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FOREWORD FROM M IN IS TER F O R TRANSPORT TOURISM & S P O R T

to thank all involved who have contributed to the success in this truly international, egalitarian sport.

SHANE ROSS TD It’s been yet another terrific year for basketball in Ireland; a sport that has been played in Ireland for over a century now and is currently growing in popularity, both at local and elite levels. I would like to take this opportunity

In 2016, Basketball Ireland successfully hosted the FIBA Europe General Assembly, showcasing the commitment and passion for basketball in Ireland. This year, Basketball Ireland is currently getting ready to host the FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship Division B in Dublin, another great achievement. As Minister for both Sport and Tourism, I’m delighted to hear that as part of the tournament, 96 games will be played between the National Basketball Arena and the National Indoor Arena. Sports tourism is a growing sector in our economy and Basketball Ireland are contributing hugely in this area. On the ground, it’s wonderful to see that participation in basketball continues to grow in schools and clubs nationally.

MESSAGE FROM FIBA Dear Irish basketball friends, Spring is a time for growth, and therefore it is somewhat fitting to be writing this right now, as Basketball Ireland continues to flourish on all fronts. Domestically, there has been pleasing growth at grassroots level with general participation in clubs and schools on an upward trajectory, whilst the senior men’s premier league has reached a level not seen in the past 30 years, with 24 teams now competing for Irish honours. This is not going unrecognised outside of basketball circles, the attendance of President Michael D. Higgins at the Cup finals a fine acknowledgement of this. The Irish women’s team returned to the international scene with a bang, finishing second in the FIBA Women’s European Championship for Small Countries, following an absence of 10 years, whilst the men also proved competitive, just missing out on a

podium finish. With respected US college coach Peter Strickland taking over at the helm of the senior men’s team for the next two years, Ireland will now further bolster their chances of pushing to be among the medals, and perhaps also look towards entering the Qualifiers for future FIBA Basketball World Cups. Dublin also placed itself firmly on the European basketball map, firstly by hosting a well-received FIBA Europe General Assembly last year, before putting up its hand to host the upcoming FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship Division B this summer. As well as having teams entered in every FIBA Europe youth category this summer, it is also pleasing to see your nation will be represented at senior level in both men’s and women’s 3x3 basketball, a sport with a bright future as we eagerly await confirmation of its hopeful inclusion in the Summer Olympics.

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This is so important, particularly for both the mental and physical health of our younger generation. I’m particularly pleased to note that basketball is a sport that is played equally successfully by both genders. This year, the women’s team finished second – wonderful result! - in the FIBA Women’s European Championship for Small Countries with the men finishing a very respectable fourth. It is expected that the appointment of Pete Strickland, the renowned US college trainer, as head coach for our senior men will prove hugely beneficial over the next couple of years. In conclusion, I would like to thank all members of Basketball Ireland, players, coaches and supporters, for their hard work, passion and commitment, and I look forward to applauding greater successes in basketball during the coming year.

FIBA Executive Director Europe

KAMIL NOVAK

Best of luck to all Irish teams competing on the international stage this summer, particularly to the U18 Women competing at home, in a tournament which I have no doubt will be organised and delivered to the highest of standards.


CHAIRPERSON’S REPORT

Fran Ryan (left) pictured above with President Higgins, Theresa Walsh and Bernard O’Byrne

FRAN RYAN

Fellow Basketball colleagues, When our CEO asked for a piece from the chairperson of Basketball Ireland for the annual report I wondered, how best to convey a year full of positives in a short summary? Indeed, this year has been a hugely positive year with an abundance of significant achievements, crystallizing with the awarding of hosting rights to Basketball Ireland for the FIBA Under 18 Women’s European Championship Division B in Dublin this August. During my year as chair of Basketball Ireland, I came to learn, realise and appreciate the excellent groundwork done by my predecessors, Paul Meany and Jackie Dunne, who were critical in steering us from the abyss to the stable robust structures we now have. I am also aware that our infrastructure is unclear to a lot of our members but I am confident the SPIG initiatives - based on your feedback from the 2016 survey - will address this. I welcome the clearer empowerment of Council and stress to all members that the Board of Basketball Ireland is made up of highly committed basketball people with unbridled passion for our sport. The most important people in our sport though, are the huge number of volunteers doing incredible work within their clubs and area boards and I hope that we can increase various support points for all our volunteers from the club coach, to the invisible but vital secretaries, treasurers, committee members and volunteers. On behalf of the Basketball Ireland Board, we thank you. Finally, during this year I have fully realised the quantum of work delivered efficiently and diligently by the professional staff at Basketball Ireland HQ - from our CEO Bernard to our most recent recruits, we are fortunate to have the calibre of people delivering the vital management we depend on on an everyday basis. As we step into a new, more positive time for our sport, it is incumbent that we leave a growing, improving, and robust legacy for the generations coming behind us. Thank you one and all. Fran

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS Fran Ryan (Chairman) Fran Ryan is a long standing member of UCD Marian Basketball Club having served as player, coach and administrator. He was a member of the MNCC for a number of years and joined the Basketball Ireland board in 2015, becoming chairman in 2016. Outside of basketball, Fran was a board director of IFG Group Plc for a number of years and currently sits as executive and non-executive director for a number of private companies across various industries. Prof. Seamas Donnelly (Deputy Chairman) Professor Seamas Donnelly is a Professor of Medicine at Trinity College Dublin. He has been involved with basketball for over 30 years, playing National League initially with Galway Democrats and subsequently playing with University College Cork (UCC) and North Mon. He is currently a member of Meteors Basketball Club and has coached at club, provincial and international level. Aaron O’Connell (Company Secretary) Aaron O’Connell is a successful businessman and experienced entrepreneur. Originally from Cork, Aaron has been involved in basketball for the past 42 years as a player, coach or administrator with North Mon, Blue Demons, Neptune, UCC and Cobh, Blarney Ladies, Fr. Mathews, Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal, Gael Cholaiste Mhuire AG, Brunell, Cobh, Carrig Na bhFear, Meteors and UCD, in addition to serving in an administrative capacity with BI Coaches’ Committee, Cork Men’s and Ladies’ Boards, and the Cork Post Primary School Girls’ Committee. Tim Murphy Tim Murphy is Chief Operating Officer of DMS Governance Ltd. (DMS), and provides leadership support to the firm’s CEO and President in promoting innovation, quality service and cost-effective management of resources. Prior to joining DMS, Mr. Murphy served as Associate Partner for Novitas Partners LLP, Ireland a Corporate Advisory firm, where he was responsible for opening its Irish office and among other roles, provided business development and product strategy advice and execution services for SME businesses in Ireland, Europe and the U.S. Noreen O’Connell Noreen O’Connell is a member of staff in the UL Sport facility in Limerick. A sports enthusiast with over 15 years’ experience, she has been involved with Basketball Ireland since 1998 in a voluntary capacity holding numerous roles, such as international management, chairperson of the colleges, chairperson of the IAC committee and member of

