Orla O’Reilly joins Paul Dick as one of our featured bloggers. She is currently playing basketball overseas as Pro in Spain.
Hello, for those of you who don’t know me, my name is Orla O Reilly. I am currently playing professional basketball in Spain, with Liga Feminina team, Embutidos Pajariel Bembibre (named after our main sponsor – a meat manufacturer). The club is located in the small town of Bembibre, in the North of Spain. With only 10,000 residents, the women’s basketball team is the main sporting attraction. We have many die hard fans who follow us with more passion than their favourite football side. As you can see in this photo:
It is my second year playing with Bembibre. Last year was the most successful season for the club in the Liga Feminina. We finished in the top four teams of the regular season which granted us a spot in the Playoffs. We were matched up against the number one ranked team in the league; Euro league team, Perfumerias Avenida. In our league, this is the ‘money team’ consisting mostly of top Spanish players and WNBA players. In a best of three games play off we fell short at 2-1, losing two games away and winning one at home.
After last year’s success we entered this season with the goal of returning to the Playoffs in April. We have returned the majority of our team. Six professionals from our previous season with an addition of four new professionals make up our squad this year. We are currently 8-6 in the league and sitting in 5th position. Not far from where we need to be. Tomorrow night we play our first home game of 2015 against the current number one team in the league, Spar Girona. You can watch this game live at 5.15pm Irish time through this link http://ligafemenina.febtv.com/index.aspx
My main goal with this blog is to stay connected with the Irish basketball community, players, coaches, and fans alike. Also to give you some insight into the life of women’s professional basketball in Spain. Thanks for reading! Besitos! Orla