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Killester easy winners at UL Eagles

Updated: Sunday, 18 Dec 2011 19:18

Killester impressed with an impressive victory at UL Eagles
Killester impressed with an impressive victory at UL Eagles

In the Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague, 11890 Killester earned an impressive away win against UL Eagles, DCU Saints overcame the challenge of UCC Demons while Bord Gais Neptune narrowly missed defeat at the hands of Belfast Star.

Meanwhile, UCD Marian enjoyed a home victory over Moycullen to return to winning ways.

In the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, UL brushed aside the challenge of Oblate Dynamos, 11890 Killester edged out Waterford Wildcats while Team Montenotte had consecutive victories over Liffey Celtics and Waterford Wildcats on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.

Bord Gais Neptune head coach Mark Scannell was delighted with his side’s efforts after they narrowly beat Belfast Star 99-96.

Scannell was keen to outline the huge contribution of veteran Ger Noonan, who the coach says has been a revelation this campaign.

"Ger was amazing for us. He got 36 points and was basically the only one doing it for us on the court for a while.

"But Ger is that kind of character. He’s been struggling physically with injuries this season, but when it comes to games he is always ready and gets the job done.

"He’s a fantastic player to have in your squad - a real leader. Ron Thomson has been struggling with an injury all week so we needed other people to step up.

"I got that from my players this weekend. In general there were so many positives for me to take away as a coach."

11890 Killester secured an important 80-60 victory over UL Eagles to keep the Dublin outfit secure in the Northern Conference.

11890 Killester head coach Darren O’ Neill is hopeful the experience in his squad will prove telling in Killester’s bid to overhaul pace setters DCU Saints.

"I think the focus the lads have will be very important. We have to be confident about our chances of finishing top of our conference.

"We have a huge game against DCU on the 29 December which we need to win. But our performance against UL was very good. We cut out the mistakes and were relatively comfortable in the end."

UCD Marian coach Fran Ryan is still hopeful of a playoff spot after his side defeated Moycullen 82-67.

Ryan believes his team are showing signs of improvement after what has been a difficult period.

"We were on a bit of a losing sequence so the win was important. We have been trying to rectify some of the problems and I think we are now doing that," said Ryan.

"I think we are good enough to get second spot. If we are involved in a game where it’s down to the wire I think we have the character in the team to come through those situations. The key is to be there or thereabouts in March."

DCU Saints surged forward with a 93-78 victory over UCC Demons.

DCU head coach David Donnelly said the victory was a psychological relief after being shocked with a defeat in the National Cup by the Cork side.

"It wasn’t really about gaining revenge against UCC, but at the same time it was important for us to get the win over them. The loss was very disappointing but the response and focus of the lads since has been very encouraging."

Meanwhile, in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork enjoyed consecutive victories while UL and 11890 Killester defeated Oblate Dynamos and Waterford Wildcats, respectively.

Meteors returned to winning ways after defeating Ulster Rockets and DCU Mercy stood strong after overcoming Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell on Sunday.

Team Montenotte Hotel were in fine form, securing back-to back wins over Liffey Celtics and Waterford Wildcats.

Montenotte Hotel head coach Cormac O’Donoghue’s team racked up a massive 107 points against Liffey on Saturday, while on Sunday they had a little more difficulty against Waterford Wildcats but still secured an 84-75 win.

"We were excellent against Celtics. We built up a big lead at half time which gave us the opportunity to try new things in the second half," said O’Donoghue.

"To be fair to the girls that came in off the bench, they maintained a high level of performance."

The game against Wildcats on Sunday was a pressing concern for the coach.

"We knew Wildcats was going to be a very tough test," added O'Donoghue. "They can be excellent at home. Luckily the girls were fresh after Saturday, and I’m really happy to have come out of Waterford with a win."

UL continue to set the pace in the division, after recording a comfortable 79-35 win over Oblate Dynamos.

UL have been in imperious form this campaign and are resounding favourites to win the division and head coach James Weldon is confident his squad will maintain their focus.

"I don’t think there is a chance we will become complacent. There is so much competition for places that everybody is keeping on their toes.

"They are an experienced bunch of girls with a great mentality. They just need to keep the focus for the rest of the season, and I’m sure they’ll do that."

Elsewhere DCU Mercy comfortably saw off the challenge of Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell with a 87-59 victory.

DCU coach Mark Ingle was happy with the win but was keen to stress his side can play better.

"It wasn’t a mind blowing performance at all. We can improve a lot on this performance, but we learned something from this win which was important." Ingle said.

Mark Grennell’s Killester side secured a much needed 66-50 win over Waterford Wildcats, making it a miserable weekend for Tommy O Mahony’s side.

Finally, Meteors returned to winning ways after a 14-point defeated meted out to Ulster Rockets, 54-40.