The signs were there after the Sino-European games, after the Hibernia team played in the FIBA EuroCup and, particularly, after the senior men’s team competed in the European Small Nations this past summer in Moldova: The Irish Senior Men’s Basketball team is back and now it has a new head coach, former George Washington University Assistant Pete Strickland. Strickland will hold the position for two seasons (2016/17 and 2017/18), culminating in participation in the FIBA Small Nations European Championships in 2018.
In this episode we speak to Conan Doherty, features editor at SportsJoe.ie , about the perception of Basketball in Ireland, how the sport can break into the mainstream and the recent GAA crossover stars.
We also talk to Eric Benedick about his extraordinary journey to becoming a professional basketball player.
So the NBA is coming back for their annual trip to London in January 2017 when the Denver Nuggets will play the Indiana Pacers in the only regular season NBA game that takes place overseas. Every year from the initial announcement until the day of the game itself we get lots of questions through our social media accounts and year on year the same questions are repeated so we thought it might be a good idea to throw together a handy guide which will hopefully answer all your questions in advance! If we have missed anything out just hit us up on Facebook / Snapchat / Twitter or E-mail .
After a longer than anticipated break we are back with our latest podcast! Niall and Mark talk about the Irish Super League season and Martin Conroy joins on the phone to discuss all things College basketball before we finish up reminiscing about some old Varsities memories.
The new season is almost here so we break down the comings and goings during the off-season of the Irish Basketball Superleague with Niall & Mark O’Leary.
We also talk to Mark Nagle about his decision to return to DCU saints and his thoughts on the upcoming season. Did we miss any big transfer news? Let us know! The Podcast is here! Spread the word….
We talk with experienced international coach Paul Kelleher in this weeks Podcast about how the Irish international teams are doing this summer, his experiences with the senior women and his plans for Neptune.
Niall also talks to Andy about the crazy end of Ireland v England at the u16 Euro’sand discuss the difference between the state of basketball in both regions.
Name: Abby Flynn
School / Club: St Angela’s / Waterford Wildcats
Position: Point guard
Favourite Irish Sports Person/People:
Ronan O Gara
Favourite Basketball Memory:
Getting my first cap for Ireland playing against Scotland
Fun fact you’ve learned about someone else on the team:
Alison is not a morning person!!!
If you could be someone else on the team for a day, who would it be and why?:
Maeve Cannon, so I could dunk it.
In episode 11 Niall is joined by Emmet Ryan from Ball in Europe to discuss the recent challenge game between UNC Tar Heels and the senior Irish women’s team. We talk about the rise and rise of Claire Melia and have an interview with Jordan Blount after his busy summer and ahead of his departure to play NCAA Division 1 basketball at UIC.
- If they could take any skill form an NBA player what would it be?
- Who is their favourite teammate on the u18 panel and why?
- What is their most embarrassing basketball moment: