Thrilling Hula Hoops Cup weekend tees up exciting Cork derby between Brunell and Glanmire, writes Mary McGuire.
A thrilling weekend of Hula Hoops Cup action has teed up an exciting Cork derby for the Women's semi-finals in January, as both Singleton SuperValu Brunell and Cup holders Glanmire came out on top in their respective games. For Brunell, their win over NUIG Mystics was all the more sweeter as it was their first win of the season so far this year, and Head Coach Francis O’Sullivan was happy to report a full and fit team for action this afternoon.
 
“I’m relieved and delighted to get the win, it’s a long time coming,” he admitted. “That’s the team we’ll hopefully have now for the rest of the season – we’d everybody on the floor today. There’ll be no more excuses from here on in. Hopefully we’ll be more competitive now in the games and pick up another few wins and of course, we’re excited to be in the next round of the Cup with a big local derby against Glanmire to look forward to.”
 
Cup holders Ambassador UCC Glamire had to fight ‘til the death in their clash Saturday evening against Maxol WIT Wildcats, just edging it in the dying minutes to win 56-61. Elsewhere, there was a nerve-wracking finish in Clontarf as, with just 20 seconds to go, DCU Mercy took the lead (60-62) against Pyrobel Killester and added another basket to seal victory in the dying seconds, while in the final quarter-final of the weekend, Courtyard Liffey Celtics booked their spot in the semi-final with a 52-60 win over Portlaoise Panthers in a very closely fought game.
 
Commercial.ie Éanna meanwhile are celebrating a hard-fought win in the Men’s Super League this weekend, as they overcame Belfast Star 63-67, with an in-form Aidan Dunne bagging 22 points for his side. “I’m delighted with the team performance,” said Éanna Head Coach Mick Thompson. “The lads showed great determination to close out and win the game. We knew Star were in good form, and now we will continue to work hard and try to improve a little bit more each week.”
 
Elsewhere, Templeogue remain unbeaten at the top of the league, winning 82-71 over SSE Airtricity Moycullen on Saturday, while DCU Saints had the better of KUBS, and UCD Marian made it two wins from two over the weekend, when they secured wins over Éanna and Radisson Blu UL Eagles. It was another close one for UCC Demons meanwhile, as they lost out by just one point in Cork against Pyrobel Killester while, despite the best efforts of Trae Pemberton of Tralee Warriors who netted a whopping 40 points on Sunday afternoon, Griffith Swords Thunder ran out winners over the Kerry team 87-80 in the end.
 
RESULTS: December 2nd to 4th
 
Basketball Ireland Men's Super League
 
UCD Marian 87-69 Commercial.ie Éanna
UCD Marian 92-73 Radisson Blu
UL Eagles Belfast Star 63-67 Commercial.ie Éanna
Templeogue 82-71 SSE Airtricity Moycullen
KUBS 61-73 DCU Saints
Griffith Swords Thunder 87-80 Tralee Warriors
UCC Demons 79-80 Pyrobel Killester
 
Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup
 
Pyrobel Killester 60-64 DCU Mercy
Maxol WIT Wildcats 56-61 Ambassador UCC Glanmire
Singleton SuperValu Brunell 73-58 NUIG Mystics
Portlaoise Panthers 52-60 Courtyard Liffey Celtics
 
Hula Hoops Men’s President's Cup quarter-finals
 
BFG Neptune 108-72 LYIT Donegal
Team Kilkenny 83-72 Keane's SuperValu Killorglin
Dublin Lions 64-83 Ej Sligo All-Stars
Kestrels 92-71 Pyrobel Killester
Hula Hoops Senior Women’s Cup:
Oblate Dynamos 69-66 Ulster University Elks
Meteors 2nd Team 50-62 Ulster Rockets
Fr Mathews 42-63 Marble City Hawks
ITC Basketball 67-46 UL Huskies
 
Hula Hoops Men's Under 20 Cup
Maree 69-64 Belfast Star
 
Hula Hoops U18 Women’s National Cup:
Portlaoise Panthers 78-40 Singleton SuperValu Brunell
DCU Mercy 77-44 Maree
 
Hula Hoops Men’s National Intermediate Cup Competition:
Blue Demons 101-52 Mallow
 
Hula Hoops U20 Men’s National Cup:
KUBS BC 115-58 Fr Mathews
 
Hula Hoops U18 Men’s National Cup Knockout:
Killorglin CYMS 70-82 Templeogue