Limerick in line for basketball clean sweep

LIMERICK basketball chases another unique double this Friday night in the National Basketball Arena in Dublin’s Tallaght.

LIMERICK basketball chases another unique double this Friday night in the National Basketball Arena in Dublin’s Tallaght.

Back in February both the UL Eagles and the UL ladies senior sides claimed a National Cup double.

Now both are chasing a clean sweep for Limerick.

This Friday, UL Eagles play DCU Saints in the men’s Superleague final at 8.45, while at 6.45.

The UL ladies play Team Montenotte Cork in their Superleague final.

Both games will be televised live on Setanta Sports.

“After having a very tough and inconsistent start to the season we are delighted at having made it to the league final.

DCU Saints have been the most consistent team in the regular season,” said UL Eagles coach Mark Keenan.

“They are a very tough defensive team and baskets will be hard to come on Friday night.

We will need big performances from all our players in order to be in with a chance of winning the game,” said Keenan, who is joined in the back room team by assistant coach Mike Hickey and long serving manager John King.

The Limerick senior men are in a good run of form with solid wins in the league quarter final against Killester and a semi final win over UCC Demons last Sunday, 85-57.

“We were worried because Demons beat us after the cup final in the league,” said UL’s Robert Taylor, who contributed 21 points in the semi-final win.

“I lost a double in the past with UL so I am delighted to have come back and now be in with a chance of setting that record straight.

We will have to approach the final the same way we have approached these big games with Demons.

They are one of the best teams in the country this season and will be tough.”

uL eaGLeS PaneL - Diarmuid O’Donovan, Robert Taylor, Eoin Quigley, Scott Kinevane, Neil Campbell, Rob Lynch, Andrew Dawson, Matt Hall, Stephen King, Bobby Reidy, Aidan Holden, Joe Lynch, Jason Killeen, Ciaran O’Gallachoir.

Meanwhile, the UL Ladies are chasing a treble on Friday night in Tallaght.

Already cup and regular season winners, last weekend’s semi-final win was the Limerick club’s 34th consecutive win and meant they had now gone two entire seasons without losing at home.

“I thought this was probably the most complete display since we won the cup,” said UL Head Coach James Weldon.

“I thought that everyone was tuned in for the 40 minutes and nobody let their guard down.

“There is nothing like winning and it breeds confidence so hopefully we can carry it into another massive night at the National Basketball Arena next Friday,” said the UL Ladies head coach, who is joined in the back room team by assistant coach Desmond O’Sullivan and manager Phil Deegan.

uL ladies PaneL - Louise Galvin, Rachel Clancy, Miriam Liston, Aine Staunton, Cathy Grant, Michelle Fahy, Aoife McDermott, Rachael Vanderwal, Mai O’Leary, Fiona Lynch, Loretta Maher.