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Demons make last road push

Mardyke UCC Demons make the long trip to Belfast to play MDS Star as the Cork side bid to reach the Superleague semi-finals on their own floor a week from now. 

After last weekends lack lustre performance Demons will need to perform at their best against the experienced Star.  Coach Pat Price has laid it out to his team - "There are three games left in the season and they must win all three to win the title.' 

Demons know that if they win against Star they would have two home games to win the league title and are travelling a day early (Friday) and taking all precautions in order to get the right result from this game.  Star will have a lot to say about this and are on a mission to get to Cork too.  Both games this weekend will be all out with a place in the semi final the ultimate prize. 

In the other quarterfinal latecomers to form Gleneagle Lakers host UCD Marian. The Dubliners had a free weekend last week and should be fresh and fit but the disadvantage here is that the Lakers have built a huge momentum.  The Lakers won the last three games on the trot and a ground swell of home
support may carry them through.  Marian had their own momentum built up winning their last five games, Kenny McFarland and Cedric Peoples will hope to keep that form to try and keep the Lakers in check.  Some hot shooting from Tim Sullivan for Lakers last weekend saw them gain second spot and they will be looking to use that home court advantage to progress to the semi finals in Cork the following weekend.

Horan's Healthstore Tigers and Dart Killester will await the winners.

Women's Superleague is at semi final stage and all teams are eager for a chance at the title.  It comes down to two games.  Win the semi final and they have a chance to win the league.  University of Limerick who have won 14 of 14 games in the regular season now face XLR8 Autos Drimnagh Dynamos in the semi final. Sinead Leahy is missing for UL and with her experience and strength inside this may be a factor that Drimnagh may try to expose.  Tamala Vaughan and Sharon Kelly are playing really well inside for Drimnagh of late and will look to impress.  Drimnagh's coach Jimmy Clarke is confident of an upset and they will push UL all the way.  Tony Hehir coach of UL is trying to keep his team focused for two more games, as there is no point winning 14 games and then losing the semi final.

Scruffy's St Pauls who had a rest weekend last week will host back in form Bausch & Lomb Wildcats. St Pauls have a full squad and are fighting fit.  They will have a large home crowd to support and are in good form and will be looking to get to the final.  Wildcats have their American Nicole Conway back in action, she played last weekend tentatively and can only be stronger this weekend. Grainne Dwyer is back in training this week after her stomach illness and will feature in the game.
Their captain and most experienced player Olivia O'Reilly is looking doubtful with a recurring knee injury, she will be there but how much influence she will have on the game will be limited.

The winner of both games goes to the Final in Cork on the weekend of March 20/21.

Killester Basketball Club are hosting two friendly games in aid of Cancer Research.  The women's game will be DART Killester v UCD at 5pm Sunday March 14th and the men's game will be DART Killester v St Vincent's at 7pm Sunday March 14th.  The referees are offering their services free of charge and the IWA are offering the hall free of charge also.  All proceeds from the door and any contributions given will be donated to Cancer Research.  All are welcome.  Basketball Ireland President Tony Colgan will be presenting Killester Men's team with their Northern Conference Trophy before the game.

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