Basketball Ireland

LIVE Hangout: Dave Baker & James Weldon (Cup Preview)

TCC will be hosting its first-ever Live Google Hangout on Air. Tony McGaharan, TCC, will be joined by Dave Baker, Head Coach of Swords Thunder, and James Weldon, UL Huksies, to discuss the upcoming Men’s and Women’s Premier League National Cup Finals.

Conor Meany: Cup, League & Irish Basketball

In a week when the plight of the inter-county GAA player has been prominently described as “depressing”, any conversation with an Irish Premier League basketball player is worth starting with asking what that experience is like, writes Kieran Shannon.

Fixing the Basketball League of Ireland

While the name itself had become self-parody, didn’t you prefer it when you could just call it the Superleague?  Anyway…

New proposal addresses player eligibility of Non-EU residents

BREAKING NEWS: Basketball Ireland has notified clubs of a significant proposal from the Senior Games Management Board (SGMB) that would change the game for all. The proposal would create a new category of player (2A) that would allow players who are studying or working in Ireland (non-professional athletes) to compete in the recently re-branded Basketball League of Ireland.


Dear Clubs,

Please see below in relation to the proposed changes to the regulations for the Senior Men’s Game 2013-2014.

The SGMB are seeking the club’s views on the proposed changes as outlined in Items 1 & 2 via email by close of business Wednesday 7th August. Item 3 Work Permits is for information purposes for teams in the Premier League and should be a big help in resolving the difficulties in obtaining a Work Permit.

1. Proposed: Alteration to Category 2.

A new Category 2A player category be created for Non EU/EEA students or Non EU/EEA workers, who are resident in the island of Ireland . A team shall be allowed have one Category 2 and one Category 2A on court at any one time or two Category 2A on court at any one time(a team shall not be allowed two Category 2 players on court at the same time). A maximum of two players from these categories will be permitted to be on the scoresheet for any game.

Basketball Ireland

Last year, TCC’s Andrew Sanders tackled the issue of eligibility in an in-depth article that featured an interview with one of Ireland’s premier American basketball stars, Jermaine Turner, who settled in Ireland after meeting his wife, Leesa. Turner, a longstanding player for Killester in Dublin, has been forced to play as an Category 2 player on-court despite being a resident in Ireland for over a decade. The list goes on…. Check the article out here for more.

What are your thoughts? Do you think that this proposal will help the game or hurt it?

Start the discussion below and let’s help keep the spotlight on this important issue!

Turner looks on during a time-out

Turner looks on during a time-out during a game early last season (2012-2013)

BI Seek the best underage 3v3 Ballers in Ireland!

This summer (Friday July 12th) Basketball Ireland are running the U14 and U18 Boys and Girls National 3on3 Championships at Gormanston College, Co Meath for the first time.

With the real possibility of 3on3 becoming an Olympic sport at Rio in 2016, this exciting and accessible form of basketball is set to explode in popularity.

Who are the best underage 3v3 ballers in Ireland?

Who are the best underage 3v3 ballers in Ireland?

Who do people think would be the best 3on3 U18 team in the country in Boys? A combination of the all-conquering Belfast Star team (perhaps the Quinn twins and Pettigrew)? How about from the team they beat in the National Cup final, Moycullen with their three internationals Lyons, Costelloe and O’Brien? What combination of KUBS guys could challenge – O’Hanlon, McCann and McDonnell? Who else do people think would combine to be the BEST U18 3on3 team???

How about on the girls side? Surely Brunell would be favoured with Edel Thornton possibly leading a trio that could include fellow SuperLeague stars O’Leary and Waters! Could Sarah Kenny and some of her Glanmire teammates give them a run for their money? How about Katie Black and Erica Kennedy Smith leading a DCU Mercy team?

