Its a big weekend in both the Mens and Womens Nivea SuperLeagues with the quarter finals of the Play-Offs taking place.
Arguably the biggest game of the weekend will see the National Cup champions UL Eagles travelling to Clontarf to play the reigning SuperLeague champions 11890 Killester.
In the second quarter final Bord Gais Neptune will host UCD Marian in what should be another competitive clash.
In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague quarter finals, DCU Mercy will be hoping to book a semi-final berth when they host fellow Dublin side Meteors.
11890 Killester are sure to be tested in the other quarter final when they entertain Waterford Wildcats with the prize on offer of a trip to play regular season champions UL.
In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, DCU Mercy will be favourites to prevail against a Meteors side they have already enjoyed two wins against this season.
We would be foolish to underestimate Meteors as they have good young players coming through their ranks and its a case of giving them the respect they deserve, said Mercy Head Coach Mark Ingle.
The prize on offer is a trip to face Team Montenotte in Cork on St Patricks weekend.
We are very happy with our progress and that we made the play offs, said Meteors Head Coach Hugh Kilbride. We are very aware of the huge past we have with away games to DCU and it will be tough.
11890 Killester will pose Waterford Wildcats a few problems at Clontarf as the Waterford coach Tommy OMahony looks forward to a mouth-watering quarter final.
Killester are always tough on their home court but I thought we got back to playing near our best level against Meteors last week, Tommy said.
A huge blow for Killester is the continued absence of Ashling Sullivan through injury but the Dubliner is confident her team mates can make their home advantage count.
'It is a tough call but we beat them already at home and I know the crowd will be really behind us,' said Sullivan. 'We have to get stuck in and if we do that and stop their big players I believe that we will win.'
The bottom four teams in the Nivea Womens SuperLeague are involved in Shield semi-finals with Singletons Supervalu Brunell hosting Liffey Celtics.
Liffey Celtics shocked Brunell last week and coach Tomas Ilves will be hoping for a repeat performance.
In the second semi-final Ulster Rockets will fancy their prospects of defeating Oblate Dynamos following their impressive performance against UL.
Basketball Ireland's Women's Division One Semi Finals Tralee Imperials V Meteors, Mounthawk (Tralee), 15:00,
Team Tom McCarthys St. Marys V Scruffys St. Pauls, Castleisland Community Centre (Kerry), 19:45
Sunday March 11th 2012 Nivea Women's SuperLeague Quarter Finals
DCU Mercy V Meteors, DCU Arena (Dublin), 15:30
Nivea Womens SuperLeague Shield Semi Finals Singleton's SuperValue Brunell V Liffey Celtics, Parochial Hall (Cork), 14:45
2011-12 NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS TO BE TELEVISED LIVE ON SETANTA SPORTS
Basketball Ireland are delighted to announce that the 2011-12 National League Finals will be televised live on Setanta Sports television. The finals which will be part of Friday night live, will see the Nivea Womens SuperLeague Final taking place on Friday, March 23rd at 6.45pm, while the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague Final is scheduled to take place at 8.45pm.
This new development for the sport comes on the back of a hugely successful National Cup Finals in February, which marked the first outing of the sports three year deal with Setanta Sports.
Welcoming the news, Basketball Ireland Secretary General Bernard OByrne said; This is another tremendous boost for our sport and gives the National League Finals the recognition it richly deserves. Friday night live is becoming a big part of the Basketball Ireland calendar and we are relishing two more great finals on live TV. I applaud Setanta Sports for their dedication to Irish sport and providing us with the platform to showcase the very best talent Irish basketball has to offer.
Setanta Sports CEO Colin Morgan said; We are delighted to take our relationship with Basketball Ireland to the next stage. Showing the cup finals was a great success but its nice to consolidate this for Irish basketball fans by showing the Nivea SuperLeague finals. Basketball is a sport with great participation levels in Ireland and deserves greater prominence on TV. We are a channel that is dedicated to Irish sport so we have the capacity and the desire to show more relevant Irish sport like this.
The Nivea For Mens SuperLeague and Nivea Womens SuperLeague are currently at the quarter final stages of the Play-Offs, with the semi-finals set to take place on St Patricks weekend.
To subscribe to Setanta Sports on Satelite, Call 0818 20 30 40 or Visit Setanta.com.
