Category: National Basketball League

Irish Basketball Association Women’s Super League 1997-98

Final Table

 PWLPFPAPts
Avonmore Snowcream Wildcats (C – NC)16160  48
Openet Naomh Mhuire (NC)16133  42
Tolka Rovers (NC)16124  40
Meteors (NC)16106  36
Blarney Spring1688  32
Killester1679  30
Supermacs Limerick16511  26
Riverisland Castleisland16115  18
Lee Strand Tralee16115  18
[Reference: 1]

Top Four Playoffs

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 Snowcream Wildcats65Meteors43
 Tolka Rovers64Naomh Mhuire61 ot
 Final   
 Snowcream Wildcats82Tolka Rovers68
[Reference: 2]

Regular Season Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Week 1
05.10.1997Snowcream Wildcats75Killester51
05.10.1997Lee Strand Tralee51Blarney64
05.10.1997Meteors75Limerick40
05.10.1997Riverisland Castleisland72Tolka Rovers94
Week 2
12.10.1997Lee Strand Tralee50Riverisland Castleisland58
12.10.1997Killester51Meteors72
12.10.1997Snowcream Wildcats72Openet Naomh Mhuire64
12.10.1997Limerick62Tolka Rovers64
Week 3
19.19.1997Meteors48Snowcream Wildcats52
19.10.1997Openet Naomh Mhuire104Lee Strand Tralee58
19.10.1997Riverisland Castleisland49Limerick70
19.10.1997Tolka Rovers83Blarney45
Week 4
26.10.1997Supermacs Limerick49Killester46
26.10.1997Meteors66Blarney45
26.10.1997Openet Naomh Mhuire79Riverisland Castleisland62
26.10.1997Tolka Rovers72Snowcream Wildcats78
Week 5
09.11.1997Lee Strand Tralee39Meteors72
09.11.1997Snowcream Wildcats107Supermacs Limerick34
09.11.1997Riverisland Castleisland42Killester70
09.11.1997Blarney53Openet Naomh Mhuire98
Week 6
16.11.1997Riverisland Castleisland67Blarney91
16.11.1997Killester56Tolka Rovers77
16.11.1997Snowcream Wildcats106Lee Strand Tralee42
16.11.1997Supermacs Limerick47Openet Naomh Mhuire68
Week 7
23.11.1997Tolka Rovers70Meteors69
23.11.1997Blarney60Snowcream Wildcats105
23.11.1997Killester47Openet Naomh Mhuire74
23.11.1997Supermacs Limerick83Lee Strand Tralee50
Week 8
30.11.1997Meteors56Openet Naomh Mhuire62
30.11.1997Lee Strand Tralee56Tolka Rovers89
30.11.1997Killester58Blarney56
30.11.1997Riverisland Castleisland67Snowcream Wildcats146
Week 9
07.12.1997Lee Strand Tralee58Killester79
07.12.1997Supermacs Limerick69Blarney74
07.12.1997Meteors97Riverisland Castleisland57
07.12.1997Tolka Rovers70Openet Naomh Mhuire73
Week 10
21.12.1997Tolka Rovers107Riverisland Castleisland53
21.12.1997Killester53Snowcream Wildcats90
21.12.1997Supermacs Limerick97Meteors84
21.12.1997Blarney59Lee Strand Tralee44
Week 11
04.01.1998Meteors73Killester38
04.01.1998Openet Naomh Mhuire56Snowcream Wildcats67
04.01.1998Riverisland Castleisland63Lee Strand Tralee67
04.01.1998Tolka Rovers86Supermacs Limerick58
Week 12
11.01.1998Blarney68Tolka Rovers57
11.01.1998Lee Strand Tralee52Openet Naomh Mhuire76
11.01.1998Snowcream Wildcats83Meteors61
11.01.1998Supermacs Limerick90Riverisland Castleisland64
Week 13
18.01.1998Snowcream Wildcats83Tolka Rovers58
18.01.1998Killester77Supermacs Limerick63
18.01.1998Riverisland Castleisland61Openet Naomh Mhuire119
18.01.1998Blarney54Meteors56
Week 14
01.02.1998Openet Naomh Mhuire91Supermacs Limerick59
01.02.1998Lee Strand Tralee40Snowcream Wildcats84
01.02.1998Tolka Rovers66Killester60
01.02.1999Blarney97Riverisland Castleisland50
Week 15
08.02.1998Supermacs Limerick53Snowcream Wildcats83
08.02.1998Meteors80Lee Strand Tralee41
08.02.1998Killester61Riverisland Castleisland39
08.02.1998Openet Naomh Mhuire63Blarney53
Week 16
15.02.1998Openet Naomh Mhuire66Killester35
15.02.1998Meteors55Tolka Rovers81
15.02.1998Snowcream Wildcats81Blarney62
15.02.1998Lee Strand Tralee50Supermacs Limerick57
Week 17
22.02.1998Openet Naomh Mhuire57Tolka Rovers59
22.02.1998Killester94Lee Strand Tralee56
22.02.1998Riverisland Castleisland51Meteors81
22.02.1998Blarney94Supermacs Limerick52
Week 18
01.03.1998Openet Naomh Mhuire52Meteors62
01.03.1998Snowcream Wildcats123Riverisland Castleisland26
01.03.1998Tolka Rovers95Lee Strand Tralee46
01.03.1998Blarney Spring57Killester71
[References: 3-27]

