Basketball, National Leagues

Irish Basketball Association | Women’s Super League 1997-2003

BI Women’s Super League 1997-98

 

  P W L PF PA Pts
Avonmore Snowcream Wildcats 16 16 0     48
Openet Naomh Mhuire 16 13 3     42
Tolka Rovers 16 12 4     40
Meteors 16 10 6     36
Blarney Spring 16 8 8     32
Killester 16 7 9     30
Supermacs Limerick 16 5 11     26
Riverisland Castleisland 16 1 15     18
Lee Strand Tralee 16 1 15     18

[1]

 

Date Home Team   Away Team  
  Semi-Finals      
  Snowcream Wildcats 65 Meteors 43
  Tolka Rovers 64 Naomh Mhuire 61 ot
  Final      
  Snowcream Wildcats 82 Tolka Rovers 68

[2]

 

BI Women’s Super League 1998-99

 

  P W L PF PA Pts
Avonmore Snowcrem Wildcats 16 14 2     44
Tolka Rovers 16 9 7     34
Meteors 16 9 7     34
Killester 16 6 10     28
Supermacs Limerick 16 2 14     20

[3]

 

Date Home Team   Away Team  
 
Quarter-Finals
     
  Crusaders 55 Killester 91
  Meteors 59 Supermacs Limerick 36
  Firhouse Coasters 50 Tolka Rovers 73
 
Semi-Finals
     
  Snowcream Wildcats 84 Tolka Rovers 82
  Killester 63 Meteors 45
 
Final
     
  Snowcream Wildcats 68 Killester 61

[4][5][6]

 

BI Women’s Super League 1999-2000

 

  P W L PF PA Pts
Tolka Rovers 20 17 3     34
Avonmore Snowcream Wildcats 20 17 3     34
Meteors 20 11 9     22
University of Limerick 20 8 12     16
Killester 20 6 14     12
Crusaders 20 1 19     2

[7]

 

Date Home Team   Away Team  
 
Quarter-Finals
     
  Tolka Rovers 81 Portlaoise Panthers 50
  Meteors 87 Blarney 30
  Killester 61 University of Limerick 46
  Snowcream Wildcats 106 Crusaders 32
 
Semi-Finals
     
  Snowcream Wildcats 80 Killester 53
  Meteors 52 Tolka Rovers 48
 
Final
     
  Snowcream Wildcats 57 Meteors 44

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BI Women’s Super League 2000-01

 

  P W L PF PA Pts
*Wildcats 15 13 2     26
Tolka Rovers 14 10 4     20
University of Limerick 15 7 8     14
Sasha Meteors 15 4 11     8
Killester 15 3 12     6

[10]

 

League abandoned 7 March 2001 due to outbreak of foot-and-mouth-disease and title awarded to Wildcats as they couldn’t be caught by their nearest challengers

 

BI Women’s Super League 2001-02

 

  P W L PF PA Pts
*Tolka Rovers 15 12 3     24
*Waterford Wildcats 15 11 4     22
*University of Limerick 15 10 5     20
*DART Killester 15 6 9     12
Meteors 15 5 10     10
Glanmire 15 1 14     2

[11]

 

Date Home Team   Away Team  
 
Semi-Finals
     
  Tolka Rovers 59 Killester 50
  Bausch & Lomb Wildcats 41 University of Limerick 65
 
Final
     
  Tolka Rovers 66 University of Limerick 59

[12][13]

 

BI Women’s Super League 2002-03

 

  P W L PF PA Pts
*University of Limerick 16 15 1     30
*Bausch & Lomb Wildcats 16 13 3     26
*St. Paul’s Killarney 16 10 6     20
*Sasha Meteors 16 9 7     18
DART Killester 16 8 8     16
Tolka Rovers 16 7 9     14
Drimnagh Dynamoes 16 7 9     14
Glanmire 16 3 13     6
Tipperary Talons 16 0 16     0

[14]

 

Date Home Team   Away Team  
 

Semi-Finals

     
  St. Paul’s Killarney 62 Wildcats 57
  University of Limerick 72 Sasha Meteors 57
 

Final

     
  University of Limerick 70 St. Paul’s Killarney 56

[15]

 

Report

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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.

Wildcats of Waterford won the first Super League title in 1997-98 defeating Tolka Rovers 82-68 in the Final, and the following year they defeated  Killester 68-61, They completed a hat-trick of Super League titles in 1999-2000 winning against Dublin’s  Meteors 57-44. In the 2000-01 season they were awarded the title after the league was abandoned due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease as they were too far ahead to be caught by their nearest challengers.

The 2001-02 season saw the wildcats knocked off the top spot when Tolka Rovers finally won the title 66-59 in the Final against the University of Limerick. The students of Limerick, however, would come back stronger the following year and win the final 70-56 against St. Paul’s Killarney in an All-Munster Final.

This marked the end of an era as in 2003 the IBA rebranded as Basketball Ireland.

References

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Sources

 

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

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[12] (2002) “Basketball”. Irish Independent. Monday, March 18, 2002. pp. 28-29.

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[14] (2003) “Basketball”. Irish Independent. Monday, March 10, 2003. pp. 66-67.

[15] (2003) “Basketball”. Irish Independent. Monday, March 24, 2003. pp. 34-35.

 

Internet Archive

 

[38] Wayback Machine Web Archive – Basketball Ireland (2004) SuperLeagues Womens Results – League Table from the 17th of July [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20040717140926/http://www.basketballireland.ie/asp/results.asp?leagueID=13 [Accessed 26 March 2017]

[39] Wayback Machine Web Archive – Basketball Ireland (2006) SuperLeagues Womens Results – League Table from the 26th of May [Internet] Available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20060526043315/http://www.basketballireland.ie/asp/results.asp?leagueID=13 [Accessed 26 March 2017]

[40] Wayback Machine Web Archive – Basketball Ireland (2007) Womens – SuperLeague [Internet] available from: https://web.archive.org/web/20070703030653/http://www.superleagueball.ie/ [Accessed 26 March 2017]

 

Acknowledgements

 

Thanks to Ann Hanley, Killester and Ireland National Team.

 

About this document

 

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 13 January 2019

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