Basketball Ireland weekend review

Basketball Ireland 2013/2014 Season LaunchThis weekend in Basketball Ireland’s Men’s Premier League the highly anticipated clash between Killester and Bord Gais Neptune certainly lived up to its hype. With both sides entering the game undefeated, it was the boys in black and orange that continued their winnings over last season’s National Cup Champions, Bord Gais Neptune 88 -76.

Elsewhere, UCD Marian claimed their first win over Moycullen 50-82 while last season’s League Champions, UL Eagles returned to winning ways after their win over Dublin Inter 73-58. Back in Dublin, Premier League newcomers Templeogue and Belfast Star battled it out with the northerner’s claiming the victory, 62-75.

Meanwhile in Basketball Ireland’s Women’s Premier League the biggest game of the weekend between old rivals UL Huskies and Team Montenotte Hotel Cork did not disappoint as the Limerick girls came away with a narrow defeat, 71-76.

Singleton SuperValu Brunell kept their record intact after a nail-biting three point win over Meteors, 56-59 while Killester earned their first win in front of a home crowd over Liffey Celtics, 63-46.

Basketball Ireland Men’s Premier League

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Killester 88 (43) V Bord Gais Neptune 76 (40) – IWA Clontarf

Red-hot Killester continued their winning ways this weekend after an impressive win over last season’s National Cup Champions, Bord Gais Neptune. With both teams entering the game 2-0 neither side wanted to tarnish their record in order to stay on top. However, it was the home side that came away with the win after a tough battle.

Speaking to Killester’s head coach, Jonathan Grennell, he said, “We are delighted with the win. We weathered an early storm from Neptune with Darren Townes in impressive form. However,  Ciaran Roe’s shooting kept us in touch in the first half and we managed to wrestle control of the game in the 3rd quarter. Great work from both Michael and Isaac Westbrooks in the 4th quarter helped keep our noses in front.”

“We were somewhat lucky Neptune had some injuries and couldn’t capitalise on our sloppy turnovers. We will need to improve that area rapidly before facing DCU.”

UL Eagles 73 (42) V Dublin Inter 58 (31) – UL Sports Arena

In Limerick, last season’s League Champions, UL Eagles, were eager to come back from their loss to C&S UCC Demons last weekend and they did with a convincing win over Dublin Inter.

Head coach of UL Eagles, Mark Keenan said, “Dublin Inter is a tricky team to play against so we are very happy to come away with a win.”

“Our defensive efforts won us the game, we shut them down which then gave us the spring board on offensive. Everyone chipped in and our bench worked really well when they got into the game. It was a comfortable win but we don’t want to get carried away, we did let them hang in for longer than we should have.”

Templeogue 62 (26) V Belfast Star 75 (33) – Oblate Hall

In Dublin, Premier League newcomers, Templeogue and Belfast Star battled it out to see which side was adjusting to life at the top ranks better. Having previously played one another in preseason, Belfast Star once again proved too strong for the Dublin lads.

Jose Maria Berrocal, Belfast Star’s newly appointed head coach and Former Barcelona and Dynamo Kiev coach, said, “We played well for 30 minutes of the game but our aim for the next game is to play for the full 40 minutes.”

“I’m happy with the younger players like Conor Quinn and Liam Pettigrew as they are improving a lot. Although we are a young team and sometimes irregular all of our players have great desire to learn which is fantastic to see.”

Moycullen 50 (25) V UCD Marian 82 (48) – NUIG Kingfisher

In Galway, Moycullen hosted their first home game of the season against UCD Marian. A young Moycullen side entered the game off two losses hoping that the support from their home crowd would get them over the edge for a win. However, with UCD determined to claim their first win of the season after a tough loss to Killester the week previous, the Dublin side came out all guns blazing to take their much needed three points.

Ioannis Ciapakis, UCD Marian’s new head coach was happy with the win on the road, “We played great defence and we were focused for 40 minutes with all players performing well.”

“It was an important win for us against a promising team who had a really enthusiastic crowd on their side. We’re delighted about our win but from Monday it will be heads down and train hard as we need a lot of work to achieve the goals that we are setting for the team.”

C&S UCC Demons 88 (53) V DCU Saints 76 (39) – Mardyke Arena

On Sunday, C&S UCC Demons welcomed DCU Saints to the Mardyke Arena for the Cork side’s first home game. DCU Saints came into the game after a tough loss to newcomers, Belfast Star however C&S UCC Demons had a lot of confidence as they overcame UL Eagles the week before by two points.

