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Now we're going to see how good we are, against Saints: O'Neill

 

By David Kelly

Darren O'Neill says he is "relishing" Belfast Star's first serious test of the All Ireland Superleague when they clash with DCU Saints in Dublin tomorrow night.

Star have made a perfect start to their campaign with two straight victories, but the Saints will offer a much clearer barometer of just how far they have come from last season.

The Belfast side have looked a different proposition for their rivals, with new boys Girts Clem, Ryan Oliver and Clement Kulinicz all providing a new dimension.

O'Neill is also hopeful that American Garrett Galvin can also be registered in time for the game.

"We are still waiting for clearance for Garrett but if we get it then obviously he'll be on the bench. The rules mean that we can only have one American on the court at any one time," said O'Neill.

"There's a good spirit about the place at the moment, everyone is enjoying training and we've had two good wins, but this match against the Saints is going to tell us a lot more about where we're at.

"Last year there wasn't much between us so if we can go and get a win in their home court then it would show the progress we've made.

"The lads know that they're going to find themselves under more pressure than they were in the opening two games and I am looking forward to seeing how they respond. I'm relishing the match to be honest."

O'Neill will be particularly eager to see how his men perform offensively against a tougher defence than the two they have faced so far.

"Last year we just couldn't put the ball in the basket, and that cost us games, but that hasn't been a problem so far this season," added O'Neill.

"Now we're facing a side with more quality so it will be interesting to see how we handle the extra pressure."

On Sunday, the Ulster Elks face the Titans at UUJ in the All Ireland men's Division One.

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