Saturday 18 January 2020

Basketball: We can't afford to underestimate Neptune - Jonathan Grennell

Basketball Ruaidhri O'Connor

JUST two rounds have been played in the Men's Premier League, but one of the last two unbeaten records is set to fall tomorrow as the top two Killester and Neptune go head to head in Clontarf.

The league has opened competitively with teams taking points off each other and these two are the only sides to emerge unscathed from the early skirmishes.

The Dubliners lead the way on points difference but coach Jonathan Grennell knows that their visitors were one of the pre-season favourites for a reason.

"Both Cork sides, Neptune and UCC Demons are rightfully the early season favourites as they are proven commodities," he said.

"This Neptune team knows how to win important games and the only way we can push ourselves into the frame for league honours is by winning these type of games."


Grennell's opposite number Mark Scannell acknowledges that the division has opened up and is wary of this trip to the capital.

"Our games against Killester are always great battles. Both sides are strong and have deep benches to back up the performances," said the coach.

"We will be without key players such as Ger Noonan, as he recovers from knee surgery. But we're quietly confident."

Elswhere, champions UL Eagles will be looking to bounce back from their defeat to UCC Demons last weekend, and coach Mark Keenan says his troops are ready to put that disappointment behind them at home to Dublin Inter tomorrow.

"Even though we were disappointed with the loss, it was a moral victory for us," he said.

Templeogue meet Belfast Star, while Moycullen host UCD Marian, and UCC Demons take on DCU Saints on Sunday in their first home game of the season.

In the Women's Premier League, double winners UL Huskies travel to Cork to face Glanmire, while Killester host Liffey Celtics and Ulster Rockets host WIT Wildcats.

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