Basketball : Neptune And Killester Battle Tops Busy Weekend


The Irish Basketball season is now well and truly up and running with the first round of the U20 National Cup taking place last weekend. This weekend on the underage basketball scene, Galway is set to be the host venue for the 2013 Inter regional competition.  This is a yearly tournament where the very best players from each of the nine regions around Ireland compete in front of Irish coaches. With Irish international places up for grabs it always proves to be an exciting weekend of basketball for all involved.

In other news that has been announced over the past few days, Killester revealed an exciting new initiative for the remainder of their season. The club unveiled on their website that they are set to broadcast all Killester basketball Premier League games on the club’s website. The commentators were also revealed with broadcaster and journalist Declan King taking the reigns. King is set to be assisted in the commentary box by American Todd James who is also a former Killester Head Coach.

The first game that will be broadcast is this coming weekend’s fixture against Cork side Bord Gais Neptune, current Killester Head Coach Jonny Grennell spoke after the announcement and expressed his excitement about what is a first for an Irish basketball club.

“It is great to see guys in the club getting involved in bringing our games to Killester fans all over the world. We have former players in the USA, Australia, Africa and all around Europe and it is brilliant that they will be able to watch the games live. To be honest when I heard of the idea last year I was delighted and with the first game just days away, I am really excited”

There is set to be another full compliment of games this weekend in both the Men’s and Women’s Premier League. The pick of the men’s ties is without doubt the battle between the two early pace setters, Neptune and Killester. Both teams have won their first two games so something must give. In another exciting match up Templeogue take on Belfast Star with the Dublin club still searching for their first win of the season.

Over on the Women’s side of things, top of the league UL Huskies are set to make the trip to play Team Montenotte Hotel with both teams undefeated at this early stage of the competition. Elsewhere, Ulster Rockets who have a 50% win ratio so far this campaign welcome WIT Wildcats on Sunday afternoon.

So with all that said and done it should turn out to be an exciting weekend of Irish Basketball with even more excitement to come the following weekend when and Irish Men’s and Woman’s select side are set to take on Wales in the National Basketball Arena in the “Gathering Shield”. More about that after this weekend has concluded…

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