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the council, to name but a few. Noreen is currently a member of the EPC. She has been to European competitions at all levels as a manager, two World University Games in 2003 and 2005. Some of her biggest achievements to date were volunteering at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic basketball competitions and acting as Sports Manager for Team Ireland at the World Special Olympics Games in 2011 and 2015. Grace O’Sullivan Grace O’Sullivan has been involved with basketball for over 35 years. Current manager of the Irish Senior Women's team, Grace began her international coaching experience as an assistant coach in 1993 and has coached at international level. Coaching and administration has been a huge part of Grace's basketball life, beginning in Brunell Ladies BC at underage and National League in the 1990s to coaching at Post Primary and club level in Ballincollig for 20 years. During this time, Grace has acted as Regional organiser for Post Primary schoolgirls and coached regional teams in Cork. Grace was awarded the Post Primary teachers award for her volunteer work in basketball with the Cork Education and Training Board. Padraig McLoughlin Padraig Mc Loughlin is CEO of a distribution company and a qualified Chartered Director. He has been associated with St Vincent’s Basketball Club all of his life and coached at National League level for both St Vincent’s and Meteors Basketball Club. In the last few years, he has coached underage basketball with Tolka Rovers Basketball Club and is currently back coaching underage with St Vincent’s. Ken McIntyre Ken McIntyre has been a director of J B Barry & Partners, one of Ireland’s leading consulting engineering practices, for over 20 years. He has been involved in the delivery of major infrastructure projects in Ireland and has also provided technical and institutional support to local administration on projects in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. He is a Fellow of Engineers Ireland, a Fellow of the Association of Consulting Engineers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Water & Environmental Management. In his playing career, Ken was a founding member of Marian (now UCD Marian) Basketball Club with whom he won two national championships. He was an underage international at u15, u18 and u20 level and a senior international from 1970 to 1979. Ken also played basketball in Sligo and, over the years, has been involved in both coaching and administration.


BASKETBALL IRELAND IN N U M B E R S

491 Coaches

CPSU

B.I. BOARD & COMMITTEE ORGANIGRAM

NRC

NABC

WNLC

NTOC

PSMNC

680 Schools

PPSC

27 Colleges

NBCC

854 players

MNCC

ONLC

24 National League Clubs (Men)

384 players

Primary Schools Mini-Basketball National Committee Post Primary Schools Committee National Basketball Colleges Committee Mens National Competitions Committee Organisation of National League Clubs (Men) Elite Performance Committee

35 360 players

12 Local C'tees

PSMNC PPSC NBCC MNCC ONLC EPC

14 500 players

247 Table Officials

BOARD OF BASKETBALL IRELAND (8 Directors)

Cms'ners

15 Area Boards

President

NATIONAL COUNCIL

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525 Referees

262 players

17 National League Clubs (Women) 240 Clubs

21 811 Players Coaching & Playing Standards Unit Game Commissioners National Referees Comittee National Area Boards Committee Womens National League Committee National Table Officials Committees Strategic Plan Implementation Group

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EPC SPIG

Note: Figures are best estimates

CPSU Cms'ners NRC NABC WNLC NTOC SPIG


PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS

THERESA WALSH It is hard to believe that another basketball season is drawing to a close and, in preparing this report as your President of Basketball Ireland, I would like to begin by thanking everyone for their help and support throughout the year. First, thanks to the representatives on the Council of Basketball Ireland. These people worked so hard to represent all the members on National Council. It has been a great honour for me to serve as your President and I would like to thank all members of Basketball Ireland throughout the 32 counties for all your support during the year. Throughout the year, I travelled all over the country meeting coaches, players and volunteers who are the grassroots of our sport. I was overwhelmed by the positive feedback and the enthusiasm of our members and I am really looking forward to the future of Irish basketball as there is no doubt that it is a light that is shining brighter and brighter with each passing season. We have come through a difficult time and now we look forward to a bright future for our sport and must plan accordingly. We are into the first year of the Strategic Plan for our sport and great work has been achieved by the SPIG Committee charged with the implementation of the plan. We must all embrace the changes for the good of our sport, to grow all sections of our sport and to have a sport we are all proud of and people and sponsors who want to be a part of it. The highlight of the year to date was the attendance of President Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland as our guest of honour at the Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup final at the National Basketball Arena in January. It was a night to be remembered for all the members of our sport. A special thank you to Louise O'Loughlin who co-ordinated the visit of President Higgins to the Arena. There was a record attendance again at our Cup Finals and congratulations to all winners over the weekend.

For the National League finals, we travelled to Letterkenny Institute of Technology in Co. Donegal, and thanks must be extended to all involved in the arrangements: the North West Area Board, LYIT and Letterkenny Blaze Club for all their support and hard work during the weekend. It was an excellent venue and we were treated to super basketball over the two days and a thrilling extra time finish in the Men's Champions Trophy final. We are now less than 100 days away from the hosting of the FIBA Under 18 Women's European Championship Division B in Dublin this August. A hard working team of dedicated people are working tirelessly to host a tournament that we will all be proud of and to ensure that participating countries will go away from Ireland with positive experiences and will say what a good job we have done. This is a major operation for our sport and the experience that will be gained by our members is immense. The NTOC - under the stewardship of Paula Ryan Kavanagh - have a massive job in covering the 96 games over the 10 days. I wish Paula every success with this task. It gave me great pleasure to work alongside Fran Ryan Chair of the Board of Basketball Ireland – this year. Fran, along with fellow Board members, have worked tirelessly for our sport. There are many challenges ahead, but I am confident that with the Council and Board working closely together with Bernard O'Byrne, we will continue to put basketball in its deserved position in Irish sport. To all our National Committees, National Area Boards Committee, Women's National League Committee, Post Primary Schools Committee, Primary Schools Mini National Committee, National Basketball Colleges Committee, National Referees Committee, National Commissioners Committee, National Table Officials Committee, Coaching and Playing Standards Unit, Elite Performance Committee and Strategic Planning Implementation Committee, I would like to thank you for all your hard work and dedication to our sport throughout the year. It is the hard work and dedication of all the members of the above committees that ensures that all sections of our sport grow and develop for the years ahead. We must look forward and plan ahead for the development of our sport in the future. Commissioners Report: The 2016/2017 season was one of growth and development for the commissioners. Following a recruitment drive, numbers rose from 12 to 21 with commissioners situated around the country. Commissioners officiated at over 300 games during the season. All commissioners sat and passed a FIBA Rules test and assessments were carried out on commissioners during the season. Three commissioners sat their FIBA exams and all were successful. Declan Murray represented Basketball Ireland at four FIBA games in Europe during the season.

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PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS PSMNC Report: The PSMNC organised four evening workshops on mini basketball at Mary Immaculate College of Education and DCU St Patrick's College for student teachers. Over 100 students received their certificates. PSMNC have received approval to run two summer courses for primary teachers in Dublin and Cork. PSMNC organised two after school workshops for teachers to develop their skills. The PSMNC website is now averaging 100 hits per day – with the teaching videos being the most popular. PSMNC will also send a representative to the FIBA Mini Basketball Convention in Frankfurt. There are 12 Mini Basketball committees throughout the country and Dublin Mini Basketball has signed a contract with Dublin City Sport Partnership to support an initiative to introduce mini basketball to a number of new schools in the City area.

Phiarsaigh, Glanmire won the senior league title. Scoil Chriost Ri Portlaosise went on to lift the U16 Schools Cup while Presentation College Castleisland won the U16 League. Scoil Chriost Ri Portlaoise and St. Joseph’s The Bish Galway were worthy winners of the ‘A’ School of the Year, competing strongly in all age groups with excellent development programmes in place in addition to winning National titles this year. The coaches of the year also came from both of those schools - Pat Critchley and Bernard de Souza. A full list of awards is available on Pages 10 and 11. The Minor and Junior, U14 and U15 competitions were also a big success. Schools Regional academies will start up as always during the summer. We look forward to even more exciting things to come in schools competitions in 2017/2018.