Entry forms can be downloaded on the Basketball Ireland website here


FIBA 3on3 Rules of the Game

  • Court The game will be played on a 3on3 basketball court with 1 basket, half a traditional basketball court may be used
  • Ball A size 6 ball shall be used in all categories
  • Teams Each team shall consist of 4 players (3 players on the court and 1 substitute)
  • Game Officials 1 referee and 2 time/score keepers (optional). Referee may be used as scorer and timekeeper.
  • Initial possession Coin Flip
  • Game duration 1 x 10 minutes, playing time (may be reduced depending on numbers)
  • Score limit 21 points (may be reduced depending on numbers)
  • Overtime First team to score two (2) points wins the game
  • Scoring 1 and 2 if scored behind the three point line
  • Shot Clock 12 seconds
  • Foul limit per player 4
  • Foul limit per team 7
  • Penalty situation 1 free throw
  • Possession following a successful field goal Defense possession
  • Possession following a dead ball “Check ball” exchange behind the three point line at the top
  • Following a defensive rebound Ball to be dribbled/passed behind the three point line
  • Following a jumpball situation Defense possession
  • Following a shooting foul 1 free throw or 2 free throws, if foul committed behind the three point line
  • Following a steal Do not need to clear the ball outside the 3point line
  • Substitutions In dead ball situations, prior to the check ball and require no action from the referees or table officials


 Basketball Ireland 3on3 National Championship Tournament Details

Venue – Gormanston College, County Meath.

Date – Friday July 12th 2013

Times – 10.00am – 5pm

Cost – €2 per player (4 in a team) – free entry for all Gormanston Camp attendees and all regional qualifiers.

Age Groups – Under 14/Under 18 girls and boys. (separate)

Entry – to enter a team please download the entry form and email or post to Matthew Hall, 3on3, National Basketball Arena, Tymon Park, Dublin 24. All pre-entered teams will receive a free 3on3 t-shirt on the day. Teams can also enter on the day if they wish.

Prizes for the winning teams.Basketball Ireland Official 3on3 Logo

BI Macron Kits National Camp 2013 Coaching Line-Up

Summer is fast approaching and Basketball Ireland have been hard at work in preparation for the 40th Annual National Camp. This year, pairing up with Macron Kits, they have pieced together an outstanding coaching line-up. Check it out:

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Marcus Ginyard

Born: May 8th, 1987

Home Town: Alexandria, Northern Virginia, USA

Marcus Ginyard is a name well-known to followers of college basketball the world around. A part of the famous 2009 North Carolina National Championship winning team, Marcus’ basketball career has taken him all over the world and this summer, he intends to travel to Ireland and the 40th Basketbal Ireland Macron Kits National Camp at Gormanston.

A very brief summary of some of his achievements inclue winning an AAU National title at the age of 13, playing alongside current NBA stars Ty Lawson, Roy Hibbert and Dante Cunningham. During his time at Bsihop O’Donnell High School in Arlington Virginia, Marcus helped lead his team to a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Championship, three straight Alhambra Catholic Invitation Championships, and three Virginia Independent School State Championships. His career was highlighted with an impressive 116-19 overall record in four years, First Team All Metropolitan Selection, Virginia Gatorade Player of the Year, and Virginia’s Mr. Basketball.

After his sophmore season at Bishop O’Connell, Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams offered him a full scholarship to play basketball for the University of North Carolina. Marcus accepted without hesitation. He entered UNC with fellow classmates Michael Copeland, Danny Green, Bobby Frasor and Tyler Hansbrough. A key player right from the start of his career at UNC, Marcus captained the team his junior season, becoming an essential part of the 2008 ACC Championship and Final Four season. He was selected to the ACC-All Defense Team, while also being named to All-ACC Tournament Team. The following year, Marcus was forced to redshirt midway through the season due to his slow recovery from surgery on a broken bone in his foot. His team would go on to win the 2009 National Championship.

His professional career the begain in the German Basketball Bundesliga (BBL) with BBC Bayreuth and has since taken him to  Ironi Nahariya in Israel before he landed with his current team Anwil Wloclawek in the Polish Tauron Basket Liga (TBL).


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Michael Bree

Born: March 26th, 1980

Hometown: Sligo

Michael Bree is widely recognised as one of the greatest Irish players ever and his lengthy list of achievements makes for impressive reading. Below are just some of the things that he has achieved in the game of basketball to date.

  • Former captain for the Irish Senior Men’s Basketball squad and have been capped more than 35 times at senior level for Ireland. Played basketball for Ireland at all levels, including captaining the Irish junior men’s squad to victory in the European Qualifications, becoming the first Irish Team to do so. Received five personal accolades including the Most Valuable Player award at the European Qualifications Tournament
  • Captain of Davidson College, NCAA Division One basketball team for the years 2000-2002. Received the Most valuable player award during the 2001-2002 season
  • Selected by team colleagues as captain to Team Ratiopharm Ulm, Germany for two consecutive years.
  • Led the second Bundesliga, Germany in assists for the season 2003-2004. Also top 10 in steals.
  • Led the Basket Ligan, Sweden in total assists for the seasons 2005-2007. Also top 10 in steals.
  • Named as Eurobasket Bosman of the year for Sweden 2005-2006.
  • Selected as an All-Star in Sweden for the 2005-2006 season.

