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Podcast Ep 16: Basketball’s Coming Home with Andy Gill & Aidan O’Shea

In this episode we discuss the fantastic news about the u18b Women FIBA European Championships coming to Ireland in the summer of 2017 with head coach of the u16 programme Andy Gill. How well can Ireland do and how much of an advantage is having the Championships at home?

 

We also have Mayo GAA star player Aidan O’Shea on to talk about why he came back to basketball and how the season is going with the Sligo All-Stars in the National League.

 

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Meet the Team: Ireland u16 Women

Abby FlynnName: 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.

Meet The Irish Team: u18 Men

The u18 Men are currently in Skopje representing Ireland in the FIBA European Championships. We asked them three simple questions.
  • 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:
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Meet the team! Irish u18 Women

The Irish u18 women are in Sarajevo for the FIBA u18 European Basketball championships so we thought we would get to know the squad a little better! We asked them all the same questions:
Name:
Club/School:
Position:
Favourite Basketball memory or moment:
If they had one superpower what would it be and why?
Who is the real MVP of the squad?

Check out the answers below!


Meet the Team – Irish u20 Men

Name: Jordan Blount
School: UIC
Position: SG/SF

Most embarrassing basketball moment for you:

Meet the Team: Ireland u20 Women

The Irish u20 women are off to Montenegro for the European championships! We decided to get to know the squad a little better in advance of the tournament where they are in a group with Slovenia and the home nation Montenegro.

Make sure and checkout our Podcast interview with head coach Emer Foley and co-captain Aoife Whelan here.

Details on all of their games are in the Basketball Ireland Gamezone here.

Irish Basketball Agent given star treatment in India

 

Dermot Russell, a FIBA certified agent, is director and founder of both the North Atlantic Basketball Academy based in Dublin and Players 1st Sports Management. Dermot recently visited Rajnandgaon at the request of the Sports Authority of India (SAI).  During the 3 days spent there, Dermot was able to check out the talented players in attendance and identified 14 exciting prospects to work within his consultancy’s development pathway. One of these players, a 6’11’’ 15 year old boy from Punjab state, has since been offered a full scholarship to the prestigious world class Spire Academy in Ohio, USA. In addition to these 14 players Dermot Identified 82 other boys and girls to offer international scholarship opportunities to.

ECF: Is Winter Coming for the Cavs?

Game 2

In much the same fashion as game 1, the Cavs routed the Raptors in front of their home fans. After winning game 1 by 31 points, the Cavs came back and smashed Toronto again. This time by 19, leading throughout and winning 108-89. This was the first time the Raptors had lost back to back games in the postseason after having battled it out with both Indiana and Miami.

Irish Fantasy Basketball – A Reality?

Basketball Ireland recently announced an expansion to the men’s national league with four new clubs granted a licence and an overall increase to 24 teams across 2 divisions. It was accompanied by news of some new tweaks to the format including automatic promotion and relegation and the first division splitting into north and south conferences.

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