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.
The Courtside Collective presents
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – NBA Week 13.
Things heating up in the NBA with feuds and tensions running high in our week 13 round up!
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!
In this episode we discuss the fantastic news about the u18b Women FIBA European Championships coming to Ireland in the summer of 2017 with head coach of the u16 programme Andy Gill. How well can Ireland do and how much of an advantage is having the Championships at home?
We also have Mayo GAA star player Aidan O’Shea on to talk about why he came back to basketball and how the season is going with the Sligo All-Stars in the National League.
Photo Credit Jordan Cummins – Check him out on Facebook!
The signs were there after the Sino-European games, after the Hibernia team played in the FIBA EuroCup and, particularly, after the senior men’s team competed in the European Small Nations this past summer in Moldova: The Irish Senior Men’s Basketball team is back and now it has a new head coach, former George Washington University Assistant Pete Strickland. Strickland will hold the position for two seasons (2016/17 and 2017/18), culminating in participation in the FIBA Small Nations European Championships in 2018.
In this episode we speak to Conan Doherty, features editor at SportsJoe.ie , about the perception of Basketball in Ireland, how the sport can break into the mainstream and the recent GAA crossover stars.
We also talk to Eric Benedick about his extraordinary journey to becoming a professional basketball player.
The new season is almost here so we break down the comings and goings during the off-season of the Irish Basketball Superleague with Niall & Mark O’Leary.
We also talk to Mark Nagle about his decision to return to DCU saints and his thoughts on the upcoming season. Did we miss any big transfer news? Let us know! The Podcast is here! Spread the word….
Name: 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.