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New Irish Basketball Season Launched

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The 2013/2014 season was launched last week in the National Basketball Arena. The AerTV cameras were also present to capture the action as the National Cup draws also took place.

Templeogue are preparing to enter the top league of Irish basketball for the first time. U18 Irish international point guard Sean Flood was in the Arena and spoke to basketballireland.ie about how big of a step up the Premier Division is going to be for everyone in the club.

“Not only are the lads looking forward to it but so are the whole club, it should be an interesting evening for everyone. It’s going to be a big jump up even from international level as all the best Irish players are there and some great Americans too, so it’s a great standard.”

Galway club Moycullen are set for their second term in the top tier of Irish basketball and will like Templeogue have a number of young players on their books. Ronan O’Sullivan from Cork is set to make his debut in the Premier Division and like Flood he is also excited about testing himself at the next level.

“I’m excited about playing against guys I have grown up watching week in week out, particularly going down to face Demons and Neptune in Cork. We have Neptune in the cup so I will be heading back to Cork and playing against a lot of the guys I know, it is a tough draw but it will be exciting.”

UCD Marian are expected to have an excellent blend of youth and experience this season. Conor Meany is now one of the league veteran’s and is looking forward to the challenge this season will pose.

“I’m entering into the stage where I am becoming one of the elder statesman in the league at the moment but there is still a lot of hunger there. I don’t think we have represented ourselves well enough in the league for a long, long time so there is certainly a drive there. We have enough talent that we can beat a lot of teams.”

Understandably a number of players had there minds on the cup draw that had just been made when they spoke at the launch of the new season. Lindsey Peat of DCU Mercy was in a confident mood having just drawn WIT Wildcats in the preliminary round.

“You are always tentative about the cup, we drew WIT Wildcats so I am excited to get kicking off. The cup demands you to be at your best each time out. It’s a preliminary tie so we are early which will focus us so I’m happy.

The men’s cup draw saw a number of exciting ties with UCD set to take on UCC Demons while Killester and Belfast Star are also set to square off.

On the Woman’s side of things Team Montenotte Hotel have been drawn to play Meteors whilst UL Huskies will take on Ulster Rockets.

Image courtesy of basketballireland.ie

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