Report

Wildcats of Waterford won the first Super League title in 1997-98 defeating Tolka Rovers 82-68 in the Final.

Snowcream Wildcats from Waterford were on top of the Irish Basketball Association Women’s Super League at the end of October 1997, with four wins from four games. Tolka Rovers and Meteors were both a game behind on three wins and one loss, although Opent Naomh Mhuire from Inchicore in Dublin had a game in hand with two wins from three. What made Wildcats position even more outstanding was three of those wins came agianst their three nearest challengers, for all of whom it was their only loss.

By the end of November, Snowcream Wildcats were still undefeated, with maximum points from 8 games, their eighth game being a 146-67 demolition of Riverisland Castleisland, Jillian Hayes contributing 30 points in the game. Tolka Rovers and Openet Naomh Mhuire could not be counted out however with 6 wins from 7 games each in second place. Meteors were a bit further back in fourth with 4 wins from seven games.

At the years end Snowcream Wildcats were still undefeated with 9 wins, two ahead of Tolka Rovers and Naomh Mhuire, with Naomh Mhuire having a game in hand. Tolka Rovers narrow three-point loss at home to the women from Inchicore in Week 9 damahing their title hopes. Meteors were still hanging in there in fourth with 6 wins.

By the last weekend of league action in January before the Cup Finals Weekend, Snowcream Wildcats had kept their unbeaten record, stretching it to 12 wins. Openet Naomh Mhuire occupied second on 9 wins, with Tolka Rovers and Meteors tied in third on eight wins each.

At the end of the season at the End of February / Beginning of March, Snowcream Wildcats finished off their League campaign with an astonishing 123 to 26 victory over Riverisland Castleisland, to top the table with a perfect 16 wins from 16, three wins ahead of Openet Naomh Mhuire in second, with Tolka Rovers in third on 12-6 and Meteors finishing off the season in fourth with 10-6, sneaking into the playoffs ahead of Blarney Spring with a win over Opent Naomh Mhuire on the last day as Blarney lost to Killester.

The National Championship in the National Basketball Arena on the 14th to 15th March saw Snowcream Wildcats win all three major Competitions with an 82-68 triumph over Tolka Rovers in the Final after a 65-43 defeat of Meteors in the Semi-Finals. The other Semi-Final was a 64-61 win for Tolka Rovers in overtime versus Opent Naomh Mhuire.

The following year the Super League dropped to five teams as Naomh Mhuire lost their sponsor and Riverisland Castleisland and Lee Strand Tralee, who had struggled all season dropped out. The loss of Blarney was another big blow to the league.

About the National Basketball Leagues

The Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland was founded in 1947 and set up the first National League for men in 1971. In 1979 the League brought in professional players from America and the ABAI became the Irish Basketball Association and also started up the first Women’s League with a 1st and 2nd Division.

In 1997 the two Divisions were merged into one Women’s Super League, with a Regional League bbelow this, which in 2003 reverted back to two Divisions – Super League and Division 1 – with another rebranding of the Association to Basketball Ireland.

References

Newspapers

[1] (1998) “Basketball”. Irish Independent. Monday, March 2, 1998. pp. 20-21.

