Its a big weekend in both the Mens and Womens Nivea SuperLeagues with the quarter finals of the Play-Offs taking place.
Arguably the biggest game of the weekend will see the National Cup champions UL Eagles travelling to Clontarf to play the reigning SuperLeague champions 11890 Killester.
In the second quarter final Bord Gais Neptune will host UCD Marian in what should be another competitive clash.
In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague quarter finals, DCU Mercy will be hoping to book a semi-final berth when they host fellow Dublin side Meteors.
11890 Killester are sure to be tested in the other quarter final when they entertain Waterford Wildcats with the prize on offer of a trip to play regular season champions UL.
In the Nivea Womens SuperLeague, DCU Mercy will be favourites to prevail against a Meteors side they have already enjoyed two wins against this season.
We would be foolish to underestimate Meteors as they have good young players coming through their ranks and its a case of giving them the respect they deserve, said Mercy Head Coach Mark Ingle.
The prize on offer is a trip to face Team Montenotte in Cork on St Patricks weekend.
We are very happy with our progress and that we made the play offs, said Meteors Head Coach Hugh Kilbride. We are very aware of the huge past we have with away games to DCU and it will be tough.
11890 Killester will pose Waterford Wildcats a few problems at Clontarf as the Waterford coach Tommy OMahony looks forward to a mouth-watering quarter final.
Killester are always tough on their home court but I thought we got back to playing near our best level against Meteors last week, Tommy said.
A huge blow for Killester is the continued absence of Ashling Sullivan through injury but the Dubliner is confident her team mates can make their home advantage count.
'It is a tough call but we beat them already at home and I know the crowd will be really behind us,' said Sullivan. 'We have to get stuck in and if we do that and stop their big players I believe that we will win.'
The bottom four teams in the Nivea Womens SuperLeague are involved in Shield semi-finals with Singletons Supervalu Brunell hosting Liffey Celtics.
Liffey Celtics shocked Brunell last week and coach Tomas Ilves will be hoping for a repeat performance.
In the second semi-final Ulster Rockets will fancy their prospects of defeating Oblate Dynamos following their impressive performance against UL.
Basketball Ireland's Women's Division One Semi Finals Tralee Imperials V Meteors, Mounthawk (Tralee), 15:00,
Team Tom McCarthys St. Marys V Scruffys St. Pauls, Castleisland Community Centre (Kerry), 19:45
Sunday March 11th 2012 Nivea Women's SuperLeague Quarter Finals
DCU Mercy V Meteors, DCU Arena (Dublin), 15:30
Nivea Womens SuperLeague Shield Semi Finals Singleton's SuperValue Brunell V Liffey Celtics, Parochial Hall (Cork), 14:45
2011-12 NATIONAL LEAGUE FINALS TO BE TELEVISED LIVE ON SETANTA SPORTS
Basketball Ireland are delighted to announce that the 2011-12 National League Finals will be televised live on Setanta Sports television. The finals which will be part of Friday night live, will see the Nivea Womens SuperLeague Final taking place on Friday, March 23rd at 6.45pm, while the Nivea For Mens SuperLeague Final is scheduled to take place at 8.45pm.
This new development for the sport comes on the back of a hugely successful National Cup Finals in February, which marked the first outing of the sports three year deal with Setanta Sports.
Welcoming the news, Basketball Ireland Secretary General Bernard OByrne said; This is another tremendous boost for our sport and gives the National League Finals the recognition it richly deserves. Friday night live is becoming a big part of the Basketball Ireland calendar and we are relishing two more great finals on live TV. I applaud Setanta Sports for their dedication to Irish sport and providing us with the platform to showcase the very best talent Irish basketball has to offer.
Setanta Sports CEO Colin Morgan said; We are delighted to take our relationship with Basketball Ireland to the next stage. Showing the cup finals was a great success but its nice to consolidate this for Irish basketball fans by showing the Nivea SuperLeague finals. Basketball is a sport with great participation levels in Ireland and deserves greater prominence on TV. We are a channel that is dedicated to Irish sport so we have the capacity and the desire to show more relevant Irish sport like this.
The Nivea For Mens SuperLeague and Nivea Womens SuperLeague are currently at the quarter final stages of the Play-Offs, with the semi-finals set to take place on St Patricks weekend.
