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DCU Mercy head coach Mark Ingle. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

DCU Mercy head coach Mark Ingle. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

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DCU Mercy head coach Mark Ingle. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

DCU Mercy were crowned Women's Super League champions after yesterday's 81-58 triumph over Maree in Glasnevin in their penultimate game of the season.

The Dubliners were pushed all the way before a third-quarter 12-point contribution from American Meredith Burkhall sealed glory.

Burkhall's heroics ensured Mercy went into the final quarter 55-45 to the good, giving them a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

The victory secures more silverware for head coach Mark Ingle (pictured), who was once enlisted by former Dublin football boss Jim Gavin for his defensive expertise.

"We're just elated. We came in today with a job to do. We know how good Maree are, they beat us in Galway and we knew it would be a really tough game. I'm just so happy to be holding the trophy now and to be finally able to say we're league winners," captain Sarah Woods said.

In the Men's Super League, Belfast Star kept the heat on Tralee Warriors with a 102-61 victory over Dublin Lions.

CJ Fulton emerged as top scorer for the Belfast outfit for the third week in-a-row, finishing with 22 points including a trio of threes.

Warriors stayed on top of the league after last night's 100-84 win over Maree. Their clash was originally billed for Saturday clash before having to be postponed due to Storm Jorge

Meanwhile, DCU Saints beat Neptune 86-77 as Michael Bonaparte and Charlie Coombes combined for 42 between them.

Elsewhere in the capital, Stefan Zecevic was pivotal for the Éanna with 34 point in their 90-76 win over UCD Marian.

Irish Independent