Demons needing van to motor

TOMORROWNivea For Men's SuperLeagueUCC Demons v Bord Gáis Neptune, Mardyke, 8.0

BASKETBALL By Shane Whelan

The meeting of Demons and Neptune is one of the fiercest in Irish basketball with this latest installment set to be a cracker.

In their last outing, Ciaran O'Sullivan's three pointer on the buzzer earned Demons their fourth win of the season away to Belfast Star, while Neptune put a halt to UL Eagles' unbeaten start largely due to the brilliance of Michael Bonaparte. Demons' American Marcus Van has settled into life quickly at the Mardyke Arena, averaging 25.75 points per game and he will need to reproduce that sort of form if they are to stop Neptune's resurgent charges.


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Moycullen v DCU Saints, Kingfisher Club NUIG, 7.0

The Kingfisher Club in NUIG will host two sides brimming with confidence on Saturday after the duo recorded their first wins of the season last weekend.

DCU Saints finally got the victory their recent performances deserved when they accounted for capital rivals UCD Marian, while Moycullen proved too strong at home to Ulster Elks.

Mason Ambler produced his best performance in a Moycullen shirt against the Elks and will be hoping to improve on his overall average of 17.8 points per game this season.

UCD Marian v Belfast Star, UCD Sports Centre, 7.0

Belfast Star have finally managed to land the signing of Clayton Longmire and the American, with 35 points, almost helped Star to their first win of the season last weekend against UCC Demons.

A Ciaran O'Sullivan three pointer was to deny Danny Fulton's side but the signs indicate the Northern club's season is about to move in a positive direction.

UCD Marian's excellent start to the season came to a shuddering halt at the hands of DCU Saints on Sunday but they will be hoping that home advantage and the form of Barry Glover will be enough to earn all three points.

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UL v Meteors, PESS Building (Old Gym) UL, 5.0

UL finally get their season up and running against Meteors with a host of new signings arriving at the Limerick Club.

The capture of vastly experienced Irish international Michelle Fahy along with the likes of Kathryn Fahy, Aoife McDermott and Mai O'Leary should leave them among the challengers for the major honours this season.

Meteors have endured a tough opening to the season with two defeats, but this season was always likely to be a transitional one for their young crop of players.

Black Forge Oblate Dynamos v Waterford Wildcats, Oblate Hall, 7.0

The Oblate Hall will be packed to the rafters as Black Forge Oblate Dynamos continue life in the top flight at home to Waterford Wildcats.

Dynamos have settled into their comeback season in impressive fashion, opening with victory against Meteors before producing a hard fought display away to Team Montenotte Hotel Cork.

Wildcats got their season off to a flier last weekend at home to 11890 Killester and will be hoping Christine O'Gorman is on top form for their trip to Dublin.


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UL Eagles v Moycullen, UL Arena, 3.30

UL Eagles have a chance to bounce back from their first defeat of the season when they welcome a Moycullen side facing their second game in as many days.

Eagles head coach Mark Bernsen will be looking for more from Carlton Mitchell this weekend after Neptune restricted the American to just 14 points at the Neptune Stadium. Moycullen will be worried about the presence of Scott Kinevane, who terrorised the Westerners in UL's 30-point win two weeks ago.

Ulster Elks v 11890 Killester, Uni of Ulster HPC, 2.30

Ulster Elks won't be relishing the visit of the champions after their last meeting saw Mark Keenan's side run out comfortable 97-73 winners.

11890 Killester remain the only side unbeaten in the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague and will be expected to welcome Paddy Kelly back into the fold after missing the club's last outing.

The Elks will be encouraged by their first-half performance against Killester in October when they trailed by a solitary point with Kevin Foley expected to cause the Dubliners further problems this weekend.

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Team Montenotte Hotel Cork v DCU Mercy, Neptune Stadium, 2.15

Team Montenotte Hotel Cork host DCU Mercy in last season's National League and National Cup final.

Mercy earned their first National Cup title at the expense of Montenotte but Mark Scannell's side bounced back in March to claim the league. Montenotte have two wins to their name already with the return of Denise Walsh a huge boost, while DCU have recruited the likes of Emma Dyer and Catriona Foley this season.