This weekend marks the penultimate series of games in both the Nivea for Mens and Nivea Womens SuperLeagues as the play-off semi-finals in both codes are set to take place.
In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague semi-finals, Team Montenotte host DCU Mercy at the Neptune Stadium with the champions UL entertaining Waterford Wildcats.
In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague semi-finals, Team Montenotte host DCU Mercy with coach Cormac ODonoghue hoping his side can remain focused right from tip off.
DCU defeated us easily in a recent league game but I feel we have learned a bit since that loss and I am confident we will give a good account of ourselves, Cormac said.
It has been a tough season for us but we are far from a spent force and I am forecasting a very close game if we come to play.
For the DCU coach Mark Ingle playing in Cork on St Patricks weekend is a great buzz for any team.
I just love coaching in Cork and when I played it was much the same and I have no doubt this will be a very tough semi-final for both sides, Mark said.
Over the years both Team Montenotte and DCU have had great battles on court and this should be another classic with so much at stake.
UL have not lost a Womens SuperLeague game since December 2010 and the reigning champions will be favourites to take another step towards retaining their title when they host Waterford Wildcats.
The Limerick side have played some magnificent basketball throughout the season as coach James Weldon looks forward to another interesting clash at the UL Arena.
I watched Wildcats recently and was very impressed with the way they came back from an 11 point deficit to win the game, said UL Head Coach James Weldon. Waterford have given us two tough games this season and will be difficult opponents. The players are not resting on their laurels after the cup and are determined to end the season with more silverware.
Wildcats Head Coach Tommy OMahoney is under no illusions at what faces his side. ULs performance in the cup final and their unbeaten record outlines just how difficult it is going to be. We didnt do too badly against them this season despite losing both games. We wont travel in fear and will give it our best shout.
National League Semi Final Play Offs
Nivea Womens SuperLeague Semi Final Play Offs UL (Limerick) v Waterford Wildcats (Waterford), UL Arena, 15:00
Sunday, March 18th 2012
Nivea Womens SuperLeague Semi Final Play Offs Team Montenotte Hotel (Cork) v DCU Mercy (Dublin), Neptune Stadium, 13:00
Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague Awards 2013 - May 23, 2013
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Finals MVP: Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83) of UL Aughinish; Player of the Year: Meagan Hoffman (183-F-82) of DCU Mercy; Young Player of the Year: Edel Thornton of Singleton; Guard of the Year: Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83) of UL Aughinish; Forward of the Year: Meagan Hoffman (183-F-82) of DCU Mercy; Center of the Year: Niamh Mullally (180-C-84) of Waterford W.; Domestic Player of the Year: Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82) of TM Hotel Cork; Bosman Player of the Year: Rachel Vanderwal (176-G-83) of UL Aughinish; [read more]
Eurobasket.com All-Irish Superleague 1st Team 2013
Luxembourg and Ireland with three friendly games in Bertrange - May 19, 2013
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Luxembourg and Ireland played three exhibition games in Bertrange. The hosts claimed two victories in those encounters.
Luxembourg opened the friendly series with a comfortable 73:39 victory. The hosts built a 35:18 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Liz Cathy Schmit (17-G-90)z finished with 14 points for the home side. Jil Haentges (184-F-90) added 13 points, while Christine Fisher (183-F/C-83) had 11 points and 11 boards for Luxembourg [read more]
Luxembourg and Ireland played three exhibition games in Bertrange. The hosts claimed two victories in those encounters. Luxembourg opened the friendly series with a comfortable 73:39 victory. The hosts built a 35:18 halftime lead and never looked back en route to the victory. Liz Cathy Schmit (17-G-90)z finished with 14 points for the home side. Jil Haentges (184-F-90) added 13 points, while Christine Fisher (183-F/C-83) had 11 points and 11 boards for Luxembourg. Indira Kaljo (178-G-87, college: Tulane) answered with 12 points and 7 rebounds for Ireland. Aoife McDermott (185-91) had 11 points in the loss. The Irish NT bounced back in the second game. The visitors used a 17:11 rally in the fourth period to snatch a 64:62 win at the end. Indira Kaljo stepped up with 26 points and 9 rebounds to pace the winners. Sarah Woods had 12 points in the victory. Christine Fisher answered with 19 points and 8 rebounds for Luxembourg. Nadia Mossong (182-F-86, college: E.Kentucky) chipped in 11 points in the losing effort. The hosts however managed to win the series. They came up with a 64:45 win in the third encounter. Christine Fisher led the home side with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Cathy Schmit delivered 13 points for the winning team. Aoife McDermott replied with 14 points and 12 boards for Ireland. Indira Kaljo had another big game for the visitors scoring 12 points and pulling 7 rebounds.
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