There’s good news for IT Carlow’s men and women’s teams and the Marble City Hawks side as Basketball Ireland announced that the national leagues will return from September.
The new Irish domestic basketball season will start on September 18th with the men’s National League.
The women’s National League follows two weeks later, starting on October 2nd.
The Men’s National League Committee (MNCC) has also announced that Cork’s UCC Demons will be competing in Division One next season, a return to the National League after sitting out the 2019/20 season.
UCC Demons have won the Super League eight times in their history, the last of which came in 2015/16. They are also seven-time senior National Cup winners, their most recent success was in the 2014/15 season.
A pre-season tournament will also take place for women’s National League clubs.
The ‘WNLC Women’s Series’ will start on August 28th and run to September 18th. The WNLC has also confirmed that the women’s Super League will be a regular league, with home and away games.
The women’s Division One will be split into two conferences, the five-team North Conference will contain LYIT, Phoenix Rockets, Swords Thunder and Ulster University Tigers.
The six-team South Conference will have Limerick Celtics, NUIG Mystics, Portlaoise Panthers, St. Paul’s Killarney, Tipperary Knights and UL.
Teams will play on a home and away basis in their respective conferences, with either a home or away cross-conference game against teams from the opposite conference.
Full competition details for the men’s and women’s pre-season tournaments will be revealed in due course.