Sunday 17 December 2017

Bernsen eager for Eagles to impress on home debut

Neil Ahern

LIMERICK fans will be eagerly anticipating UL Eagles' first home game of the season this weekend as head coach Mark Bernsen makes his first appearance at the UL Arena, alongside fellow debutants Carlton Cuff, Ciaran White and Sean McCarthy.

After an opening-day win away to UCD Marian, last season's beaten league finalists were afforded an early-season break last weekend but are right back into the thick of things this weekend with a double-header, taking on DCU Saints at home tomorrow before making the journey to Cork to take on Neptune.

A great degree of hype has followed Bernsen's appointment -- he already has a league title under his belt with Tralee Tigers in 2008 -- and he will take to the court as a player/coach tomorrow.

The American was happy his side began the season with a win and now believes it is crucial they build on that victory after a weekend off.

"It was great to start off with a win. We were off last weekend, which stalls our momentum a bit, but we used the time wisely," he said. "The Saints ran Killester close in their last game and I know they'll be at full throttle against us. It'll be a good contest and we're really determined to start our home campaign with a win."

On Sunday they take on Munster rivals Neptune and their cause has been stifled somewhat by the loss of their power forward Robinson Louisme, who could be out for a number of weeks through injury.

Meanwhile, Killester will be confident of keeping their 100pc record intact as they travel to face Belfast Star, although the Dubliners are without the injured Kieran O'Brien.

Irish Independent

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