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Neptune want Demons' scalp after Cup hell

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Hoops v DCU Saints (National Basketball Arena, 7.30)

Hoops have the opportunity to avenge the 79-64 defeat they suffered by DCU Saints earlier in the season when they welcome Vinny O'Keefe's side to Tallaght tomorrow evening.

DCU Saints are on the back of a miserable five-game losing streak with their last win coming at home to Moycullen at the beginning of November.

Saturday

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Moycullen v Belfast Star (NUIG Galway, 6.0)

Moycullen will be looking to arrest the slide after two defeats in succession but face a tricky test in the shape of Belfast Star.

Star currently occupy second place in the Northern Conference and possess a real scoring threat in the shape of Kevin Ratzsch.

Neptune v UCC Demons (Neptune Stadium, 8.0)

The clash of the weekend, as Neptune host fierce rivals UCC Demons in a repeat of their dramatic National Cup semi-final clash last weekend.

A capacity crowd watched Demons book their second successive final place but Neptune will be keen to continue their progress in the league now that their cup journey is over.

Juwann James produced another high-scoring display for Demons last weekend, while captain fantastic Shane Coughlan was once again in inspirational form for Demons.

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Bausch & Lomb Waterford Wildcats v Killester (Mercy College, Waterford, 5.30)

Bausch & Lomb Waterford Wildcats are finally on track after recording their first win in their last outing against Sligo All Stars. Cathy Kavanagh was inspirational, but they face a difficult assignment against promotion chasing Killester.

Killester have already accounted for Wildcats this season and a win this weekend should extend the breathing space between them and nearest play-off challengers Meteors.

Tolka Rovers v UL Basketball Club (Tolka Rovers Sports Complex, 6.0)

Tolka Rovers will be without Jolie Niland as they take on a UL side still reeling after their National Cup semi-final loss to DCU Mercy.

UL's focus will now solely be on the league and they will be hoping for another inspired display from Louise Galvin, who excelled in the third quarter despite their loss to Mercy at the weekend.

Sligo All Stars v Team Montenotte Hotel Cork (Mercy College, Sligo, 6.0)

Sligo won't be relishing a visit from a Team Montenotte Hotel Cork side, whose hopes of a fourth consecutive National Cup success continued at the weekend as they overcame Meteors. Montenotte remain unbeaten in the league with their Irish international Niamh Dwyer being named December player of the month.

Sunday January 24

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Ulster Elks v Killester (University of Ulster HPC, 3.0)

Ulster Elks' win over DCU Saints last weekend was a huge win after a hugely disappointing opening couple of months to the season.

However, a Killester side, assured of their third consecutive National Cup final place, lie in wait.

UL Eagles v UCC Demons (UL Arena, 3.30)

UL have started the new year with two very good wins, away to Hoops and at home to Neptune. The Limerick lads have now won 11 games from 12 starts and sit top of the Southern Conference league table.

The game is crucial for both teams. The Eagles won the first round with a solid win in Cork just before Christmas. UCC Demons will be looking to reverse it.

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Meteors v DCU Mercy (Shoreline Leisure Centre, Greystones, 2.45)

Meteors will have to recover after their National Cup loss but they do so against a powerful DCU Mercy side, who have a National Cup final to look forward to a week later.

For Mercy, head coach Mark Ingle will be anxious his side come through the clash unscathed with a mouth-watering meeting with old foes Team Montenotte Hotel Cork on the horizon.


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