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Neptune pull out of Premier League
27 Jul 2015 15:03
The Men's National Competitions Committee (MNCC) have weighed in behind Neptune BC after the Cork club's decision to pull out of the Premier League.
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Neptune have lost some key players in the last year and have announced they will be dropping to National League Division 1 for the upcoming season.
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After receiving official notice of Neptune’s decision, the Men’s National Competitions Committee (MNCC) released a statement saying: “The MNCC acknowledge the outstanding contribution that Neptune BC has made to Irish basketball over the years. We will be supportive of them as they rebuild toward re-entering our top flight in the future.
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“We are currently considering all available options regarding the vacancy in the Men’s Premier League. An announcement will be made in due course.”
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"Neptune BC has a long history of competing at the highest level nationally and will continue to work hard with our talented underage players"
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Neptune have lost Michael McGuinn, Jermaine Camara, Mati Rudak and Jordan Blount in the last year, and acclaimed point guard Roy Downey is also heading for the exit door.
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In an official statement Neptune said: “We had entered this year’s Premier League campaign and had committed to the association and the other teams.
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“A lot of work had taken place behind the scenes by the club executive to allow this to happen. However, things changed for the worse this week when Roy Downey decided his future is with Blue Demons BC.
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“This forced the club executive to revisit the decision to enter the Premier League and it was decided to withdraw and play in the National League Division 1 for the coming season.
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“Neptune BC has a long history of competing at the highest level nationally and will continue to work hard with our talented underage players with the aim of regaining our status as a formidable club side competing on the biggest stage of Irish basketball.”
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