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UCD and DCU to collide in cup

The quarter finals of the Men's SuperLeague National Cup take centre stage this weekend with Dublin rivals UCD Marian and DCU Saints clashing in Greendale, while Ulster duo Ulster Elks and Belfast Star meet in a potentially mouth watering affair in Jordanstown.

In-form UCC Demons make the trip to Limerick to face a difficult assignment against UL Eagles.

Meanwhile, in the Women's SuperLeague National Cup quarter finals, reigning champions DCU Mercy begin their defence against UL and last season's beaten finalists, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, make their second trip in a week to Meteors.

In the late tip-off on Sunday, Dublin rivals 11890 Killester host Black Forge Oblate Dynamos.


Men's SuperLeague Cup Quarter-Final

UCD Marian (Dublin) v DCU Saints (Dublin), Greendale Community Centre, 8.0;

The spoils have been shared between these great Dublin rivals this season with UCD Marian cancelling out DCU Saints' earlier win in the campaign last weekend courtesy of an 81-69 success.

UCD are bolstered by the return of Barry Glover from a hand injury, while their only absentees remain long-term injury duo Conor James and Paddy Young.

DCU Saints are sweating over the fitness of Mike Trimmer, who aggravated his knee injury during the club's double header against UCD and Belfast Star last weekend.

UL Eagles (Limerick) v UCC Demons, UL Arena, 7.30

UL Eagles will have to see off a rejuvenated UCC Demons if they are to end their wait for a place in the last four of Ireland's premier cup competition.

Demons boast an excellent cup pedigree in recent years, having won it in 2009 before relinquishing their crown to Killester.

The most recent meeting between these Southern Conference rivals came in last year's National League Play-Off semi-finals, with the Eagles securing a 90-82 success.


Men's SuperLeague Cup Quarter-Final

Ulster Elks v Belfast Star, University of Ulster HPC, 2.30

Ulster Elks have no greater incentive to get their season back on track this weekend when they host fierce rivals Belfast Star.

The Elks have lost their last six games in the league and have reported injury concerns with Kevin Foley and Ciaran MacEvilly facing a race against time to be ready for the visit of Danny Fulton's charges.

Women's SuperLeague Cup Quarter-Final

DCU Mercy v UL, DCU Sports Complex, 3.30

Reigning Cup champions DCU Mercy have endured a torrid injury spell in recent weeks with the likes of Emma Dyer, Shauna O'Connor and Christina Newton all missing their win over Killester last weekend.

However, DCU are set to unveil new signing Iris Martinez and head coach Mark Ingle will be hoping the Spaniard can counteract the threat of UL's Taylor.

Meteors v Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, Coláiste Eoin/íosagáin, 3.30

Meteors face a daunting task if they are to repeat their heroics of last season and reach the semi-finals.

Eimear Mairtin will be expected to be one of the key figures at the weekend.

The sides met in the semi-final stages of last year's competition with Montenotte winning 78-46 at Neptune Stadium.

11890 Killester v Black Forge Oblate Dynamos, IWA Clontarf, 7.0

A recent meeting suggests this game is one of the hardest to call this weekend.

Dynamos claimed the league spoils over Killester by a solitary basket to earn a 48-46 win.

The sides' league form couldn't be more of a contrast with Killester still searching for their first win after four games, while Dynamos' return to the top flight has seen them record three wins from four.