[2] (1998) “Basketball”. Irish Independent. Monday, March 16, 1998. pp. 34-35.

[3] Anon. (1997) “Factfile: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, October 6, 1997. Pg. 30

[4] Anon. (1997) “Factfile: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, October 13, 1997. Pg. 34

[5] Anon. (1997) “Ballina want McClean on the Plane from Spain” Irish Independent. Friday, October 17, 1997. Pg. 18

[6] Anon. (1997) “Factfile: Basketball” Irish Independent. Saturday, October 18, 1997. Pg. 22

[7] Anon. (1997) “Factfile: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, October 20, 1997. Pg. 32

[8] Anon. (1997) “McClean helps to sink Neptune” Irish Independent. Monday, October 20, 1997. Pg. 32

[9] Anon. (1997) “Factfile: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, October 27, 1997. Pg. 34

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[13] Anon. (1997) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, December 1, 1997. Pg. 30

[14] Anon. (1997) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, December8, 1997, Pg. 33

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[16] Anon. (1998) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, January 5, 1998, Pg. 23

[17] Anon. (1998) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, January 12, 1998, Pg. 31

[18] Anon. (1998) “Neptune looking up as Augusto points the way” Irish Independent. Monday, January 19, 1998, Pg. 30

[19] Anon. (1998) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, January 26, 1998, Pg. 31

[20] Anon. (1998) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, February 2, 1998, Pg. 20

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[22] Anon. (1998) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, February 16, 1998, Pg. 32

[23] Anon. (1998) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, February 23, 1998, Pg. 28

[24] Anon. (1998) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, March 2, 1998, Pg. 20

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Acknowledgements

Thanks to Ann Hanley, Killester and Ireland National Team.

About this document

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Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 19 December 2020

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Irish Basketball Association National Basketball League Men’s Division 1 1979-1991

IBBA National Basketball League 1979-80

 PWLPFPAPts
*St. Vincent’s Killarney18162  32
*Blue Demons18144  28
*Marian18135  26
*Killester18117  22
Tralee Celtics18108  20
St. Vincent’s Glasnevin1899  18
Sligo All-Stars18810  16
St. Gall’s18711  14
O’Connell’s18216  4
Iona Cork18018  0

[1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1980St. Vincent’s Killarney84Killester71
  1980Blue Demons103Marian89
 Final   
  1980St. Vincent’s Killarney104Blue Demons73

IBBA National Basketball League 1980-81

 PWLPFPAPts
*Blue Demons18171  34
*Killester18135  26
*Marian18126  24
St. Gall’s18126  24
*St. Vincent’s Killarney18126  24
St. Vincent’s Glasnevin18117  22
Corinthians18513  10
Celtic18315  6
Sligo All Stars18315  6
St. Colm’s18216  4

[18]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1981Blue Demons95Marian61
 1981St. Vincent’s Killarney73Killester62
 Final   
 1981Blue Demons77St. Vincent’s Killarney74

IBBA National Basketball League 1981-82

 PWLPFPAPts
Gleneagle Killarney18162  32
Team Britvic Blue Demons18144  28
St. Vincent’s Glasnevin18135  26
Killester18108  20
Burgerland Neptune18108  20
Team Shandy St. Gall’s18810  16
Marian18711  14
Tralee Celtics18711  14
Corinthians18612  12
Ballina Braves18018  0

[1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1982    
 1982    
 Final   
 1982Gleneagle Killarney100Team Britvic Blue Demons97 ot

IBBA National Basketball League 1982-83

 PWLPFPAPts
Burgerland Neptune16133  26
Sporting Belfast16115  22
Gleneagle Killarney16106  20
St. Vincent’s16106  20
Team Britvic Blue Demons1697  18
Team Corona St. Gall’s1679  14
Sligo All-Stars16511  10
Killester16412  8
Yoplait Marian16313  6

[1][9]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1983Burgerland67St. Vincent’s74
 1983Sporting BelfastWGleneagleL
 Final   
 1983St. Vincent’s83Sporting Belfast78

[14]

National Basketball Leagues 1983-84

 PWLPFPAPts
*Team Britvic Blue Demons18144  28
*Team Harp Lager North Monastery18135  26
*St. Vincent’s18124  24
*Gleneagle Killarney18117  22
Team Smithwick’s Sporting18108  20
Burgerland Neptune1899  18
Killester1899  18
Team GWI Sligo18711  14
Team Corona St. Gall’s18414  8
Club Orange Annadale18117  2