PPSC Report: Schools League and Cup finals once again packed the National Basketball Arena this year. I would like to acknowledge the dedicated work of the PPSC, teachers, coaches, schools and parents in the continued development of our young people. This year, the PPSC registration of secondary schools increased by 15% to an all time high of almost 680 schools. As regards international school competitions, on a bi-annual basis the International Schools Federation World School Championship (ISF-WSC) takes place and the tournament this year was held in Croatia. The PPSC has been sending national representative teams to the ISF-WSC since 1980. This year Holy Faith, Clontarf (girls) and St. Joseph’s College The Bish (boys) travelled to represent Irish schools on the international school stage and did us all extremely proud. As regards regional schools competitions, the annual U15 Tom Collins Inter-Regionals had another successful year with all nine regions competing for the coveted title in the NBA last October. The East Region and the West Region won the boys and girls respective Cups. In the domestic competition, the PPSC offers National Competitions in both League and Cup. In the League Competitions, schools compete at Senior, U16, Junior and Minor in A, B and C levels. There is also a D development league in nine regions to cater for schools entering for the first time to enable the PPSC to offer the support needed to prepare them for competition. Highlights of the last year include a two in-a-row senior A cup for St Aidan’s Dublin with Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig securing the senior league title for a second time. St. Malcahy’s and St. Joseph’s The Bish contested both Under 16 finals with the Galway school winning the SUBWAY Schools Cup title, while St. Malcahy’s, Belfast clinched the League title. In the girls competition, Holy Faith Clontarf won the SUBWAY Schools A Cup while Colaiste an

National Referees Committee: The past season has been a very busy time for the NRC at both local and national level. At local level, we saw the introduction of a new Area Association in Clare as well as the introduction of assessor licensing. We also held four Introductory Courses in conjunction with MOA, KOA, CCBOA and DOA. At national level, we saw the start of the FIBA Initiative SCOD Programme which is aimed at small countries. Our FIBA liaison, Fernando Garzon, has participated fully with our development plan. We also saw the introduction of our NPOP Academy which is aimed at young officials. This season, we had one candidate at the FIBA Clinic as well as two others at the first clinic. Four referees took part in the Scania Cup in Sweeden, two more at the World Schools in Croatia and one at the FIBA Clinics for young females in Slovenia. National Area Boards Committee The National Area Boards Committee (NABC) is a representative committee representing the Area Boards around the country. The total number of Area Boards is now fifteen. This season, the NABC is delighted with the affiliation of a new Area Board, LongLeitRos, who are responsible for competitions in the Longford, Leitrim and Roscommon areas. The All Ireland Club Championships for boys and girls took place in April. The winner and runner up of their Area Board leagues at Under 16 and Under 14 level competed in these championships. A full list of results can be found on Page 26.

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PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS Finally… Congratulations to all eight teams who represented Basketball Ireland, their clubs and their families in Europe last summer. We look forward to supporting the teams that will travel this summer and wish them the best of luck with their preparations in the months ahead. To all members of our sport who have lost loved ones during the last year, my sincere condolences to you on your sad loss. To all the Basketball Ireland Council, Basketball Ireland Board, Bernard O'Byrne, all the team at BI HQ, and all Basketball Ireland members throughout the country, thank you for your help, support and advice to me during the year. It was much appreciated. Enjoy the summer and we look forward to seeing you all at the FIBA Under 18 Women’s European Championship Division B games in Dublin this August. Theresa

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MEDIA

From Lorcan Murphy dunking his way home to glory to Neptune bagging three Cup titles in one weekend and Glanmire winning their fourth Cup title in a row, basketball has certainly been making the headlines for all the right reasons throughout the season. Streaming and video content have been to the forefront of Basketball Ireland’s media strategy this year, with engagement and interaction increasing considerably since last year. Indeed, basketball in Ireland has enjoyed considerable growth in media coverage across all platforms this season, featuring more frequently on TV news programming, while the audience for the TG4 broadcasts for the Hula Hoops National Cup finals increased once more this year. The extended highlights coverage ahead of the Hula Hoops Women’s National Cup final also proved to be extremely popular. Print and online media coverage also increased this year across both national and local publications, while the Basketball Ireland website itself enjoyed an increase in traffic from 15,000 per month in 2015/16 to over 21,000 per month in 2016/17. Overall page views more than doubled in the past 12 months. Almost 70% of that traffic came from mobile phone/tablet users and ongoing upgrades to the website aim to provide the user with a mobile friendly experience on the site. Elsewhere, a variety of social media platforms continue to be the best channels for the basketball message to be conveyed, and the advent of Facebook Live has ensured that more and more weekend fixtures have been streamed to audiences across the country and indeed, around the world. Further advances in both YouTube streaming and Facebook Live will undoubtedly ensure that more games will come online and directly to your mobile phone over the coming years, making it even easier for you to touch base with the results and performances of your local team and ensuring that everything basketball related is truly in the palm of your hand.

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ALL STARS Five players from each of the four divisions in the Basketball Ireland National League have been awarded first team All Star awards for the 2016/17 season, with second and third teams also announced. The All Stars were selected from the votes of the National League coaches who voted for the players every month from the start of the season until the end of March. Men’s Super League All Stars First team 2017 Trae Pemberton (Garvey’s Tralee Warriors) Jose Maria Gil Narbon (Griffith Swords Thunder) Lorcan Murphy (Templeogue) Jermaine Turner (Pyrobel Killester) Mike Bonaparte (Templeogue) Men’s Super League All Star second team 2017 Dillon Stith (Belfast Star) Mike Garrow (UCD Marian) Kevin Foley (KUBS) Jason Killeen (Templeogue) Isaac Westbrooks (Griffith Swords Thunder) Men’s Super League All Star third team 2017 Kieran Donaghy (Garvey’s Tralee Warriors) Corbin Jackson (KUBS) Keelan Cairns (Belfast Star) Martins Provizors (DCU Saints) Ryan Leonard (Garvey’s Tralee Warriors)

Men’s Division One All Star second team 2017 Sean Jenkins (BFG Neptune) Ryan Oliver (Ulster University Elks) Gary Walsh (BFG Neptune) Kenneth Hansberry (Maree) Garny Garcia Nivar (Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin)

Women’s Super League All Stars first team 2017 Claire Rockall (Ambassador UCC Glanmire) Jazmen Boone (Courtyard Liffey Celtics) Grainne Dwyer (Ambassador UCC Glanmire) Emma O’Connor (Courtyard Liffey Celtics) Sarah Fairbanks (DCU Mercy)

Men’s Division One All Star third team 2017 Matt Van Pelt (Team Kilkenny) Kevin Grey (Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin) Adam Drummond (BFG Neptune) Declan Wall (Keane’s SuperValu Killorglin) Paulius Peldzius (Maree)

Women’s Super League All Star second team 2017 Sorcha Tiernan (Courtyard Liffey Celtics) Michelle Clarke (Pyrobel Killester) Necole Sterling (Portlaoise Panthers) Claire Melia (Portlaoise Panthers) Sarah Woods (DCU Mercy)

Women’s Division One All Stars First team 2017 Kelly O’Hallahan (Marble City Hawks) Katie Fox (Marble City Hawks) Jamiyah Bethune (ITC Basketball) Sarah Benedetti (UL Huskies) Meagan Hoffman (Oblate Dynamos)

Women’s Super League All Star third team 2017 Ebony Wells (NUIG Mystics) Chantell Alford (Ambassador UCC Glanmire) Jade Daly (Pyrobel Killester) Amy Waters (Singleton SuperValu Brunell) Eimear Mairtin (Meteors)

Women’s Division One All Star second team 2017 Carlee Lough (Ulster Rockets) Nyahsa Saraju (Ulster University Elks) Megan Campbell (ITC Basketball) Mairead McNally (Ulster Rockets) Dearbla Breen (Fr Mathews)