With the advantage of a passionate home crowd, C&S UCC Demons recorded the win over the Dubliners in their first home game of the 2013/2014 season.

Colin O’Reilly, head coach of C&S UCC Demons said, “Coming up against DCU Saints is always tough, they are a physical team and have some brilliant basketball players. You can’t afford to take your foot off the pedal and we did a few times throughout the game. They dominated the game for certain periods.”

“We were inconsistent but we pulled through, we played very well in patches and we are delighted to get a win in our first game at home in front of the Demons fans. The mood is positive here and we’re looking forward to next weekend.”

Basketball Ireland’s Women’s Premier League

Team Montenotte Hotel Cork 71 (27) V UL Huskies 76 (37) – Upper Glanmire Centre

Easily highlighted as, ‘the game to watch’ in the Women’s Premier League this weekend both Team Montenotte and UL Huskies offered fans a nail biting game right until the final whistle.

With last season National Cup and League winners, UL Huskies, entering the game confident on the back of two wins, Team Montenotte were determined to give a stellar performance after an over-time win the week previous.

With the rivalry growing stronger each time they meet UL Huskies wanted to ensure that Team Montenotte didn’t ruin their winning streak this time as they secured their third win of the 2013/2014 season.

James Weldon, head coach of UL Huskies was proud of his team, “We got off to a big start in the first half but unfortunately our foul trouble caught up with us in the second half.”

“Team Montenotte came back well but our confidence and belief in one another got us the win in the end. Two or three girls really stepped up for us tonight, Louise Galvin, Rachel Clancy and Rachael Vanderwal they kept great composure throughout the game which encouraged everyone else to have confidence.”

Meteors 56 (28) V Singleton SuperValu Brunell 59 (30) – Colaiste Iosagain

Meanwhile in Dublin, Singleton SuperValu Brunell overcame a resilient Meteors with a nail-biting three point win. The ladies from Cork were put to the test when down one point in the final minute until Megan O’Leary hit a three pointer to keep their winning slate clean.

Speaking after the game, Kieran O’Leary head coach of Singleton SuperValu Brunell was relieved, “Meteors fought very hard, they were diving on every loose ball and made it difficult for us, it was a fantastic game.”

“We are three on the bounce which is brilliant. The last two seasons our aim was to win three or four games so to have three wins and yet to conceal a game is helping our confidence in growing.”

“We will be looking forward to the break next weekend, to let the girls recover for the last three tough games and then we will be ready to go the following week.”

Killester 63 (31) V Liffey Celtics 46 (17) – IWA Clontarf

Both Killester and Liffey Celtics entered this game needing to record their first win of the season so far. For Liffey Celtics, the had lost in overtime to Team Montenotte Hotel Cork the week previous whereas Killester had concealed two games to Singleton SuperValu Brunell and WIT Wildcats respectively.

On the night, it was the Killester women who came away with the three points they needed to get their season up and running.

Mark Grennell, head coach of Killester said, “It was a good win, another improved performance. I’m happy that we were in control for long stretches of the game and I really think we deserved it.”

“Candace Bong had a huge game on both ends of the floor, she lead by example and everyone followed her lead which is what we needed to happen.”

Ulster Rockets 60 (28) V WIT Wildcats 70 (33) – Methodist College

On Sunday, Ulster Rockets faced off WIT Wildcats in the Women’s Premier League. WIT Wildcats entered the game with one win under their belt after their victory over Killester last weekend. Meanwhile Ulster Rockets had suffered a loss at the hands of Singleton SuperValu Brunell the weekend previous.
It seems the momentum stayed with WIT Wildcats as they came out on top after a tough battle.

Speaking after the game, Tommy O’Mahoney, head coach of WIT Wildcats said, “It was a really close game, it was basket to basket throughout. Whenever we thought we were pulling away Ulster Rockets kept coming back and kept it close. Credit to ulster Rockets as they did play really well and pushed us for the full 40 minutes.”

“It was great to get the win on the road it enables us to be more positive and confident especially with two games next weekend.”


