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Belfast Star turn attention to sealing Trophy spot

By David Kelly

Belfast Star and Neptune will aim to cement their place in the top eight of the All Ireland Premier League and subsequently seal a place in the Champions Trophy.

Their top four opportunity ended a fortnight ago but now they have their sights on the Champions Trophy, which is for teams ranked eight to five.

The Belfast men have two games left of the regular season and both are on the road, starting with a trip to Cork to face Neptune who can secure their place in the end of season event with victory over Star tonight.

Star's coach Neal McCotter believes his side are on the rise and can look ahead to next season with optimism.

"We are a very young side and these guys have a lot of potential. If we can keep the majority of this team together then we can push hard for silverware next year," he said.

Meanwhile, Templeogue, who ended Star's Top Four hopes with a last buzzer basket, are aiming for third place - a year on from when they propped up the table.

Coach Mark Keenan has made a huge difference and is looking ahead to his side's meeting with former club Killester tonight.

"We're after it. We want to finish as high as we can," says Keenan. "Killester will be looking to bounce back after losing to UL at home. It shows that, outside of Demons, anyone can beat anyone in this league."

Thunder's Spenser Mitchell says his side are energised about moving into the post season. Thunder face DCU Saints and despite conceding the title to UCC Demons, the American is ambitious about what's to come.

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