Ireland u16 Women – Meet the Squad!

 Name: Abby Flynn

School/club: St Angela’s / Wildcats

Position: Point guard

Favourite basketball player? Andy gill

Favourite memory from your time on this team? Andy falling in the snow in Belarus

Favourite thing about the team? Everyone’s so close on and off the court

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? Air balling a free throw

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why? Kellie Mc Cabe because she’s a LEGEND

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it?

Ciara White because she has OCD and wouldn’t be able to handle the mess of the people on it!

Anna Lynch would win it

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone on the team? Niamh Kenny is going to use a toe ring for her wedding ring

 

Name: Alex Mulligan

School/club: St.Louis Monaghan/ Blackwater Steelers

Position: forward/guard

Favourite basketball player: Ian lynch

Favourite memory from your time on the team: When coach Andy walked in on Katie Walshe trying to twerk dance against the wall

Favourite thing about the team:  The Williamson Family

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court: Air balling a three pointer into the wrong basket

If you could be any member on the team who would it be and why? Lainey Nolan so I would be able to travel about in a yacht for the day.

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Erin Maguire because she would probably forget to turn up

Who would win it? Niamh Kenny because she has no shame

Fun fact you’ve learn about someone on the team? When Katie Walshe was 8 she set her hair on fire with the church candles and the priest hit her with the robe to put the fire out.

 

 

Name:  Anna Lynch

School/club:  Coláiste an Phiarsaigh/ Fr.Mathews 

Position: Guard

Favourite basketball player? Abby Flynn 

Favourite memory from your time on this team? Katie getting soaked by this elephant and not being able to run away because she was on crutches.

Favourite thing about the team? Andrew gill’s calves 

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? I ran into someone accidentally and got a black eye

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why? Erin Maguire so I could dance

 

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Katie Walshe because she’s such a spoofer

Who would win it? Lainey Nolan because she’d buy her way through

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone on the team?  Alex mulligan is from Glaslough

 

 Name:Ciara Bracken

School/club: Colaiste Chiarain/Liffey Celtics

Position: Point Guard/  Guard

Favourite player:  Fatimah Akorede

Favourite Memory from your time on this team:  Sitting in a hot tub at 2am on our last night in  Reze

Favourite thing about the team: Our manager Kellie

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court: Blocking Katie Williamson in our cup final

 

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why? Lainey Nolan so I could see what its like to own a boat

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it ?  Katie Williamson because she’s a drama queen and Ciara White would win it.

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone of the team: Anna Lynch crosses her eyes when she concentrates.

 

 

Name: Ciara White

School/club: Loreto College Crumlin/Oblate BC

Position: Guard
Favourite basketball player? Ian Lynch (have you seen the consistency of his shot)

Favourite memory from your time on this team? All 12 of us teaching the China team how to do the ‘Juju on That Beat’ and ‘Soulja Boy’ dance at the disco in Nantes

Favourite thing about the team? How close we are and how much we all get along

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? Probably attempting a reverse layup at the free throw line and airballing. Kellie always seems to bring this up as an embarrassing moment but I 100% believe if I had made that basket I would have made history

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why?  Abby Flynn because she never runs out of energy or gets tired and imagine being that cute !!

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it? Niamh Kenny first for definite, she would have an accident in the first 10 minutes and have to leave the house! My winner for sure would be Anna Lynch just because she never stops smiling and no one would be able to resist voting for someone that happy

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone on the team? Niamh Kenny can blow the house down with one fart, everyone in Nantes was left homeless after our visit.

 

Name: Erin Maguire

School/club: Ulidia integrated college/Ulster university elks 

Position: Guard

Favourite basketball player: Ian lynch

Favourite memory from your time on this team? When Anna lynch and I did nothing but lay on our beds and eat until we felt properly ill in Lithuania

Favourite thing about the team? Andrew gills calves 

Most embarrassing moment on the basketball court? I don’t get on the court enough to have an embarrassing moment. 😉

 

If you could be any member on the team for a day who would it be and why? No one but I reckon everyone will want to be me.

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win? Andy would be voted off first because Seamus isn’t there to be voted out, Kellie would win because she is an absolute legend.

Fun fact I’ve learnt about someone on the team: Katie Walshe was set on fire in church as a child and the priest beat her with his robe to put it out.

