James Weldon was recently in the states taking a tour of top college programmes and speaking to some legendary coaches and he kindly agreed to write this guest article for us. Also make sure and check out his interview on our latest Podcast here.
We finally welcome Belfast man and the UK’s top basketball journalist Mark Woods onto the The Courtside Collective Podcast for a wide ranging discussion that spans from the Irish Superleague glory days right through to the present day.
Then Ball in Europe’s Emmet Ryan comes on to breakdown the Irish Cup Semi Finals with Niall and Mark.
Please note we recorded this Podcast on the road so some slight audio issues – apologies!
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.
A busy summer is ahead with 8 Irish international teams competing in European Competitions. Levels of coverage will differ from competition to competition but we aim to try and help keep you as up to date as possible with all the action across the continent. We recommend you bookmark this page and check in regularly as content will change and update in advance of each team setting off to try and fulfil their European dreams!
Today’s Irish Examiner carries an article detailing a statement from Neptune club chairman Paul Barrett, which reads as follows:
Neptune Basketball Club had entered this year’s Premier League campaign and had committed to the association and the other teams. A lot of work had taken place behind the scenes by our club executive to allow this to happen.
However, with all the off court work done, things changed for the worst this week when Roy Downey decided his future was with Blue Demons BC.
This forced the club executive to revisit the decision to enter the Premier League.
Earlier this year, Basketball Ireland placed an advert on their website, seeking a coach to lead a squad at the Sino-European Men’s Basketball Championships to be held in Kunshan, Jaingsu Province in China in mid-July. Crucially, although the post was voluntary, the cost of the trip was covered by the Chinese Basketball Association.
Basketball Ireland quietly announced on Friday via their Facebook page that “A new Basketball Ireland bye-law passed by its Council has clarified the organisation’s position on unregistered activity.” It was accompanied by a link to the Basketball Ireland website which introduced the new bye-law. You can read the bye-law in full below:
Youth development, quality coaches, and Americans are all priorities for the growth of the Irish game, says Ciaran Mac Evilly. This is the second opinion piece in our series, “Irish Basketball: Just One Perspective”.
We, at TCC, are diggin’ the recent articles from the Irish Examiner’s Kieran Shannon. In this piece, he presents us with an insight into the mind of arguably the most important individual in Irish Basketball, Bernard O’Byrne.