Club profiles: Basketball (Ladies)

Basketball (Ladies)

Welcome to Ladies Basketball here at NUIG.

If our virtual booth is not open for your questions today, head over to the Men's Basketball page or send us an email and we will answer any questions you may have!!!

This year the Club will be split into 4 sections:

  • Varsity
  • Freshers
  • Recreational
  • National League
We would like to welcome all players, new and old to join our Club this season.

Recreational basketball on Thursday at 7-8pm is open for players of all's just to keep fit and have fun!!

We'd also like to encourage members to come out and support the National League and Varsity Team in their home games, details of which will be sent out via email or on our Facebook or Instagram page

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions :)

Check out our facebook page for weekly updates!!

Instagram - @nuigbasketball


Ireland’s oldest basketball competition, the Intervarsities was first played in 1952. Four teams participated in that competition UCD, UCG, RCSI and TCD. The first winners of the trophy were UCG. UCG however didn't win a second title until 1987. The ladies tournament was first competed for in 1966, the founding members were UCD, UCG, UCC, and TCD, again by the early 1970's this tournament had extended to eight teams. The ladies tournament was similar to the men's thereafter. The Dean of Women's Studies in UCD donated the ladies trophy, as she had been senior treasurer of the ladies club for a considerable number of years. This trophy was last presented to UUJ in 1997 and seems to have been lost thereafter.

The Ladies plate is named after Harry Boland, who was a founder member of the Irish basketball Association and participated in the 1948 Olympics being the first and only time that Ireland have had a basketball team in the Olympics.

Many famous players both Men & Women have participated in the intervarsity competition over the years, some have gone on to represent Ireland, and many have participated in the top leagues both here and abroad. Many students from abroad have participated in the competition from all parts of the world, including USA, Canada, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Germany, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Iran to name a few.

The Universiy of Ulster hold a unique record in the Intervarsities that on one occasion when they were unable to field a Ladies team but had one excepional female player. UUJ sought permission of the committee that she be allowed to play with the Men's team. She did so and was on the starting five for a three of their pool games.


The college Varsity team return to the “A” division with a bang this season. The team train alongside the NUIG Kingfisher Super League team which has helped to develop the girls into becoming more physical and intelligent on the court. The tough practices are exactly what the college team needs in order to maintain their skill and focus for both varsity league and cup,  especially since they are competing at a higher college level. 

NUIG Kingfisher begin the second season in the National League with preseason starting next week. This season promises to be a thrilling one with both previous NUIG players and many new recruits, and the step up into the highest league in Ireland.  


The NUIG Varsity team close their season each year with the Intervarsity Cup weekend. Last year our season was cut short but we hope to be back playing varsities again soon !!