 

Name: Katie Walshe

School/Club: Regina Mundi College/ Fr Mathews

Position: Forward

Favourite basketball player? Andy Gill

Favourite memory from your time on this team? Having a food fight in Belarus with Sarah and Alex just before we lost the key that is worth a week wages in Minisk

Favourite thing about the team? Getting to travel around Europe with the best people

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? Tripping over my own feet and falling on my face while running down the court

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why? Alex Mulligan, to see what it’s like to go farming in Glaslough for a day.

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it?  Anna Lynch would be voted off first because she is well too big for her boots and Lainey Nolan moneybags nuff said

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone on the team? Alex Mulligans dad races pigeons

 

 

Name: Katie Williamson

School:  Colaiste Pobail Setanta

Club:  Liffey Celtics

Position: Forward

Favourite basketball player:  Jimmy Butler

Favourite memory from your time on this team: My favourite memory from my time on the team is when we went to Belarus and one of the girls got stuck in the bathroom for ages and couldn’t get out and we had to get so much help off the coaching staff and the staff in the hostel, still laughing about till this day.

 

Favourite thing about the team:  My favourite thing about our team is how close we are and the laughs we have with each other.

Most embarrassing moment on the basketball court:  My most embarrassing moment on the basketball court would have to be scoring in the wrong basket oops.

If I could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why:  Abby Flynn to absolutely railroad the opposition.

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why and who would win:  Erin Maguire would decide to leave because she would miss her dog too much. Alex Mulligan would win because she has a great personality.

 

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone on the team:  Andy can’t throw a snowball to save his life as was proven in Belarus.

 

 

 

Name: Lainey Nolan

School/club: Scoil Mhuire Cork/ Fr Mathews

Position: Forward

Favourite basketball player? Sarah Dillon, because she is such an inspiration to the team.

Favourite memory from your time on this team? When Kellie was bringing Anna, Katie and I to the Ireland U18 euros in Dublin and left her cup of tea on the roof while we were driving. We didn’t notice until Anna thought we got egged and the tea was pouring down the windows.

Favourite thing about the team? How encouraging we are towards one another on and off the court.

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? When we travelled to Belarus and we were playing Poland. I ended up shooting the ball over the basket and backboard…..(we didn’t win)

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why? Erin Maguire because I’d love to be able to dance and have the rhythm she has with music.

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it?

Katie Walshe would get voted off first because of how much she spoofs and gets caught while doing it.

Anna Lynch would win because she smiles all the time and she always has an answer to everything (even when she’s wrong.)

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone on the team? Alex Mulligans dad races pigeons and keeps them in her shed all year round.

 

Name: Lauren Darcy

School/club: Our lady’s School Terenure/ Templeogue basketball club

Position: Pointguard

Favourite Basketball player: Elizabeth Black

Favourite memory from your time on this team? When we were in Belarus and we couldn’t find any sledges so we slid down the slope on pieces of cardboard but they broke halfway down and we ended up just sliding down with nothing

Favourite thing about the team? The way that we’re all really supportive of each other when someone makes a mistake or is being given out to we all cheer that person on and support them

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? In this squads first international against Scotland, I was so excited to run out as caption for the game that I ran out as soon as the names were called but then realised that it was the other team they were calling!

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why? Katie Williamson, so I could see what it’s like to be 6ft

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it? Mia Furlong cause we might run out of rice to eat! Niamh Kenny would win because she’d keep everyone laughing

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone on the team? If you’re ever looking for Ciara Bracken she will be in the bathroom

 

Name: Mia Furlong

School/club: Glanmire Community College/Glanmire

Position: 3/4

Favourite basketball player? Niamh Dwyer

Favourite memory from your time on this team? Getting my first cap against Scotland.

Favourite thing about the team? How we all get along and everyone stands up for each other.

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? When a girl from Nottingham went backdoor on me and Andy gave me boo boo of the day.

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why? Ciara Bracken,  so I could have handles like hers.

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it? Don’t know who would get voted off first but Katie Williamson would defo win.

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone on the team? That you should never trust Alex and Katie Walshe with room keys.

 

Name: Niamh Kenny
School/club: Holy Faith Clontarf / DCU mercy
Position: gaurd

Favourite basketball player? Saoirse Power Cassidy

Favourite memory from your time on this team? When Andy fell on the ice.

Favourite thing about the team?
Having Kellie as our manager.

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? Every time I step on the court

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why?  Lainey .. She owns a boat.