Men’s Division One All Stars First team 2017 Tanner Brooks (BFG Neptune) Kaylim Noel (Ej Sligo All Stars) Mike Klinger (ITC Basketball) Eoin Rockall (Maree) Christopher Teasley (Kestrels)

Women’s Division One All Star third team 2017 Enya Maguire (Ulster University Elks) Zee Shahid Martin (Ulster Rockets) Aine Sheehy (Marble City Hawks) Niamh Dwyer (Fr Mathews) Marianna Troy (Ulster Rockets)

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ANNUAL AWARDS

REFEREES Senior Referee Development Award

Martin McGettrick

Young Referee of the Year

Jack Dooley

TABLE OFFICIALS Table Official of the Year

Geraldine O'Neill

Young Table Official of the Year

Ada Bowler

PRIMARY SCHOOLS MINI BASKETBALL NATIONAL COMMITTEE Appreciation Award

Éamon Ó hAogáin

Primary School of the Year

St Oliver Plunketts NS, Malahide

POST PRIMARY SCHOOLS Tom Collins Award

John Enright

Boys A School of the Year

St Joseph's College, "The Bish"

Girls A School of the Year

Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise

Girls B School of the Year

Cross & Passion College, Kilcullen

Boys B School of the Year

Colaiste Pobail Setanta

Girls C School of the Year

Castlerea Community School

Boys C School of the Year

St Gerald's College, Castlebar

Girls D School of the Year

St Clare's College, Ballyjamesduff

Boys D School of the Year

Rosmini Community College, Drumcondra

Male U19 Schools Player of the Year

Conor O'Sullivan (Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig)

Female U19 Schools Player of the Year

Annaliese Murphy (Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Gleann Maghair)

Male U16 Schools Player of the Year

James Connaire (St Joseph's College, "The Bish")

Female U16 Schools Player of the Year

Shauna Dooley (Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise)

Girls School Coach of the Year

Pat Critchley - Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise

Boys School Coach of the Year

Bernard de Souza - St Joseph's College, The Bish

COLLEGES Div 1 Male Collegiate Player of the Year

Alex Dolenko (Griffith College Dublin)

Div 1 Female Collegiate Player of the Year

Sarah Fairbanks (Dublin City University)

Div 2 Male Collegiate Player of the Year

Jack Mackey (Letterkenny IT)

Div 2 Female Collegiate Player of the Year

Nadine Rice (Limerick IT)

Div 3 Male Collegiate Player of the Year

Dillon Burns (Limerick IT)

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ANNUAL AWARDS

COMMISSIONERS Commissioner of the Year

Danny O'Connor

NATIONAL LEAGUES Men's Super League Player of the Year

Trae Pemberton

Men's Super League Young Player of the Year

Ryan Leonard

Div 1 Male Player of the Year

Tanner Brooks

Div 1 Men's Young Players of the Year

Eoin Rockall

Men's Super League Coach of the Year

Mark Bersen

Div 1 Men’s Coach of the Year

John Finn

Women’s Super League Player of the Year

Claire Rockall

Women's Super League Young Player of the Year

Sorcha Tiernan

Div 1 Female Player of the Year

Kelly O'Hallahan

Div 1 Female Young Player of the Year

Enya Maguire

Women’s Super League Coach of the Year

Mark Byrne

Div 1 Women’s Coach of the Year

Julian O'Keeffe

UNDERAGE COACHES Men’s Underage Coach of the Year

Paul Kelleher (Neptune BC)

Women’s Underage Coach of the Year

Damien Sealy (DCU Mercy)

PRESIDENT'S AWARD

John Hayes (Waterford Wildcats)

AREA BOARDS CLUB OF THE YEAR

Killester Basketball Club

IWA Irish Wheelchair Basketball Men's Player of the Year

Joe Hargrow (Limerick Scorpions WBC)

Irish Wheelchair Basketball Women's Player of the Year Christine Doyle (Killester WBC)

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FINANCIAL REPORT

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FINANCIAL REPORT

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GREEN SHOOTS

The Green Shoots programme - a national youth basketball programme that is designed to develop fundamental movement skills and implement a LTAD (Long Term Athlete Development) plan for Basketball Ireland - was officially launched with the unveiling of the first of three coaching manuals in Co. Galway this year. The goal of the Green Shoots programme is to make basketball a fun, enjoyable and social activity for children. All participants will learn the fundamental movement skills at the appropriate stages of development. Basic skills such as balance, running form, jumping, and landing, throwing and catching will be introduced at the appropriate stage of development. Through proper training in movement, children will develop an appreciation for physical activity and properly execute sport-specific skills. The Green Shoots programme will allow for children and clubs/schools all over Ireland to enjoy the same basic fundamental training and athletic foundation in basketball. Green Shoots borrows from international best practice while also gaining valuable input from Irish coaches who understand the landscape of basketball here in Ireland. The new coaching manual pays particular attention to the various stages of the fundamental development process. The Green Shoots coaching manual is the first of three manuals that will be released over the next three years. The manuals will become increasingly advanced and provide athletes and coaches with a comprehensive development pathway.

The game of basketball is constantly changing and evolving, therefore the basketball community in Ireland must strive to stay up to date with trends in the international community and FIBA rule changes. Pathways for Long Term Athlete Development, including games and exercises, should be shared without prejudice to all coaches throughout Ireland. The sharing of ideas, particularly for academy aged children will aid in the overall development of basketball in Ireland. Speaking about the initiative, Head of Development Jason Killeen stated: “After an exciting launch in Galway this season, the basketball community has been fully supportive of this programme and coaches from around the country are volunteering to run Green Shoots programmes in their respective areas. This is a very exciting time for Basketball Ireland as the participants in this year’s programme will be the first ones on the new player pathway.� Basketball Ireland development officers will run Green Shoots programmes in Cork and Galway while also visiting clubs throughout the North West and Dublin (other venues to be announced). Clubs are encouraged to incorporate the coaching manual into their academies. Feedback is always welcomed and can be sent to jkilleen@basketballireland.ie #Greenshoots manual is available to download at www.basketballireland.ie/greenshoots

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CIS PHEIL

CIS PHEIL NA MBUN SCOIL 2017 The 2016/17 season saw another hugely successful Cis Pheil na Mbun Scoil take place in Co. Cork earlier this year.

growth and sustainable development of basketball in Cork City and county. “Cis Pheil na mBun Scoil is a fantastic way to introduce children and teachers to basketball in a fun and friendly environment. We will continue to develop basketball with the schools involved in the event and where possible, create additional participation opportunities such as mini clusters, where five or six schools located in one area will hold their own blitz. “Changing the rules from 5v5 to 4v4 allowed the players more time on the ball, more space and more decisions, which was key to the success of the blitz this year.” Ciaran also added that ‘it was great to see so many teachers who are former players or still playing/coaching at club level spreading basketball across Cork City and county in their respective primary schools and also highlighted the significant role volunteers have in the development of basketball at local level.

