BASKETBALL: Top of the table clash with Kildare's Courtyard Liffey Celtics V DCU Mercy

Action packed weekend

Leinster Leader reporter


Leinster Leader reporter


BASKETBALL: Top of the table clash with Kildare's Courtyard Liffey Celtics V DCU Mercy

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A top of the table clash in the Women’s Super League is in store this weekend as second placed DCU Mercy welcome league leaders, Courtyard Liffey Celtics to DCU on Sunday afternoon.

Liffey Celtics lost their first game of the season last Sunday evening thanks to a stunning three-point shooting exhibition from Pyrobel Killester, which saw them win out 109-86 against the Cup champions. This result has made the battle at the top of the table extremely interesting, with Liffey now on one loss and DCU Mercy sitting on their heels with three losses.

Liffey have had the better of the sides’ meetings this year, overcoming DCU at home in their first clash in the league, before putting in a clinical performance against them in the National Cup semi-final in Cork. Revenge will certainly be on the cards for Mark Ingle’s DCU charges though, and they will be hoping to defend their home court in style on Sunday afternoon.

Elsewhere around the women’s league, the battle for crucial top slots is raging on in earnest. One of the other big clashes of the weekend sees the Cork derby meeting of Fr Mathews and Singleton SuperValu Brunell this Saturday, in what is a repeat of the Cup semi-final showdown in early January.

Brunell got the better of that clash, but this weekend’s derby will undoubtedly come down to the wire between these two sides. NUIG Mystics meanwhile face off against Pyrobel Killester in Galway on Saturday and will be hoping to get some vital points on the board. A big battle will also tip off in Kilkenny this weekend as Marble City Hawks welcome Maxol WIT Wildcats while Ambassador UCC Glanmire will be hoping to maintain their spot on the table when they welcome IT Carlow Basketball to Cork on Saturday evening.

Basketball Ireland Fixtures: February 16 and 17

Saturday 16 February 

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League:  

CandS Neptune v Belfast Star, Neptune Stadium, 19:00;

UCD Marian v Maree, UCD Sports Centre-Belfield, 19:00;

Moycullen v DCU Saints, NUIG, 19:30;

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors v Pyrobel Killester, Tralee Sports Complex, 19:30;

Templeogue v UCC Demons, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 20:00;     


Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:  

NUIG Mystics v Pyrobel Killester, Ballinfoile Castlegar Neighbourhood Centre-Headford Rd, 16:30;

Fr Mathews v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, Fr Mathews Arena, 17:00;

Marble City Hawks v Maxol WIT Wildcats, O Loughlin Gaels Gym, 19:00;

Ambassador UCC Glanmire v IT Carlow Basketball, Mardyke Arena, 19:00;


Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:  

Tradehouse Central Ballincollig v LYIT Donegal, Ballincollig CS, 16:00;

UL Sports Eagles v Ulster University Elks, PESS Building-UL, 17:00;

LIT v EJ Sligo All-Stars, Limerick IT Sportshall, 18:00;

Limerick Celtics v Titans, St Munchins, 18:30;

Waterford Vikings v DBS Eanna, Waterford IT, 19:00;

Scotts Lakers St Pauls Killarney v Abbey Seals Dublin Lions, Killarney SC, 19:30;

Fr Mathews v KUBS BC, Fr Mathews Arena, 19:45;         


Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:  

Limerick Celtics v Fabplus North West, St Munchins, 16:30;

Team Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s v Swords Thunder, St Marys Castleisland, 18:30;

Maree v Trinity Meteors, Calsanctius College, 19:30;

Portlaoise Panthers v Ulster University Elks, St Marys Sports Hall, 19:30;


Sunday February 17

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League:  

DCU Mercy v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, DCU Complex, 14:30;


Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One:  

IT Carlow Basketball v Fr Mathews, Barrow Centre-IT Carlow, 13:00;

LIT v Ulster University Elks, Limerick IT Sportshall, 14:00;

Portlaoise Panthers v Bad Bobs Tolka Rovers, St Marys Sports Hall, 15:30;


Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One:  

UL Huskies v Fabplus North West, UL Pess Building-Limerick, 13:00;