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IT'S a real tale of two cities this weekend as Cork and Dublin boast the representatives in this year's SuperLeague National Cup Finals at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

UCC Demons will be looking to retain the men's crown they won in 2009 over Sunday's opponents Killester, while their Cork counterparts Team Montenotte Hotel Cork are seeking their fourth cup title in a row at the expense of DCU Mercy.



Team Montenotte Hotel Cork (Cork) v DCU Mercy (Dublin), 1.0

Team Montenotte Hotel Cork take on DCU Mercy in Sunday's RTE televised final in a repeat of the dramatic semi final clash from last season.

It was Montenotte who broke DCU hearts in double overtime to record a 78-77 win in a game many described as one of the best games ever witnessed at HQ in Tallaght. Montenotte boast an unblemished record in the league, securing eight wins out of eight, while their passage to the cup final was secured courtesy of a 78-46 demolition of Meteors, who participated in their first semi-final since 2001.

DCU are also progressing nicely, seven consecutive wins in the league was complemented by cup wins over Bausch & Lomb Waterford Wildcats and UL.

Their win over UL was in small part down to nerve after the club's frustrating record at the final four stage in recent years.

Most Recent Meeting: Saturday October 17, 2009; IrishSport.TV Women's Superleague, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork 57 DCU Mercy 53.

Road to the final -- Team Montenotte Hotel Cork: Quarter Final: bye. Semi-final: bt Mercy 78-46.

DCU Mercy: First Round: bt Bausch & Lomb Waterford Wildcats 86-29; Semi-final: bt UL Basketball Club 62-58.



Killester (Dublin) v UCC Demons (Cork), 3.15

There is plenty to get excited over this one with the 2008 winners (Killester) looking for a return to glory against the side (UCC Demons) who began their treble assault last season by claiming the 2009 title.

Killester and Demons are building up quite a rivalry with the Corkmen denying the Dubliners any success last term after wins in the cup and league final. Both sides are once again odds on to reach the Play-Off stages this season in the league but they will be desperate to start the season with the glorious tag of cup champions. The duo's passage to the final could not have been more different. Demons were made to sweat for their passage to the final, beating fierce rivals Neptune 88-83, while Killester brushed aside the challenge of UCD/Marian on a scoreline of a 72-53.

Sunday's game has a number of interesting match-ups. Joshua Johnson has been a force inside all year averaging almost 22 points and 14 rebounds, but he will have a tough task containing Jermaine Turner, the Killester centre, who has been one of the most entertaining and dominant Americans to play in Ireland in recent years.

Jermaine has yet to win a cup medal so head coach Mark Keenan will be looking for him to be aggressive from the start. If Turner avoids foul trouble, he should have a big impact.

Most Recent Meeting: Saturday, November 21, 2009; Nivea for Men's Superleague, Killester 71 UCC Demons 82.

Road to the final -- Killester: Round One: bye. Quarter-final: bt UL Eagles 105-97. Semi-final: bt UCD Marian 72-53.

UCC Demons - Round One: bt DCU Saints 86-71; Quarter-final: bt Belfast Star 99-81. Semi-final: bt Neptune 88-83.


Ticket for this weekend's action (schedule below) -- www.basketballireland.ie or calling (01) 4590211.


Women's U18 National Cup Final

AOS Security Glanmire (Cork) v Meteors (Dublin), 6.30

Men's U18 National Cup Final

Eanna (Dublin) v St Mary's (Kerry), 8.30


Women's Senior National Cup Final

Scruffy St Paul's (Kerry) v Oblate Dynamos (Dublin), 12.0

Men's Senior National Cup Final

Team Garvey's St Mary's (Kerry) v Blue Demons (Cork), 2.0

Women's U20 National Cup Final

Waterford Wildcats (Waterford) v AOS Security Glanmire (Cork), 6.0

Men's U20 National Cup Final

UCD Marian (Dublin) v Maree (Galway), 8.0


Women's SuperLeague National Cup Final

Team Montenotte Hotel Cork (Cork) v DCU Mercy (Dublin), 1.0

Men's SuperLeague National Cup Final

Killester (Dublin) v UCC Demons (Cork), 3.15