Cis Pheil na mBun Scoil is a Primary Schools basketball event which is coordinated in Cork by development officer Ciaran O’Sullivan and has seen a massive growth over the past number of years, with participation numbers rising from 500 in 2009 to over 2,064 in 2017. This four day event has become a regular for so many of the Primary Schools sporting calendars and this year was no different. Record numbers participated, with 172 teams from 105 schools taking part in a packed four days which could only be described as a basketball festival. This was a considerable increase on last year, when there were 157 teams participating. Cis Pheil 2017 also consisted of Inclusive Cis Pheil, which was held on the final day in the Parochial Hall in Cork. Special Schools from Cork City and county participated in a basketball workshop which concluded with a mini blitz. Over 60 children from Special Schools participated in Cis Pheil 2017. Speaking about the event, the Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Cork Sports Partnership Padraig Healy stated: “We had a fantastic day of basketball in the Parochial Hall. The aim is to get students of all abilities playing basketball in Cork and make all sporting programmes fully inclusive, and today was a clear example of this.” Due to the popularity of the four day event, three separate venues were used to host the games, namely, the Parochial Hall, Upper Glanmire and Neptune Stadium. Over 500 games took place over the four days with six basketball courts in action throughout. Cork’s Basketball Development Officer Ciaran O’Sullivan believes that Cis Pheil na Mbun Scoil is critical to the

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“Events of this size would not be possible without volunteers and the Cork Basketball Boards would like to sincerely thank and show their appreciation to Teresa Murray and the Cork Basketball Officials Association for providing referees who gave up their free time to help out. The transition year students of Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig, Mon AG, Colaiste an Phiarsaigh and Presentation Brothers Cork added to their Gaisce award by helping out over the four days and were critical to ensuring that the event ran smoothly. Cork Basketball Boards would like to thank all of the schools for participating in this special basketball event and hope that it was an enjoyable experience for all involved.” Anyone who is looking to get involved with a local basketball club in Cork City and County can contact Ciaran O Sullivan at cosullivan@corksports.ie.


INTO THE WEST

SUCCESS IN GALWAY

A follow up coaching session was made available to schools, with two new schools participating this year. Another big success story from the development programme in Galway saw the annual Schools’ Jamboree Tournament taking place, with 240 children in attendance. This was a significant increase on last year, and has led to the proposal of two new tournaments being held for the 2017/18 season. The hugely popular URBANHOOPS program ran in Galway city with 86 budding basketball stars in attendance on the day. The children had an enjoyable day of basketball and their schools received a basketball starter kit. It was another busy year for the development of Elsewhere, a very successful technical week took place. This is an basketball in Co. Galway, with Development Officer, initiative that was introduced last season in association with the Mike Murray, working extremely hard to ensure that other Development Officers to ensure availability of tutors for each area and to enable the clubs to plan their course more and more children were introduced to the game. Some of the biggest areas of success included the requirements for the following season. Green Shoots coaching programme, which was run at The following courses were ran: two Introductory Coaching all schools and club visits with great success and courses, one Level One Course and one Introduction to Table received very positive feedback from participating Officials course. A coaching clinic with the new Ireland Senior Men’s Head Coach schools. A Mini Schools Association committee was also set up Pete Strickland, was held in NUIG with coaches attending from in Galway city and a primary school league was started Mayo, Sligo, Donegal, Clare and Galway. with nine schools participating.

NORTH WEST COMES ALIVE It was also a busy season for the development of basketball in the North West with a new Development Officer Niall McDermott recruited for the area in a part time position, which is jointly funded between LYIT and Basketball Ireland. The 2016/17 season proved to be a successful one in the area, with an increase in participation and awareness levels for the sport. Various initiatives and programmes were run to promote basketball at all levels. Programmes like Green Shoots, Elites in Schools and Active Schools saw over 1,200 children receiving over 200 hours of basketball coaching in the North West in 2016/17. Two Jump Together programmes - which pairs GAA clubs with local basketball clubs - were also completed to much aplomb, and saw coaching provided to over 60 children in skills and games applicable to both sports. The North West Academies were founded in September 2016 with teams at u14 and u16 levels for both boys and girls.

These teams are comprised of some of the best players from across the North West Area Board and compete against other areas. This season also saw a reestablishment of the sport at college level. A more professional structure was implemented and a women’s team was established in the college, with both teams entering the NBCC Division 2 Leagues. A National League presence was also established – the first team in Letterkenny in 25 years - and the squad enjoyed 7 wins from 18 games this season. Meanwhile, the Basketball Ireland National League Finals were also held in LYIT this year and were a massive success.

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SECRETARY GENERAL’S ADDRESS

BERNARD O’BYRNE An easy Basketball trivia quiz question: When was the smallest man in the National Basketball Arena in 2017 also the biggest? Answer – when President Michael D. Higgins walked through the glass entry doors to a fantastic reception from the Irish basketball community present for the Hula Hoops Men’s National Cup final in January. It was a joyous occasion for all present. I had the honour of speaking to him at length during his visit and I can assure all that he thoroughly enjoyed the welcome he received and the great game that he saw. He was fulsome in his praise for all the work the volunteer basketball army does every week around the country and was anxious that people should be told that they are appreciated. Well said Michael D. The 2016/17 season has really flown by. The Senior Men’s Super League and Division One had one of the closet and interesting campaigns for many years and the Women’s Leagues look set to continue to improve with more and more competitive teams emerging. Soaring numbers in schools activities has seen the Arena packed to the rafters on several occasions during the year. The club scene is increasingly vibrant and there is a noticeable increase in requests for coaching courses and referee introduction courses. The real challenge is how to keep up with demand. On the international front, activity is hectic. The 12 squads are in different stages of preparation for European Championships and I want to particularly thank the Elite Performance Committee (the EPC), of which I am pleased to be Chair, for their tremendous input to the impartial and professional administration of all these squads. Thank you Matt, Jackie, Noreen and Tim.

This imbalance is not ideal by any means but until better financial times are achieved, this is the only way teams can be entered. On a really positive note, we all must look forward to August when 23 countries will join Ireland to compete for the FIBA U18 Women’s Division B European Championships here in Dublin. I believe the Irish basketball community will turn out to support the girls in green during what should be a wonderful 11 days of basketball. The Board of Basketball Ireland, led by Fran Ryan, and the National Council, chaired by Theresa Walsh, continues to engender an upward trajectory for our sport in Ireland. All the facts and figures are positive, but there is still a lot to be done. All that we can hope for is that good leadership will continue and good ideas and general support will continue to feed into the collective effort. Thanks to Minister Shane Ross for his kind words and our great friends at FIBA, Secretary General Kamil Novak and President Turgay Demirel. John Treacy, Shane Califf and Paul McDermott of Sport Ireland have also been most generous with advice and assistance yet again. Thank you to all who have helped and advised me and my team in BI HQ during the year. We continue to try to be of good service and provide initiative whenever possible. Thanks also to Neptune in Cork and LYIT in Letterkenny for hosting our two major Senior events outside the Arena this season. Planning is already afoot for the new 2017/18 season. We would not have it any other way.

The annual international expenditure last year was €397k over the 12 squads of which €312k (80%) was fundraised or donated by parents and guardians and €85k (20%) by Basketball Ireland.

Yours in sport, Bernard

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ROLL OF HONOUR MEN'S SUPER LEAGUE

NBCC LEAGUES

Men's Super League Champions

Templeogue BC

Men's Div.3 Winners

Limerick IT

Men's National Cup Champions

Griffith Swords Thunder

Men's Div.2 Winners

Letterkenny IT

Champions Trophy Champions

Garvey’s Tralee Warriors

Ladies Div. 2 Winners

Mary I, Limerick

Men's Div.1 Winners

Griffith College, Dublin

Ladies Div.1 Winners

UUJ

WOMEN'S SUPER LEAGUE Women's Super League Champions

Courtyard Liffey Celtics

Women's National Cup Champions

Ambassador UCC Glanmire

INTERVARSITIES

Women's Regular Season Champions

Ambassador UCC Glanmire

Ladies Div B Winners

Trinity College, Dublin

Men's Div B Winners

DCU

Ladies Div A Winners

DCU

Men's Div A Winners

Griffith College, Dublin

MEN'S DIVISION ONE Men's Division One Champions

Maree BC

President's Cup Champions

Neptune BC

League Cup Champions

Keane's SuperValu Killorglin

ALL IRELAND CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

Neptune BC

U14A Girls Winners

St Mary's Castleisland

Maree BC

U14A Boys Winners

Ballincollig BC

U14B Girls Winners

Waterford Wildcats

U14B Boys Winners

Blackwater Steelers

Men's Division One Southern Conference Winners Men’s Division One Northern Conference Winners