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Mark Scannell reappointed as head coach of senior women's team - 5 days ago
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The Women's National League Committee (WNLC) of Basketball Ireland has reappointed Mark Scannell as Head Coach of the Ireland Senior Women's team. The news was announced by the WNLC this week, who currently oversee the Senior Women's Program in conjunction with the Elite Performance Committee (EPC). Scannell, who was Head Coach for the side for this year's European Championship for Small Countries, will take over the role once more for another two years up to August 2018. He will also be... [read more]
The Women's National League Committee (WNLC) of Basketball Ireland has reappointed Mark Scannell as Head Coach of the Ireland Senior Women's team. The news was announced by the WNLC this week, who currently oversee the Senior Women's Program in conjunction with the Elite Performance Committee (EPC). Scannell, who was Head Coach for the side for this year's European Championship for Small Countries, will take over the role once more for another two years up to August 2018. He will also be at the helm for the Small Nations Tournament 2018. 'I'm looking forward to it,' he remarked after the news was announced. 'Last time was a short cycle, we did a really good job and had a good summer. Even though our preparation wasn't where we would have liked it to have been, the team did a great job. Looking ahead now, what's good is that all of the staff I had involved over the summer are willing to stay on and work on moving forward with this team, which is fantastic. 'Now, we will be focusing on developing that squad, and bringing up some younger players to mix in with the senior and experienced ones that we have already. It will be tough, but we've a good two year cycle ahead of us, so it's very exciting times,' Scannell, who is currently head coach of reigning National Cup champions, Ambassador UCC Glanmire, continued. 'Over the summer we proved that we belong at European level and the squad worked well together, and showed that they can compete at that level. In fact, all I've seen so far bodes very well for the future.' Also speaking about the appointment, Commissioner of the Women's League and Chair of the WNLC Matt Hall stated: 'We are delighted that Mark has agreed to continue in the role of Head Coach of the Ireland Senior Women's team for another two years. He has had a very successful first six months back in international competition and it's a very exciting time for the women's game in Ireland. We would like to take this opportunity to wish him and the team even more success going forward and in the coming two years.' Elsewhere, there was more news on the international front this week as three more staff appointments for Irish basketball were also announced by the EPC. Mike Lynch was appointed Head Coach of the Men's Under 15 team, Karl Kilbride was appointed Head Coach for the Women's Under 15 team and Paul Kelleher was appointed Head Coach for the Men's Under 17 team. Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
Best players of Irish Super League round 3 - 5 days ago
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American Chantell Alford (178-G-91, agency: Gamble Sports Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Glanmire and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while her team edged out Meteors (#7, 1-2) 62-59. It allowed Glanmire to consolidate first place in the Irish Super League. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the... [read more]
American Chantell Alford (178-G-91, agency: Gamble Sports Management) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for league's leader Glanmire and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 3. The 25-year old guard had a double-double of 25 points and twelve rebounds, while her team edged out Meteors (#7, 1-2) 62-59. It allowed Glanmire to consolidate first place in the Irish Super League. They maintain a perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Glanmire already had a very good start winning all 3 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Alford had a remarkable six three-pointers out of 8 attempts. It's her second year at Glanmire and it's hard to imagine this team without her. Boston University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Alford is in league's top in points (8th best: 16.0ppg) and averages solid 2.3bpg,60.0% FGP and 50.0% from behind 3-point line.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was -year old American forward Sarah Fairbanks (185-F) of DCU Mercy. Fairbanks impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds. Of course she led DCU Mercy to another comfortable win outscoring Brunell (0-2) 80-48. The season is still at the very beginning and this victory may help a lot. Let's wait for the next round. Fairbanks is a newcomer at DCU Mercy and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 25.0ppg (#1). Her other stats are also decent: 10.0rpg and 4.0apg.
The third best performed player last round was American Emma O'Connor (183-F-91) of second-ranked Liffey Celtics. O'Connor showcased her all-around game by recording 21 points, eight rebounds and five assists in the last round. She was a key player of Liffey Celtics, leading her team to a 68-63 win against NUIG Mystics (#6, 1-2). Liffey Celtics has a very good start of the season. But there were just 2 games played, so it's too early to judge them at this stage. O'Connor also has a very good start of the season with very strong stats. O'Connor has a great season in Ireland. After only 2 games, she made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 22.0ppg (3rd best) and assists with 5.0apg (5th best).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Monet Neal (178-F-95) of Meteors - 18 points and 18 rebounds 5. Brittney Dunbar (173-G) of WIT Wildcats - 16 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists 6. Ebony Wells (188-F/C) of NUIG Mystics - 21 points and 8 rebounds 7. Cathy Kavanagh (187-G-90) of WIT Wildcats - 16 points and 13 rebounds 8. Aoife Maguire (181-SF-98) of DCU Mercy - 10 points and 9 rebounds 9. Eimear Mairtin (164-G-90) of Meteors - 19 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Aine O'Connor (182-F/C-91) of Liffey Celtics - 6 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League 'It's great to win a close game like that - it's great experience,' said Courtyard Liffey Celtics Head Coach, Mark Byrne, after his side just edged NUIG Mystics on Saturday evening, 68-63. Emma O'Connor top scored for the Kildare team, netting 21 on the night. 'I'm delighted with our girls,' Byrne continued. 'They stuck to their task and did well. We're away to Glanmire now next and we're looking forward to that. Every time you play them it's anopp... [read more]
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League 'It's great to win a close game like that - it's great experience,' said Courtyard Liffey Celtics Head Coach, Mark Byrne, after his side just edged NUIG Mystics on Saturday evening, 68-63. Emma O'Connor top scored for the Kildare team, netting 21 on the night.