[1][2]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1984St. Vincent’s71Harp Lager68
 1984Gleneagle89Team Britvic85
 Final   
 1984St. Vincent’s104Gleneagle76

[15]

IBBA National Basketball Leagues 1984-85

 PWLPFPAPts
*Burgerland Neptune18153  30
*Team Britvic Blue Demons18135  26
*Jameson St. Vincent’s18135  26
*Team Harp Lager North Monastery18117  22
Team Smithwick’s Sporting18108  20
Yoplait Marian1899  18
Killester18711  14
Team West Ballina18513  10
Gleneagle Killarney18414  8
Team GWI Sligo18315  6

[1][3]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1985Burgerland NeptuneWHarp Lager North MonL
 1985Team Britvic Blue DemonsWJameson St. Vincent’sL
 Final   
 1985Team Britvic Blue Demons77Burgerland Neptune74

[16]

National Basketball Leagues 1985-86

 PWLPFPAPts
*Burgerland International Neptune18162  32
*Team Harp Lager North Monastery18144  28
*Premier Milk Toppers Killester18126  24
*Jameson International St. Vincent’s18108  20
Team Roadspeed Corinthians1899  18
Dawn Milk Blue Demons18810  16
Team Tudor St. Gall’s18612  12
Team West Ballina18513  10
Team Smithwicks Sporting Belfast18513  10
Yoplait Marian18513  10

[1][4]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1986Jameson102Burgerland94
 1986Premier Milk100Harp Lager91
 Final   
 1986Jameson89Premier Milk81

[17]

IBBA National Leagues 1986-87

 PWLPFPAPts
*Burgerland Neptune18135  26
*Dawn Milk Blue Demons18135  26
*Premier Milk Toppers Killester18126  24
*Jameson St. Vincent’s18126  24
Budweiser18117  22
Roadspeed Corinthians1899  18
Team West Ballina18810  16
St. Declan’s18513  10
St. Gall’s18513  10
Portarlington Hawks ##18216  2

[1][5]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1987Burgerland Neptune87Jameson St. Vincent’s78
 1987    
 Final   
 1987Burgerland Neptune95Premier Milk Toppers84

IBBA National League 1987-88

 PWLPFPAPts
*Burgerland Neptune18144  28
*Premier Milk Killester18135  26
*Dawn Milk Blue Demons18135  26
*Budweiser North Monastery18126  24
Roadspeed Corinthians1899  18
Harp Ballina1899  18
Jameson St. Vincent’s18810  16
St. Declan’s Cabra18612  12
Sligo All-Stars18513  10
Galway Democrats18117  2

[1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Final   
 1988Burgerland Neptune65Budweiser North Monastery62
 1988Dawn Milk Blue Demons95Premier Milk Killester88
 Final   
 1988Dawn Milk Blue Demons89Burgerland Neptune88

[10]

IBBA National League 1988-89

 PWLPFPAPts
*Dawn Milk Cork Blue Demons18144  28
*Burgerland Neptune18135  26
*Jameson Glasnevin St. Vincent’s18135  26
*Harp Ballina18117  22
St. Declan’s18108  20
Roadspeed Dublin Corinthians18108  20
Premier Milk Killester18810  16
Budweiser Cork18612  12
Cookstown Glenavon18216  4
St. Gall’s18216  4

[1][6]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1989    
 1989    
 Final   
 1989Burgerland Neptune95Harp Ballina82

[11]

IBBA National League 1989-90

 PWLPFPAPts
*Burgerland Neptune18180  36
*Jameson St. Vincent’s18135  26
*Roadspeed Corinthians18135  26
*Harp Ballina1899  18
Dawn Milk Blue Demons18810  16
Premier Dairies Killester18612  12
Radio South North Monastery18612  12
St. Declan’s Perri18612  12
Garvey’s Tralee18612  12
Tennents Sligo18513  10

[1][7]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Final   
 1990Jameson St. Vincent’s81Harp Ballina81

[12]

Note: Title Awarded to Jameson St. Vincent’s. Harp Ballina refused to play overtime due to a controversial refereeing decision.

