National League

Nov 23 2023

Preview: Kilbride says FloMAX Liffey Celtics are underdogs against Gurranabraher Credit Union Brunell

FloMAX Liffey Celtics head coach Karl Kilbride has labelled Gurranabraher Credit Union Brunell as “big favourites” ahead of Sunday’s eagerly anticipated Super League contest, despite being the only unbeaten side left in the division.

Rachel Huijsdens remains out with a calf injury, while Kelly Bracken is also absent once more for FloMAX Liffey Celtics.

“Sunday will be another really tough game for us. The Hall is such a difficult place to go and get a result. Brunell have been in scintillating form to start the season, the only game they’ve lost has been without Edel (Thornton). So we know we’ll be going into the game as big underdogs. While Brunell are obviously big favourites going into the game, we’re playing with great confidence at the moment and know that we have the strength in depth to cause any team problems on any given day.” - Karl Kilbride, FloMAX Liffey Celtics head coach

Gurranabraher Credit Union have had a 6-1 start to the season, but they’ve been off-court for a number of weeks and head coach Liam Culloty is eager to return to action.

“We can't wait to get back on the floor after three free weekends in a row. We have trained really hard over that time, but nothing replicates games for sharpness. Liffey (Celtics) will provide a very stern test and are the only unbeaten team left in the league, so we know we have to be at our very best to get a result." - Liam Culloty, Gurranabraher Credit Union Brunell head coach

Liam Culloty, Gurranabraher Credit Union Brunell head coach

Saturday sees SETU Waterford Wildcats host Portlaoise Panthers, as they look to build on their emphatic 80-48 away win at DCU Mercy last weekend and maintain the pressure on the top three sides.

"This weekend we expect a tough encounter against Portlaoise (Panthers). They have been quite unlucky with some of their results, having put in solid performances. We know we will need to be put on top of our game or else we could be wrong side of the result. We had a good second half performance last weekend and we need to build on this to get a complete performance." - Tommy O’Mahony, SETU Waterford Wildcats head coach

There’s a Dublin derby between Trinity Meteors and DCU Mercy, defending Super League champions The Address UCC Glanmire travel to Ulster University, while it’s a weekend off for Pyrobel Killester.

In Division One, it's a clash of the two Conference leaders. South Conference table toppers St. Paul's Killarney (6-0) will put their unbeaten record on the line, when they take on Templeogue at Nord Anglia, who themselves have had a strong start to the season (5-1).

iSecure Swords Thunder (5-1) could take sole ownership atop of the North Conference, if Templeogue fall to defeat and Paul Carr's outfit register a win in a Dublin derby against Moy Tolka Rovers. Elsewhere on Saturday, McEvoy's Cavan Eagles host Limerick Celtics, while Marble City Hawks will seek their first win of the season, when they encounter Oblate Dynamos. The only Sunday game in the division ses Abbey Seals Dublin Lions play SETU Carlow at Coláiste Bríd.

Fixtures | Super League

Saturday November 25th

University of Galway Mystics vs Catalyst Fr. Mathews, Kingfisher Sports Arena, 1600

SETU Waterford Wildcats vs Portlaoise Panthers, Mercy Gym, 1700

Ulster University vs The Address UCC Glanmire, Jordanstown Sports Village, 1715

Trinity Meteors vs DCU Mercy, Trinity College, 1730

Sunday November 26th

Gurranabraher Credit Union Brunell vs FloMAX Liffey Celtics, Gurranabraher Credit Union Arena, 1445

Fixtures | Division One

Saturday November 25th

McEvoy's Cavan Eagles vs Limerick Celtics, Virginia Show Centre, 1700

Templeogue vs St. Paul's Killarney, Nord Anglia International School, 1700

iSecure Swords Thunder vs Moy Tolka Rovers, ALSAA, 1730

Marble City Hawks vs Oblate Dynamoes, O'Loughlin Gaels GAA Club, 1900

Sunday November 26th

Abbey Seals Dublin Lions vs SETU Carlow, Coláiste Bríde, 1600