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Eagles keen to protect perch

The race for the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague title gathers pace this weekend with several teams in double-header action.

Moycullen will be looking to get their season back on track with games against Belfast Star and UL Eagles respectively, while Eagles also have a tricky game to negotiate with DCU Saints 24 hours earlier.

A mouth-watering prospect is expected at the Neptune Stadium when in-form duo Bord Gais Neptune and 11890 Killester clash, while UCD Marian and UCC Demons meet at the UCD Sports Centre.

UL Eagles are enjoying a good run of form and can ensure they stay perched at the top of the Southern Conference if they can see off DCU Saints and Moycullen.

The Limerick side emerged from their tricky trip to Belfast Star with a slender 70-65 win, despite travelling to the North without an American.

The club opted to release Johnnie Jefferson but are hoping to have his replacement in place before this weekend.

"We defeated DCU in Dublin but my experience of Saints is they can bounce back after a defeat and no doubt this will be a true test for us," said UL Eagles head coach Mark Keenan.


11890 will boast a full-strength squad as they prepare for a difficult trip to Bord Gais Neptune.

The Dubliners will travel in confidence, however, following their excellent 100-86 win over UCC Demons in their last outing.

Demons can atone for that loss if they can emerge from their latest trip to the capital -- this time in the shape of UCD Marian -- with maximum points.

"Last weekend was obviously a disappointing result," said Demons head coach Paul Kelleher.

"Anybody can win games or lose games in this league this year. But for us, it was the performance that was disappointing. We know when we perform we have as good a chance as anybody to get a result."

In the Nivea Women's SuperLeague, newcomers Ulster Rockets face their toughest assignment to date against UL, while also this evening, Team Montenotte Hotel entertain Waterford Wildcats and Liffey Celtics take on 11890 Killester.

Tomorrow, DCU Mercy host Oblate Dynamos and Meteors have a date with Singleton Super Valu Brunell.

UL will be looking to keep their phenomenal unbeaten record, which goes back to November 2010, intact in their clash with Ulster Rockets.

Rockets have shown no signs of nerves since their promotion to the top flight, with four wins already recorded.