IBBA National League 1990-91

 PWLPFPAPts
*Burgerland Neptune16133  26
*Connacht Gold Ballina16115  22
*Jameson St. Vincent’s16106  20
*North Monastery 96’ers16106  20
Lucozade Sport Killester1697  18
Dawn Milk Blue Demons1679  14
St. Declan’s16610  12
Marathon Limerick George16511  10
Cookstown Glenavon16115  2

[1][8]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Final   
 1991Neptune92North Monastery91 ot

[13]

Report

The Amateur Basketball Association of Ireland relented on its no paid professionals rule after St. Vincent’s of Killarney brought in two professionals from the United States in 1979. Seeing how many fans it was bringing in the Association legalised the import of paid players from USA, and changed its name to the Irish Basketball Association to reflect this change in 1980.

St. Vincent’s Killarney would run away with the League and Top Four Championships that year, and the following year the other clubs followed suit by bringing in players from the United States.

Blue Demons of Cork would win the League in 1980-81, as Munster Clubs dominated the League over the next decade. Gleneagle Killarney would win the League the following year and from 1982 to 1991 the great Neptune team of the era would win seven out of nine league titles – only Blue Demons interrupting this streak in 1983-84 and 1988-89.

St. Vincent’s of Glasnevin in Dublin were the only team to break this Cork and Kerry stranglehold by winning the Top four Championship in 1982-83, 1983-84, 1985-86 and 1989-90, but the League would belong to Cork and Kerry.

In 1991 the League made the decision to cut the number of imports a team was allowed to bring in from two to one and merged the two Divisions into one Super League. It was thought Irish players were able to make the step up to Pro but the fans lost interest with only one American and the Golden Era was over.

Burgerland International (Neptune) Team Photo 1980 [Ref: 19]

References

Bibliography

[1] Shannon, Kieran (2009) “Hanging from the Rafters: The story of Neptune and the Golden Age of Irish Basketball” Appendix Section 1: The Irish Men’s Game: The Complete Records: National League Tables and Top Four semi-finals and Finals. Pp. 516-527.

Magazine Articles

[2] (1984) “National League 1983-84”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. October 1984.

[3] (1985) “Final Standings”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. Autumn 1985.

[4] (1986) “National League Standings 1985-86”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. 1985-86 Season.

[5] (1987) “National League 1986-87”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. 1986-87 Season.

[6] (1989) “National League 1988-89 Final Standings”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. Number 12. 1988-89 Season. pg. 28

[7] (1990) “National League 1989-90 Final Standings”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. Number 15. March 1990 pp. 18

[8] (1991) “National League Tables 1990/91”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. Number 18. May 1991 pp. 14

Sources

[9] (1983) “Scene is set for top-four showdown”. Irish Press. Monday, March 16, 1983.

[10] (1988) “Dawn Milk leave it to last seconds”. Irish Press. Monday, March 21, 1988. pp. 12-13.

[11] (1989) “Neptune find right formula”. Irish Independent. Monday, March 20, 1989. pp. 14-15.

[12] (1990) “Ballina overtime ban hands it to Vincents”. Irish Independent. Monday, March 19, 1990. pp. 12-13.

[13] (1991) “Last gasp Neptune!”. Irish Independent. Monday, March 25, 1991. pp. 22-23.

[14] (1983) “Vincent’s, North Mon on top”. Irish Examiner. Monday, March 21, 1983. pp. 14-15.

[15] (1984) “Top two titles stay in Dublin”. Irish Examiner. Monday, March 19, 1984. pp. 16-17.

[16] (1985) “Formula finally right”. Irish Examiner. Monday, March 18, 1985. pp. 16-17.

[17] (1986) “Dubliners basket top four honours”. Irish Examiner. Monday, March 17, 1986. pp. 12-13.

[18] Anon. (1981) “Pride for the Blues | Div. One (Men)”. Irish Independent. Wednesday, March 25, 1981. pg. 13.

Note: Copies of The Irish Independent, Irish Press & Irish Examiner are available to view online at the Irish Newspaper Archive: https://www.irishnewsarchive.com/ which is a subscription service.

