The basketball season begins this weekend with one of the Portlaoise Panthers senior teams set to be in action.
The Men’s team are in Division 1 of the Basketball Ireland league and are in the Southern Conference.
They are on the road for Round 1 where they travel down to face UL at 7pm this evening.
The men have added Mike Pierre from the USA to their ranks for this year too.
The Portlaoise Panthers women are not in action until next weekend and they are also competing in Division 1.
They have some very good news that one of their star players, Claire Melia, who missed all of last year with a knee injury, has returned to full fitness.
The women will begin at home next weekend against one of the strongest teams in the division, Griffith College Swords Thunder.
Like their male counterparts, they have also drafted in an America player for this year.
Sport Changes Life Victory Scholar Jamie Sherburne has joined.
She is a graduate of Niagara University, with whom she has played college basketball.
She will be studying in Maynooth University, coaching with Maynooth Basketball Academy and playing National League basketball with the Panthers.