Portlaoise Panthers women’s team are aiming for Division 1 All-Ireland league glory this weekend.
Southern Conference runners up Portlaoise are up against Trinity Meteors in the semi final on Saturday.
The match takes place in Leixlip amenities center and is a rematch of the Hula Hoops Women’s Division One Cup final back in January, which Portlaoise won by just four points, 75-51.
Peter O’Sullivan’s side are having a superb season and their mix of youth and talent has led them to Cup glory and helped them to challenge for top position in the league.
They will look to the experience of American Trudy Walker and Deirdre Tomlinson to help guide them, but have a host of talented young stars to bring in including Ciara Byrne, Gillian Wheeler and Sarah Fleming all.
Meteors have been in flying form since that though, and have gone on to scoop the Northern Conference title following a superb run of league form.
They will look to Cork native, Edel Thornton, to lead the charge alongside the on-form Lauren Grigsby and Sarah Kenny.
The two sides last met each other just last Saturday evening in the regular season, with Meteors coming out on top, 102-78, behind superb displays from Grigsby (27 points) and Thornton (20 points).
In the other semi-final, St Mary’s play Ulster University. These teams played last weekend where St Mary’s came out on top.
The semi-final games tip off from 12.30pm in Leixlip. The winners of each match face each other on Sunday.
Whoever is crowned champions on Sunday will be promoted to the Super League with the runners up having a second chance through the playoffs.
Saturday: Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One Semi Finals
Trinity Meteors v Portlaoise Panthers, Leixlip Amenities, 12.30
Team Tom McCarthy’s St Mary’s v Ulster University, Leixlip Amenities, 14.45
Sunday: Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One Final
Winner semi final 1 v Winner semi final 2, Leixlip Amenities, 13.30