The 2012-13 National League Basketball fixtures have been announced.
In the Nivea For Men's SuperLeague, newcomers Dublin Inter, previously known as Ballon Basketball Club, will host last season's beaten finalists DCU Saints in the opening game of the season at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Friday, September 28th.
Reigning champions UL Eagles face a tricky opening encounter away to Neptune, while Moycullen and Killester take on UCC Demons and UCD Marian respectively.
The format of the League in 2012-13 will include 8 teams. Belfast Star has withdrawn from the League, while Dublin Inter has been granted a one year licence. The League will operate on a 3 round League format, with the League winners being determined by table position at the end of the 21 game season.
A new End of Season competition will be introduced. For 2012-13, this will involve the League and Cup winners and the next best placed two teams in the League at the end of the season. This format will be reviewed for 2013-2014.
In the Nivea Women's SuperLeague, which starts on the weekend of October 6th, champions UL, who went the entire of last season unbeaten, welcome Killester to the UL Arena and beaten finalists Team Montenotte Hotel have a date with Meteors.
DCU Mercy make the trip to Ulster Rockets and WIT Wildcats face Liffey Celtics.
Opening Two Weekends
Basketball Ireland National League Fixtures 2012-2013
Friday September 28th 2012
Nivea Mens Superleague Dublin Inter v DCU Saints, National Basketball Arena, 19:45
Saturday September 29th 2012
Nivea Mens Superleague Moycullen v UCC Demons, NUIG Kingfisher, 15:45; Killester v UCD Marian, Greendale, 20:00
Basketball Ireland Mens Division One Donegal Town v Dublin Thunder, Abbey Vocational School, 17:30; Fr. Mathews v Maree, Colaiste Chriost Ri, 19:15; Templeogue v Ulster Elks, Oblate Hall, 19:30; Team Left Bank Kilkenny v Blue Demons, OLoughlins Gaels, 19:30; Team Garveys St. Marys v Matt OFlahertys Chemists Titans, Castleisland Community Centre, 19:45
Basketball Ireland Womens Division One UL v Team Tom McCarthys St. Marys, UL Arena, 17:00; Britton Insurance Donegal Town v Portlaoise Panthers, Abbey Vocational School, 20:00
Sunday September 30th 2012
Nivea Mens Superleague Bord Gais Neptune v UL Eagles, Neptune Stadium, 15:00
Saturday October 6th 2012 Nivea Mens Superleague DCU Saints v Moycullen, DCU Sports Complex, 19:00; UCD Marian v Bord Gais Neptune, UCD Sports Complex, 19:10; UL Eagles v Killester, UL Arena, 19:30
Nivea Womens SuperLeague UL v Killester, UL Arena, 17:00; Ulster Rockets v DCU Mercy, De La Salle, 18:30; Team Montonette Hotel Cork v Meteors, Upper Glanmire, 19:00; WIT Wildcats v Liffey Celtics, Mercy Sports Hall, 19:00
Basketball Ireland Mens Division One Maree v Donegal Town, Calasanctius College, 17:00; Matt OFlahertys Chemists Titans v Templeogue, Renmore Community Centre, 19:00; Dublin Thunder v Team Left Bank Kilkenny, OCarroll Arena, 20:00
Basketball Ireland Womens Division One Portlaoise Panthers v NUIG Mystics, St. Marys Hall, 19:30; Team Tom McCarthys St. Marys v Britton Insurance Donegal Town, Castleisland Community Centre, 19:45
Sunday October 7th 2012 Nivea Mens Superleague UCC Demons v Dublin Inter, Mardyke Arena, 15:30
Basketball Ireland Mens Division One Blue Demons v Ballon, Mardyke Arena, 13:00; Team Left Bank Kilkenny v Fr. Mathews, Watershed Sports Centre, 15:30
Basketball Ireland Womens Division One Tralee Imperials v Britton Insurance Donegal Town, Mercy Mounthawk, 13:00; Oblate Dynamos v UL, Oblate Hall, 13:30
32-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. McGrath played last season at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.7apg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.3apg. McGrath also played 17 games in VTB United League where he avera... [read more]
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LKL) signed 32-year old Irish ex-international guard Donnie McGrath (193-90kg-84, college: Providence). He is a dual citizen owning also American passport. McGrath played last season at Obradoiro in Spanish Liga Endesa. In 33 games he had 7.7ppg, 1.7rpg and 4.7apg. The previous (14-15) season he played at Krasny Oktyabr in Russian league where in 6 Eurocup games he recorded 11.2ppg, 2.7rpg and 5.3apg. McGrath also played 17 games in VTB United League where he averaged 9.2ppg, 2.6rpg and 4.6apg. The other team he played shortly was Anadolu Efes in Turkish league. In 5 Euroleague games he got 4.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 1.0apg. McGrath also spent pre-season at La ICL Manresa (also in Liga Endesa) that year. He was a member of Irish Senior National Team between 2006 and 2008. McGrath is quite experienced player. He has played also professionally in France (Cholet Basket), Greece (PAOK Thessaloniki, AEK Athens and Egaleo), Italy (Openjobmetis VA, Verona and BancaTercas), Lithuania (Zalgiris) and Russia (Spartak St.Petersburg). McGrath attended Providence College until 2006 and it will be his eleventh (!!!) season as a professional player.
Ian O'Leary agreed terms with Fuenlabrada - 8 days ago
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30-year old American (has also Irish passport) forward Ian O'Leary (201-101kg-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) from Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias. In 34 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.7rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season O'Leary played at Gran Canaria where in 26 Liga Endesa games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. A... [read more]
Montakit Fuenlabrada (Liga Endesa) strengthened their roster with addition of 30-year old American (has also Irish passport) forward Ian O'Leary (201-101kg-86, college: St.Mary's, CA) from Iberostar Tenerife CB Canarias. In 34 Liga Endesa games in Spain he recorded 4.5ppg and 2.7rpg last season. The previous (14-15) season O'Leary played at Gran Canaria where in 26 Liga Endesa games he averaged 4.9ppg and 3.1rpg. He also played 20 games in Eurocup where he had 6.8ppg, 3.0rpg and 1.2apg. Among other achievements O'Leary played in the final of WCC Tournament in 2009. He received also Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver Forward of the Year award back in 2011. O'Leary has played previously for four other teams: Blancos de Rueda, Palencia Baloncesto, Vigo and Oviedo CB. He attended Saint Mary's College of California until 2009 and it will be his eighth season in pro basketball. The scouts decsribe him following way:
Overlooked somewhat at college but has blossomed in Europe. Strong going to the basket and has good athletic ability. Working on being more consistent outside the 3pt line but provides a real mis match for teams.
A very good athlete he is able to play several positions effectively because of a great mix of size and quickness. Rebounds like a center but runs like a guard. Very effective mid range jumper causes a lot of problems cause he is able to just shoot over top of most defenders. Can handle the ball and has no problem handling pressure and being a release valve for any backcourt. Aggressive offensive mind set makes him lead by example. At college played in a system to showcase NBA Draft choice Patrick Mills, but his performance in Europe will be very different as he will be allowed to show his complete game. Has very long arms and consistently tips and blocks shots from the backside and weak side. A very complete player is capable of playing at very high levels as he continues to develop. Shoots the deep ball quite well and is extending his range which for a player his size will make him deadly.
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