Travelodge Swords Thunder
Travelodge Swords Thunder put their claim as league ‘Dark Horses’ on the line when they face champions Killester this Sunday.
The North Dublin derby forms part of the latest Men’s Premier League Double Header at the National Basketball Arena. Killester are without the services of Kieran O’Brien and Mariano Gomez but were boosted by the return of Michael Westbrooks to training during the week.
Swords are being talked about as potential trophy contenders despite contesting their first season in the Men’s Premier League. Point guard Isaac Westbrooks has been in searing form since his switch from Killester but will set aside old loyalties this weekend.
“I’m treating it the same as any other game – Working hard in practice to get ready for a physical game with a lot of tough defence played by both teams. It will be tough to play against Michael (Westbrooks) of course but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
There’s another Dublin derby in Clonsilla where Dublin Inter host DCU Saints. Both sides lost in last weekend’s Arena double header to Swords Thunder and C&S UCC Demons respectively. Inter coach Todd James is looking to lower expectations for his European influenced side.
“Inter have talent but it’s sporadic at the minute. We need more of the big guys more often. If we’re in the middle of the league by the end of the season, I’ll have done my job.”
C&S UCC Demons Head Coach Colin O’Reilly is calling for a “forty minute effort of high intensity” to maintain their unbeaten streak at UCD Marian this weekend. UCD Marian are 2-3 to date and are expected to set up defensively against O’Reilly and company.
UL Eagles play their first home game of the season when they welcome Belfast Star to the UL arena. The sides first clashed on the opening weekend of the league with Eagles snatching the win in overtime. Matt Hall is wary of a backlash. “We’re delighted to be back playing at the Arena” says the Limerick based guard “but Belfast Star will be gunning for us. We’ll be looking for a bigger return from our offensive sets on Saturday”