2 October 2023

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Defending InsureMyVan.ie Super League champions Irish Guide Dogs Ballincollig @MTU begin with derby win over Neptune

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Defending InsureMyVan.ie Super League champions Irish Guide Dogs Ballincollig @MTU begin with derby win over Neptune

Defending InsureMyVan.ie Super League champions Irish Guide Dogs Ballincollig @MTU got off to a solid start with a narrow 89-83 derby win against Energywise Ireland Neptune. Shawndale Jones Jr. racked up a whopping 34 points in the match, 10 more than any of his colleagues or opposition.

Ciaran O’Sullivan, player/coach of Irish Guide Dogs Ballincollig @MTU, said “It was great to get off to a winning start. Wins are going to be extremely hard to come by this season with the strength and depth around the league. It was wonderful to see a full house in MTU for our season opener, we played well overall but plenty of improvements to be made.”

In one of the most tense and exciting games of the weekend, newly promoted Ulster University picked up an impressive 84-83 road win against last year’s InsureMyHouse.ie National Cup winners Maree. Conor Liston scored the game winning two-pointer on his InsureMyVan.ie Super League and club debut, to pick up the victory for Ryan McCormick’s side.

Speaking afterwards McCormack stated: “We were slow to get off the bus on Saturday in Galway, we played within ourselves and let Maree dictate the game to us. The second half response was exceptional from the lads. Captain Shane O’Connor got the ball rolling, and Jalen Hodge lit up for 30 second-half points. Conor Liston put the icing on the cake with the game winner, but it was a full team effort for the next man up to get in and get the job done. Credit to Assistant Coach Ciara O’Neill on the play calling down the stretch too.”

Belfast Star ran out 91–75 winners against Bright St. Vincent’s with Tamyrik Fields leading the points scoring, on 39. In a Dublin derby Templeogue beat Pyrobel Killester 84-77 at the National Basketball Arena, while Griffith College Éanna opened their season with a 89-78 home victory against EJ Sligo All-Stars.

UCC Demons picked up a road win at the Killorgin Sports Complex, with a 94-76 victory over Flexachem KCYMS and Garvey’s Tralee Warriors comfortably beat Maigh Cuilinn by a 25-point margin, as it finished 90-65 at the Tralee Sports Complex.

SETU Waterford Widcats, DCU Mercy and Gurranabraher Credit Union Brunell are the early pace-setters in the MissQuote.ie Super League, with each making it two from two to start the season.

SETU Waterford Wildcats ran out 99-52 winners against the Trinity Meteors, Sarah Hickey once again impressing with 31 points in their victory, while sister Kate was also singled out for praise by coach Tommy O’Mahony.

“Delighted with our performance. I thought our attitude and execution was excellent, especially in the first quarter we came out of the blocks very quickly and it set the tempo for the game, Kate Hickey was outstanding on both sides of the floor which laid the foundation for an overall good performance.”, O’Mahony said.

Irish captain Edel Thornton was Gurranabraher Credit Union Brunell’s top scorer, on 21 points, as they defeated University of Galway Mystics 102–64.

Head coach Liam Culloty stated: “Obviously it was a very emotional weekend for the club following the passing of our President Andrew Drumm. Everyone in the club really turned up and I know he would have been so proud of the club today. Performance-wise we were happy. Some of our offence play was very slick, but again we know defensively we need to be better.”

 

DCU Mercy narrowly edged out Ulster University with a 80-72 win at home, Brynley Fitzgerald registered 25 points for the victors. Pyrobel Killester picked up their first win of the season, beating Catalyst Fr. Mathews 81-67. Jiselle Thomas contributed 21 points for the Dublin club.

The MissQuote.ie Super League fixture between Portlaoise Panthers & FloMAX Liffey Celtics was postponed due to condensation on the floor.

Condensation also led to the InsureMyVan.ie Division One fixture between SETU Waterford Vikings and Limerick Celtics being halted in the third quarter. Elsewhere there were wins for Drogheda Wolves, Limerick Sport Eagles, Mater Private Malahide, Limerick Celtics, Joels Dublin Lions, Kavanagh’s Portlaoise Panthers and SETU Carlow.

In MissQuote.ie Division 1, Templeogue, iSecure Swords Thunder, Limerick Sport Huskies, St. Paul’s Killarney, McEvoy’s Cavan Eagles and Limerick Celtics all got their campaigns underway with wins.

