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Oct 29, 2013, 11:40 pm
IRISH WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE ALL STARS V WALES SELECT WOMEN’S TEAM
Co-Captains Lindsay Peat and Niamh Dwyer start for the Irish Premier League All Stars along with Aoife McDermott, Rachel Clancy and Grainne Dwyer. Meanwhile Amelia Reynolds, Victoria Gottwald, Laura Shanahan, Megan Jenkins and Melanie Curson face them for Wales.
Aoife McDermott takes the first score for the game after a fast break lead by Lindsay Peat however Melaine Curson for Wales answered quickly with her own jumper. Grainne Dwyer proved to be the spark of energy for Ireland Premier League All Stars with a 3 point play and attacking the offensive glass however Peat picks up two quick fouls and Claire Rockall enters the game with under six minutes left. Turnovers and fast break lay ups extended the lead for the Premier League All Stars while Head Coach James Weldon was able to rotate his bench and get Cathy Kavanagh, Sarah Woods, Lorraine Scully, Amy Waters and Louise Galvin in. Denni Pedley finishes the quarter for both teams with a pair of free throws, 27-8 to the Irish Premier League All Stars.
Waters continues a similar trait at the start of the second with an aggressive cut to the basket. She is fouled by Gottwald but makes both from the free throw line. Shanahan answered back for Wales Select with a contested three to reduce the lead to 17 however excellent movement off the ball allowed Ash Sullivan to knock down the open jump shot. Intensity on defence for the home team gifted fast break layups for Clancy and Rockall. Ireland pushed the lead out 42-15 with over 3.30 left on the clock. Curson again settles the Welsh side with another big three but Grainne Dwyer continues to rally her troops as she battles on both ends of the court. At the end of the first half, Ireland Premier League All Stars lead 48-20.
Peat gets the Irish Premier League All Stars off the mark as McDermott finds her cutting inside the lane for the opening score of the third quarter. McDermott again with another assist as she finds Clancy nestled in the corner for a long deuce. Curson again shows her depth as she drains another three under great pressure by the home side. The Irish Premier League All Stars continue to push the ball up the court at every stage available and Galvin, McDermott and Kavanagh finish their layups, they lead 65-24 with 2 minutes left in the third.
The Irish Premier League All Stars continue their defensive intensity to start the final quarter as they hold the Wales Select to a 24 second violation. Both sides traded baskets with Amy Waters tip toeing through the lane whilst Amelia Reynolds returned the favour on the next possession. Curson showed her soft touch inside the three point line as Jenkins found her with a lob pass and Curson to finish with the reverse layup. Head Coach Weldon calls a time out with 4.20 left in the game with the intention of pushing out their 50 point lead, 79-29. Both sides played to the final whistle and never let up as the Ireland Premier League All Stars opened up the Gathering 2013 event with its first win of the day.
The final score was 90-34 in favour of the Irish Premier League Women’s All Stars with a great team effort from all players on both ends of the court.
Most Valuable Player (MVP) Claire Rockall described the matchup as “a really fast paced and up tempo game. It was brilliant to be able to play with the best players in the country together on one team.
James (Weldon) focus was from the start and the first whistle. He really wanted us to get out on the fast break and get the early layups in the first quarter. We did that and just kept pushing on from there.
Overall it was a great experience to be a part of, a great event and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of these in the future. I want to thank everyone involved to make it happen including the coaching staff – James, Jodi and Igor – along with the girls!”
IRISH MEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE ALL STARS V WALES SELECT MEN’S TEAM
The Irish Premier League Men’s All Stars are led by their captain Shane Coughlan along with Isaac Westbrooks, Neil Campbell, Niall O’Reilly and Ger Noonan. Whilst the visitors are followed with their captain Matthew Lord, Robert Smith, Neil Gillard, Richard Bailey and Edward Piggford.
Wales take the first points of this game with Piggford at the free throw line after Noonan was whistled by the referee. Wales Select kept the pressure up on both ends of the floor with Lord sneaking backdoor against Coughlan for two. However excellent vision by Westbrooks to find Niall O’Reilly for the fast break layup and then his own fast break layup gave the home team the lead 8-5 with 5.27 left. The Irish Premier League Men continued their scoring run (9-0) until 4.34 when Wales Coach, Darren Oakey called the first time out of the game. Opposing Head Coach, Mark Keenan, used this time out to bring fresh legs onto the floor with Colin O’Reilly, Mindaugas Tamusauskas, Mick McGinn, Keith Anderson and Scott Kinnevane being introduced into the game. Turnovers from the Wales Select saw Mick McGinn and Keith Anderson pushing the ball to find open shots for Tamusauskas and Colin O’Reilly. The end of the quarter finished out 21-10 in favour of the home side.
