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Confident Belfast Star aim to finish season on a high

By David Kelly

Belfast Star have had a rollercoaster season with almost every week bringing a dramatic high or low.

Nailbiting defeats and clinical victories have often been the order of the day and now as they prepare for the final match in the regular season, Star boss Neal McCotter is hoping they can enjoy a hat-trick of wins in the All Ireland Premier League.

McCotter and Star have matured together this season as the new coach has certainly enjoyed a baptism of fire.

Players such as Keelan Cairns, Conor Johnston and twins Conor and Aidan Quinn have all come to the fore in recent weeks and that offers encouragment for next season.

But Star still have some business to deal with in the League and then Champions Trophy in a fortnight's time.

Tomorrow night, Star travel south to face Swords Thunder on the back of a great victory away to Neptune.

"The lads showed against Neptune what they are capable of. When this team clicks they can do real damage," said McCotter.

"We have to run the ball and when we do it right there are few teams who can cope with the way we move the ball. We have have really developed that this season."

Meanwhile, UCC Demons will be presented with the regular season league trophy at the Mardyke Arena after playing Dublin Inter on Sunday.

Templeogue can finish third with a win at UL Eagles where Jason Killeen faces his old team on their home court for the first time. "It's bitter sweet, I grew up playing with the lads and we had two really successful years," said Killeen.

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