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Rockets lack power and crash out of Cup

By David Kelly

Ulster Rockets unsurprisingly exited the All Ireland Cup as they ended up only travelling to Limerick with a paltry five players.

Despite being understrength against Cup holders UL Huskies, the Rockets still showed plenty of character and incredibly led by two points with six minutes remaining in the third quarter. But inevitably they ran out of gas and the Limerick side triumphed 87-64.

Rockets head coach Breda Dick said : "It was very tough for us, we lost Sinead Smye when she broke her ankle playing basketball on Friday night and then we lost two other players due to work commitments and another due to a family issue. But the girls fought hard and Kerri Shields was amazing, top scoring with 25 points.

"If we had a full strength team it would have been a lot different, we could have pushed them a lot closer, at least."

Huskies coach James Weldon admitted that he was wary of American Shields, who is the top scorer in the Premier League.

Weldon said: "Louise Galvin was back on the court for this game, her defence on Ulster Rockets' American, Kerri Shields, was brilliant ... it just reminded me how valuable Galvin's defensive effort is to this team."

Neptune booked their place in the Men's Cup semi-finals, defeating Dublin side DCU Saints 95-87.

Neptune coach Mark Scannell said: "It was a great game that has set us up nicely for the semi-finals in January. Although we started very strong, DCU tied it in the third and made us work for the win. It was a real dog fight."

In the men's All Ireland Premier League, Cork side Demons were once again in top form, defeating UCD Marian, 90-70.

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