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it?  Ciara White would be voted off first because she’s a clean freak and couldn’t deal, Lauren Darcy would win cause she’s a legend.

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone on the team? Ciara White has a tattoo on her back

 

 Name: Andy Gill

School/club: Ulster Elks Ladies Head Coach (2016-17)

Position: Head Coach

Favourite basketball player: Got to be Michael Jordan then Ian Lynch

Favourite memory from your time on the team? Our visit to Cosmo in Nottingham where ‘elite athletes’ ate enough food in one sitting that they normally do in a week. Secondly, Ian hiding the toilet in Luxembourg when coach Gill was on the rampage.

Favourite thing about the team? ‘Being Irish and never ever giving up’

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? None-I am perfect and never do anything wrong!

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why?

Katie Walshe to know what it would be like to have hair again!

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it?

I would vote Lainey Nolan off first, and then I would have the best tan.

Kellie would win of course-best manager in the world

Fun fact you have learned about someone on the team: Ciara White is a closet bodybuilder- have you seen those triceps?

 

Name: Ian Lynch
School/club: Carlow IT 😉
Position: Assistant Coach

Favourite basketball player? Reggie Miller

Favourite memory from your time on this team? Ciara White, thinking there are lighthouses on the wings of planes.

Favourite thing about the team? Ability to play full court man for a full game… I’d be dead if that was me

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? Air balling a free throw… out the door!

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why? Andy Gill, just to see what it’s like having those stress levels during the day.

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it?
Andy Gill voted out first, people wouldn’t be able to handle him giving out 24/7, Katie Williamson to win, constant joking from her.

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone on the team? Niamh Kenny can do the worm

 

 

Name: Kellie Mc Cabe

School/club: Blackwater Steelers/ Muckno Lakers

Position: Manager

Favourite basketball player? Lauren Jackson

Favourite memory from your time on this team? I actually have a lot and I’m very indecisive so I’m going to name a few!! 1) Ciara Whites light house moment 2) Andy finding out a year later that Ian hid in the toilet on him 3) The Belarus trip in general – from Andy’s dance moves to that game against Lithuania, to a disability ramp being used as a snow sledge by accident! 4) Mother’s day morning in Gormanston. I could go on but I better stop here!

Favourite thing about the team? The people on it! The players are a fantastic bunch of girls who have grown and developed so much over the duration of the program. I couldn’t have asked for a better group, will definitely miss them after the program ends (except Alex 😉 ) The staff aren’t too bad either 😉 in ways we all seem to be complete opposites, but it works!

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? When I attempted to speed dribble the ball up the floor, only to trip on absolutely nothing smashing to the ground. Had two knees on one leg by the end of the game.

 

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why? I would be Ciara Bracken so I could actually have some smooth handles, as well as having a really high basketball IQ for a 16year old. Or else Anna Lynch –just to have that dimple and the patience for her skin routine!

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it?

I think Andy would be put up for nomination first as he might just be a little too opinionated for some of his housemates. The public might choose to keep him in for entertainment reasons though!

I think Abby would win just because she’s wee Abby and you couldn’t vote against someone that nice and cute!

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone on the team? Without Ciara White, Niamh Kenny just couldn’t cope away from home.

 

Name: Darragh Kennedy
School/club: N/A
Position: Physio / S&C

Favourite basketball player? Neil Lynch…the best one in the family

Favourite memory from your time on this team? Meeting a very wound up Andy Gill for the first time in Dublin Airport last summer…First impressions…

Favourite thing about the team? That confused look on their faces when they get their plays wrong in practice

Most embarrassing moment on a basketball court? I’ve never played

If you could be any member of the team for a day who would it be and why? Seamus Donnelly, just to learn how to calm Andy Gill down

Who on the team would be voted off big brother first and why? Who would win it?
I’ll tell you that after the Euros, because we’ll find out exactly what they’re like under pressure

Fun fact you’ve learned about someone on the team?
Ian Lynch is the 2nd best baller in his house

 

 

 

 

Name: Seamas Donnelly

School/club: Meteors

Position: Assistant Coach

 

**Unavailable for interview!! Too busy preparing for the European Championships 😉


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Niall is the Co-Founder of the Courtside Collective and www.BasketballDirect.com . He was one of the founding members of North Star in 2002. He has coached at a variety of levels from kids to senior men's teams. He is currently coach of the LYIT National League team and women's college team.

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