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Local derby pick of cup basketball bonanza

Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018 5:46pm

Basketball fever is set to hit Leeside this weekend as the National Cup Semi-Finals roll in to town.

The three day basketball bonanza will see 20 games in total played between Neptune Stadium and the Mardyke Arena, the first of which will tip-off on Friday at 6.30pm.

Last year's women's champions Ambassador UCC Glanmire are hoping to defend their title at the end of January but a local derby with Singleton SuperValu Brunell in the other corner stands in the way of the final spot with tip-off in that hotly anticipated match at 2pm on Saturday in the Mardyke Arena.

Neptune, Brunell, Killorglin and DCU Mercy all have teams competing across Under 18, Under 20 and Senior levels. Both Neptune and DCU Mercy are defending champions at Under 18 and Under 20 level, with Neptune also hoping to defend their President’s Cup title.

As well as the women's semi-finals which are back-to-back on Saturday afternoon, the men’s semi-finals will also run back-to-back on Saturday evening with UCC Demons in action against Black Amber Templeogue at 8pm in the Mardyke Arena, a game that is preceded by Pyrobel Killester and UCD Marian in the other semi-final at 6pm.

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