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Basketball : National Cup Finals Fail To Disappoint

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Friday night saw one of the greatest if not the greatest Womens Cup final of all time as UL Huskies were defeated in overtime by Team Montenotte Hotel Cork. A sold out crowd at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght saw defending champions UL defeated as Irish coach James Weldon squared off against another Irish coach in Paul Kelleher. UL were chasing their third straight National Cup but it wasn’t to be although the girls from Limerick have to be praised for their spirited fight back having looked dead and buried at half time in this one.

The Men’s final was never going to outplay the Women’s fixture as UCC Demons comfortably got the better of shock cup finalists Dublin Inter. Inter , who are made up mainly of Lithuanian players , shot well from behind the three point line but after keeping in touch with their Cork counterparts for much of the first quarter they fell away as the game progressed. The game marked a fantastic achievement from Demons captain Shane Coughlin as he collected his fifth National Cup winners medal. Continue reading

Irish Basketball Team Secure Victory Over England

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The Irish select side have recorded a second consecutive victory over an English select side in Birmingham. After a shaky start the Irish finally went and took the lead in the fourth quarter, going on to win the game by nine points.

UL Eagles big man Delwan Graham led the way for the Premier League Select team as he racked up 21 points over the course of the match. The British roared into a 10 point advantage when leading 24-14 at the end of the first quarter. Whilst the Irish, led by Head Coach Mark Keenan, managed to improve in the second quarter they still trailed by 6 as they headed into the break knowing that a big second half performance was required. Continue reading

Basketball : Irish Premier League Select Squad Announced

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The 12 players that will represent the Men’s Irish Premier League in Birmingham, England on January 12th have been announced.  Head Coach Mark Keenan revealed the squad yesterday in the Irish Daily Star following trials that have taken place over the past few weeks. Mark Keenan is set to be assisted by Jerome Westbrooks and Mike Hickey from Killester and UL Eagles respectively.

The twelve players listed below are set to take on the best in British Basketball in just over a weeks time. Coach Keenan has selected just four members of the squad that beat the English last year when they also played before the British Cup final, a result which was a major upset. Continue reading

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

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

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