Ulster Elks Enter National League For 2016/2017
June 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 Menâs 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 Menâs National League as recently as 2012.
The Menâs Division One side will be coached by Patrick OâNeill, who has been at the helm for the last five years.
Elks will be the third Ulster side competing in the Menâs National League this season. Belfast Star will continue in the Menâs Premier League while the newly formed LYIT BC will be based in Letterkenny in Donegal and play against Ulster Elks in Menâs Division One.
As C&S Blue Demons will not be competing in the Menâs National League this season, the number of clubs remains at 24.
âThree Ulster clubs in our National League is certainly not the end of our ambitions,â said Menâs National League Commissioner and Basketball Ireland Secretary General Bernard OâByrne. âWe 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. Itâs about ensuring standards both on and off the court in terms of clubsâ organisation. Having 24 teams in the National League is going to be great.â
Ulster Elks will also learn this week if their application has been successful to play in the Womenâs National League for the first time. Ulster Rockets look set to play in the Womenâs Division One in 2016/17, having finished fifth in their return season.