UL Eagles

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UL Eagles
League Super League
History Burger King Limerick
1999–2004
Limerick Lions
2004–2009
UL Eagles
2009–present
Arena PESS Building, UL
Location Limerick, Ireland
Team colors Yellow & blue
Main sponsor Radisson Blu
Head coach Thomas Walsh
Championships 2 (2012, 2013)

UL Eagles, also known as Radisson Blu UL Eagles for sponsorship reasons, is an Irish basketball team based in Limerick. The team competes in the Super League and plays its home games at the University of Limerick's PESS Building. The team is directly associated with the University of Limerick.

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

Prior to the late 1990s, Limerick's presence in the Irish National League was represented by Marathon Basketball Club.[1] In 1999, Marathon's National League team became known as Burger King Limerick.[2]

In 2002, Burger King Limerick celebrated their first-ever Irish Cup title after defeating Star of the Sea in the final.[3][4][5] A year earlier, American Cleotis Brown was named Basketball Ireland Foreign Player of the Year.[6][7]

In 2004, Marathon Basketball Club was renamed Limerick Lions Basketball Club, and thus, Burger King Limerick became Limerick Lions.[8]

UL Eagles[edit]

In 2009, Limerick Lions Basketball Club parted ways with the National League team. As a result, the University of Limerick absorbed the team and rebranded it as UL Eagles.[9]

In February 2012, UL Eagles won their first National Cup title since 2002 after defeating UCC Demons in the final.[10][11] Eagles went on to win a historic National League title in March 2012,[12] and backed that up in 2013 by defending their title.[13] In February 2015, long-time servant of the team, Welshman Matt Hall, announced his retirement after 15 years of playing in Limerick.[14]

Achievements[edit]

  • 2× Irish National League champions: 2012, 2013[15]
  • 2× Irish National Cup champions: 2002, 2012

Current roster[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

UL Eagles roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
Republic of Ireland Burchardt, Krystian
G Republic of Ireland Campbell, Neil 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
G France Dogbo, Jonathan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Republic of Ireland Hickey, Seamus
Republic of Ireland Howlin, Ronan
Republic of Ireland Kelly, Jack
Republic of Ireland McCarthy, Patrick
Republic of Ireland O'Connell, David
Republic of Ireland Ryan-McCarthy, Lucas
G/F United States Wilson, Ryan 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Head coach
  • Republic of Ireland Thomas Walsh

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: 17 December 2016

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