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.
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History makers defeat Luxembourg at FIBA U16 Europe - 11 days ago
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Ireland's U16 women made history to guarantee a highest ever finish at a FIBA European Championships with a 46-38 win over Luxembourg. A remarkable second half turn around ensured victory against a team who had won their previous encounter by 18 points. Ireland's defensive credentials were in full in display in the first half with Luxembourg pressured into mistakes and wrong options. Despite early scores by Bronagh Power Cassidy and Maeve O'Seaghdha (183-PF-00),, Ireland couldn't find the... [read more]
Ireland's U16 women made history to guarantee a highest ever finish at a FIBA European Championships with a 46-38 win over Luxembourg. A remarkable second half turn around ensured victory against a team who had won their previous encounter by 18 points. Ireland's defensive credentials were in full in display in the first half with Luxembourg pressured into mistakes and wrong options. Despite early scores by Bronagh Power Cassidy and Maeve O'Seaghdha (183-PF-00),, Ireland couldn't find their offensive rhythm and Luxembourg led 22-16 at the half. Dayna Finn (177-F/G-00) sparked a 6-0 run as Ireland needed only two minutes of the second quarter to level the game. Luxembourg would net two baskets in the next couple of minutes but it would be their only baskets of the quarter as Ireland would dominate the period and outscore their opponents 20-4 to take control of the game. Luxembourg would try and find way back in the fourth but the game was now firmly in Ireland's control and as Ireland's top scorer on the day, Annaliese Murphy, made her second three of the contest. It was clear there would be no way back for Luxembourg and Ireland closed the game out with a 46-38 victory. Ireland will now play Greece vs Finland at 1pm on Sunday to see if they finish up in 6th or 5th position, either way it will be the highest ever finish for an Irish squad. Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
Fiona O'Dwyer (ex Northumbria) is a newcomer at Stabia - 21 days ago
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Castellammare di Stabia (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of American (has also Irish passport) forward Fiona O'Dwyer (180, college: Emmanuel, MA). She has played for the last two seasons at Team Northumbria in British WBBL. In 18 games she recorded 13.7ppg, 9.4rpg (#4 in the league), 1.7apg and 1.3spg last season. O'Dwyer won English WBBL championship title. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-English WBBL 1st Team in 2016. O'Dwyer has played also professionally in United K... [read more]
Castellammare di Stabia (Serie A2) strengthened their roster with addition of American (has also Irish passport) forward Fiona O'Dwyer (180, college: Emmanuel, MA). She has played for the last two seasons at Team Northumbria in British WBBL. In 18 games she recorded 13.7ppg, 9.4rpg (#4 in the league), 1.7apg and 1.3spg last season. O'Dwyer won English WBBL championship title. She was voted Eurobasket.com All-English WBBL 1st Team in 2016. O'Dwyer has played also professionally in United Kingdom for Force. She graduated from Emmanuel College, MA in 2013 and it will be her fourth season as a professional player.
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