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Familiar Face Making Progress In Revitalising Irish Basketball

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Bernard O’ Byrne is the current CEO of Basketball Ireland but little has been made or written about the man who is in charge of Irish basketball. O’Byrne was the man in charge of the FAI when things started to go downhill for that particular organisation. He fulfilled that role until he was ultimately succeeded by current CEO John Delaney in 2005. O’ Byrne has also held high profile positions with Coca-Cola, Nestlè and CRH. Continue reading

Irish Basketball Weekend Review

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The second legs in the Men’s National Cup ties proved to be even more exhilarating than first expected. A routine exercise was predicted to be carried out by UCC Demons when they made the trip to Dublin to take on the winless UCD Marian. However the small crowd that showed up for this one were in for a treat. Demons led by 29 points heading into the game having made full use of having home court advantage for the first leg last weekend.

Despite this massive lead it soon became clear that Marian were not about to just lie down and get beaten as the half time score read 63-39 which meant that it was truly game on, much to the dismay of anyone associated with Demons who clearly had hoped for an easy run out on this Saturday evening. With 4 seconds on the clock it looked like Barry Drumm’s 28 point performance had allowed Marian to complete one of the most sensational turn arounds in National Cup history. Continue reading

Change Must Happen Sooner Rather Than Later

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Last month the Ireland Senior Premier League Men and Women’s teams faced off against their Welsh counterparts in front of a small crowd at the National Basketball Arena in Dublin. The embarrassingly small crowd wasn’t the only thing that had people questioning why this game was even taking place. The Men’s game finished 90-47 in favour of the rampant Irish Premier League side. The Women’s game concluded with the Irish once again victorious on the scoreline of 90-34.

A 43 point win for the men’s team and a 56 point win for the Women’s team really makes you ask the question of why this game was ever taking place. Surely it was nothing more than an unnecessary distraction and expense for everyone involved. It is understandable why Basketball Ireland want to get the Senior Men and Women of the country back playing international basketball but a Division C women’s team against a Division B team that would be pushing for promotion to Division A really does beg the question as to can we not do better. Continue reading

Are The Pacers The Real Deal?

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The Pacers have got off to a 7-0 start which is an all time best for the franchise. Defending champions Miami Heat on the other hand have already lost three out of their opening seven games and will not have had the start that was envisioned by their supporters or indeed players prior to the season starting. The question now must be asked: Are the Pacers going to go all the way and keep this incredible form going which will allow them to become NBA Champions or will they drop off over the next few matches like has happened to many teams in the past? Continue reading

Irish International Basketball Returns With Welsh Exhibition Game

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The very best of the women and men of Ireland’s Premier League players will get an opportunity to represent the Emerald Isle when they take on a Wales selection team next Saturday in the National Basketball Arena. The woman’s team are set to take to the court for a 3 pm tip off whilst the men will play straight afterwards with a 5 pm tip off. Hopes are high for the men’s team after they recorded a massive upset back in January when they managed to travel to England and record a victory over our nearest rivals. Continue reading

Basketball : Neptune And Killester Battle Tops Busy Weekend

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The Irish Basketball season is now well and truly up and running with the first round of the U20 National Cup taking place last weekend. This weekend on the underage basketball scene, Galway is set to be the host venue for the 2013 Inter regional competition.  This is a yearly tournament where the very best players from each of the nine regions around Ireland compete in front of Irish coaches. With Irish international places up for grabs it always proves to be an exciting weekend of basketball for all involved.

In other news that has been announced over the past few days, Killester revealed an exciting new initiative for the remainder of their season. The club unveiled on their website that they are set to broadcast all Killester basketball Premier League games on the club’s website. The commentators were also revealed with broadcaster and journalist Declan King taking the reigns. King is set to be assisted in the commentary box by American Todd James who is also a former Killester Head Coach. Continue reading

Irish Basketball Season Enjoys Thrilling Opening Weekend

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The newly named Premier Division got off to a flying start this past weekend. There was two games for woman’s basketball fans to take in on Saturday as UL Huskies travelled to the capital and came away with a win (75-57) with James Weldon securing a victory over his DCU Mercy counterpart Mark Ingle. Top scorers for the Huskies were Rachel Clancy and Great Britain international Rachel Vanderwal who had 19 and 18 points respectively.

In the other game on Saturday which also took place in Dublin, Killester suffered a 13 point defeat to Brunell (67-54). The away side had Menendez to thank as she carried much of the scoring load for her side finishing with a game high 20 points in the process. Continue reading