Hoop dreams: Kilkenny’s Hawks retain top-flight status
Kilkenny’s basketball super league team will retain their spot in the highest level of the game next season as the Women’s Superleague is set to undergo a huge restructure.
Basketball Ireland last night announced a new conference format for the Super League and the expansion of National League Division 1 for next season.
Kilkenny’s Marble City Hawk’s will retain their status in the top flight next season following this expansion.
The Hawks will enter the Southern Conference alongside three Cork clubs – Ambassador UCC Glanmire, Fr Mathews and Singleton Supervalu Brunell, Kerry’s St. Mary’s Castleisland, and Waterford Wildcats.
The Northern Conference will consist of last season’s champions DCU Merc, Pyrobel Killester and Trinity Meteors, with IT Carlow, Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics and Maree completing the Conference.
For the first time ever, a team from Letterkenny IT will join the league, while St Paul’s of Killarney re-enter for the first since in nearly a decade.
Chair of the Women’s National League Committee (WNLC) Breda Dick said: “We are delighted to see LYIT Donegal joining the National League and St Paul’s Killarney returning after a long absence. Both teams impressed the WNLC with their applications and will be strong additions to our league.”
“We are also looking forward to the new Super League Conference format with an exciting playoff climax to the season too,” Ms Dick concluded.