With only one game in the Nivea For Men’s SuperLeague this weekend all eyes were focused on Galway as Moycullen welcomed Dublin Inter to the west of Ireland for the first time.

Last week, both sides meet in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght when the Galway side came back into the game to steal a win from the newcomers.

However, a fully charged Inter played with conviction and confidence on the road to secure a 72-67 win just in time for Christmas.

Speaking about the game, Dublin Inter’s new Head Coach, Irmantas Griksas, said: "After last weekend’s poor result we gathered together as a team and decided it was time to step it up. We made a promise to ourselves that we would be more positive, resist talking back to the referees and focus on our own game.”

"We did that tonight and came away with the result we deserved. I believe in this team and know that we can play better than we have been. This was a much needed win for the team’s morale."

Meanwhile in the Nivea Women’s SuperLeague, Team Montenotte Hotel Cork received an early Christmas present as they put a halt to UL Huskies unbeaten run.

The Cork side pulled out all of the stops to come back from being 16 points down to win by 13 points. This 29 point turn round was ignited late in the second quarter and marked a turning point for Team Montenotte as they maintained control for the rest of the game.

Andrea Congreaves, Head Coach of Team Montenotte Hotel Cork was extremely proud of her team: "We believed we could get a result in this game and we got it. We started the game playing at their tempo but once we got a run in the second quarter we played on our terms."

Congreaves credits her side’s hard work: "We have been getting better and better as the season progresses and it was our conditioning that saw us through the second half. Everyone contributed to the win tonight and our starting five were fantastic. It was a sweet victory especially coming in the Christmas break but it was definitely sweeter getting that win on the road."

Elsewhere, Killester and Ulster Rockets played each other twice in two nights.

However, it was Rockets that came away with a double victory that will in turn see them shoot up the league table. This was a pivotal weekend for the northern side as the lower tier of the table battles it out for playoff positions come March.

Head Coach of Ulster Rockets, Breda Dick, enthused: "We are delighted with the results this weekend, both games were tough with each team playing great basketball but we pulled it out of the bag. Hopefully this will set us up in a better position in the new year."