Orla O’Reilly joins Paul Dick as one of our featured bloggers. She is currently playing basketball overseas as Pro in Spain.
During the first week of June, PeacePlayers – Northern Ireland will be hosting Bill Fenlon, a supporter of the program and the head men’s basketball coach for the DePauw University Tigers. PeacePlayers uses sport, and especially basketball, to do cross-community work with youth.
According to DePauw’s website, Coach Fenlon has coached the Tigers for 21 seasons and is the winningest coach in program’s history. Following his team’s most recent 16-10 season, Fenlon possesses an impressive .638 career winning percentage.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to partner with PeacePlayers,” Fenlon said. “Being a career basketball guy I’m especially proud of the chance to make a difference in young lives through my sport.”
One of his more noteworthy anecdotal accomplishments involves coaching Brad Stevens – now the head coach of the small basketball powerhouse, Butler University, – from 1995 to 1999. Stevens’ teams defied the odds by playing for the NCAA Division I championships in 2010 and 2011.
DePauw, Wabash, and Butler are all located in the basketball-crazy state of Indiana, which is the setting of the popular 1986 film, Hoosiers. The state has produced many great players, including but not limited to Larry Bird, Shawn Kemp, and Oscar Robertson, and more recently, the trio of Zeller brothers, who played at Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Indiana University, respectively.
One of the highlights of Fenlon’s visit to Belfast will be a coaching clinic on Tuesday, June 4, from 7:30-9:00 p.m. in Queen’s PEC. Participation will cost £3 to help cover the price of the space.
The clinic will also include, during the first half-hour, instruction on warm-ups, conditioning, and injury prevention from Pablo Huertos. Huertos comes from Spain, where he studied sport science and physical activity. He has worked as a fitness coach for a women’s National-League team in Cordoba and the men’s Liga Espanola De Baloncesto team in Plasencia.
For anyone who didn’t watch the Spain v France game check out this crazy play near the end of regulation when Nicolas Batum punches Navarro in the crotch! Crazy! On the commentary John Amaechi then correctly calls out the referees for failing to take control of the game earlier, leading to excessive flopping and aggressive fouls. Check out the video and then read below for why he did it!
So why did Batum throw the punch?
Wow, when asked if it was in the Olympic spirit he had another answer:
He was of course referring to the Brazil v Spain game which SOME say the Spanish lost in purpose to avoid the USA until the Gold medal game.