WOMEN'S DIVISION ONE Women's Division One Champions

Marble City Hawks

U16A Girls Winners

Liffey Celtics

Senior Women's National Cup Champions Women’s Div One Regular Season Champions

Ulster Rockets ITC Basketball

U16A Boys Winners

Moycullen BC

U16B Girls Winners

Blackwater Steelers

U16B Boys Winners

Waterford Vikings

UNDERAGE NATIONAL CUPS U20 Men's National Cup Champions

Neptune BC

U20 Women's National Cup Champions

DCU Mercy

NATIONAL AREA INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIPS

U18 Men's National Cup Champions

Neptune BC

Men's Cup Winners

Cork

U18 Women's National Cup Champions

DCU Mercy

Women's Cup Winners

North West

U18 Men's Shield Champions

Moycullen BC

U18 Women's Shield Champions

Oblate Dymanoes

FRESHERS Men's Cup Winners

NUIG

Ladies Cup Winners

UCC

Men's Plate Winners

UCC

Ladies Plate Winner

NUIG

NATIONAL INTERMEDIATE CUP COMPETITION Men's NICC Winner

Blue Demons

Women's NICC Winner

Maree BC

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ROLL OF HONOUR ALL IRELAND SCHOOLS LEAGUE WINNERS

SUBWAY ALL IRELAND SCHOOLS CUP CHAMPIONS

U19 BOYS

U19 BOYS

A Winners

Colaiste Choilm Ballincollig

A Winners

St Aidan’s CBS, Dublin

B Winners

Crescent Comprehensive

B Winners

St Mary's Diocesan Drogheda

C Winners

PSN Baldoyle

C Winners

Blackrock College

U19 GIRLS

U19 GIRLS

A Winners

Colaiste an Phiarsaigh Gleann Maghair

A Winners

Holy Faith Clontarf

B Winners

Presentation DLS, Bagenalstown

B Winners

Loreto Crumlin

C Winners

St Joseph’s Charlestown

C Winners

St Joseph’s Charlestown

U16 BOYS

U16 BOYS

A Winners

St Malachy's College Belfast

A Winners

St Joseph's Bish Galway

B Winners

Colaiste Pobail Setanta

B Winners

Colaiste Pobail Setanta

C Winners

Colaiste na Coiribe

C Winners

Castleknock College

U16 GIRLS

U16 GIRLS

A Winners

Presentation Castleisland

A Winners

Scoil Chriost Ri Portlaoise

B Winners

Cross & Passion Kilcullen

B Winners

Cross & Passion Kilcullen

C Winners

Castlerea CS

C Winners

Castlerea CS

1ST YEAR - MINOR BOYS

U14 BOYS

A Winners

Mercy Mounthawk

A Winners

Calasanctius College, Oranmore

B Winners

Coolmine Community School

B Winners

No competition

C Winners

Colaiste Baile an Chláir

C Winners

Skibbereen CS

A Plate Winners

Presentation College, Bray U14 GIRLS

1ST YEAR - MINOR GIRLS

A Winners

Colaiste Einde, Galway

A Winners

Mercy SS, Waterford

B Winners

Presentation SS, Milltown Kerry

U15 BOYS

C Winners

Pobailscoil Inbhear Sceine, Kenmare

A Winners

Intermediate School Killorglin

A Plate Winners

Presentation SS, Kilkenny

B Winners

Lagan College, Belfast

2ND YEAR - JUNIOR BOYS

U15 GIRLS

A Winners

Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra Rathmore, Kerry

A Winners

Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise

B Winners

Presentation SS, Milltown Kerry

B Winners

Jesus & Mary Secondary School, Salerno, Galway

C Winners

St Gerald's Castlebar

C Winners

Castlerea Community School

2ND YEAR - JUNIOR GIRLS A Winners

St Brigids Presentation SS, Killarney

B Winners

Intermediate School Killorglin

C Winners

Colaiste Cois Life, Lucan

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INTERNATIONAL

The countdown to the FIBA Under 18 Women’s European Championship Division B, which will be hosted in Dublin this August, is officially on with less than 100 days until the event tips off.

The event will run from August 4-13th at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght and the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown, with 23 countries joining hosts, Ireland, in what is set to be a fantastic showcase of basketball that will run out over 96 games. “This is a very exciting time for Basketball Ireland,” stated Secretary General, Bernard O’Byrne. “Preparations are now well underway and we are working hard to ensure that this will be a very successful event for all. “Hosting this Championship was the next logical step for us after hosting Congress last year and having our international teams back in place. “We will need a lot of volunteers to help us to run this and we hope that the entire basketball community will get behind the tournament and support it.” Ireland Under 18 Women’s Head Coach Tommy O’Mahony added: "European Championships don’t come to your country every year so while it’s here, we should all take advantage of it and take pride in the fact that it’s here. Anytime we travel to Europeans, the best support over there is always for the Irish team, so I can only imagine what the support is going to be like now in our own country. It’s a big opportunity for Basketball Ireland and for the Under 18 girls to show off their skills as the home nation on a massive stage.” Tickets for the games are available now on www.eventbrite.ie and you can register to volunteer at the event by emailing info@basketballireland.ie.

IRELAND UNDER 18 WOMEN’S TEAM FIXTURES August 4th, 2017 Ireland v Macedonia, National Indoor Arena Court 1, 18.15 August 5th, 2017 Slovak Republic v Ireland, National Basketball Arena, 18.15 August 6th, 2017 Ireland v Moldova, National Indoor Arena Court 1, 18.15 August 8th, 2017 Great Britain v Ireland, National Basketball Arena, 18.15 August 9th, 2017 Ukraine v Ireland, National Basketball Arena, 18.15 August 11-13th Classification games

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INTERNATIONAL

IRELAND UNDER 18 WOMEN’S TEAM 2017 Amy Murphy (Singleton SuperValu Brunell) Annaliese Murphy (Ambassador UCC Glanmire) Bronagh Power Cassidy (DCU Mercy) Claire Melia (Portlaoise Panthers) Dayna Finn (Maree) Ella McCloskey (KUBS) Louise Scannell (Ambassador UCC Glanmire) Maeve O’Seaghdha (DCU Mercy) Maeve Phelan (Portlaoise Panthers) Maggie Byrne (Maree) Rachel Huijsdens (DCU Mercy) Sorcha Tiernan (Courtyard Liffey Celtics)

IRELAND UNDER 18 WOMEN’S BACKROOM TEAM 2017 Head Coach: Tommy O’Mahony Ass Coach: Niall Berry 2nd Ass Coach: Ricardo Morales Team Manager: Paula Ryan Kavanagh Video analysis: Ciaran Toner

FIBA UNDER 18 WOMEN’S EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION B AMBASSADORS Grainne Dwyer Jason Killeen Michelle Clarke Lorcan Murphy Meagan Hoffman

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INTERNATIONAL

IRELAND SENIOR AND UNDERAGE TEAMS

The end of 2016 saw the announcement of the Ireland Senior Men and Women’s Head Coaches who will hold the positions for two seasons (2016/17 and 2017/18), culminating in participation in the FIBA Small Nations European Championships in 2018. For the men’s team, well-known coach Pete Strickland was appointed. Pete - who hails from Rockville, Maryland, USA - is no stranger to the Irish basketball scene, having played with Neptune Basketball Club in Cork from 1980-1982. He now boasts over 31 years of coaching experience across the professional, collegiate and high school ranks. He is joined by Assistant Coach, Ioannis Liapakis. Meanwhile, the Women’s National League Committee (WNLC) reappointed Mark Scannell as Head Coach of the Ireland Senior Women’s team. Scannell, who was Head Coach for the side for the 2016 European Championship for Small Countries, will take over the role once more for another two years and will also be at the helm for the Small Nations Tournament to be held in Dublin in 2018 and is assisted by Francis O’Sullivan and Paul Kelleher. The underage coaches are: Dave Baker (U20 M), Maeve Coleman (U20 W), Conor James (U18 M), Tommy O’Mahony (U18 W), Paul Kelleher (U17 M), Pat O’Neill (U17 W), Pat Price (U16 M), Andy Gill (U16 W), Mike Lynch (U15 M), Karl Kilbride (U15 W).

