Portlaoise Panthers learn fate after Hula Hoops Basketball National Cup draws are made

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Portlaoise Panthers learn fate after Hula Hoops Basketball National Cup draws are made

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Both Portlaoise Panthers teams have learned their opponents for the upcoming President's cup and the National Women's Division 1 cup.

Tradehouse Central Ballincollig, who are the President’s Cup champions won’t be defending their crown. They will be in the top tier Cup competition, having been promoted to the Super League.

There will be three debutants in the Presidents Cup - Killarney Cougars, Grand Hotel Malahide and Drogheda Wolves. Portlaoise Panthers are also in the President's cup and they will face McGowan Tolka Rovers in the opening round.

Women’s Division One Cup champions Portlaoise Panthers have been given a bye in the first round and will face Limerick Celtics in the quarter-finals, who also picked up a first round bye. There are two new teams in the Women’s National League and subsequently the Cup, with LYIT Donegal making their Cup debut against Ulster University. St. Paul’s Killarney are back in the National League for the first time since 2012 and make their Cup return against Tipperary Knights.

Karen Hurley, Senior Brand Manager Hula Hoops said: “Hula Hoops are delighted to be sponsoring the National Cup for the 6th year in a row. We are excited to see the action back on the court as basketball clubs all over the country get back to normal in the coming months. Good luck to all of the teams taking part!”

Basketball Ireland CEO Bernard O’Byrne added “The 2020/21 season is fast approaching and the excitement always increases once the Cup draw is made. There are some intriguing fixtures in all four competitions. We’d like to welcome our six new National League teams, who will no doubt be looking to make their mark in the Cup too.”

The first round of Hula Hoops Senior National Cup fixtures will take place on November 21st and 22nd. Full draws of the four competitions are attached.

President’s Cup Fixtures (Men’s Division One Clubs)

LYIT Donegal v IT Carlow Basketball

Scott Lakers St. Paul’s Killarney v Killarney Cougars

Portlaoise Panthers v McGowans Tolka Rovers 

EJ Sligo All-Stars v Limerick Celtics

Ulster University v Fr. Mathews

Grand Hotel Malahide v Abbey Seals Dublin Lions

Limerick Sport Eagles v WIT Vikings

Titans Basketball v Drogheda Wolves

Women’s Division One National Cup Fixtures (Women’s Division One Clubs)

Ulster University v LYIT Donegal

Griffith College Templeogue v BYE

Tipperary Knights v St. Paul’s Killarney

Limerick Sport Huskies v BYE

Swords Thunder v NUIG Mystics

Phoenix Rockets v BYE

Portlaoise Panthers v BYE

Limerick Celtics v BYE