On UPC Setanta Ireland is included on all customers basic pack. On eircom Setanta Ireland is available all ericom broadband customers
Glanmire and Liffey Celtics into the Finals - 2 days ago
follow us on
Glanmire and Liffey Celtics reached the Final of the league. Ambassador UCC Glanmire overcame Pyrobel Killester 72-58 on their way to defending their Women's Super League play off title. Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Casey Grace (182-F-92, college: Fairfield) delivered 15. Mimi Clarke ended up with 22 points in defeat and Rebecca Nagle (173-G/F-92) poured in 10. Courtyard Liffey Celtics edged DCU Mercy 62-55. Jazmen Boone (1... [read more]
Glanmire and Liffey Celtics reached the Final of the league. Ambassador UCC Glanmire overcame Pyrobel Killester 72-58 on their way to defending their Women's Super League play off title. Claire Rockall (178-G-90, college: Iowa St.) top-scored for the winners with 23 points, while Casey Grace (182-F-92, college: Fairfield) delivered 15. Mimi Clarke ended up with 22 points in defeat and Rebecca Nagle (173-G/F-92) poured in 10. Courtyard Liffey Celtics edged DCU Mercy 62-55. Jazmen Boone (173-G, college: William & Mary) led the way with 20 points, while Emma O'Connor (183-F-91, college: Marist),, Ailbhe O'Connor and Sorcha Tiernan brought 10 each. Ashley Perez finished the game with 19 points in a loss, whilst Sarah Woods and Sarah Fairbanks (185-F, college: St.Joseph's) added 13 apiece.
Fechko's double-double lands her Player of the Week award - 5 days ago
follow us on
22-year old guard Leah Fechko (173-G-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Killester and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18.
She had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while her team crushed NUIG Mystics (#8, 3-12) with 23-point margin 79-56. Killester maintains the 4th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to i... [read more]
22-year old guard Leah Fechko (173-G-94) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Killester and receives a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 18. She had a double-double of 26 points and 15 rebounds, while her team crushed NUIG Mystics (#8, 3-12) with 23-point margin 79-56. Killester maintains the 4th position in Irish Super League. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Killester will need more victories to improve their 9-7 record. Fechko turned to be Killester's top player in her first season with the team. St.Francis College (NY) graduate has very impressive stats this year. Fechko is in league's top in points (9th best: 15.7ppg), rebounds (5th best: 10.2rpg) and averages solid 5.9spg.
Second best performed player last round was Claire Melia (185-C-99) of P.Panthers. She is a center in her second season at P.Panthers. In the last game Melia recorded impressive double-double of 15 points and 14 rebounds. Bad luck as P.Panthers was edged by slightly higher-ranked DCU Mercy (#3, 10-5) 68-64. P.Panthers managed to keep the same 5th spot in the standings. Her team lost some distance to top teams. But 8-8 record is not bad and everything may still change. Melia is well-known at P.Panthers and she already established her position as one of the team's leaders.
Third place about best performers goes to another P.Panthers' star - forward Nicole Sterling (178-F-93). Sterling showcased her all-around game by recording 26 points, ten rebounds and five assists in the last round. Despite Sterling's great performance P.Panthers lost 64-68 to slightly higher-ranked DCU Mercy (#3, 10-5). But her team cannot count on just these two top stars as they also need help of the other teammates. The last thing P.Panthers needs is to lose another game like this one. They lose more and more distance to the top teams. Their record is 8 victories and 8 lost games. Sterling has a great season in Ireland. After 13 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 19.9ppg (2nd best), rebounds with 9.2rpg (8th best) and assists with 3.8apg (4th best). Sterling attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on her way to pro basketball.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Kaylee Kilpatrick (193-F/C-93) of Brunell - 18 points and 8 rebounds 5. Aishling Sullivan (175-G-88) of DCU Mercy - 27 points, 6 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Rachel Huijsdens (187-C-99) of DCU Mercy - 9 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Brittney Dunbar (173-G) of WIT Wildcats - 18 points and 3 rebounds 8. Ebony Wells (188-F/C) of NUIG Mystics - 11 points and 13 rebounds 9. Amy Waters (180-F/C-95) of Brunell - 9 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists 10. Maeve Phelan (175-G/F) of P.Panthers - 13 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Copyright (c) 1998-2017 Eurobasket Inc. Disclaimer
Do not copy, redistribute, publish or otherwise exploit information that you download from the site !
Do not encumber, license, modify, publish, sell, transfer or transmit, or in any way exploit, any of the
content of the site, nor will you attempt to do so.