 

Results

MissQuote.ie Super League Results:

Saturday, September 30th

SETU Waterford Wildcats 99-52 Trinity Meteors

Portlaoise Panthers (P)-(P) FloMAX Liffey Celtics (Postponed due to condensation)

Pyrobel Killester 81-67 Catalyst Fr. Mathews

 

Sunday, October 1st

DCU Mercy 80-72 Ulster University

Gurranabraher Credit Union Brunell 102-64 University of Galway Mystics

 

InsureMyVan.ie Super League Results

Saturday 30th September

Irish Guide Dogs Ballincollig @MTU 99-83 Energywise Ireland Neptune

Belfast Star 91-75 Bright St. Vincent’s

Griffith College Éanna 89-78 EJ Sligo All-Stars

Maree 83-84 Ulster University

Flexachem KCYMS 76-94 UCC Demons

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 90-65 Maigh Cuilinn

 

 

 

MissQuote.ie Division 1 Results

Saturday 30th September

Abbey Seals Dublin Lions 78–81 Templeogue

iSecure Swords Thunder 79–69 Phoenix Rockets

Limerick Sport Huskies 72–57 Moy Tolka Rovers

 

Sunday 1st October

SETU Carlow 50-83 St. Paul’s Killarney

McEvoy’s Cavan Eagles 77-60 Oblate Dynamos

Limerick Celtics 85-54 Marble City Hawks

 

InsureMyVan.ie Division 1 Results

Saturday 30th September

Team Northwest 78-97 Drogheda Wolves

Titans BC 82-100 Limerick Sport Eagles

Mater Private Malahide 80-74 Moy Tolka Rovers

SETU Waterford Vikings (P)-(P) Limerick Celtics (Postponed due to condensation)

Joels Dublin Lions 88-82 UCD Marian

Kavanagh’s Portlaoise Panthers 90-63 Killarney Cougars

 

Sunday 1st October

SETU Carlow 99-87 Scotts Lakers Killarney

 

Fixtures

MissQuote.ie Super League Fixtures:

Saturday 7th October

Catalyst Fr. Mathews v The Address UCC Glanmire, 1700, Fr. Mathews Arena

Ulster University v University of Galway Mystics, 1715, Jordanstown Sports Village

Portlaoise Panthers v Gurranabraher Credit Union Brunell, 1800, St. Mary’s Hall

FloMAX Liffey Celtics v Trinity Meteors, 1900, Leixlip Amenities

Sunday 8th October

Pyrobel Killester v SETU Waterford Wildcats, 1400, Oblate Hall

 

InsureMyVan.ie Super League Fixtures

Saturday 7th October

Maree v Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, 1800, Kingfisher Sports Arena

Bright St. Vincent’s v Irish Guide Dogs Ballincollig @MTU, 1900, St. Vincents CBS

Ulster University v Templeogue, 1930, Jordanstown Sports Village

EJ Sligo All-Stars v Belfast Star, 1930, Mercy College

 

Sunday 8th October

Maigh Cuilinn v Flexachem KCYMS, 1500, Kingfisher Sports Arena

Pyrobel Killester v Griffith College Éanna, 1600, Oblate Hall

 

MissQuote.ie Division 1 Fixtures

Saturday 7th October

St Pauls Killarney v Limerick Celtics, 1630, Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre

iSecure Swords Thunder v Abbey Seals Dublin Lions, 1730, ALSAA

Templeogue v McEvoy’s Cavan Eagles, 1800, Nord Anglia International School

Moy Tolka Rovers v SETU Carlow, 1800, Tolka Rovers Sports Complex

Oblate Dynamos v Phoenix Rockets, 1900, Oblate Hall

Marble City Hawks v Limerick Sport Huskies, 1900, O’Loughlin Gaels GAA Club

 

InsureMyVan.ie Division 1 Fixtures

Saturday 7th October

UCD Marian v Mater Private Malahide, 1900, UCD Sports Centre

Titans BC v Moy Tolka Rovers, 1900, Knocknacarra Community Centre

Killarney Cougars v SETU Waterford Vikings, 1900, Presentation Gym

Drogheda Wolves v Joels Dublin Lions, 1930, Ballymakenny College

Scotts Lakers Killarney v Limerick Sport Eagles, 1930, Killarney Sports & Leisure Centre

Kavanagh’s Portlaoise Panthers v Team Northwest, 2000, St Mary’s Hall

Sunday 8th October

Limerick Celtics v SETU Carlow, 1515, Crescent College

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