National League Div 1
Scotts Lakers v Galway Titans
Saturday at 7.30pm
(Killarney Sports Centre)

Following a break from league action in recent weeks, Scotts Lakers return to Killarney Sports Centre this Saturday, January 5 and will play host to the Galway Titans.

It should be a perfect opportunity for the Lakers to get the new year off to a good start as the Galway side have struggled this season with just one win and 13 losses. The young Titans squad currently remain bottom of the Northern Conference.

Interestingly, Titans’ American Tom Rivard was a former teammate of Scotts Lakers star Seán O’Brien at Colgate University. The Galway side also have a second American in Harrison Deneka, who was actually released by Scotts Lakers at the start of the season. Titans have some talented young players including Ben Kelly, Matthew Sweeney and Eoin Coughlan, a son of former Killarney supremo Joe Coughlan, who was Head Coach of the St Paul’s Super League team in the mid 1990s.

Scotts Lakers played in the Castleisland Christmas blitz over Christmas, losing to the Limerick Celtics and Tralee Warriors, but they enjoyed a good win over Killorglin and narrowly missed out on a place in the final after being one basket short in overall scoring differences. Considering that they were without their foreign trio of Seán O’Brien, Papito Hersisia and Dailian Mason, Scotts Lakers performed well with team captain Mark Greene continuing to display the outstanding form he has shown all season. Séamus Brosnan also did well while Andrew Fitzgerald was in sparkling form.

Lakers coach Cormac O’Donoghue is expected to have a full squad to choose from this weekend and tip-off in Killarney Sports Centre on Saturday night is at 7.30pm.