SUMMER 2016 The Ireland Under 16 Women’s basketball squad arrived home from Romania last summer as the most successful underage side ever, following a sixth place finish at the FIBA European Championships in Oradea. A final day defeat to Greece could do little to take the shine off a historic tournament which saw them make the quarter finals and secure a top six finish with a win over Luxembourg under the guidance of Head Coach Maeve Coleman. Indeed, summer 2016 was a memorable one all round on the international front, with the Irish Senior Women’s squad finishing second in the FIBA Women’s European Championships for Small Countries, the Irish Senior Men’s squad placed fourth while the Irish Under 18 Women’s team secured a strong top eight finish.

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The Ireland Under 16 Men’s squad, the Ireland Under 18 Men’s squad, and the Ireland Under 20 Men’s and Women’s squads were also in competitive European action, putting in some very impressive displays that bode extremely well for the future of basketball in Ireland.


INTERNATIONAL

FIBA WOMEN’S EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP FOR SMALL COUNTRIES 2018 Basketball Ireland is honoured to have been awarded the hosting rights for the FIBA Women’s European Championship for Small Countries 2018. The news was announced at the annual FIBA Congress held in Berlin in May and comes just a few short months after Ireland was awarded the hosting rights for the FIBA Under 18 Women’s European Championship Division B. The Irish Senior Women’s team have competed well in this competition before, finishing in second place in 2016, and it is hoped that next year will see even more success for Mark Scannell’s charges as they showcase the best of Irish basketball on home ground. Speaking about the announcement, Basketball Ireland President, Theresa Walsh stated: “The awarding of the tournament is another great boost for Irish basketball and for Irish women in sport – an area in which Basketball Ireland continues to excel.”

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NATIONAL DRAW

ANOTHER HUGELY SUCCESSFUL NATIONAL DRAW

The National Draw was another big success this year generating over €131,000 in fundraising for clubs.

Here is a full list of the 2017 winners: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

This is in addition to the €250,000 generated in the previous two National Draws of 2015 and 2016 meaning that over €380,000 has been raised for and by clubs as a direct result of the National Draw since its inception. The winner of this year’s main prize, a Suzuki Celerio, was Stewart Griffin (pictured).

Stewart Griffin – Mayo Susan Fanning – Waterford Natalia Kaczmarek – Dublin Seanna Mc Caffrey – Donegal Amber Fleming – Kerry Bernie Campbell – Down Jack Field – Cork

NAICC REPORT 2017

This year’s National Area Intermediate Championships (NAIC) took place on the first weekend of May. The Cork Men’s board hosted the Men’s competition in Parochial Hall, Cork, and the North West Area Board hosted the women’s competition in Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon, Donegal. The Men’s competition attracted three area board entries and the women’s received four area board entries. Teams played a round robin tournament with the top two teams qualifying for the final.

Men’s Results Cork Men’s BB 86 (37) v 43 (23) North Munster AB Cork Men’s BB 45 (22) v 53 (24) Dublin Men’s BB Dublin Men’s BB 51 (26) v 40 (21) North Munster AB Men’s Final: Dublin Men 41-54 Cork Men Women’s Results North West AB 43 (30) v 37 (26) North East BB Cork Ladies BB 38 (20) v 42 (19) Midlands AB North East BB 37 (14) v 59 (30) Cork LBB North West AB 39 (11) v 42 (29) Midlands AB North West AB 39 (23) v 30 (16) Cork LBB North East BB 28 (20) v 48 (22) Midlands AB Women’s Final: North West Women 45-42 Midlands Women

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NATIONAL CAMP

This year will mark the 46th conseuctive year of the Basketball ireland National Camp, making it Ireland’s longest running Residential Basketball Camp. Over the last 10 years, the camp has gone through a lot of changes including a change of venue from its spiritual home in Dungarven up the east coast to Gormanston College in Co. Meath. This move has allowed the National Camp to grow both in terms of size and quality with Gormanston one of the few gyms in the country that has four full size indoor courts within the sports hall. Gormanston College also offers over 200 rooms for campers and coaches along with fully catered meals to keep the campers going through the long days of non-stop basketball. The camp has a long tradition of famous coaches and players in attendance both from home and abroad and the move to Gormanston has not changed this. In 2012, the National Camp was lucky to have USA Junior National Team and Davidson College Head Coach Bob Mckillop in attendance. Bob’s appearance at the camp was a great boost at a time when the national camp was just getting back on its feet after being hit by the financial downturn. Numbers have continued to grow every year since, with the last two years being full to capacity.

Year

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total Campers

165

144

116

183

182

185

198

187

189

189

179

Week 1

Week 1

Week 2

Week 1

Week 2

Week 1

Week 2

Week 1

Week 2

Week 1

Week 2

The camp philosophy over the past five years has been centred around the standard of coaching provided to Ireland’s junior basketball players. The camp caters to all standards from beginner to international players, so having a wide range of experienced coaches from both home and abroad has become one of the big draws for players. With the basketball day running from 9am until 9pm for the five days of the camp, players attending get a great basketball experience as well as the unique chance to make new friends, which has always been one of the big selling points for the camp down through the years, with friendships becoming global as more and more overseas players attend each year. With the National Camp constantly evolving with new ideas and new exciting initiatives being added each year, it is hoped that it will continue its growth. This year’s camp sold out by the end of April, and there’s no doubt that the National Camp will be a big part of the Irish Basketball calendar for years to come.

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ALL IRELAND CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS This year’s All Ireland Club Championships (AICC) took place over two weekends in April either side of the Easter break. It kicked off on April 8th and 9th, when the under 14s got the chance to test themselves against the very best in their age group from teams all over Ireland. This was followed on April 22nd and 23rd by the under 16 competition. In each venue, 12 teams were split across four different pools with three teams in a pool. All teams played each other once in the pools to determine their playoff positions. When the pool games were finished, the playoff games consisted of the third position in each pool playing another third place finisher, and similarly with the second and first place finishers in the pools. The final games were played on the Sunday to determine the final standings, from 12 down to the overall winners. The full list of winners are listed below –

U14 A GIRLS: CORK AB - PAROCHIAL HALL, CORK

U14 GIRLS A FINAL STANDINGS

St. Marys 38-25 St. Colms - 1st/2nd Place Final Brunell 49-25 Midleton BC - 3rd/4th Place Final

1 2

St. Marys St. Colms

KWAB NMAB

Liffey Celtics 26-29 Titans BC - 5th/6th Place Final

3

Brunell

Corrib BC 16-40 Tullamore BC - 7th/8th Place Final Muckno Lakers 13-44 Meteors - 9th/10th Place Final

