Ulster Elks Enter National League For 2016/2017

Ulster Elks Enter National League For 2016/2017

  • Jun 14,2016
Ulster Elks have been granted a license to compete in the Basketball Ireland National League for the 2016/2017 season. 

The club will compete in the Men’s Division One and play their home games in the Ulster University Sports Centre in Jordanstown. 

Ulster Elks compete in the Basketball Northern Ireland Wingfoot Premier League and were in the Men’s National League as recently as 2012. 

The Men’s Division One side will be coached by Patrick O’Neill, who has been at the helm for the last five years. 

Elks will be the third Ulster side competing in the Men’s National League this season. Belfast Star will continue in the Men’s Premier League while the newly formed LYIT BC will be based in Letterkenny in Donegal and play against Ulster Elks in Men’s Division One. 

As C&S Blue Demons will not be competing in the Men’s National League this season, the number of clubs remains at 24. 

“Three Ulster clubs in our National League is certainly not the end of our ambitions,” said Men’s National League Commissioner and Basketball Ireland Secretary General Bernard O’Byrne. “We were impressed with the presentation from Ulster Elks. All clubs who enter the National League are subject to a one year license in their first season. It’s about ensuring standards both on and off the court in terms of clubs’ organisation. Having 24 teams in the National League is going to be great.”

Ulster Elks will also learn this week if their application has been successful to play in the Women’s National League for the first time. Ulster Rockets look set to play in the Women’s Division One in 2016/17, having finished fifth in their return season. 
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