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B.J McFarlan

Born: June 26, 1976
Home Town: New York, USA

Nickname: “B.J” and “The Beast”
Full name: William Marion Mc Farlan

B.J McFarlan is a seasoned pro whose career began in Ireland when he was a key member of the 2000 SuperLeague Cup winning Burger King Limerick side. Since then he has gone on to play for professional teams in Finland, Poland, France, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Argentina. In that time he has built an impressive playing CV that includes being named to the All-Finnish League Imports 1st Team in 2004, being named the All-French ProB Player of the Year in 2005, leading his team to the French ProB Championship in 2006 and being named to the Argentinian LigaA All-Imports Team in 2008 during a time when he led his team (Lanus) to back to back Argentinian LigaA Finals (’08 and ’09).

Post and photos courtesy of Basketball Ireland

Luke Thompson leads Templeogue Azzurri to U20 Men’s Cup

The final game of the 2013 National Cup Weekend started off slow, with neither team able to get into any sort of offensive rhythm early on. However, it soon picked up with both team’s captains leading the attack. Templeogue’s Luke Thompson led all scorers with 26-points while Ciaran Roe, captain of the Killester side, who took the game into his own hands in the third quarter, finished with 20-points. Killester’s Mikey Deegan supported Roe’s quest for National Cup glory with 9-points while Beolach Morrison tallied 12-points for Templeogue.

Luke Thompson featured in an earlier TCC post… check out the story and highlight tape here!

Luke Thompson (MVP) and Ken Clarke (CSC/Killester Basketball Club)

Luke Thompson (MVP) and Ken Clarke (CSC/Killester Basketball Club)

Templeogue Azzurri - U20 Men's National Cup Champions 2013

Templeogue Azzurri – U20 Men’s National Cup Champions 2013


Thornton makes history in U20 Women’s National Cup win

Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell entered the U20 Women’s Cup final having already picked up  the U18 Cup from the night before when they defeated a talented Glanmire team. Edel Thornton, Brunell’s tenacious scorer, led her team to victory once again at the older age bracket, contributing a massive 35 points to help fend off Dublin’s Killester team. Despite efforts from ‘Mimi’ Clarkeand Eleanor Matthews, Killester could not piece together a convincing comeback late to challenge Brunell.

Thornton is the first ever player in Irish Basketball history to be awarded both the U18 and U20 MVP award in the same year. 

Brunell go home with the U18 and U20 National Cup

Brunell go home with the U18 and U20 National Cup

Thornton takes home two MVP awards

Thornton takes home two MVP awards

Blue Demons defeat Team Garvey in Men’s National Cup

The Blue Demons were the second Cork team to bring home some silverware during Basketball Ireland’s National Cup weekend. Their hometown rivals, Neptune, defeated UL Eagles in Friday night’s Men’s Superleague Cup, while Team Montenotte Hotel Cork came up short in their contest against UL Huskies in the Women’s Superleague Cup.

Team Garvey was led by player/coach, Brian Clernon, who contributed to the game in both of his positions. However, Demons looked in control of their own fate from the tip-off, which was highlighted by an early two-handed jam by the Cork side’s point guard, Kyle Hosford.

Andrew Fitzgerald for Team Garvey, who has been tremendous throughout the first half of the season, had difficulty down low against the Demon’s interior defence. Although point guard Declan Wall steadied the ship late in the game for Team Garvey,  a shooting exhibition put on by Demons’ Brian O’Neill eventually led to the Cork team’s victory, with O’Neill rightfully awarded the Most Valuable Player of the game. Check out our post-game interview with the MVP:

Brian Clernon (player/coach) trying to inspire his team during a time-out

Brian Clernon (player/coach) trying to inspire his team during a time-out

Brian O'Neill (MVP) was terrific for Demons

Brian O’Neill (MVP) was terrific for Demons

Men's National Cup Winners 2013

Men’s National Cup Winners 2013

Fitzgerald had difficulty getting into any sort of rhythm

Fitzgerald had difficulty getting into any sort of rhythm

Hosford throwing it down

Hosford throwing it down

O'Halloran was a true leader on the floor for Demons

O’Halloran was a true leader on the floor for Demons