Tralee thriller in store as Swords make the trip to the Kingdom while Glanmire could win regular season title
COUNTY KERRY is the place to be this weekend as one of the most-anticipated games of the week gets underway in Tralee Sports Complex at 8pm on Saturday evening. Garvey's Tralee Warriors are expecting a full house early on as they welcome Griffith Swords Thunder to their stomping ground in what is set to be an absolute thriller. The last time these two sides met down in Tralee in the Cup, Warriors won out by six in the end (61-55), while Swords returned the favour twice up in Dublin - winning out in the return leg of the Cup and the first round of the League. 'This is a huge game for both teams,' admitted Swords Head Coach Dave Baker. 'Tralee have been great this season, and everybody wants to play down there with the great atmosphere they create, but few get the result there. We've had some injuries recently, but now we're looking forward to this game to return back and play well.' Tralee meanwhile, are in great form following on from their memorable win against UCD Marian last weekend. 'I've been thinking about this game - I've been thinking about all of our games,' said Tralee Head Coach Mark Bernsen. 'Last weekend, our guys chipped away at UCD's lead and it paid off. They showed grit, a lot of toughness and I was very proud of them. Now, we have to get to work again for this weekend - we'll sort it out and we'll have a good plan in place come Saturday. There's going to be a great crowd in Tralee too, our fans have been brilliant all year.' Elsewhere, a big north Dublin derby pits DCU Saints against KUBS in St Vincent's on Saturday evening. KUBS come into the game off the back of a win against Pyrobel Killester, while DCU Saints will need to regroup following a thrilling clash with Belfast Star last weekend that saw Star win out in overtime. Pyrobel Killester meanwhile will welcome UCC Demons in what is set to be a must-watch game, SSE Airtricity Moycullen face off to Templeogue, Radisson Blu UL Eagles go head-to-head with UCD Marian while Commercial.ie Eanna take on Belfast Star on Friday evening. Meanwhile, Ambassador UCC Glanmire's Head Coach Mark Scannell is enjoying his time at the top of the Women's Super League this week, after they overcame DCU Mercy in a close and competitive affair in Dublin last weekend. All eyes will be on Cork this weekend though as, if Scannell's charges win out over NUIG Mystics, they will be crowned Regular Season champions 2016/17. 'I'm delighted we won against DCU,' said Scannell. 'We prepared well for it and the girls were focused all week. We needed a win, we've been a bit…since the Cup - so that win was important. That was a big statement today and now we have to win against NUIG at home this week and if we do, we will win the Regular Season and we will look on to the play offs then.' Maxol WIT Wildcats meanwhile will be hoping that they can turn their dreams of a top four place into a reality when they welcome second place Courtyard Liffey Celtics to Waterford. Wildcats sit in fifth place behind DCU Mercy and Pyrobel Killester with just points difference separating the sides, but they will need a big performance to overcome a very in-form Liffey Celtics. Pyrobel Killester welcome DCU Mercy in what will undoubtedly be a nail-biter, while Portlaoise Panthers will be hoping to bounce back from their loss on the road last week to Liffey Celtics when they welcome Singleton SuperValu Brunell to St Mary's.
Basketball Ireland National League Fixtures: March 3-5th
Friday 3rd March 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Commercial.ie Eanna v Belfast Star, Colaiste Eanna, 20:15;
Saturday 4th March 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Super League: Pyrobel Killester v UCC Demons, IWA-Clontarf, 19:00; SSE Airtricity Moycullen v Templeogue, NUIG, 19:00; DCU Saints v KUBS BC, St Vincent's, 19:30; Radisson Blu UL Eagles v UCD Marian, PESS Building-UL, 19:30; Garvey's Tralee Warriors v Griffith Swords Thunder, Tralee, 20:00;
Basketball Ireland Women's Super League: Ambassador UCC Glanmire v NUIG Mystics, Upper Glanmire Sports Centre, 17:00; Pyrobel Killester v DCU Mercy, IWA-Clontarf, 18:00; Maxol WIT Wildcats v Courtyard Liffey Celtics, Mercy SS, 19:00; Portlaoise Panthers v Singleton SuperValu Brunell, St Mary's, 19:00;
Basketball Ireland Men's Division One: LYIT Donegal v Keane's Supervalu Killorglin, LYIT, 15:30; EJ Sligo All-Stars v BFG Neptune, Mercy College, 17:00; Titans v Kestrels, Colaiste Iognaid, 18:00; Maree v Fr Mathews, Calsanctius College, 19:45;
Basketball Ireland Women's Division One Oblate Dynamos v Marble City Hawks, Oblate Hall Inchicore, 19:30;
Sunday 5th March 2017 Basketball Ireland Men's Division 1: Ulster University Elks v Team Kilkenny, UUJ, 12:45; Dublin Lions v ITC Basketball, Colaiste Bride, 14:00;
Basketball Ireland Women's Division One Ulster University Elks v UL Huskies, UUJ, 15:00
Bernard O'Byrne signs new four-year contract with BI
Secretary General and CEO of Basketball Ireland, Bernard O'Byrne, has signed a new four-year contract with Basketball Ireland, which will run until the end of 2020. Mr. O'Byrne is delighted to be continuing in a role that he has held since 2011. 'I am really looking forward to the coming months and years. There are a lot of exciting events ahead for Basketball Ireland, most notably this August when we host the FIBA Under 18 Women's European Championships Division B here in Dublin. We are also looking forward to working closely with our new Irish senior men's head coach, Pete Strickland, and his team in the coming months and years. 'The end of 2017 will also be notable for the organization as we aim to be completely debt free for the first time in a number of years. This is thanks in no small part to a strategy that we put in place a few years ago, and we have achieved our target ahead of schedule which we are really happy about, so there's a lot to look forward to and I can't wait to be part of it.'
