Marble City Hawks beaten in trophy semi-final but remain top of division

IT Carlow and Paris Texas Kilkenny also suffered defeat at the weekend

DCU Mercy and UCD Marian have a lot to celebrate this festive season as they remain top of the Women’s and Men’s Super League tables ahead of the Christmas break.

DCU continued their solid form of late in Glanmire on Saturday afternoon, winning out 62-57 against their long-time rivals in Cork. Despite trailing 35-27 at half time, superb performances from Sarah Woods and Rachel Huijsdens sent DCU home to victory.

Elsewhere in the Women’s Super League, Courtyard Liffey Celtics got back to winning ways with an 85-51 point win over Portlaoise Panthers, while Pyrobel Killester won out 72-58 on the road against Maxol WIT Wildcats. Singleton SuperValu Brunell dug deep in Carlow on Sunday afternoon to take home an 82-73 point win over IT Carlow Basketball.

In the Men’s Super League, a solid win for UCD Marian over fellow Dublin club, KUBS, on Saturday evening saw them remain top of the table going into Christmas, with just two losses so far this season in the League.

Elsewhere, UCC Demons built on their big Cup quarter-final win against Tralee on Wednesday evening by upsetting Griffith College Swords Thunder in Dublin on Saturday, winning out 90-77.

Black Amber Templeogue moved up to second place on the table with a 92-83 point win over Éanna – the second win for Templeogue against their local rivals in as many weeks, while Pyrobel Killester also made it back-to-back wins against Moycullen, when they overcame the Galway team 108-83 on Saturday evening.

Elsewhere in the league, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors put Wednesday evening’s loss to Demons behind them to run out 90-67 point winners over Maree, while DCU Saints came out of Belfast with a 78-72 win over Star.

There’s just one more game in the Men’s Super League before Christmas, with the big Galway derby between Moycullen and Maree tipping off next Saturday evening, December 23rd.

In the Men’s Division One meanwhile, it is a happy Christmas for Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin who have completed the entire first half of the season unbeaten at the top of the table with 13 wins out of 13 games. Cork sides, Neptune and Ballincollig, are neck-in-neck in joint second place.

In the Women’s Division One, Fr Mathews bounced back well from last weekend’s two-game loss to book their spot in the Women’s Champions Trophy final (to be played at the end of the season) with a win over Marble City Hawks. It is Hawks however who are top of the table at the midway point of the season, with just one loss so far this year. In the other game of the weekend, UL Huskies had the better of Griffith College Swords Thunder on Sunday afternoon, winning out 73-64 in the end.

Basketball Ireland Results: 14-17 December

Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League

  • Griffith College Swords Thunder 77-90 UCC Demons
  • UCD Marian 88-66 KUBS BC
  • Moycullen 83-108 Pyrobel Killester
  • Belfast Star 72-78 DCU Saints
  • Black Amber Templeogue 92-83 Éanna
  • Garvey’s Tralee Warriors 90-67 Maree

Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League

  • Ambassador UCC Glanmire 57-62 DCU Mercy
  • Maxol WIT Wildcats 58-72 Pyrobel KillesterCourtyard Liffey Celtics 85-51 Portlaoise Panthers
  • IT Carlow Basketball 73-82 Singleton SuperValu Brunell

Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One

  • Dublin Lions 98-92 IT Carlow Basketball
  • Ulster University Elks 67-82 Keane’s Supervalu Killorglin
  • Paris Texas Kilkenny 79-91 Portlaoise Panthers
  • Fr Mathews 94-103 Neptune
  • EJ Sligo All-Stars 76-96 Dublin Lions
  • IT Carlow Basketball 98-34 LIT Celtics
  • Portlaoise Panthers 77-75 University Ulster Elks
  • Titans 96-100 LYIT Donegal (after overtime)
  • Fr Mathews 107-73 Paris Texas Kilkenny

WNLC Championship Trophy semi-final

Fr Mathews 62-47 Marble City Hawks

Basketball Ireland Women’s Division One

UL Huskies 73-64 Griffith College Swords Thunder

Marble City Hawks are also in the running for your Kilkenny Club of the Year as part of this year’s David Buggy Motors Kilkenny Sport Star Awards. Cast your vote here.

Ken McGuire

A life-long Liverpool supporter and lover of hurling and local rugby, Ken writes and shoots for KCLR Fanzone and presents KCLR Drive, weekdays 3-5.30pm. He rambles about food too at

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