Christmas gift for Killester

Shane Whelan

The final set of games before the Christmas break in the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague and Women's SuperLeague takes place this weekend with unbeaten Northern Conference leaders 11890 Killester hosting Southern basement dwellers Moycullen tonight.

Belfast Star entertain a rejuvenated Bord Gáis Neptune, while Southern leaders UL Eagles take on UCD Marian.

Ulster Elks welcome a UCC Demons side determined to return to winning ways.

In the Women's SuperLeague, UL face DCU tomorrow in a repeat of their enthralling National Cup clash.

Tonight, unbeaten Team Montenotte Hotel Cork make the trip to Waterford Wildcats and Killester clash with Meteors.


Nivea for Men's SuperLeague

Belfast Star v Bord Gais Neptune, De La Salle College, Anderstown, 7.15

Neptune claimed the spoils when the two sides met on the opening weekend of the season, but expect a closer affair on this occasion now that sharp shooter Clayton Longmire is plying his trade for Star.

UL Eagles v UCD Marian, UL Arena, 7.30

UL Eagles crushed UCC Demons at the weekend and will be favourites to maintain their perfect home record when UCD visit.

Marian's recent good form came to a shuddering halt at Killester in their last encounter and they continue to be without the services of long-term injury absentees Paddy Young and Conor James.

11890 Killester v Moycullen, IWA Clontarf, 8.15

Killester picked up another win on their surge towards the championship against Marian last weekend. Another devastating display suggests their hopes of going the season unbeaten remain intact. The Westeners' form is in stark contrast to the unblemished record Killester boast, managing just one win all season, coming against Ulster Elks in October. Women's SuperLeague

Waterford Wildcats v Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, Mercy Secondary School, 6.0

This game is a dress rehearsal for the National Cup semi-final, with Wildcats hoping they can bring their bright start to the season into their clash with the dominant Cork side.

11890 Killester v Meteors, IWA Clontarf, 6.15

Killester have a National Cup semi-final to relish after their recent cup exploits but they will be looking for an improvement in their league affairs, starting tonight.

Their recent clash saw them suffer a 27-point loss to UL but boss Mark Grennell will be heartened by his side's first-half display.

Meteors are building for the future and will see this derby as an opportunity to mark their first win of the season.


Nivea for Men's SuperLeague

Ulster Elks v UCC Demons, University of Ulster HPC, 2.30

Ulster Elks and UCC Demons will be desperate to return to winning ways after suffering heavy defeats last weekend.

Demons will be wary of the Elks, particularly after a close battle on the first weekend of October where the Cork side claimed a slender nine-point win. Women's SuperLeague

UL v DCU Mercy, UL Arena, 3.0

The game of the weekend in the IrishSport.TV Women's SuperLeague.

DCU Mercy ended UL's cup interests two weeks ago so there will be plenty of motivation for James Weldon's side to take the points.

Former New Zealand Olympian Natalie Taylor impressed in her UL debut against DCU and followed it up with a 21-point haul against Killester last weekend.

DCU are enjoying a good run of form with Sarah Woods, Suzanne Maguire and Lisa Palmer all stepping up in recent weeks.

UL will be sick of the sight of DCU with their cup hopes ended for the second season running by the club -- but they will still fancy their chances of making a real surge towards the title.