A reminder that this Saturday 5th June, is the last week of the Letterkenny Blaze 6 Week Outdoor Basketball Programme. Thank you to the players and coaches who turned up to train over the last few weeks. The weather was mostly on our side except for a shower of rain here and there!!! The players adapted so well to the outdoor environment and to the new Covid protocols. Thanks to all the parents who assisted with this and who went through the club’s Covid protocols with their own kids. The club would also like to extend our thanks to Letterkenny Educate Together Primary School and Coláiste Ailigh for allowing us to avail of their fantastic outdoor courts over the last few weeks. As everyone in Ireland moves along the journey to recovery from the Covid Pandemic, we here in Letterkenny Blaze have learned in the past few weeks that we CAN deliver a basketball programme outdoors. This was important for us, to build confidence in transitioning from indoors to outdoors and to reconnect with club members. As the summer months are traditionally a rest period from basketball, the club will take this opportunity to work on all the invisible tasks that goes on behind the scenes in order to get the club ready for a new season in September. We encourage players to get involved in other sports and to continue to work on their basketball skills at home. (Check out information below for further initiatives) Once we have more definitive information for the season ahead, we will be back in touch with all parents/guardians re registration details for the 2021-2022 season. Thanks again to everyone and see you all this Saturday!! Warm regards
For the players aged 12- 17 years, Basketball Ireland have recently launched their “Bounce Back” Challenge. For the months of June and July, any player that downloads the MaxOne app will get specialised content to help develop their game. The highlight of “Bounce Back” Challenge will be the weekly participation-based dribbling skills challenge. The first challenge starts on Friday 4th June. For further details please go to – Basketball Ireland or here!
Thank you for your patience and interest with regards to the delayed return of basketball in our club. The club committee have been working in the background to finalise Covid19 guidelines for the safe return to training and to arrange training venues for all age groups in our club.
Plans were made to potentially restart training in early October and to get registration for existing up and running in the next few days.
However, with the current increase of Covid19 cases in our community, a decision has been made to delay this for a few more weeks. We understand that our members are eager to get back to training, but we need to prioritise the health and safety of everyone.
Hopefully, we can work together to reduce the transmission of the virus within our county and we can once again get back to our fun-filled basketball sessions.
The Sports Star Awards will take place this Friday 31st January in the Mount Errigal Hotel. We have three nominations from our club – Gerry Hannon (appreciation category) and the u14 and u16 girls (team category) It is a great achievement to get a nomination for the Sports Stars and we wish Gerry and the girls the very best of luck on Friday.
Appreciation Award – Gerry Hannon
Gerry has been involved with Letterkenny Blaze Basketball since it was founded in 1999. Gerry has mentored and supported all of our younger referees and table officials both in Letterkenny Blaze and elsewhere. His help and advice has been invaluable to them as they have developed in their role. As a referee, he has always been professional and fair. As well as sharing his wealth of knowledge with developing referees, he also helps and advises younger players and coaches in the rules of the game. His enthusiasm for the game of basketball always shines through – a true gentleman.
U14 and U16 girls
The U14 and U16 girls had a very successful 2018/19 season. Well done to the girls and the U14 coaches Lorna Reynolds, Rita Brady and Paula Irwin as well as the U16 coaches Lynda McGuinness and Jay McMenamin.
Here are a list of their many achievements from last year:
second last weekend of October see’s U15 regional basketball regional teams
converge on a central venue for both boys and girls to compete in the annual
Basketball Ireland Post-Primary Schools (BIPPS) Tom Collins Inter-regional
tournament. This year, as for the past number of years, the venue was UL Arena
on Irelands Sports Campus in the University of Limerick (UL) over the weekend
of 18th to 20th October.
North West BIPPS region covers schools from counties Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim
& Mayo. Preparations for this year’s tournament started back in May with a
number of trials being held and continuing throughout the summer months with
practice sessions and challenge games held between Sligo & Donegal Town as
well as a trip to Galway to play the West team. The final squad was selected at
the beginning of August and practice intensified.
the 18th was a day off for the North West boys so a light session
was held in UL Arena. With an early start to the day on Saturday our first
opponents was the team from the South, who have been strong opposition over the
years. The North West boys got off to an explosive start in the first quarter
and took an early lead and maintained the intensity to the end going in at the
end of Q1 nine points the better.
saw a determined South side fighting back clocking up 14 points against the
North West on 8 points. The second half went the way of the North West with
execution of their playbook to perfection and accurate shooting. Unlike the
South boys the North West showed great discipline in defense and managed to
keep out of foul trouble. The game finished up the North West taking the spoils
coming out on top 42 points to 35 and claiming their first pool games win.
two was to be more challenging taking on the highly favoured West team- winners
of last year’s tournament and went on to win this year’s Tom Collins Cup. Both
teams started strong and Q1 was nip and tuck with only 4 points separating them
to the benefit of the West. Q2 was a slightly different story for the North
West. An explosive performance from Tony Exeonu from the West punished missed
shots from the North West and his speed and accuracy at the other end damaged
the close score-line at the end of the first. The North West suffered from some
minor injuries whish saw changes being made to the set-up. Half time saw the
West increase the lead to 9, 28 to 19.
