but we’re targeting a win.”
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The game is the second part of a double header to be streamed live on TG4’s website. Belfast Star take on DCU Saints in the early tip-off. Both sides are targeting a first win in at the National Stadium this season.
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Templeogue go into this weekend with an outside shot of climbing from ninth to fourth in the Men’s Premier League table but they’ll need to bag two wins in 24 hours.
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First up is a Dublin Inter side without a league win in six weeks and without a head coach since the sudden departure of Todd James. Saturday’s game presents a greater challenge as leaders C&S UCC Demons make the trip to the Oblate Hall.
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“It’s a big weekend for us,” said leading scorer Jason Killeen. “We’ve been hitting our stride lately and if you’re not up for playing a team like Demons, then you shouldn’t be in this league. Friday’s game against Inter will be a physical match up so we’ll have to be very mindful of them.”
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UL Eagles host Killester in Sunday’s other fixture.
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The UL camp is in good spirits after a successful cup weekend but their win over Dublin Inter came at a cost.
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“Losing Matthew Hall to a knee problem on top of Eoin Quigley’s injury recurrence was a blow to us,” said Eagles captain Neil Campbell.
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“But players like Andrew Dawson and Jamie McAuliffe have shown that the younger members of our squad can really step it up when needs be.”
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Points up for grabs in Women’s Premier League action this weekend will affect both ends of the table. Maxol WIT Wildcats and UL Huskies will look to get clear of a relegation battle when they face off in Waterford.
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The sides clashed in Cup action at the weekend with Huskies claiming the bragging rights.
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Elsewhere, Meteors could overtake Courtyard Liffey Celtics in second place if they can get a win in Leixlip.
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Meteors were humbled by DCU Mercy in the Cup but Christine Ganser says focus is firmly back on the league. “We’re not looking at anything else except the game ahead of us. We will see what happens from there.”
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