Saturday, October 19th

Basketball Ireland’s Men’s Premier League

UL Eagles 73 (42) (D Graham 22, N Campbell 21, S Kinevane 16) Dublin Inter 58 (31) (M Tamusauskas 16, A Statkus 13, L Jonaitis 11)

Templeogue 62 (26) (W Houston 18, S Homan 12, C James 11) Belfast Star 75 (33) (P Dick 30, C Quinn 12, F Otis 9)

Killester 88 (43) (M Bonaparte 23, I Westbrooks 16, C Roe 15) Bord Gais Neptune 76 (40) (D Townes 34, M McGinn 17, G Walsh 9)

Moycullen 50 (25) (M, Callaghan 18, D Cunningham 13, S O’Brien 6) UCD Marian 82 (48) (T King 23, C Meany 14, K Foley 13)

Basketball Ireland’s Women’s Premier League

Killester 63 (31) (C Bond 19, L Scully 12, A Sullivan 10, M Clarke 10) Liffey Celtics 46 (17) (S Smith 13, A O’Connor 12, E Bracken 8)

Meteors 56 (28) (J Daly 14, K McDaid 12, K O’Flaherty 11, K Meany 11) Singleton SuperValu Brunell 59 (30) (C Menendez 16, E Thorton 13, D O’Leary 12)

Team Montenotte 71 (27) (N Dwyer 22, G Dwyer 22 C Rockhall 11) UL Huskies 76 (37) (R Clancy 25, A McDermot 12, R Vanderwal 11)

Basketball Ireland’s Men’s Division One

Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s 63 (26) (D Cahill 16, J Galvin 15, D Wall 8 ) Swords Thunder 96 (52) (A Zurn 19, K Lacey 14, K Anderson 13)

Portlaoise Panthers 53 (19) (S Danson 27, J Scully 18, K Donoghue 6) JM&L Auctioneers Titans 84 (39) (T Mitkus 21, P Peldzius 17, T Fabriciuss 16)

Sunday, October 20th

Basketball Ireland’s Men’s Premier League

C&S UCC Demons 88 (53) (L Colbert 25, C O Sullivan 16, A O Sullivan 14) DCU 76 (39) (P Lynch 22, J Donelly 16, E Darling 9)

Basketball Ireland’s Women’s Premier League

Ulster Rockets 60 (28) (M McNally 21, K Shields 13, H Fairbairn 10) WIT Wildcats 70 (33) (R Roberts 24, N Mullally 18, S Deegan 12)

Basketball Ireland’s Men’s Division One

C&S Blue Demons 53 (27) (S Duggan 15, S Buckley 11, R McGowan 8) Maree 67 (34) (Hansberry 24, Burke 11, Brophy 10)

Basketball Ireland’s Women’s Division One

Portlaoise Panthers v Tralee Imperials – Started at 5:15pm, result to follow.

Basketball Ireland Upcoming Fixtures

Friday, October 25th

Basketball Ireland Men’s Premier League
Bord Gais Neptune v Templeogue, Neptune Stadium, Cork, 8pm;

Saturday, October 26th

Gathering Shield
Basketball Ireland’s Women’s Premier League Select Team V Wales, National Basketball Arena, 3pm
Basketball Ireland’s Men’s Premier League Select Team V Wales, National Basketball Arena, 5pm

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Fr. Mathews v C&S UCC Demons, Colaiste Chriost Ri, Cork 7:15pm; Tolka Rovers v JM&L Auctioneers Titans, Tolka Rovers SC, Dublin, 7:30pm; Maree v Team Garvey’s St. Mary’s, Calasanctius College Oranmore, Galway, 7:45pm;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One
NUIG Mystics v UL Huskies, NUIG Kingfisher, 4pm; Portlaoise Panthers v Oblate Dynamos, St Mary’s Hall, Laois, 5:30pm

Sunday, October 27th

Basketball Ireland Men’s Premier League
Dublin Inter v C&S UCC Demons, Mountview Y&C Club, 2pm; UCD Marian v UL Eagles, UCD, 3pm; Belfast Star v Moycullen, Methody, 3:30pm; DCU Saints v Killester, DCU Sports Complex, 4pm;

Basketball Ireland Women’s Premier League
Liffey Celtics v Ulster Rockets, Leixlip Amenities Centre, Kildare 12noon; WIT Wildcats v Meteors, Mercy SS, Waterford, 1pm; DCU Mercy v Team Montenotte Hotel Cork, DCU Sports Complex, Dublin, 2pm;

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One
Portlaoise Panthers v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, St Mary’s Hall, Laois, 2pm;

Monday, October 28th

Basketball Ireland Women’s Premier League
Killester V WIT Wildcats, IWA Clontarf, Dublin, 3pm