Marble City Hawks have DCU-Mercy in their sights

Kilkenny club looking to claim another big Dublin scalp in their first Superleague season

Mark Ingle: “We will prepare well for the game and we hope to put in a good performance on Sunday,” said DCU-Mercy’s coach. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Mark Ingle: “We will prepare well for the game and we hope to put in a good performance on Sunday,” said DCU-Mercy’s coach. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

 

There is just one game in the Women’s Superleague this weekend as Marble City Hawks host DCU Mercy in O Loughlin Gaels gym in Kilkenny.

This will be no easy task for the Dubliners though as Hawks have already beaten Killester in their home gym and will be looking to add another big scalp in their first Superleague season.

Mercy currently sit third in the table behind the two unbeaten teams – Liffey Celtics and Glanmire. DCU have been tremendous at home with two convincing wins but their road credentials have already been tested with an away loss to WIT Wildcats.

“We’re looking forward to playing Marble City Hawks. The Kilkenny team probably have the best American in the league, Mia Hopkins, and in Katie Fox, one of the best guards so it should be a very tough challenge for us in their back yard. We will prepare well for the game and we hope to put in a good performance on Sunday,” said Mercy coach Mark Ingle.

In the men’s Superleague, there is just one game on Saturday night as Pyrobel Killester host Garvey’s Tralee Warriors in the IWA Clontarf.

Killester, last season’s league runners-up, have already lost twice this season and will be looking to get their league campaign back on track with a big win.

Warriors on the other hand will be in buoyant mood after their huge cup victory over Templeogue last weekend and will be looking to keep the pressure on Templeogue at the top of the league table.

Slip up

Meanwhile there is an action-packed Sunday on the cards with a number of interesting ties as UCC Demons host Templeogue in Cork.

Templeogue are currently unbeaten in the league and will be looking to bounce back from their cup defeat last week.

In Dublin, newly promoted Killorglin will have their credentials tested by Swords Thunder.

Thunder won both games of a double header weekend last weekend and will be looking to find a way to beat the Kerry side who have only one loss to date.

Defending league champions UCD Marian head west to face Maree. UCD have already dropped two games so cannot afford another slip up early on if they are to remain in contention for the league.

In the final game of the weekend DCU Saints will host Moycullen in Dublin. Moycullen had a difficult weekend losing in both the league and the cup and will be hoping that Paddy Lyons will be back to full fitness for the weekend’s action.

In the National League a number of derbies catch the eye with Tradehouse Central Ballincollig hosting Fr Matthews on Sunday.

In Dublin, KUBS will welcome Tolka Rovers to Greendale, while Dublin Lions have the short trip to Rathfarnham where they will try and end DBS Eanna’s unbeaten start to the season.

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