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Marian and Templeogue face 'must win' tie
16 Oct 2014 15:03
UCD Marian and Templeogue go into their Men’s Premier League encounter on Saturday with the phrase ‘must win’ ringing in their ears.
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Both sides are 0-2 in an 18-game season - UCD Marian suffered an agonising defeat to Killester, while Templeogue were overrun by DCU Saints last weekend. Templeogue head coach Mark Killeen believes psychology has a role to play this week.
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“We were more relaxed in pre-season but it’s like we tensed up for the serious stuff and we just need to get over that,” he said. “We were all a bit frustrated. We had 17 turnovers by half time and we got three technical fouls, although I got the first one.”
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BFG Neptune and Killester both emerged from last weekend’s double header at the National Basketball Arena with wins. Neptune player coach Ger Noonan is getting more court time than anticipated ahead of their encounter.
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He said: “I’m not at match fitness but that’s no surprise as I wasn’t expecting to be playing this early in the season. These are the minutes that I need to be playing so when the crunch game is on, I want to be on the court to play. That’s the player in me.”
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UL Eagles will give a league debut to Orlando Parker against DCU Saints. The 6’8” American forward switches from Colombia, having previously played with Wagner Seahawks in the NCAA Division 1.
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On Sunday, Belfast Star host C&S UCC Demons knowing home advantage won’t be enough.
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Conor Quinn’s mid-court three pointer took their first game at Methody to overtime, but UL Eagles had the experience to seal the win. Demons player coach Colin O’Reilly is ready for action after a bye week.
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“We’ve had two weeks to get the injured players healthy and the players that missed bits of pre-season up to pace,” he said. “I feel we will be able to play the way we like and rotate each player throughout the game.”
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Meteors centre Aoife McDermott will collide with old team mates in the Women’s Premier League this weekend. The Sligo native had a successful spell with UL Huskies but their head coach Davy Keogh feels the insider knowledge might cancel itself out.
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“We’ll know her inside out but Aoife will know what we’re doing as well so it’s going to be interesting to see how it matches up,” said Keogh.
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Courtyard Liffey Celtics play their first home game of the season when they host Maxol WIT Wildcats in Leixlip.
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Killester’s home-grown talent will be put to the test when they play at Singleton Supervalu Brunell. Mark Grennell’s side are without a Category 2 player or a win this season while the Nellies opened their account in Waterford last Saturday.
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Brunell coach Kieran O’Leary says a tweak in their line-up has helped.
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He said: “We had changed how we put our big players on the floor too and that had an effect as the game wore on. We’re heading in the right direction now. We have one win under our belt and have a home game this week so hopefully it’ll be 0-3 for Killester.”
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Either DCU Mercy or Team Montenotte Hotel will lose their 100% records this weekend. They face off at the DCU Sports Complex on Sunday having won their respective derbies in Round 1.
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