MissQuote.ie Super League
By Pat Costello
LEIXLIP Amenities Liffey Celtics are hoping to build on their recent wins as they make the long trip to Fr Matthews Arena in Cork on Saturday to take on Fr Matthews Basketball Club in the MissQuote.ie Super League, tip off 5pm.
Head coach Yiannis Liapakis isn’t underestimating his opponents, who have yet to win a game in the 2021 League. “Saturday’s game against Fr. Mathews is going to be a very difficult and physical game. The 0-4 record they have so far does not correspond to their true value as a team. They’re way better than that and everybody knows it. So right now we’re trying to prepare as best possible and looking forward to a very exciting basketball battle”
Fr. Mathews will be eager to get off the mark on their home patch and Head Coach Niamh Dwyer said “We have prepared well for our visitors Liffey Celtics this week. We are looking forward to playing on our home court and getting stuck into what should be a exciting game.”
Monasterevin’s Claire Melia will be in The Address UCC Glanmire squad which hosts another winless team, IT Carlow, in Upper Glanmire Sports Hall on Friday evening at 7.45pm.
Meanwhile a change is be made to Sport Ireland guidance so that all games and competitions for indoor sports can now take place for U18’s.
In a statement local South Kildare TD and Minister of State Martin Heydon said, “Government yesterday addressed the issues raised by recent confusion over Sport Ireland guidance on underage indoor sports. Changes to the guidance will now allow indoor games and competitions to resume for all players under 18.
“I had been in contact with parents, teachers and coaches in the past week who were very frustrated at the changes which prevented some children back playing indoor sports, in particular basketball, and made these concerns known to Minister Jack Chambers.
“Sport Ireland previously issued new guidelines based on the Government’s latest Covid announcement. These guidelines stated that indoor sports must be limited to pods of up to six participants where the group was comprised of vaccinated and unvaccinated players.
“This effectively ruled out all matches for children under 12, as they’re currently ineligible for vaccination, and presented significant constraints on games for over 12s as well.”
“The new guidance will mean that the current pod system can now be adjusted to allow indoor games and competitions according to the rules of a particular sport. The use of pods will continue for training activities.”
“Today’s announcement is hugely positive news for sports clubs across the country, but most importantly it’s a change that will really benefit children. It will allow for fuller participation across sports and will see the resumption of competitions indoors,” Minister Hayden’s statement added.