Images

[19] Donovan, Timothy | Irish Basketball Memories of the 80s And 90s Facebook Group (2020)Post to Page 25 March 2020.”Good memories” [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/90766714_10207259047192409_7927466479644049408_o.jpg?_nc_cat=109&_nc_sid=ca434c&_nc_ohc=6ZDx93hGAxMAX8QVV6Z&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=33d102ac17c015ed360316ff2c4225fa&oe=5EA09967 [Accessed 25 March 2020]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to John Folan & Timothy Donovan

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 25 March 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Resereved.

Irish Basketball Association Ladies National Basketball League 1979-1991

IBBA Ladies National Basketball League 1980-81

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1981Corinthians79Neptune44
 1981Killester Kittens81Meteors73
 Final   
 1981Corinthians68Killester Kittens65

[1]

IBBA Ladies National Basketball League Division 1 1981-82

 PWLPts
Naomh Mhuire1212024
Meteors129318
Corinthians128416
Cossacks125710
Blarney125710
Athlone12396
Eagles Kildare120120

[1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Final   
 1982Naomh Mhuire   

IBBA Ladies National Basketball League Division 1 1982-83

 PWLPts
Meteors1413126
Corinthians1412224
Naomh Mhuire1411322
Pacers148616
Blarney146812
Marathon143116
Cossacks143116
Team Bikesport140140

[1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1983Meteors66Pacers63
 1983Corinthians Naomh Mhuire 
 Final   
 1983Meteors56Naomh Mhuire46

[1]

IBBA Ladies National Basketball League Division 1 1983-84

 PWLPts
Meteors1615130
Naomh Mhuire1614228
Burgerland Limerick1613326
Pacers169718
Eagle Lodge Tralee169718
Marathon1651110
Blarney164128
Team Bikesport163136
Moyle Park160160

[2]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 4th Place Playoff   
 1984Pacers45Eagle Lodge40
DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1984Burgerland53Naomh Mhuire52
 1984Meteors72Pacers41
 Final   
 1984Meteors77Burgerland72

[1][9]

IBBA Ladies National Basketball League Division 1 1984-85

 PWLPts
Meteors1818036
Eagle Lodge Tralee1814428
Naomh Mhuire1814428
Blarney1812624
Burgerland Limerick189918
Team Tivoli1871114
Pacers1861212
Team TSB1861212
Athlone184148
St. Louis180180

[3]
[1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1985MeteorsLBlarneyW
 1985Eagle Lodge TraleeWNaomh MhuireL
 Final   
 1985Blarney68Eagle Lodge Tralee70

[1]

IBBA Ladies National Basketball League Division 1 1985-86

 PWLPts
West Coast Coolers Meteors1816232
Corinthians1815330
Blarney1813526
Team Hartnett1813526
Premier Milk Toppers Killester189918
Team Tivoli1881016
Naomh Mhuire1861212
Pacers184148
Opel Sport183156
Team CSB183156

[4]
[1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1986Corinthians70Reubens Blarney69
 1986Team Hartnett51West Coast Coolers46
 Final   
 1986Team Hartnett66Corinthians64

[1][10]

IBBA Ladies National Basketball Leagues Division 1 1986-87

 PWLPts
*Lee Strand Tralee1816232
*Blarney1815330
*West Coast Coolers Meteors1814428
*Naomh Mhuire1811722
Snowcream Wildcats189918
Marathon1881016
Satzenbrau1871114
Corinthians1851310
Team Harp Pacers184148
Premier Milk Toppers Killester181172

[5]
[1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1987Lee Strand Tralee71Naomh Mhuire70
 1987West Coast Coolers83Blarney72
 Final   
 1987Lee Strand Tralee79West Coast Coolers71

[1]

IBBA Ladies National Basketball League Division 1 1987-88

 PWLPts
*Lee Strand Tralee1816232
*Abbey Life Blarney1815330
*West Coast Cooler Meteors1814428
*Naomh Mhuire1811722
Snowcream Wildcats189918
Castledermot1881016
Finlux Corinthians1871114
Gateaux Athlone184148
Harp Pacers Ballina184148
Satzenbrau Belfast182164

[1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1988Lee Strand Trlaee68Naomh Mhuire67
 1988West Coast Coolers MeteorsWBlarneyL
 Final   
 1988West Coast Coolers Meteors76Lee Strand Tralee73

[1]

