Brunell and Fr Mathews are still in the hunt for the Champions Trophy

Brunell and Fr Mathews are still in the hunt for the Champions Trophy
Amy Waters and Chantell Alford tussle for the ball. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

TWO Cork basketball clubs are still in with a chance to lift the Women’s Champions Trophy.

Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell must face league and cup winners Liffey Celtics to secure a place in the final of the Champions Trophy, while in-form Fr Mathew’s take on DCU Mercy. Both games are in Carlow IT tomorrow.

Liffey, who have had a historical season already this year, winning their first senior National Cup and scooping a second back-to-back regular season title, will take some stopping.

Yet Brunell boss Tim O’Halloran is looking forward to the game.

“I’m delighted to be in a semi-final and happy that we get another shot at Liffey. I feel we still need to prove that we are a legitimate team and that getting to the final of the National Cup this year wasn’t a fluke. We can do that by going out and performing this Sunday.”

Picture: Eddie O'Hare
Picture: Eddie O'Hare

DCU Mercy and Fr Mathew’s met just two weeks ago in a second-place decider, which DCU won 77-70. Mathew’s head coach James Fleming believes his side will be ready for another tough battle this weekend.

“I’m really looking forward to the weekend, this has been an excellent season for us overall as in our first year Super League we came third in the league, got to a cup semi-final and now are in a Champions Trophy semi-final,” he said.

“DCU have beaten us twice this year in tight games so we know we’re up against it, but we will give it our best shot.”

Picture: Larry Cummins
Picture: Larry Cummins

Meanwhile, Tradehouse Central Ballincollig will try and recover from the disappointment of a loss in the final four of the promotion play-off when they host Portlaoise or KUBS at BCS tomorrow.

Éanna are going up to the SuperLeague while Neptune will meet Dublin Lions, who knocked out Ballincollig, in the coming weeks to avoid dropping down to Division 1.

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