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Star determined to seize play-off chance: Fulton

 

Looking ahead: Adrian Fulton
Looking ahead: Adrian Fulton

By David Kelly

Belfast Star have the opportunity to end a decade of pain by making the top four play-offs when they clash with Killorglin tonight in the All Ireland Superleague.

Star may have slipped out of the race for the title but this has been a season of transformation and coach Adrian Fulton already has one eye on next season in regard to how he wants to make his side even stronger.

The Belfast side has gone from a mid-table side to silverware contenders, falling at the semi-final stage in the National Cup and now aiming to secure a shot at the top four Champions Trophy.

"A victory against Killorglin will essentially mean we are guaranteed a place in the top four and that would be very pleasing. It would just be another indicator as to how far we have come as a team this year," said Fulton.

"We're obviously disappointed that we couldn't sustain our shot at the title but we can look back at leading the league for a long time and making the semis of the Cup and hopefully making the top four - that would show we have taken a big step forward this season.

"The guys have done a great job and it's easy to forget that we have played this year without international Aiden Quinn, Keelan Cairns went to Italy in the summer and Aiden's brother Conor, also an international, has playing with an injury. So, it has been a great effort by the lads but they still have to work to do and have a chance at a trophy."

Fulton, who has Liam Pettigrew back in his squad, is expecting a tough challenge from the Kerry men, who are fighting to stay in the Superleague.

"They have a new American and new coach and come into this game with some momentum so it won't be easy but obviously this is a big opportunity for us to get the job done and enjoy the remaining league games," added Fulton.

The game of the weekend is in Tralee with the Warriors entertaining Superleague leaders Templeogue. Such has been the interest that a queue formed for tickets as the clash sold out within 24 hours.

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