Cork basketball derby on the cards in the National Cup but Belfast Star up first

Cork basketball derby on the cards in the National Cup but Belfast Star up first

Roy Downey, Neptune tries to sneak past the out-stretched arms of Ronan O'Sullivan and Dylan Corkery, Ballincollig, when the clubs met in 2018. Picture: Larry Cummins

TRADEHOUSE Central Ballincollig will meet C&S Neptune in this year's National Cup, provided they get past Super League champions Belfast Star in the first round.

Having won the President's Cup three times in a row, Ballincollig were promoted last season and face a tough test in the opening round of the Hula Hoops sponsored competition.

Former Belfast ace and Irish international Keelan Cairns is one of the Collig's new recruits for the campaign, while C&S Neptune will have former Demons player-coach Colin O'Reilly at the helm as they bid for silverware. 

All three Cork clubs received byes in the women's section, Fr Mathews, Ambassador UCC Glanmire and Singleton's SuperValue Brunell.

In the President's Cup, Fr Mathews men's team are on the road to Ulster University.

Pat Duffy Cup 1st Round Fixtures (Men’s Super League): Moycullen v DCU St. Vincents; DBS Éanna BYE; Tradehouse Central Ballincollig v Belfast Star; C&S Neptune BYE; Maree Basketball Club v Garveys Tralee Warriors; Keane Supervalu Killorglin BYE; UCD Marian v Griffith College Templeogue; Pyrobel Killester BYE.

Paudie O’Connor Cup Fixtures (Women’s Super League): Maree BC v Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics; Marble City Hawks BYE; Trinity Meteors v Waterford Wildcats; Fr Mathews BYE; IT Carlow Basketball v DCU Mercy; Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell BYE; Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s v Pyrobel Killester; Ambassador UCC Glanmire BYE.

President’s Cup Fixtures (Men’s Division 1): LYIT Donegal v IT Carlow Basketball; Scott Lakers St. Paul’s Killarney v Killarney CougarsPortlaoise Panthers v McGowans Tolka Rovers; EJ Sligo All-Stars v Limerick Celtics; Ulster University v Fr. Mathews; Grand Hotel Malahide v Abbey Seals Dublin Lions; Limerick Sport Eagles v WIT Vikings; Titans Basketball v Drogheda Wolves.

Women’s Division One National Cup Fixtures (Women’s Division 1): Ulster University v LYIT Donegal; Griffith College Templeogue BYE; Tipperary Knights v St. Paul’s Killarney; Limerick Sport Huskies BYE; Swords Thunder v NUIG Mystics; Phoenix Rockets BYE; Portlaoise Panthers BYE; Limerick Celtics BYE.

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