VACANCY: Commercial Manager for Basketball Ireland
VACANCY: Commercial Manager for Basketball Ireland Mar 03,2017 Posted: Friday, March 3rd, 2017 Basketball Ireland is inviting applications for the role of Commercial Manager within the organization.
The summary of the role includes: Reporting to C.E.O Pro-actively sourcing potential partners Management and delivery of all incumbent partners contractual rights Ensuring all sponsors are integrated and achieve their business objectives Developing and presenting creative and bespoke partnership proposals Establishing and enhancing a Basketball Ireland presence in the market place Achieve annual business objectives and revenue targets Integrate commercial activity with the rest of the management team including Media and Communications operations. Experience: Demonstrable experience in a similar role Impressive track record Skills: Strong interpersonal skills and relationship management Ability to work on own initiative Be an effective part of a team Excellent IT skills Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential Salary: Competitive Location: National Basketball Arena, Tymon Park, Dublin 24 Contract: Full Time permanent, subject to a 3 month probationary period
Applications: Applications should be made directly, by email, to the Chief Executive at email@example.com including a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae
Closing Date: Before 5pm on Thursday 16 March 2017
Donaghy the star as Tralee Warriors crowned Men's Champions Trophy champions - 22 days ago
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Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (2... [read more]
Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) was the star of the show in Letterkenny today as Tralee swooped home to glory and scooped the silverware in the final of the Basketball Ireland Men's Champions Trophy. It was a thrilling finale in Donegal as Donaghy drove down the court and laid the ball up in style to send another epic battle with Regular Season champions, Templeogue, to overtime (66-66). That last gasp bucket was just one story of many that can be told from today's game, with Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta) shining brightest for Templeogue in one of the closest Men's Super League clashes of the year. The story, however, lies with Tralee and the glory of their achievement and it is one that will be told for many years to come. From Donaghy to Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) - a guard who has dazzled for the Kingdom throughout the season - to Goran Pantovic (208-F-91, college: Drexel), the team worked as a unit throughout and managed to hold on in the dying seconds to add another page to the history books. It was Pemberton who stepped up to the mark with 7.8 seconds on the clock in overtime as they trailed Templeogue 73-70 and as hearts dropped around the court when his first effort did not find the mark, Donaghy was on hand for the offensive rebound to feed Pemberton once more and he made no mistake second time of asking to tie it yet again, 73-73. With double overtime looming, Donaghy had the final say of the game, adding a free throw in the dying seconds and it was with bated breath for all of Kerry as they watched the clock tick down in agonizing fashion. Courtesy of: basketballireland.ie
Templeogue and Tralee reach Champions Trophy Final - 23 days ago
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Templeogue and Tralee Warriors advanced into the Champions Trophy Final. They earned victories in the respective semifinals on Saturday. Tralee Warriors nipped Swords Thunder 66:64. Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) provided 24 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. The Warriors jumped to a 36:27 halftime lead. Swords Thunder went on a determined comeback rally in the final period but came up short at the end. Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) and Ricardo Leonard (201-C-70,... [read more]
Templeogue and Tralee Warriors advanced into the Champions Trophy Final. They earned victories in the respective semifinals on Saturday. Tralee Warriors nipped Swords Thunder 66:64. Trae Pemberton (193-G-92, college: Maryville, MO) provided 24 points and 8 rebounds to pace the winners. The Warriors jumped to a 36:27 halftime lead. Swords Thunder went on a determined comeback rally in the final period but came up short at the end. Kieran Donaghy (198-G/F-83) and Ricardo Leonard (201-C-70, college: ODU) netted 13 points each in the win. Oleksandr Dolenko (191-PG-90) responded with 13 points for the Thunder. Templeogue knocked down UCD Marian 71:64 behind 21 points and 14 rebounds from Jason Killeen (211-C-85, college: Augusta). The teams went neck and neck throughout first three periods. However Templeogue used a 22:14 rally in the fourth frame to ice the win. Lorcan Murphy (182-PG-94) produced 17 points and 7 boards in the victory. Conor Meany (185-PG-86) responded with 17 points for UCD Marian. Dustan Moreira (202-F-89) chipped in 16 points in the loss.
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