National Leagues to expand for 2018-19 season

Basketball Ireland has announced that the Men’s and Women’s National Leagues will expand from 42 teams to 49 teams for the upcoming 2018/19 season.


New additions to the Men’s Super League sees the promotion of Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin and Neptune BC to the division at the cost of Éanna and KUBS, who will play their basketball in the Men’s Division One next year.


In the Women’s Super League meanwhile, Marble City Hawks and Fr Mathews have been promoted to the Super League to make a 10-team league, while Portlaoise Panthers have been regraded to the Women’s Division One.


Meanwhile, the two Division One leagues have experienced big growth this year. The Men’s Division One league will expand from 14 teams last season to 17 teams this year. This growth will see the division split into two conferences – north and south – and sees three men’s teams in Limerick: LIT, UL Eagles and Limerick Celtics. Tolka Rovers and WIT Vikings will also join the league this year.


The Women’s Division One is also experiencing growth, moving from seven teams last year, to a 10-team league this year, including new teams Phoenix Rockets (Ulster), Maree and St Mary’s Castleisland, as well as a second Limerick team – Limerick Celtics – to bring the total number of national league teams (men’s and women’s) in Limerick to five. The Women’s Division One will also be played in a conference format.


Speaking about the growth across the men’s and women’s games, Secretary General of Basketball Ireland, Bernard O’Byrne stated: “The numerical growth of our National League is very encouraging, as indeed is the geographical spread. However, we also need to be firmly focused on improving and maintaining playing standards, presentation of the games and the need to make all our games family social events. We are heading in the right direction but there is still a lot more to be done.”

Fixtures for the divisions will be announced next month.




For more information: Mary McGuire, Media & Communications Manager, Basketball Ireland – 086 174 3851.


Basketball Ireland Men’s Super League teams 2018/19

  1. Belfast Star
  2. DCU Saints
  3. Garvey’s Tralee Warriors
  4. Griffith College Swords Thunder
  5. Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin
  6. Maree
  7. Moycullen
  8. Neptune
  9. Pyrobel Killester
  10. Templeogue BC
  11. UCC Demons
  12. UCD Marian


Basketball Ireland Women’s Super League teams 2018/19

  1. Ambassador UCC Glanmire
  2. Courtyard Liffey Celtics
  3. DCU Mercy
  4. Fr Mathews
  5. IT Carlow Basketball
  6. Marble City Hawks
  7. Maxol WIT Wildcats
  8. NUIG Mystics
  9. Pyrobel Killester
  10. Singleton SuperValu Brunell


Basketball Ireland Men’s Division One teams 2018/19

Northern Conference

  1. Abby Seals Dublin Lions
  2. Eanna
  3. EJ Sligo All Stars
  4. Tolka Rovers
  5. KUBS
  6. LYIT Donegal
  7. Titans
  8. Ulster University Elks


Southern Conference

  1. Ballincollig
  2. Fr Mathews
  3. IT Carlow Basketball
  4. Limerick Celtics
  5. LIT
  6. Portlaoise Panthers
  7. Scotts Lakers St Paul’s Killarney
  8. UL Eagles
  9. WIT Vikings


Women’s Division One teams 2018/19

Northern Conference

  1. Fabplus North West
  2. Trinity Meteors
  3. Phoenix Rockets
  4. Ulster University Elks
  5. Griffith College Swords Thunder


Southern Conference

  1. Limerick Celtics
  2. Maree
  3. Portlaoise Panthers
  4. St Mary’s Castleisland
  5. UL Huskies