Few ties in Irish basketball draw as much interest as the Cork derby between Demons and Neptune, who lock horns for the first time this season on Friday night at UCC’s Mardyke Arena.
With C&S UCC Demons undefeated so far and Bord Gais Neptune beside them on three wins and one loss, the game is not only a battle for local bragging rights, but a crucial fixture between two of the top teams in the country.
Last season, Demons had the better head to head record against their city neighbours but it was men from Neptune who won the biggest tie of all as they defeated Demons in the National Cup semi-final.
On Saturday it will be a family affair in Clontarf’s IWA Centre when Belfast Star’s Paul Dick, fresh off his stunning 28 point performance a week ago against Moycullen, travels to Dublin to play his cousin and Killester head coach, Jonathan Grennell.
Killester are top of the league table right now with four wins from four games but will likely face their toughest challenge yet with Star coming off the back of three straight wins of their own. Both are somewhat surprise packages and the winner of Saturday’s tie will go a long way to cementing their title challenge credentials.
Elsewhere, Templeogue and SSE Renewables Moycullen both look to attain their first win of the season when they meet in the Oblate Hall while UCD Marian take onDublin Inter and UL Eagles welcome DCU Saints to Limerick.
In the Women’s Premier League Waterford hosts its first top of the table clash in several years when undefeated WIT Wildcats take on the also undefeated Singleton SuperValu Brunell at home.
Wildcats played two games last weekend and will try to carry the momentum from those wins into the game against a Brunell team hoping to bring rest and not rust into the tie after a weekend off.
The league’s only other undefeated team, UL Huskies make the long journey north to face Ulster Rockets while there are two local derbies to decide with Killester and Meteors hosting DCU Mercy and Liffey Celtics respectively.