IBBA Ladies National Basketball League Division 1 1988-89

 PWLPts
*Blarney Abbey Life1613326
*West Coast Coolers Meteors1613326
*Lee Strand Tralee1612424
*Snowcream Wildcats1610620
Naomh Mhuire169718
Corinthians1661012
Corrib1651110
Gateaux Athlone163136
Castledermot161152

[6]
[1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1989WCC Meteors71Lee Strand Tralee51
 1989BlarneyWWildcatsL
 Final   
 1989Blarney79West Coast Coolers63

[1]

IBBA Ladies National Basketball League Division 1 1989-90

 PWLPts
*Blarney Ballyclough1614228
*Lee Strand Tralee1612424
*West Coast Cooler Meteors1610620
*Snowcream Wildcats169718
Naomh Mhuire169718
Marathon Golden Vale168816
Corrib1661012
Pocari Killester163136
Corinthians161152

[7]
[1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Semi-Finals   
 1990Wildcats93Blarney91 ot
 1990Tralee75WCC Meteors54
 Final   
 1990Lee Strand Tralee71Snowcream Wildcats80

[1]

IBBA Ladies National Basketball League Division 1 1990-91

 PWLPts
Blarney Ballyclough1817134
Snowcream Wildcats1812624
Lee Strand Tralee1812624
West Coast Cooler Meteors1811722
Naomh Mhuire1811722
Corrib189918
Marathon Golden Vale1881016
Tolka Rovers1851310
Lucozade Sport Killester184148
Brunell181172

[8]
[1]

DateHome Team Away Team 
 Final   
 1991Blarney72Lee Strand Tralee68

[1]

Team Photos

Corinthians 1980s

Corinthians Ladies Basketball Team 1980s [Ref: 11]

References

Bibliography

[1] Shannon, Kieran (2009) “Hanging from the Rafters: The story of Neptune and the Golden Age of Irish Basketball” Women’s National League: National Championship Top Four Winners. Pp. 583-587.

Articles

[2] (1984) “National league 1983-84”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. October 1984.

[3] (1985) “Final Standings”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. Autumn 1985.

[4] (1986) “National League Standings 1985-86”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. 1985-86 Season.

[5] (1987) “National League 1986-87”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. 1986-87 Season.

[6] (1989) “National League 1988-89 Final Standings”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. Number 12. 1988-89 Season. pg. 28

[7] (1990) “National League 1989-90 Final Standings”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. Number 15. March 1990 pp. 18

[8] (1991) “National League Tables 1990/91”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. Number 18. May 1991 pp. 14

Sources

[9] (1984) “Top two titles stay in Dublin”. Irish Examiner. Monday, March 19, 1984. pp. 16-17.

[10] (1986) “Dubliners basket top four honours”. Irish Examiner. Monday, March 17, 1986. pp. 12-13.

Images

[11] Redmond, Lori | Irish Basketball Memories of the 80s And 90s Facebook Group (2017) Post to Page, September 2, 2017″Name that team????” [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/21272658_10210427986757563_2828079694275115227_n.jpg?_nc_cat=110&_nc_sid=ca434c&_nc_ohc=H_qlMF5ei1IAX-dolDy&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=7e331ba89f923629569b8307d86430d0&oe=5E9FF849 [Accessed 25 March 2020]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to Lori Redmond

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Last Updated: 25 March 2020

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Irish Basketball Association Budweiser Men’s National League 1991-1993

IBA Budweiser Men’s National League 1991-92

PWLPFPAPts
Northern Conference
*Connacht Gold Ballina2220240
*Jameson St.Vincent’s2220240
*Annadale Queens2215730
*Star of the Sea2214828
St. Gall’s22111122
Dungannon2291318
Sligo All-Stars2261612
St. Declan’s224188
Southern Conference
*Burgerland Neptune2219338
*North Monastery 96ers2218436
*Garvey’s Tigers Tralee2216632
*Whirlpool Blue Demons22121024
Marathon Limerick22101220
Lucozade Sport Killester2281416
Woodchester Marian2261612
Galway Democrats224188
Irish Basketball Association Budweiser Men’s National League Final Standings 1991-92 [Ref: 1; 10]
DateHome TeamAway Team
Quarter-Finals
4-5.04.1992North Monastery 96ers97Garvey’s Tigers Tralee84
1992
1992
1992
Semi-Finals(Neptune)
11.04.1992Connacht Gold BallinaNorth Monastery 96ers
11.04.1992Burgerland NeptuneJameson St.Vincent’s
Final(Neptune)
12.04.1992Connacht Gold Ballina91Jameson St.Vincent’s78
Irish Basketball Association Men’s National League Playoffs 1991-92 [Ref: 1-3]