4 5

Midleton Titans

Tyrone Towers 13- 34 KK Stars - 11th/12th Place Final

6

Liffey Celtics

Ballincollig BC 59-24 Blue Demons - 1st/2nd Place Final TK Bobcats 47-53 Liffey Celtics - 3rd/4th Place Final

1 2

Ballincollig Blue Demons

CMBB CMBB

Sligo All Stars 33-27 Maree - 5th/6th Place Final

3

Liffey Celtics

Titans 38-45 Dublin Sonics - 7th/8th Place Final St. Bridgets 39-41 Belfast Star - 9th/10th Place Final

4 5

TK Bobcats Sligo All Stars

Letterkenny Blaze 28-34 Kestrels - 11th/12th Place Final

6

Maree

Waterford Wildcats 43-33 Limerick Celtics - 1st/2nd Place Final

1

Waterford Wildcats

KSE

7

Gneeveguilla

KWAB

Portlaoise Panthers 35-30 Drogheda Sparks - 3rd/4th Place Final Letterkenny Blaze 35-37 Kiltimagh Giants - 5th/6th Place Final

2 3

Limerick Celtics Portlaoise Panthers

NMAB MID

8 9

Crossmolina Tigers Longford Falcons

Mayo LLR

Gneeveguilla 29-22 Crossmolina Tigers - 7th/8th Place Final Longford Falcons 32-22 Ballinamore Blazers - 9th/10th Place Final

4 5

Drogheda Sparks Kiltimagh

NEBB Mayo

10 11

Ballinamore Blazers Belfast Phoenix

LLR BNI

Belfast Phoenix BC 30 -26 Kilrush BC - 11th/12th Place Final

6

Letterkenny Blaze

NWAB

12

Kilrush BC

CAB

Blackwater Steelers 34 -14 Limerick Lions - 1st/2nd Place Final

1

Blackwater Steelers

BNI

7

Ballina Braves

Mayo

Cavan Lakers 28 -31 KK Stars - 3rd/4th Place Final Ballyshannon 88ers 27-34 Longford Falcons - 5th/6th Place Final

2 3

Limerick Lions KK Stars

NMAB KSE

8 9

Parish Panthers Tullamore BC

CAB MID

Parish Panthers 19-34 Ballina Braves - 7th/8th Place Final

4

Cavan Lakers

NEBB

10

Limerick Celtics

NMAB

Limerick Celtics 31- 43 Tullamore BC - 9th/10th Place Final Old Leighlin BC 8 -50 Queens BC - 11th/12th Place Final

5 6

Longford Falcons Ballyshannon 88ers

LLR NWAB

11 12

Queens Old Leighlin

BNI KSE

U14 A BOYS: BNI AB - FOYLE ARENA DERRY

Tullamore Corrib

MID CLBB

DLBB

9

Meteors

DLBB

CLBB GWAB

10 11

Muckno Lakers KK Stars

NEBB KSE

DLBB

12

Tyrone Towers

BNI

U14 BOYS A FINAL STANDINGS

U14 B GIRLS: NMAB - UL ARENA. LIMERICK

7 8

Dublin Sonics Titans

DMBB GWAB

DMBB

9

Belfast Star

BNI

KWAB NWAB

10 11

St. Bridgets Kestrels

KWAB MID

GWAB

12

Letterkenny Blaze

NWAB

U14 GIRLS B FINAL STANDINGS

U14 B BOYS: NMAB - UL ARENA. LIMERICK

U14 BOYS B FINAL STANDINGS

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7 8


ALL IRELAND CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

U16 A BOYS CORK AB - PAROCHIAL HALL, CORK

U16 BOYS A FINAL STANDINGS

Moycullen BC 31-18 Belfast Star - 1st/2nd Place Final

1

Moycullen

GWAB

7

Portlaoise Panthers

MID

Gneeveguilla BC 36-46 Blue Demons - 3rd/4th Place Final

2

Belfast Star

BNI

8

Ongar Chasers

DLBB

Liffey Celtics 38-49 Ballincollig BC - 5th/6th Place Final Portlaoise Panthers 47-46 Ongar Chasers - 7th/8th Place Final

3 4

Blue Demons Gneeveguilla

CMBB KWAB

9 10

Limerick Celtics Sligo All Stars

NMAB NWAB

SAS 40-46 Limerick Celtics - 9th/10th Place Final Titans BC 56-23 Kildare Gliders - 11th/12th Place Final

5 6

Ballincollig Liffey Celtics

CMBB DMBB

11 12

Titans Kildare Gliders

GWAB MID

U16 B BOYS: KWAB - ST. MARYS CASTLEISLAND & KILLORGLIN BC

U16 BOYS B FINAL STANDINGS

KCYMS 23-45 Waterford Vikings - 1st/2nd Place Final

1

Waterford Vikings

KSE

7

Kilkenny Stars

KSE

Cavan Lakers 35-43 St. Mary's - 3rd/4th Place Final

2

KCYMS

KWAB

8

Carrick Cubs

LLR

Drogheda Bullets 43-37 Limerick Lions - 5th/6th Place Final Carrick Cubs 37-41 KK Stars - 7th/8th Place Final

3 4

St Mary's Cavan Lakers

KWAB NEBB

9 10

Andersonstown Tigers Letterkenny Blaze

BNI NWAB

Andersonstown Tigers 55-31 Letterkenny Blaze - 9th/10th Place Final

5

Drogheda Bullets

NEBB

11

Belmullet

Mayo

Belmullet 32-31 Parish Panthers - 11th/12th Place Final

6

Limerick Lions

NMAB

12

Parish Panthers

CAB

U16 A GIRLS: GWAB - ST. MARYS COLLEGE & COLAISTE IOGNAID

U16 GIRLS A FINAL STANDINGS

WIT Wildcats 25-33 Liffey Celtics - 1st/2nd Place Final St. Marys 26-42 Portlaoise Panthers - 3rd/4th Place Final

1 2

Liffey Celtics WIT Wildcats

DLBB KSE

Limerick Celtics 34-35 Fr. Mathews - 5th/6th Place Final

3

Portlaoise Panthers

MID

Brunell 31-29 Oblate Dynamos - 7th/8th Place Final Titans BC 27-33 Maree BC - 9th/10th Place Final

4 5

St Marys Fr Matthews

KWAB CLBB

10 11

Belfast Phoenix BC 20-50 Andersonstown Tigers - 11th/12th Place Final

6

Limerick Celtics

NMAB

12

U16 B GIRLS KSE - O'LOUGHLINS GAA KILKENNY &w

7 8

Brunell Oblates

CLBB DLBB

9

Maree

GWAB

Titans Andersonstown Tigers

GWAB BNI

Belfast Phoenix

BNI

U16 GIRLS B FINAL STANDINGS

OLD LEIGHLIN BC CARLOW Blackwater Steelers 22-20 Muckno Lakers - 1st/2nd Place Final

1

Blackwater Steelers

BNI

7

Old Leighlin BC

KSE

Letterkenny Blaze 32-25 Kiltimagh Giants - 3rd/4th Place Final

2

Muckno Lakers

NEBB

8

KK Stars

KSE

Donegal Town BC 28-44 Tralee Imperials - 5th/6th Place Final KK Stars 22-34 Old Leighlin BC - 7th/8th Place Final

3 4

Letterkenny Blaze Kiltimagh

NWAB Mayo

9 10

Clonaslee BC St Colms

MID NMAB

St. Colms BC 27-40 Clonaslee BC - 9th/10th Place Final

5

Tralee Imperials

KWAB

11

Longford Falcons

LLR

Clare Comets 25-31 Longford Falcons - 11th/12th Place Final

6

Donegal Town

NWAB

12

Clare Comets

CAB

27


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