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Star on way up, insists Belfast Giants coach McCotter

By David Kelly

Belfast Star's season may have ended with a whimper but coach Neal McCotter will not allow that to overshadow the many positives he believes his side will take into the All Ireland Premier League next year.

Star lost their final Tayto-sponsored game at MCB to UCD Marian 100-81 and finished seventh overall in the league, while the Ulster Rockets have made the play-off semi-finals to gain promotion to the women's top division.

Coach McCotter believes he only needs to add one or two players to turn his side into serious All Ireland Premier League title challengers - assuming they are not blighted by a string of injuries as was the case this season.

McCotter said: "The last few games were a write-off because we couldn't get a rebound. For next year we're going to need a big American who can do damage around the boards.

"Not making the top four play-offs is disappointing but there are a lot of positives. Guys like Marty McDonald and Paddy McGaharan have really stepped up and become very good Premier League players. I know we're not far away from being title challengers and being able to mount a good cup run."

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