IBA Budweiser Men’s National League 1992-93

PWLPts
Northern Conference
*Connacht Gold Ballina1916332
*Jameson St. Vincent’s1915430
*Star of the Sea1911822
Annadale/Queens1981116
St. Gall’s1971214
Dungannon1951410
Delta Notre Dame194158
Southern Conference
*Avonmore Neptune1915430
*North Monastery 96ers1915430
*Blue Demons1912724
Garvey’s Tigers Tralee1910920
Oscar Taylor’s Killester1981116
Marian1971214
Marathon Limerick190190
Irish Basketball Association Budweiser Men’s National League 1992-93 [Ref: 8; 10]
DateHome TeamAway Team
8th Place Playoff
27.03.1993Killester78Annadale/Queen’s86
Quarter-Finals
27.03.1993St. Vincent’s83Blue Demons77
27.03.1993North Monastery 96ers96Star of the Sea70
Semi-Finals
03.04.1993Jameson St. Vincent’s73Connacht Gold Ballina62
03.04.1993North Monastery 69ers61Neptune59
Final
04.04.1993North Monastery 96ers79St. Vincent’s62
Irish Basketball association Budweiser Men’s National League Playoffs 1992-93 [Ref: 5-7]

Report

In 1991 the Irish Basketball Association decided to merge Divisions 1 and 2 in the Men’s National League and drop the numbers of paid imports from two to one, thinking the Irish players were up to playing at the same level as the American imports.

Ballina made up for earlier disappointments winning the first National Basketball League title beating St. Vincent’s Glasnevin  91-78 in the Playoff Final. St. Vincent’s were again the runners-up the following year, losing 79-62 to North Monastery in the Final.

Following this the League was again split into two levels – the Super League and Division 1

Connacht Gold Ballina – IBA Budweiser Men’s National League champions 1991-92 [Ref: 10]

References

Magazine Articles

[1] (1992) “Budweiser Superleague Finals”. IBA Official Basketball Magazine. Number 21. April 1992 pp. 17

Sources

[2] (1992) “Ballina attain Holy Grail in thriller”. Irish Independent. Monday, April 13, 1992. pp. 32.

[3] (1992) “League title goes West”. Irish Examiner. Monday, April 13, 1992. pp. 12-13.

[4] Anon. (1993) “Hungry North Mon take National League honours”Irish Press. Monday, April 4, 1993. pg. 38-39

[5] Anon. (1993) “Factfile | Basketball”Irish Independent Wednesday, November 11, 1993. pg. 53

[6] Anon. (1993) “Factfile | Basketball”Irish Independent Wednesday, February 17, 1993. pg. 17

[7] Anon. (1993) “For the Record | Basketball”Sunday Independent, April 4, 1993. pg. 52

Magazines

[8] Anon. (1993) “Basketball National Leagues” IBA Magazine. April 1993.

Bibliography

[9] Shannon, Kieran (2009) “Hanging from the Rafters: The story of Neptune and the Golden Age of Irish Basketball” Appendix Section 1: The Irish Men’s Game: The Complete Records: National League Tables and Top Four semi-finals and Finals. Pp. 516-527.

Images

[10] Folan, John | Irish Basketball Memories of the 80s And 90s Facebook Group (2020) Post to Page, January 27, 2020″Fantastic team loved going to see them play” [Internet] Available from: https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/84031072_1023908997993251_8391839803976450048_n.jpg?nc_cat=104&_nc_sid=ca434c&_nc_ohc=eZjapq8zlu4AX9QUva&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=03447b305a695c8d4a572078f382a059&oe=5E9F44CB [Accessed 25 March 2020][Adjusted]

Websites

[36] Basketball Ireland (2018) History [Internet] Available from: http://www.basketballireland.ie/history/ [Accessed 26 May 2018]

Acknowledgements

Thanks to John Folan.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 25 March 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Resereved.