Bord Gais Neptune and UCC Demons celebrated success in the Bank Holiday match-ups in the Nivea for Men’s SuperLeague while Ulster Rockets edged past Oblate Dynamos in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague.
Bord Gais Neptune set aside the disappointment of Friday’s derby defeat to UCC Demons to beat Southern Conference rivals UL Eagles 74-67 in the Nivea for Men SuperLeague on Monday.
Mark Scannell’s side needed an upturn in fortunes after the morale-sapping derby defeat, which had the potential to derail what has been a hugely impressive campaign thus far.
Scannell believed the derby loss owed much to an inept defensive display and the Neptune coach was looking for an immediate improvement here.
“We are a very proud team,” he said.
“We didn’t do ourselves justice the other night. Everybody, myself included, knew we needed to improve on that, and to be fair we have worked very hard in the last few days.”
Elsewhere in the Nivea for Men SuperLeague, UCC Demons challenge in the Southern Conference continues to gather momentum after an 88-65 win over Moycullen.
Paul Kelleher’s side were still buzzing after Friday’s derby, but despite the impressive nature of that win, the Demons coach was adamant that his side needed to display greater consistency if they wish to challenge for honours this season.
“We are hitting a rich vein of form, but we are working very hard on getting our consistency levels up,” Kelleher admitted.
“We are not where we want to be yet, but we are definitely getting there.”
Successive victories over the festive period have given credence to the notion that Demons are finding form at just the right moment.
Meanwhile, in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, Ulster Rockets secured their fifth win of the campaign after a narrow 58-55 victory over Oblate Dynamos.
Ulster came from a 16 point deficit at half time to see off a spirited Dynamos outfit.
Rockets coach Breda Dick said: “We were sluggish in the first half and we were still quite a bit behind going into the last quarter.
“They were on team fouls early in the fourth and the girls shot well from the line which won us the game. It is a good start to the year and I’m very hopeful that we can make the play-offs.”