'I'm delighted with our girls,' Byrne continued. 'They stuck to their task and did well. We're away to Glanmire now next and we're looking forward to that. Every time you play them it's anopportunity to test yourself against the best.'
Speaking of Ambassador UCC Glanmire, the Cork side retained their lead at the top of the table with a 62-59 point win over Meteors, with Chantell Alford top scoring for Glanmire with 25 points. Elsewhere, a strong second half performance from Maxol WIT Wildcats saw them overcome Pyrobel Killester 65-60, while DCU Mercy had too much for Singleton SuperValu Brunell, running out 80-48 point winners, with Sarah Fairbanks netting 26 points.
Meteors 59-62 Ambassador UCC Glanmire Top scorers Meteors: Eimear Mairtin 19, Monet Neal 18, Shelby Smith 9 Top scorers Ambassador UCC Glanmire: Chantell Alford 25, Claire Rockall 13, Grainne Dwyer 10 Half time score: Meteors 31 - 39 Ambassador UCC Glanmire Maxol WIT Wildcats 65-60 Pyrobel Killester Top scorers Maxol WIT Wildcats: Cathy Kavanagh 16, Brittney Dunbar 14, Delacy Anderson 10 Top scorers Pyrobel Killester: Mimi Clarke 15, Jade Daly 14, Emma Sherwood 10 Half time score: Maxol WIT Wildcats 29-36 Pyrobel Killester Courtyard Liffey Celtics 68-63 NUIG Mystics Top scorers Courtyard Liffey Celtics: Emma O Connor 21, Sorcha Tiernan 17, Jazmen Boone 12 Top scorers NUIG Mystics: Ebony Wells 19, Brittany Glasco 16, Hannah Coen 13 Half time score: Courtyard Liffey Celtics 34-26 NUIG Mystics DCU Mercy 80-48 Singleton SuperValu Brunell Top scorers DCU Mercy: Sarah Fairbanks 26, Jasmine Wooton 14, Sarah Woods 14 Top scorers Singleton SuperValu Brunell: Amy Murphy 12, Danielle O Leary 11, Madison Ward 8 Half time score: DCU Mercy 43-28 Singleton SuperValu Brunell
Basketball Ireland Women's Division One Ulster Rockets are top of the Women's Division One table this week, after an 83-69 point winover Oblate Dynamos. The win this weekend was their second win from two games this season. Elsewhere, ITC Basketball got their season underway with a bang winning 63-39 against Marble City Hawks.
Oblate Dynamos 69-83 Ulster Rockets Top scorers Oblate Dynamos: Meagan Hoffman 18, Sam Massey 16, Kelsey Ellis 14 Top scorers Ulster Rockets: Mairead McNally 22, Mimi Troy 17, Carlee Lough 14 Half time score: Oblate Dynamos 33-37 Ulster Rockets Marble City Hawks 39-63 ITC Basketball Top scorers Marble City Hawks: Kelly O Hallahan 14, Aine Sheehy 7, Sheila Sheehy 7 Top scorers ITC Basketball: Megan Campbell 19, Jamiyah Bethune 11, Christine O Gorman 10 Half time score:Marble City Hawks18-38ITC Basketball
From : www.basketballireland.ie
The sports budget (Ireland) for 2017 has been cut by almost 30%, it was announced today (October 11th). Minister for Transport, Tourism and SportShane Rosssaw his department's budget increase by 72million but the allocation for sport went from 73.5m to 51.91m. Ross said that the decrease was due to the funds received last year for the constructionof the National Arena in Dublin. He said:'The only reason sports has gone down is the construction of the sports arena last year. It was a huge 22 million payment. 'I am happy we got a 4% increase in funding for my Department. It is well over the average.' Meanwhile, it was confirmed that horse racing is to receive an extra 4.8m, and there is also an increase for the Greyhound industry. Agriculture Minister Michael Creedsaid: 'A further 6 million has been allocated to the Horse & Greyhound Racing Fund, as per the Minister for Finance's commitment, and it will be divided 80-20 as usual between the two sports.' Details of another round of the Sports Capital Programme will be announced at a later date. Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O'Donovan said: 'The capital allocation to Sport Ireland will provide for the continued development of the National Sports Campus at Abbotstown. 'This includes the completion of the National Indoor Arena and Office Accommodation.'
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