Basketball Ireland weekend preview

Updated: Thursday, 01 Nov 2012 16:04

This weekend the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague will see Moycullen travel to Dublin to take on UCD Marian.

With the Galway side yet to win a game this season, all eyes will be on them as they look to gain some momentum.

Speaking about the challenge at hand, head coach of Moycullen Salva Camps said: “It is important for us to get a win as soon as we can in order to build confidence within the team.

“We need to concentrate for the full 40 minutes while bringing 100% effort defensively.”

“We need to concentrate for the full 40 minutes while bringing 100% effort defensively.” - Salva Camps

UCD Marian enter the game coming off a tough loss at home to UL Eagles last weekend.

Looking for a positive result, coach Sasa Punosevach said: “It is essential that we win this game. This match up will be a preview of the quarter finals of the National Cup as we are set to play each other so it is important that we come away with the points.”

UL Eagles are set to take on newcomers Dublin Inter in the UL Arena this Saturday evening after they returned to their winning ways last weekend with an impressive team performance over UCD Marian on the road.

Speaking about his side, UL Eagles head coach Mark Keenan is happy with their recent result: “I am delighted with our performance last weekend and happy that we are back on form. Hopefully it will give us the momentum we need going up against Dublin Inter.”

Keenan added: “Dublin Inter started very strong with a great season opener but they seem to have slipped slightly as they have not had a full squad for their games.

“If they have a full team this weekend it will be a very difficult game for us. We cannot take them for granted and be complacent entering this game as they will catch us off guard.”

“If they have a full team this weekend it will be a very difficult game for us" - Mark Keenan

Sunday will see current top of the table holders UCC Demons welcome Killester to the Mardyke Arena in Cork.

With the Rebels looking to continue their current success, Paul Kelleher, October’s Coach of the Month, is adamant that there is plenty of room for improvement.

He said: “We need to take our game to a new level from our last few performances. A win is a win but we would rather not let a game be decided by the final few seconds on the clock and try pull away earlier.”

However, Kelleher paid tribute to the Dublin side: “Killester are definitely being overlooked this season. If we allow them to get on a roll this weekend they will be dangerous.

"We need to be on our guard as their perimeter players like Eoin Chubb have been consistent throughout while their point is run with composure under the watchful eye of Puff Summers.”

Killester head coach Darren O’Neill is excited for the game ahead saying, “It is a tough proposition coming up against a team that has yet to be beaten but we do believe that we can get a result down there. We have trained hard and are prepared going into the game.”

O’Neill continued: “We haven’t hit the ground running as we are still shorthanded without some players. We are currently in a win–lose sequence and if that is anything to go by we are due a win this weekend.

"We had great results down in Cork against Demons last year so we are looking to build from that.”

DCU Saints will also take on Bord Gais Neptune in DCU Sports Complex this Sunday.

DCU are coming into the game after a difficult to swallow loss against UCC Demons.

The Saints missed out on beating Demons when they failed to convert their last offence and lost by a single point last weekend.

Bord Gais Neptune seems to have found a rhythm in their camp as they come away from their last two games successful. Having started the season slow the Cork side seem to have got themselves back on track.

Head coach Mark Scannell is happy with the team’s current state: “We had a good win last weekend against Moycullen. Now coming up against DCU, will be difficult.”

Scannell understands the pressure his team will face and the quality of basketball that will be produced.

He added: “They are the runners-up from last year and have been playing great basketball so we need to play hard to come away with a result. We have prepared well and are looking forward to the challenge”.

In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, it is Ulster Rockets who will be busy with a double weekend.

They will take on Team Montenotte Hotel Cork on Saturday night before travelling to Limerick to face off with current league and cup champions, UL.

What may seem like a daunting task is one that could very well be within their reach after Rockets came away with an impressive win over Meteors last weekend even though they were undermanned.

Meanwhile, Waterford Wildcats will welcome Meteors to the sunny southeast and with both teams coming off tough previous weekends all will be to play for as they battle it out.

Liffey Celtics will look to win their first game as they face off with Singleton SuperValu Brunell this weekend while Sunday will see Dublin rivals DCU Mercy and Killester battle it out as DCU look to continue their winning streak after a huge win in Cork last weekend.

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