Colin O’Reilly opens the scoring for the second quarter for a long two after Westbrooks finds a gap in the Wales Select defence. Wales Select came out a lot more focused in the second quarter and some great shooting touches by Gillard and Bailey reduced the lead six. Matteusc Rudak entered the game and quickly found his rhythm on offence when he converted an ‘and one’ to push the lead out to eleven with five minutes until the half time break. Great team play with four quick passes by the men’s Premier League All Stars to find Niall O’Reilly on the edge of the perimeter for three seen Wales Select call the final time out of the first half, trailing 33-21 with 3.39 left. The home side continue to put ball pressure on the Wales Select resulting in further fast break layups by McGinn and Anderson. Jared Adams provided the energetic spark for the Wales Select on offence but was quickly nulled with McGinn draining a three and fast break layup. At the half, Ireland Men’s Premier League All Stars led 46-25.
Paul O’Brien broke the deadlock for the start of the third as connected from the free throw line. Great team work between McGinn, Anderson, Rudak and Noonan found O’Brien again cutting down lane for a well worked two points. With just under eight minutes left in the quarter the home side had doubled the points of Wales Select, 50-25. Wales Select called a time out with just over 5 minutes on the clock and prompted Keenan to put five fresh bodies on the floor. Both teams continued an up tempo game for the remainder of this quarter exchanging basket for basket. Neil Campbell and Keith Anderson stretch the Welsh Select defence with deep threes. Wales Select finish the quarter with Daniel Walsh scoring acrobatically, 70-39.
No change of tempo for the final quarter as the Irish side’s passing and off the ball movement continued to plague the Welsh defence. Noonan was particularly effective attaching the away team’s zone and finding the open players for easy looks. The Neptune connection of McGinn, Rudak and Noonan along with the shooting touch of O’Brien and Anderson saw off the Wales Select for much of the final quarter.
The game finished 90-47 in favour of the Irish Premier League All Stars.
MVP for the game was Ger Noonan who described it as “a great feeling to be part of the game and be selected as an All Star of the league.
The turning point for us was in the second quarter with our defence. We pressured them on the ball and made them turn the ball over. When they switched from man to zone defence, they couldn’t stop us. Our focus was to attack down the middle and guys were getting free on the wings for open shots or backdoor cuts. The movement off the ball really paid off!
I’d just like to thank Basketball Ireland, Mark Keenan and the coaching staff, the organisers of the Gathering and everyone involved. It’s always a pleasure to be involved in events like this and I’m looking forward already to the next one – whoever we play or wherever it is!!”
Sep 2, 2013, 7:15 pm
Gavin Lewis has written a report for the U18 National Team.
To read the report please look in the Downloads under National Teams
Sep 2, 2013, 5:05 pm
Basketball Wales is sad to announced the passing of Doug Western.
Doug has been both a player and long time supporter of basketball in Wales, his funeral will take place at the following time and place.
Aug 25, 2013, 3:42 pm
Please contact your local league for registrations for Basketball Wales.
South Wales League
Mid Wales League
North Wales League
Universities in Wales please contact the Secretary North Wales League
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Jul 23, 2013, 3:27 pm
Brian Sparks MBE
Basketball Wales was saddened to hear of the death of a Legend of the game at schools level - Brian Sparks MBE developed basketball amongst the schools throughout the Principality and particularly within Maesteg, Bridgend and local areas to the extent that during the HRH Queen Elizabeth's Honours List for 2012 Brian was awarded an MBE for his services to Schools Basketball.
Brian died at the age of 82 and was cremated at Cremetorium on 8th July 2013 were many 'personalities' from the Welsh Basketball 'family' were in attendance including Basketball Wales President - Will Jones and Vice Presidents - Phil John and Terry Price.
Phil John stated that Brian Sparks was a Legend and brought the game to the Llynfi Valley where he was teaching - all prevoius pupils and players from his era were all saddened by his passing.
Basketball Wales would like to extend their deepest sympathy to Brian's wife Beryl and all the family.
Brian Sparks was and shall continue to be an inspiration to the basketball fraternity of Wales