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Neptune secure second

Updated: Monday, 05 Mar 2012 00:22

Bord Gais Neptune beat Moycullen to take second place in the Northern Conference
Bord Gais Neptune beat Moycullen to take second place in the Northern Conference

In the final weekend of the regular season, Bord Gais Neptune secured second place in the Northern Conference ahead of UL Eagles, while UCC Demons earned two wins over the weekend.

In the Nivea Women's SuperLeague, UL lifted the Regular Season, while Waterford Wildcats secured fifth and a play-off quarter-final clash against 11890 Killester.

Bord Gais Neptune head coach Mark Scannell was delighted after his side confirmed second place in the Southern Conference following their 82-56 win over Moycullen.

The win was the perfect response following their 84-80 defeat to UCC Demons on Friday night and they can now look forward to home advantage against UCD Marian in the quarter-finals of the play-offs.

Former Killester star Michael Bonaparte was drafted into the squad last week and he made an immediate response for Neptune with 20 points against Demons, before top scoring with 19 points against Moycullen.

"It was crucial we got home advantage in the play-offs," said Scannell.

"Home advantage is extremely important and the results over the last few seasons in the play-offs outline this.”

UCC Demons are showing real title form of late after following up their derby win over Bord Gais Neptune on Friday with a devastating 85-66 showing against UCD Marian on Sunday.

Demons will boast home advantage in the semi-final and will play the winners from the 11890 Killester v UL Eagles quarter-final clash.

UL Eagles finished third in the Southern Conference but they ended their regular season in disappointing fashion, losing 80-75 at home to Belfast Star.

Eagles won't be afforded too much time to recover as they face a daunting trip to reigning champions 11890 Killester next weekend.

Star finished outside of the play-off places but they will be heartened by a much improved end to the season.

On Sunday, 11890 Killester sent out a serious signal of intent by beating their capital rivals DCU Saints 73-54.

Both sides have already assured themselves of a play-off place with Saints progressing straight to a home semi-final as Northern Conference winners. In a low scoring contest, Jermaine Turner top-scored with 16 points for Killester.

In the Nivea Women's SuperLeague, UL added the Regular Season crown to their ever growing trophy cabinet after comprehensive wins over Team Montenotte Hotel and Ulster Rockets respectively.

On Saturday, they had to overturn a nine-point deficit before beating Team Montenotte 80-56, while on Sunday they proved too strong for Ulster Rockets, winning 79-60.

11890 Killester can look forward to the play-offs with optimism after confirming fourth place following a tough battle with Ulster Rockets, winning out on a scoreline of 62-59.

Louise Gray and Michelle Clarke were in excellent form and they can now plan for their quarter-final date with Waterford Wildcats.
Wildcats won the race for fifth after a 65-46 win away to Meteors.

Meteors will have to settle for sixth place and a difficult quarter-final clash away to DCU Mercy in the play-offs.

For Wildcats, Killester lie await in the play-offs. Their meetings so far this season saw Wildcats beat Killester 72-59 before the Dubliners gained revenge with a 66-50 win towards the latter stages of the season.

DCU Mercy, already safe in third position, prepared for the play-offs with a dominant 79-31 win over Oblate Dynamos, with Lindsey Peat in fine form with 18 points.

Liffey Celtics ended the season in fantastic fashion, winning just their second league game after a surprise 62-56 win to Singleton's Super Valu Brunell. It's a disappointing end to what appeared to be a promising weekend for Brunell when they beat Meteors 69-63 on Saturday. The mixed weekend sees Brunell finish in eight position.

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