FIBA

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

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:
Check out their player profiles below and add us on snapchat for behind the scenes insight at the euros: CourtsideCo

TCC Podcast Ep 10: Ireland taking on Europe! Maeve & Maeve Interview, NBA All-Star controversy and Podcast 9 “The Sealed Tapes”

“It’s been a long time.. we shouldn’t have left you…” We are back from a short summer break with a brand new podcast!

On Podcast 10 we talk about the Irish teams competing in Europe with a recap on the men and women’s u20 campaigns and the current u18 girls who are blazing a trail though their tournament. We speak to coach of the u16s Maeve Coleman and player Maeve Cannon ahead of their Europeans which start next week.

We then discuss the NBA All-Star game and the reasons behind it’s moving from Charlotte. Also what happened to Podcast number 9… (!?)

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.

Ultimate Guide to the Basketball Euros! (For Irish Fans!)

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!

Campaign to reinstate GB Basketball funding pays dividends

After a concerted campaign, supported by a number of high profile figures including FIBA General Secretary Patrick Baumann, the NBA Commissioner David Stern and Euroleague chief Jordi Romeu, UK Sport have decided to grant funding to GB Basketball for the Rio 2016 Olympic cycle.

         The announcement came on Friday with Liz Nicholl, UK Sport’s Chief Executive, saying: “UK Sport is delighted to be able to confirm that we will now be investing in two additional sports for the Rio cycle, taking the overall total to 44 sports. These sports have credible medal potential for 2016 or 2020.”

Roger Moreland, British Basketball’s Performance Chairman, was quick to emphasise that the sport had made a strong case for itself during Wednesday’s informal representation hearing, pointing out that “we successfully presented compelling new performance data, which not only impressed the Board but made them recognise that we are potential podium contenders for 2020.”

Team-GB-mens-basketball-London-2012-Olympic-G_2807692

GB Basketball celebrate

Moreland paid particular tribute to the support given by FIBA, who he said “played a crucial part in our success by demonstrating through technical information, how much progress we have made over the last 7 years as well as our position globally.”

That technical information proved crucial to the success of Wednesday’s hearing and in his official response to the decision, the Minister for Sport, Hugh Robertson MP, described the decision as “good news”. He added, “I am delighted that at their informal representations, both Basketball and Wheelchair Fencing, were able to produce new performance data that showed that they have a realistic chance of getting a medal in 2020.”

Team GB’s biggest star, Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls, went one further: “Today’s announcement by UK Sport is incredible news for not only us as a team but for the future development of the sport of basketball…we have to now deliver on a number of levels and ensure that the legacy of 2012 and indeed the last six years is established and continues to grow between now and Rio. In 2016 we aim to reward today’s decision with a medal!”

Realistically, the target for GB Basketball now is to medal in 2020 and FIBA’s Patrick Baumann certainly feels that they are now in a strong position to do just that. “The new funding will allow the sport to build on the progress and growth it has already made in a very short time and aim for a podium place in 2020,” he said.

Indeed, building on their excellent progress thus far is an absolute must for the directors , coaches and players of Team GB. The size of the funding has yet to be specified and when it does it come, will be contingent upon basketball meeting a strict set of requirements as pointed out in UK Sport’s statement: “[the] award will be on a one year conditional basis with the following three years funding released only on the fulfilment of strict performance criteria.”

“We will now enter into a dialogue with UK Sport about the actual details and level of funding as well the support services required,” said Moreland. “This is a momentous day for British Basketball and everyone who is connected with the sports, whether players, fans or officials.”