It was a clean sweep for the three Women's Super League teams from Cork this weekend in the opening round of the season, with all three sides bagging big wins across the weekend.
Singleton SuperValu Brunell made a firm statement in the Women’s Super League on Saturday evening as they overcame Pyrobel Killester at the IWA in Clontarf, 61-65. A strong team performance from the Cork outfit saw a good spread of scores, with Linda Rubene, Danielle O’Leary and Madelyn Ganser all standing out for the visitors.
Fr Mathews announced their arrival in the Women’s Super League on Saturday evening with an emphatic 68-29 point victory over NUIG Mystics, with the dynamic duo of Grainne and Niamh Dwyer top scoring for their side with 14 points apiece. Big defence from the home side saw them keep Mystics to just eight points for the closing two quarters.
Annaliese Murphy meanwhile top-scored her Ambassador UCC Glanmire team to victory on Sunday afternoon, bagging 29 points for her side as they saw off the challenge of newcomers Marble City Hawks 88-76 at the Mardyke Arena.
And the top scorers today in the two Women's Super League games were Annaliese Murphy 29 points (@GlanmireBBall), Mia Hopkins 27 points (@city_hawks) and Courtney Walsh 18 points (@ITCBasketball) #ThisIsSuper pic.twitter.com/4c4W8I2vUG— Basketball Ireland (@BballIrl) October 7, 2018
Elsewhere, League holders Courtyard Liffey Celtics opened up their season with a bang, with a comprehensive 78-48 point win over Maxol WIT Wildcats in Kildare on Saturday evening. Stand-out performances from Briana Green and Aine O’Connor – who scored 45 points between them – helped the hosts into a 41-22 point lead at half time and they didn’t look back from there, while a Bronagh Power-Cassidy inspired DCU Mercy had the better of IT Carlow Basketball at the university on Sunday afternoon, as they ran out 69-30 point winners.
It was another big weekend of action in the Men’s Super League as well, with reigning champions UCD Marian keeping their winning start to the season intact on Saturday evening with a ten-point win over Pyrobel Killester in Clontarf. A huge second half display from Barry Drumm and Neil Baynes saw the holders edge in front midway through the third and despite some good shooting from Killester, UCD held on to win out 63-73 in the end.
Lovely assist from Barry to Aidan for the dunk last night ???? pic.twitter.com/ABfgTnXoxx— UCD Marian (@UCDMarian) October 7, 2018
Down in Cork meanwhile, despite the best efforts of UCC Demons it was Garvey’s Tralee Warriors who came up trumps in their Super League clash at the Mardyke Arena.
A big performance from Warriors’ Darragh O’Hanlon in particular, who contributed with six three-pointers and a total of twenty points against his former club, helped the visitors hold off Demons in what turned out to be a tough match up in Cork. Another superb display from Kyle Hosford and Carlton Cuff for Demons just wasn’t enough on the night, as Pat Price’s side emerged victorious on a final scoreline of 75-84.
Up in Belfast meanwhile, Belfast Star got their first win on the board with an 85-77 point victory over Griffith College Swords Thunder on Saturday evening. Mike Davis and Mark Berlic were the stand out players for Star, getting some big scores on the board to lead 44-34 at the break. Another good game from Swords’ Elijah Mays and Kevin Lacey saw them fighting back hard down the stretch, with the game drawing level twice in the third, but Star regrouped well to see out the win.
Elsewhere, DCU Saints had the better of C and S Neptune, Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin romped home to their first home Super League victory over Moycullen and Templeogue had the better of Maree down in Galway.