second half went all the way for the Westerners with pinpoint accuracy in the
front court as well as very strong defensive performances. The injury woes also
continued for the North West and the rotation of players due to this didn’t
help the team’s momentum. The West emerged victors 52 points to 32.
third and last pool game was a crucial game and was a must win in order to
reach the semi final of the cup. Opposition for this was the team from the
South East. The game got off to a slow and shaky start for the North West boys
requiring an early time-out. Back to the court the boys regained their
composure and went in 4 points up.
2 saw the North West increase their lead to eight points by the end, helped
with some fine shooting from Walshe clocking up 8 points himself. Strong
defence on the other side added crucially to this and the fast break worked a
dream. The second half saw this momentum continue and the lead increased,
helped with effective linkup between Walshe and Smith in the front court and
very impressive defence play from Martin, Graham and Quinn. The North West came
out of battle and their second pool game win and booked a place in the cup
semi-final on a score-line of 52 to 37.
morning saw us go into battle in the semi-final against the team from the East.
The East had impressive wins in their pool games having come out as top of
their pool wining all three games. The first half got off to a slow start for
the North West with the East pulling away early knocking up 8 points without
reply and the team started clocking up team fouls early. Not helped by loosing
Prenderville early in Q1 from injury and another from reaching five fouls.
continued as the first and a lack of accuracy going to the hoop and lack of
offensive rebounds started to hurt the North West. Half time saw the East up by
12, 39 to 27.
did not go well for the North West and they fell flat in what was a very fast
and intense quarter only managing to increase their score by 6 points while the
East picked up another 15.
saw a surge from the boys from the North West managing to contain the East in their
front court to 10 points and increasing their count by 14. In the end the East
proved too strong and emerged to go into the final against the West on a score
of 65 to 47, and the North West having to settle for the bronze medal out of
all eight regions in the country. An impressive achievement for this team of 15
young men, and the highest finish for a team from the North West for a number
Brian Donohue (St Patrick’s College, Lacken); Connor Flynn, Dillon Walshe,
Matthew Purcey (Summerhill College, Sligo); Daniel Quinn, Jake Graham, Niall
Prenderville, Seamus Caldwell (Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town; Drew Ryan
(Colaiste Colmcille, Ballyshannon); Jack O’Shea (Jesus & Mary SS Gortnor
Abbey, Ballina); Matthew Callaghan, Noah Martin, Theo McCardle, (Lorreto
College, Milford); Rowan Smith (St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny); Sean
McGetterick (PCC, Falcarragh)
Blaze Basketball Club are delighted to announce that we are joining forces with
Letterkenny parkrun on Saturday 5th October at 9.30am
in Letterkenny Townpark. We have chosen this date to coincide
with celebrating “Parents in Sport Week 2019”. We want to
acknowledge the contribution parents and guardians make to their child’s
enjoyment of sport and physical activity. What better way to do this than for
everyone to participate in our local parkrun!
is free of charge and is a great way to get to know fellow Blaze members both
young and not so young! All that you have to do is register
free of charge on https://www.parkrun.ie/register/ , print your individual barcode and bring it
with you on the day. It is important to emphasise that the parkrun is as
much about walking as it is about running so please we ask that as many people
come out, celebrate the invaluable role parents play in sport and to
participate in our local parkrun.
Thank you to
the Letterkenny parkrun team who have given Letterkenny
Blaze this opportunity to gather together as a Blaze family. We ask
that any child under 14 years of age is accompanied by an adult
for the event. We hope to see as many families as possible in their
Blaze colours. Please join us after, for a cuppa in The
Vestry. All walking, running and tea drinking should be finished up by
11.30am. We look forward to seeing all our Blaze families, coaches and players
in their blaze colours walking, jogging or running on Saturday 5th October.
Well done to the u18 girls
and their coaches Ian and Teresa on their participation in the pre season
tournament in Killester, Dublin. The girls had a great win in their first game
against Liffey Celtics. They had narrow defeats in their next two games against
DCU and Portlaoise Panthers. The girls showed great teamwork and skills in
their first run out of the season. We look forward to seeing what is in store
for them in the upcoming season. The day proved very enjoyable for supporters
and players. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Killester
Basketball Club for their hospitality and for hosting this tournament for such
a great cause. Maith sibh uilig.
Check out the REGISTRATION TAB in relation to this seasons registration times
Training has not yet commenced due to ongoing works at the Loreto Gym. Some of the older groups will have been contacted by their coaches. It is hoped that we will commence mid September. Keep an eye on here and also on social media platforms, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Training slots are being organised and will be communicated also.
Interested in JUNIOR COACHING – download the application form in the downloads section and give to Declan/Cathy