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Basketball Ireland: weekend preview

Updated: Thursday, 06 Feb 2014 14:13 | Comments

UCC Demons and Bord Gais Neptune go head to head again this weekend
UCC Demons and Bord Gais Neptune go head to head again this weekend

This weekend will see one of the oldest rivalries of Irish basketball reignited when Cork sides’ Bord Gais Neptune take on C&S UCC Demons in Neptune Stadium.

To date, C&S UCC Demons remain the only undefeated side in the Men’s Premier League as they hold a 12-0 winning record. The last time the two sides meet, the encounter was not a close as Bord Gais Neptune would have liked with score finishing 101-75 in favour of Demons.

Bord Gais Neptune will be eager to reverse this result as the hunt for a play-off position draws closer especially with their guard Michael McGinn in flying form of late. However, with the confidence of the National Cup victory under their belt, C&S UCC Demons will be a difficult side to beat.

Ciaran O’Sullivan of C&S UCC Demos said: "With only six games remaining every game is a must win game if we are to claim the Men’s Premier League title. We always look forward to the derby as it excites all the basketball fans in Cork and around the country. It is always great to play in front of a packed out Neptune stadium so we are looking forward to the challenge ahead."

Similarly, Bord Gais Neptune’s star, Ian O’Loughlin, said: "Everyone in the camp has prepared well this week and we are hoping to do ourselves justice. We know we are up against it but we will work hard and anything can happen in a derby."

Elsewhere on Saturday in the Men’s Premier League, Dublin Inter will take on UCD Marian after their shock win over UL Eagles last weekend while SSE Renewables Moycullen will go to battle with Templeogue as both side fight for a much needed win.

Meanwhile on Sunday, the Men’s Premier League will see Belfast Star looking to reverse the result from the last time they took on Killester while DCU Saints take on UL Eagles after both sides suffered tough losses the weekend previous.

The stand out game of the weekend in the Women’s Premier League will see Killester welcome Team Montenotte Hotel Cork to the IWA in Clontarf. The last time the two sides meet, Killester came out on top 67-75.

To date the Dublin side have shown tremendous form after they saw of DCU Mercy last weekend. They have impacted the ‘top three’ dramatically this season (UL Huskies, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork and DCU Mercy) as they stole a win from each so far.

However, since then, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork claimed the Women’s National Cup title and will be hoping that their confidence will see them claim a win in this exciting fixture.

Claire Rockall of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, said, "We are really looking forward to the game this weekend. It will be tough for us to get a win on the road against a very talented Killester side but we are looking forward to the challenge.

"We have been playing better and gained confidence from National Cup final win, but Killester have been playing great basketball lately especially after beating DCU last weekend. Neither team will want another loss before heading into the play-offs so I expect it will be a close and exciting game."

While Aisling Sullivan of Killester, added: "It’s another big game this weekend against one of the top three teams in the country and everyone is really looking forward to it."

Elsewhere in the Women's Premier League, Meteors will take on UL Huskies, while Ulster Rockets face off with DCU Mercy and Singleton SuperValu Brunell will go head to head with Liffey Celtics.

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