Sunday 21 January 2018

Basketball: Huskies target unbeaten year

UL HUSKIES will look to complete an unbeaten 2012 in the Women's Superleague by winning their final game of the calendar year against Glanmire tomorrow night, writes Ruaidhri O'Connor.

The Limerick side came close to succumbing for the first time in 45 matches last weekend as they needed to dig deep to come from 16 points down and beat DCU Mercy.

"To turn the game around and come away with a win showed great character," coach James Wheldon said. "We need to maintain this level of play."

They'll face a tough test against the third-placed Cork side at the UL Arena, while Killester face a double header against Ulster Rockets, hosting them in Dublin tomorrow and travelling to Belfast on Sunday.

In the Men's Superleague, Moycullen host Dublin Inter in the weekend's only game.


KEVIN O'BRIEN received a Christmas bonus when he landed a $45,000 (€34,000) deal with Rangpur at the player auction for next year's Bangladesh Premier League. The big-hitting Ireland all-rounder, who holds the record for the fastest century in a 50-over World Cup finals match, will be joined in the T20 tournament by Middlesex batsman Paul Stirling.

Stirling fetched $30,000 from Sylhet Royals, but there were no bids for Niall O'Brien or Gary Wilson, the other two Ireland players to throw their caps into the Dhaka auction ring.

Missing out on a place after seeing his brother succeed would have been tough on Niall, who defied Cricket Ireland and risked his international career to play in this year's inaugural BPL.


Ireland has secured the staging of the Players Tour Championship Grand Finals in 2013, despite stiff competition from Thailand and Qatar.

Over 40 million TV viewers will tune in to see the world's top stars compete in Galway for the €125,000 prize – one of the richest pots in the game.

The finals, which are snooker's version of the Champions League, will return to the Bailey Allen Hall at NUI Galway, from March 12-17 and will be shown on Eurosport.

The tournament is the culmination of a series of 13 events on the Players Tour Championship this season. The top 25 players from the Order of Merit, plus seven from the Asian Order of Merit, will go through to Galway to battle for the title.

Irish Independent

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