East Cavan Eagles Basketball Club will hold it’s second annual Awards Night on Friday May 15th in The Riverfront Hotel . League trophies & medals will be presented on the night along with some special recognitions for club members.
There will be food, music and hopefully not too many speeches.
Last years was a great success and we are sure this years will be just as good.
Tickets for this event will be on sale soon, so as they say…..watch this space.
All players and parents/guardians are welcome to attend.
At the end of the season and your down to a final game. If your players remember the small things they’ve learned at training, correct the mistakes, listen to the coach and go out and give all they’ve got and do their best. You can ask no more of them.
East Cavan Eagles certainly did so in Gormanstown College last Saturday, when after three league defeats to the Rockets by 1 point, 2 points and 5 points, the U16 Girls decided enough was enough. Eagles were without Alison Mc Gearty & Niamh O Donoghue who were on U16 county football duty & the U14 girls who play up, even though on the bench were not chanced as their U14 final was on next.
Then pre warm up news that Rockets captain Kelly O Dwyer who was so influential throughout the league was out due to a concussion. This came as a shock and disappointment as players always want to match up. But knowing their Coach Pearse O Dwyer and the temperament of this Dunshaughlin team, this game was far from over but little did the Eagles coach realise the injures in his own camp that were to follow.
The game opened well for the Eagles as they surged into the lead with two inside and then two three pointers before the Rockets took a time out. Leah Kelly Flynn and Caitlin Brady draining from down town. Things were looking great until the realisation that all was not well with Leah, so a forced sub was taken and slowly the tide changed in Dunshaughlin’s favour as Flynn sat looking from the side lines. Amy Dowd added a basket for the Eagles but it was Niamh Curtin and Rockets captain Eimear Traynor who couldn’t miss as the lead was over turned and Dunshaughlin entered the break 19 – 12 ahead.
Adding to the woe’s for East Cavan was the fact that guard Chloe Mc Elhinney who on three fouls was in foul trouble, and needed to reel things in a little. You have to be smart to play basketball and also be able to turn things around and Chloe certainly did, scoring five points out of seven for her team. Aislinn Grealy also started to come more into the game as did Amy Dowd who’s defence of Olivia Flanagan curtailed the Rockets momentum. Aoife Brady, Keavy Mc Dermott and Shania Taite also entered the fray and frustrated the opposition into only scoring four points. Alas for the Eagles, Chloe picked up another foul and Leah only back on the court, was off again. At half time the Rockets lead was cut to 23 – 19 and all was to play for.
Talk about half time woe’s. Leah Kelly Flynn who had tried to shake her injury was forced to retire – Leah a player who had scored 26 points v Ballyshannon in the All Ireland’s would be a huge miss. But you could have no better support from the side line than Leah, egging on her team mates. Then Aislinn Grealy had an ankle twist and was off. But girls who consistently came to training, pulled out all the stops on the day as their defence was massive. Chloe Mc Elhinney opened with two free throws, Amy Dowd and Caitlin Brady rebounded and controlled the defence. Aislinn regained her composure and re-entered the game hitting seven points. The Eagles were now on a roll and in the lead for the first time since the opening quarter as they adapted their game, 28 – 25.
So into the final period with a three point lead. Both sides had players teetering on foul trouble but who would manage best. Eagles did, they doubled teamed on defence and opened out on offence, drawing out the Rockets who now chased the game. Rockets Olivia Flanagan & Laura Quinn started to pick up fouls and the Eagles obliged by sinking the free throws. Good scores from Chloe, Aislinn & Amy, along with free throws from Caitlin & Aoife Brady extended the Eagles lead. Amy Dowd picked up her fourth foul but held out as Flanagan and Quinn headed to the Rockets bench. With a 13 – 4 final quarter Eagles controlled the period. Aislinn Grealy stepped out of the game with job done as her ankle had enough. Chloe Mc Elhinney held her nerve in defence and in offence was brilliant even with an off the back inbound play that almost worked with a score. This along with hard work and 14 points got her the well deserved MVP award.
This game was all about team. They left everything on the court, adjusted as things changed and deserved their win. Well done to Aoife, Leah, Shania, Chloe, Keavy, Clodagh, Aislinn, Caitlin, Ciara, Amy, Ellen & Ruth.
Thanks to Dunshaughlin Rockets for a good sporting game. To all the girls parents who transported to training and games far and wide all season. Thanks to Carol for all her advice and assistance throughout the season. Thank you Eagles…
I think we can safely say that Saturday 18th April will go down in history as the day that basketball in the North East region finally came of age. We at East Cavan Eagles are very proud to have been a part of it.
After a very successful season for the club it was great to bring down the curtain with a further 3 trophies for the cabinet.
On the day our Under 13 Boys completed an unbeaten season by winning their Top 4 final. A truly incredible achievement from this group of players.
Our Under 16 Girls deserve a special mention. These girls have worked so hard all season but it was only on the last attempt that they overcame their Nemesis, the excellent Dunshaughlin Rockets.
Finally our Under 12 Girls came away from Gormanstown College as winners in their Top 4 game. These girls show great promise for the future.
East Cavan Eagles competed in 7 of the 8 age groups, reached the finals in 6 of these and won 3.
The event went extremely well thanks to the organisation skills of Virginia College’s own Niamh Ní Chearra, thanks Niamh, you have the job !
As usual all this is useless with out the pictures from the day….so here they are courtesy of Bernard Sheridan.
As more of us have access to smart phones ever day, we have launched are very own East Cavan Eagles App.
Details of the App are below.
We hope that this will make life a bit easier for everyone to keep up to date with our ever growing club.
We feel this is the ideal time to launch this as it will give us the “off-season” to get used to how we can get the best from this App.
Bear with us as we feel this is a genuine step in the right direction for communications within the club.
We also hope to use the app to fund raise for the club, Business will be able to support the club by placing advertisements within the App. If you know of any businesses that ma be interested in this please point them in our direction.
We, in our third year have had tremendous success with all four of our qualifying teams reaching Basketball Ireland’s All Ireland Club Championships.
The future is indeed bright for our club, get on board now and join in our “Forward through Partnership” programme.
With the season coming to an end this weekend in the NEAB Top 4 Tournament in Gormanstown, the club get back to coaching in local primary schools with St. Clare’s in Ballyjamesduff next up after our success with Knocktemple in Munterconnaght. If you or your school would like to get involved in this please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
We would finally like to thank everyone for all the support throughout what has bee a very busy year.
We will shortly announce details of our end of year Awards Ceremony, it will be a busy one.