Jason Killeen (UL Eagles)
Published 11/11/2011 | 05:00
UL Eagles v Killester, UL Arena, 3.30, Sunday
THEY might be top of the southern conference, but UL Eagles are looking to get back to winning ways on Sunday when they take on the champions in Limerick.
Last week's defeat to UCC Demons was a setback for the Shannonsiders, who are embroiled in a real battle with the two Cork clubs at the top of the table. Indeed, they have lost more than they have won and still sit in pole position, which is indicative of the competitiveness down south.
It is also a chance for coach Mark Keenan to take on his former charges, whom he steered to the title last season. Killester have been weakened since and were well beaten by local rivals DCU Saints last weekend. Coach Darren O'Neill knows his side must improve to match the Limerickmen.
"We didn't do the business against DCU Saints and ultimately paid the price, so we have worked hard on erasing the errors we made and hopefully the guys can make amends against UL," O'Neill said.
After losing 75-71 to UCC, Keenan wants a more clinical display from his team on Sunday. "We must focus more because simple errors can cost you dearly in this league," he said.
With a big home crowd expected, the Eagles will want to lay down a marker and get back on track.
Verdict: UL Eagles
STANDING at 6' 10" and weighing in at nearly 18 stone, Limerick's rugby teams missed out when Jason Killeen went down the basketball route as a teenager. But the UL Eagles star can have no regrets after a career that has seen him take in a number of countries before returning home to star for the Eagles.
Killeen headed to the USA at the age of 16 and played in the States, Kuala Lumpur, Chester in England and France before winding up at his hometown club. All that experience will be on view at the UL Arena as the 26-year-old centre has been a major force in his side's rise to the top of the southern conference, regularly scoring high tallies and contributing around the court.
HOW THEY STAND
DCU had a good weekend last week, so they will be confident of making it seven out of eight at home to UCC Demons on Sunday and staying on top of the northern conference.
Moycullen will be looking to continue their recent resurgence against UCD Marian in Galway tomorrow, while Neptune will be hoping for an away win for Killester in Limerick as they are poised to go back on top of the southern conference if UL slip up when they face Belfast Star.
In the Women's Superleague Cup, Meteors play Dynamos tonight in the first round, while Brunell host Liffey Celtics on Sunday.
NUMBER OF THE WEEK
30 Moycullen's American Luke Enos is set to be heavily marked tomorrow after contributing an impressive 30 points against Neptune.
Moycullen v UCD Marian, NUIG Kingfisher, 4.0.
Neptune v Belfast Star, Neptune Stadium, 3.0; DCU Saints v UCC Demons, Ongar, 3.30; UL Eagles v Killester, UL Arena, 3.30.
Meteors v Dynamos, Colaiste Iosagin, 7.30.
Brunell v Liffey Celtics, Parochial Hall, 3.0.