Irish Basketball Association Sprite U19 Junior Women’s National Cup 1997-98


DateHome TeamAway Team
24.01.1998SHS Tullamore Cyclones87Naomh Mhuire72
24.01.1998Castlebar Mother Hubbard Rockets60Blarney48
25.01.1998SHS Tullamore Cyclones82Castlebar Mother Hubbard Rockets64
[Reference: 2]

MVP: Susan Moran (Tullamore).

Pool Results

DateHome TeamAway Team
Pool 1 Final
23.11.1997SHS Tullamore67Supermacs Limerick42
Pool 2 Final
Pool 3 Final
23.11.1997Naomh Mhuire63Portlaoise49
Pool 4 Final
23.11.1997Rockets Castlebar48Meteors Dublin44
[Reference: 2]


Susan Moran deservedly won the MVP Award in the Irish Basketball Association Women’s Junior U19 Cup in 1997-98, scoring a phenomenal 53 points in the Final for SHS Tullamore Cyclones as they defeated Castlebar Mother Hubbard Rockets 82-64 in an all-regional Final at the National Basketball Arena. The Finals were preceeeded a Preliminary Round with Four Pools, the winners of which met in the Semi-Finals: SHS Tullamore Cyclones (67-42 v Supermacs Limerick), Blarney (57-43 v Killester), Naomh Mhuire(63-49 v Portlaoise) and Castlebar Rockets (48-44 v Meteors). In the Semi-Finals at the NBA Tullamore knocked out Naomh Mhuire and Castlebar Rockets defeated Blarney.

About Basketball Ireland / Irish Basketball Association Cups

The Irish Basketball Association ran the National Cup for the Top Two Divisions as well as any regional teams that wished to enter in both Men’s and Women’s as well as Junior (Under 19) Cup for both Men and Women. The Cups were Knockout (single elimination) from the First Round. They were replaced by Super League and Division 1 Cups when the Association rebranded as Basketball Ireland in 2003. The Junior (U19) Cups were replaced by Under 20 and Under 18 Cups. Other Cups included the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Cup and introduced in the late 2010s the National Intermediate Cup Competition (Tier 3).



[1] Anon. (1997) “Factfile: Basketball” Irish Independent. Sunday, November 16, 1997. Pg. 60.

[2] Cliona Foley (1997) “Garvey’s Grizzled by Sizzling Denny” Irish Independent. Monday, November 24, 1997. Pg. 30.

[3] Anon. (1998) “A-Z of Weekend Sport: Basketball” Irish Independent. Monday, January 26, 1998, Pg. 31

[4] Anon. (1997) “Sports Round Up” Irish Times. Monday, November 24, 1997. pg. 28 [Internet] Available online at: [Accessed 19 December 2020]


Thanks to Ann Hanley, Killester and Ireland National Team.

About this document

Researched, compiled and written by Enda Mulcahy for the

Eirball | Irish North American and World Sports Archive

Last Updated: 19 December 2020

(c) Copyright Enda Mulcahy and Eirball 2020

You may quote this document in part provided that proper acknowledgement is given to the authors. All Rights Reserved.

Leave a Reply