The NEBB is holding both an Intro and Level 1 Coaching Courses on the following dates in Mullagh, Co Cavan:
Intro: Fri & Sat 11th & 12th August
Level 1: Fri, Sat & Sun 18th, 19th & 20th August
Cost for Intro is €50 and Level 1 is €60.
To book a place, please email email@example.com as soon as possible as places are limited.
The Committee of the North East Basketball Board would like to extend a massive congratulations to the coaches, managers, and players of the four North East Knights regional teams for their excellent performance in Kaposvar, Hungary, last week. For three of the teams to go toe to toe with squads of underage national players at an international tournament, and the U16 girls to claim victory over one is an astounding achievement. To the U16 Girls, U18 Boys and U18 Girls teams for their silver medals, and to the U16 Boys team for their bronze; congratulations. You have all done this committee, and your whole region, proud.
Day 0: Sunday
In the early hours of Sunday morning, 2nd of July, members of the North East Knights U16 and U18 squads began their journey to the 5-day Intersport Youth Basketball Festival in Kaposvar, Hungary. The 12-hour trip began with a meetup at 6.15am in Dublin Airport:
After over 12 hours from the meetup at Dublin Airport to stepping off the bus in Kaposvar, and a well deserved sleep that night, the basketball began bright and early at 9.30am monday morning with the U18 Girls being the first to step onto the Hungarian courts:
Day 1: Monday
A great day of basketball behind them, the Knights showed their national pride at the official opening ceremony:
Their country well represented, the Knights settled into a highly nutritious dinner ahead of the next day's games.
Day 2: Tuesday
Basketball aside, today was the day the U18 boys adopted their mascot for the week:
And the girls choreographed their team cheer:
Day 3: Wednesday
Today was the end of the group stage games for the U16 Girls, U18 Girls and U18 Boys, who finished in 3rd, 3rd and 2nd, respectively. The U18 Boys brought their new friend out for dessert as a celebration, much to the confusion of the wait staff at the local restaurant:
Day 4: Thursday
An exciting day of basketball, with the U18 Girls and U16 Girls both winning their semi-finals (U18 Girls winning with a golden basket in extra time!), making themselves the first North East teams to make it to the finals of the competition. The U16 Boys finished their group stage in 3rd place, but were unfortunately confined to the 3rd/4th playoff without a semi final.
As a celebration, the squad was taken to the local waterpark, and out to dinner by U16 Manager and main sponsor, Giuseppe of Roma Cavan Town.
The hearty meal was much appreciated by all, and definitely needed with the tough day of basketball ahead:
Day 5: Friday (Last day)
A proud day for the region, as 3 teams got to stand tall as Amhrán na bhFiann bellowed throughout the halls of Kaposvar. Clearly, a situation the organisers weren't wholly prepared for, as they played the often-neglected first verse. Confused by the unusual starting point, and the off-key recording being played, the Knights were mostly silent for the entirety of the verse. The organisers were ready to turn off the music by the time it got to Sinne Fianna Fáil, at which point the Knights took over, and were determined to sing their national anthem whether there was a backing track or not:
All 4 teams on the final day:
Return + Thanks
This adventure did not happen on it's own.
Kristof and Lilli
From when we arrived in Bratislava airport to when we boarded the bus back to it, we were assisted by our guides and translators Kristof and Lilli, without whom we would have surely never figured out the bus schedule, and missed half our games because of it.
Table Officials, Referees and First Aid staff
The people who let us actually play basketball. Many of them pulling 12 hour shifts all 5 days of the tournament, they remained enthusiastic and professional to the very end. The first aid staff, maybe a bit overenthusiastic at times:
Players, Parents, Coaches, Sponsors
Everyone involved with the North East Knights since the trials back in January, all that work has led to this amazing week and amazing result. It couldn't have been done without any one of you,
The NEBB are hosting a tournament for U14 boys in St Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff, with games starting at 11am. Teams from the North East, North West(2) and Oblates BC are participating. Please go along and support our players, or help out on table officiating or refeshments.
11am North West 2 v Oblate BC
11: 45 NE Knights v Oblate BC
12:30 North West 1 v North West 2
13:15 North West 1 v Oblate BC
14:00 North West 2 V NE Knights
14.45 NE Knights v North West 1
1: 7min quarters, running subs, offense only
2: 1 minute between quarters
3: Clock stop for free shots only.
4: 3 minutes half time.
The aim of the tournament is to keep it fun and keep it Fun...Da..Mental, so lets hope a good day’s basketball is enjoyed by all.
Reminder that the North East Basketball Board's Annual General Meeting is to be held in the Headford Arms Hotel, Kells, Co Meath, at 7.30pm on Thursday the 15th of June. All clubs are requested to send 2 delegates to the AGM.
Liby Dynamites Basketball Club will be hosting a 3 day basketball academy with NBA coach Greg Brittenham for all players U12-U20 on the 24th, 25th and 26th of July in Dromiskin, Dundalk, Co Louth. The camp will cost €60pp. Please register online here.
There will also be a 2-day camp for U12 players on the 28th & 29th of July at a cost of €30pp. Online registration can be found at the same link.
An adult coaching seminar will be held on the evening of the 25th in the same venue, 7.30pm-9.30pm. The Seminar will cost €20pp and registration can be done online here.
Well done to the North East Knights Girls U14 team. Their First outing came against the Dublin Regional Team in Virginia last Saturday 27th May. The game was tight throughout the first 3 quarters. The standard of play did not reflect the final result. The Dublin Region just pulled away in the 4th winning by 18 in the end.
This has been a great development and bonding opportunity for the the NEBB girls, given that they have only come together in the past few weeks. With more games to come for both the U14 Girls and Boys regional teams, it promises to be a great summer for our region to develop and improve its underage players.
Well done Coaches Carol and Barbara and all the North East Girls.
Congratulations to the North East Knights U14 boys who competed at the Noel Gahan Friendship Tournament in Athlone yesterday, Sunday the 21st. As well as representing the North East, 7 Knights players were selected to play in the "All Stars" match at the end of the day, the most players from any team participating on the day.
Good luck to the NEBB U14 Boys NE Knights squad which is taking part in the Midlands Friendship tournament on Sunday 21st May, in Our Lady's Bower Secondary School Athlone.
The schedule of games is as follows: