The Women’s Division One semi-finals will tip off in Waterford this weekend, with IT Carlow Basketball taking on Ulster Rockets in the first game on Saturday, while UL Huskies and Marble City Hawks do battle for a spot in the final in the second game.
The finals of both the Women’s Super League and Women’s Division One will be held in LYIT, Letterkenny on April 1st and 2nd.
THE chime of the clocks changing this weekend signals the business end of the Irish basketball season, as the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the Men’s and Women’s national leagues officially get underway.
In the Women’s league, all roads lead to Waterford this weekend for the clash of the top four in each division, as Ambassador UCC Glanmire face off to Pyrobel Killester in the first of the Women’s Super League play-off semi-finals, with Courtyard Liffey Celtics and DCU Mercy going head-to-head in the second semi-final in a much-anticipated repeat of this year’s Hula Hoops National Cup semi-final.
For Ambassador UCC Glanmire, this weekend marks a significant step in their season as they bid to not only move one step closer to a memorable three titles this year (having already scooped the Cup title and the Regular Season title), but they also hope to defend their play-off crown, one they have held for the past three years.
The second Super League semi-final on Saturday meanwhile pits Courtyard Liffey Celtics against DCU Mercy in what is set to be another close and competitive affair.
Meanwhile it’s a busy weekend of action in the Men’s league as well, with the quarter-finals taking place in Galway and Belfast this coming weekend. This Saturday’s games sees a crossover between the leagues as Super League teams Garvey’s Tralee Warriors and UCD Marian will do battle against Men’s Division One sides, Maree and Ulster University Elks.
First up, Men’s Division One Regular Season runners-up, Ulster University Elks, will welcome UCD Marian to the Methodist College in Belfast. Elks had a rollercoaster of a ride in the Men’s Division One top four classification games last weekend, overcoming BFG Neptune on Saturday before falling at the final hurdle against Maree. They will be hoping they can do enough this weekend to topple UCD Marian, who finished fourth in the Men’s Super League.
The second game of the day will see all eyes turn to Oranmore, Co. Galway where Men’s Division One Regular Season champions Maree will welcome Garvey’s Tralee Warriors. Maree had the better of both Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin and Ulster Elks last weekend to be crowned champions and will be hoping that they can continue this impressive form in the face of third-placed Super League side, Tralee.
The winner of the Maree/Tralee game will go on to face Griffith Swords Thunder in the Champions Trophy semi-final the following weekend, with the runner-up facing off to Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin in the League Cup semi-final. The winner of the Ulster University Elks/UCD Marian game will face Super League Regular Season champions, Templeogue in the other Champions Trophy semi-final, with the runner-up going head-to-head with BFG Neptune in the League Cup semi-final.
The semi-finals and finals will be held in Letterkenny on the weekend of April 1st and 2nd.
Basketball Ireland Fixtures – March 25th
Saturday, March 25th
Basketball Ireland Champions Trophy and League Cup quarter-finals:
Ulster University Elks v UCD Marian, Methodist College, 15.00
Maree v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, Calasanctius College, 19.00
Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One Play-Off semi-finals:
ITC Basketball v Ulster Rockets, WIT Arena, Cariganore; 13.30
UL Huskies v Marble City Hawks, WIT Arena, Cariganore; 15.30
Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League Play-Off semi-finals:
Ambassador UCC Glanmire v Pyrobel Killester, WIT Arena, Cariganore; 17.30
Courtyard Liffey Celtics v DCU Mercy, WIT Arena, Cariganore; 19.30
Basketball Ireland National League Finals Schedule April 1st and 2nd
Saturday, April 1st
Basketball Ireland Men’s League Cup semi-finals:
Ulster University Elks/UCD Marian vs BFG Neptune, LYIT, 12.00
Maree/Garvey’s Tralee Warriors vs Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin, LYIT, 14.00
Basketball Ireland Men’s Champions Trophy semi-finals:
Templeogue vs Ulster University Elks/UCD Marian, LYIT, 16.00
Griffith Swords Thunder vs Maree/Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, LYIT, 18.00
Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League Play Off Final:
Ambassador UCC Glanmire/Pyrobel Killester vs DCU Mercy/Courtyard Liffey Celtics, LYIT, 20.00
Sunday, April 2nd
Basketball Ireland League Cup final, LYIT, 12.00
Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One Play Off Final:
ITC Basketball/Ulster Rockets vs UL Huskies/Marble City Hawks, LYIT, 14.00
Basketball Ireland Champions Trophy Final, LYIT, 16.00
Basketball Ireland Under 18 Shield Finals April 2nd
Basketball Ireland Under 18 Women’s Shield final:
Oblate Dynamos v UL Huskies, Oblate Hall, 13.00
Basketball Ireland Under 18 Men’s Shield final:
Maree BC v Moycullen, Oblate Hall, 15.00