National Basketball league halted with immediate effect

Portlaoise Panthers season is now up in the air

Brian Lowry


Brian Lowry



Basketball Ireland is hoping to get back to play as soon as possible.

Portlaoise Panthers start to the new basketball season has been put on hold after Basketball Ireland announced on Thursday night that the league has been halted.

They were due to have a double header of games on Saturday evening as their men's and women's teams were both scheduled to get their season up and running.

The 2020/21 National League basketball season has been halted with immediate effect. The Super League and Division One season’s were due to start this weekend. 

It follows a meeting of the Sport Expert Group, which confirmed that last night’s restrictions by the government will result in senior national competitions being stopped. 

Basketball Ireland was informed through Sport Ireland of the Sport Expert Group’s decision. No senior national competition permitted is now permitted in Level 3. 

Basketball Ireland CEO, Bernard O’Byrne, said;

“This news has reached us this evening and while naturally disappointed that we can’t start our season, we fully understand the decision made by the Sport Expert Group, in light of the latest government restrictions.

"We are still awaiting the detail of the decision, but we will now work together with Sport Ireland and our National League clubs over the coming days to make a plan for 2020/21 season.”