Belfast Telegraph

Star on mission to silence Westbrookes

 

By David Kelly

Coach Darren O'Neill says Belfast Star have the unenviable task of trying to keep gifted Isaac Westbrookes quiet this evening when they travel to Dublin to take on Swords in the All Ireland Superleague.

Table toppers Star go in search of a fourth consecutive victory but are stepping up another level in their battle with Swords who O'Neill regards as "individually the most talented team in the league." But that won't stop the Star boss telling his players to express themselves and give Swords a headache from the opening buzzer.

"We'll go out there and attack them early, we'll be holding nothing back and at the same time look to impose what we need to do defensively," said O'Neill.

"They have a lot of quality and in Isaac Westbrookes they have the best guard in the league, in my opinion. He's a real class act and has been for many years.

"There's a lot of confidence in the team, we trained very well this week and everyone is genuinely relishing going down and giving this a real go. There is real optimism."

Victory over Swords would be a huge statement to everyone else in the league, though O'Neill insists he won't be getting carried away if they do pull off one of their best wins in the past few years.

"Win or lose this not going to have a major bearing on how the season goes for us but it is our biggest test so far."

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