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Neptune are a Titanic task to overcome

It is a weekend of Davids versus Goliaths in Irish basketball as the end of season Champions Trophy gives the best of Division One a shot at the big names in the Premier League.

The Champions Trophy is the third major piece of silverware of the domestic season and pits the winners of the Men's Premier League and National Cup, along with the next two highest placed Premier League sides, against the winners of Division One and the Men's National Shield.

The winners of the latter two Division One competitions were Galway outfits Maree and Titans who this weekend host the third and fourth placed teams in the Premier League respectively.

Bord Gáis Neptune have won 11 Premier League titles, more than any other club. Their third place finish third this season sees them drawn against Titans, winners of the National Shield.


"I've seen who they have and it is a really strong side. We will have to bring our best," admitted Titans' Chris Coyne.

Awaiting Maree meanwhile are DCU Saints.

"DCU are a huge side, big men, so we are delighted that we get to play them at home and excited to get the chance," said Maree's Liam Conroy.

Should either Maree or Titans upset the odds, they would then face either Killester or C&S UCC Demons.

While most eyes will be on the Champions Trophy, the League Cup offers a chance for the remaining teams in both leagues. The four highest placed Division One teams that did not qualify for the Champions Trophy will host the Premier League teams that finished ranked five through eight in quarter finals.

Also this weekend, the Women's Premier League play-off semi-finals take place with defending champions UL Huskies hosting a dangerous Killester team while old rivals DCU Mercy and Team Montenotte Hotel meet in the opposite semi.