AN ARRAY of high-profile basketball coaches will be sharing their knowledge and skills at a Halloween basketball camp that will take place at Killarney Sports Centre from November 2 until November 4. The annual 'Triple Threat’ basketball camp is the brainchild of well-known Killarney basketball coach James Weldon and it presents a great opportunity for budding young basketballers to work with and learn from some top coaches.
The three-day Halloween camp is open to boys and girls from age five to seventeen, and will be divided into two sections. The junior camp is for five-eleven year olds and takes place from 10am to 1pm each day. The senior camp is for twelve-seventeen year olds and will run from 2pm to 5pm each day.
Coaches at this camp include some of the best Irish and international coaches. Former superleague players James Weldon and Ger Noonan are joined by Irish internationals Michelle Fahy and Lorraine Scully along with Rathmore native Jim Hughes.
Key additions to the coaching team for the Halloween camp this year are American basketballer Kevin Gray and former Slovenian basketball international Muharem Muki Vugdalic. Columbus Ohio native Kevin Gray is a former NCAA college basketball player and is currently playing with Killorglin in the National League.
Muharem Muki Vugdalic is the director of coaching in St Paul's Basketball Club Killarney and has a wealth of international coaching and playing experience.
James Weldon is a FIBA Europe Coaching Certificate (FECC)-approved basketball coach and one of only 300 coaches in the world who have this qualification.
He is a former superleague player with St Paul’s Killarney and coached the St Paul’s ladies team through an impressive stint in the top flight before going on to enjoy incredible success with the all-conquering UL Huskies superleague and national cup-winning team. He coached UL to ten national titles in four seasons and was honoured with the Irish Basketball Coach of the Year award on three different occasions. His talents have also been recognised with his appointment as head coach to a number of Irish teams. James currently coaches Killorglin men’s team in the national league.
Ger Noonan is another familiar basketball name in Kerry basketball circles following his impressive displays with the Gleneagle Lakers during the Noughties. He is also a former player/coach with the Neptune superleague team led them to national cup success and was named superleague player of the year in 2013.
Michelle Fahy is a former Irish International and is widely regarded as one of the top Irish players of all time. Lorraine Scully is an experienced superleague player with Dublin side Killester and has also represented Ireland in the past as well as being team manager of the Ireland U18 ladies team.
These coaches will guide all participants through some challenging and very beneficial skills sessions. Young players will learn new skills and drills and gain a huge insight into the fundamentals of basketball that will help them improve their overall game.
Triple Threat is a basketball term where a player is in position to pass, dribble and shoot on offence. The Triple Threat basketball camp will have daily stations covering all the passing, shooting, dribbling and rebounding skills. Participants will also enjoy three versus three games and five versus five games and be in with a chance to win spot prizes.
A novel attraction at the camp will be the use of the latest basketball technology including the 'Blast App' and the 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball. This is a regulation basketball with sensors inside. The sensors in the basketball use of point-of-force technology to record data about your shot and your dribble and then provide data which can be instantly analysed and provide feedback in real time.
Participants will be able to enjoy the magnificent facilities at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre which boasts two full size indoor basketball courts. The wonderful indoor playing arena is sure to guarantee an enjoyable experience no matter what the weather is like outside.
Places at the camp are limited and have already been filling up very quickly in recent weeks.
Further information about registration is available on the Triple Threat Basketball Facebook page or call or text 087-2907 455 or 085-124 0185.
Looking forward to the 'Triple Threat' Basketball Camp that will take place in Killarney Sports Centre from November 2, 3 and 4 were Kevin Gray, left, with Ava Sheehan, Mark Sheehan, Ava Weldon and Rian Weldon with Muharem Muki Vugdalic and James Weldon (Camp Director).
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Fossa’s marathon man competes in Vienna
By Sean Moriarty They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria. Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world. On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon […]
By Sean Moriarty
They are a familiar sight on training sessions out the Fossa way, but last weekend two Killarney marathon runners made themselves known in Vienna, Austria.
Tony Harty (Fossa) and Seamus Murphy (Milltown and Glencar) train together and travel together to international marathons all over the world.
On Sunday they contested the Vienna Marathon with Tony recording a personal-best time of 2hrs and 45mins. He finished second in the Over 45 category and 27th overall, while Tony completed the course in 3hrs and 3mins.
“You won’t see one of us without the other,” said Tony.
Niall Thompson of Killorglin was also competing in the event.
Tony is a member of the well-known Harty family of Waterford. His two brothers Phillip and William and sister Rebecca all raced for Ireland.
Tony took up running later than his siblings and contested his first marathon in 2015 when was 39-years-old.
Now 45 he cannot stop running and takes in at least two overseas marathons every year as well as Irish and local events.
“It is all part of the experience,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. Both he and Seamus have previously contested marathons in Barcelona, Valencia and Rotterdam and he intends to return to Spain in early December for another crack at the Valencia event.
He prepared for Sunday’s race by winning overall at the Churchtown 5-mile race in Cork last month and the Antrim Half-Marathon a few weeks ago.
“Vienna was very hot, up to 26 degrees, and lots of people were suffering,” he added. “Vienna was supposed to run in April but it got deferred. We prefer running in cooler conditions. Valencia will be around 10 degrees in December which is ideal.”
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By Sean Moriarty
Killarney’s Paralympic hero Jordan Lee is to take on a new role with Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club.
Jordan began his sporting career with the local basketball club where he created history by becoming the first amputee athlete to represent their country at international level.
The High Jumper then switched to track and field and qualified for the Tokyo Paralympics where he made history by becoming the first Kerry athlete to act as a flag bearer for an opening ceremony and lead an Irish team into an Olympic Stadium.
Now back home and preparing for the next Olympics in Paris, he has returned to his first love and will join the backroom staff at the local Division One basketball club ahead of their National League campaign which begins next month.
His father Jarlath Lee is head coach with St Paul’s.
“Jordan is joining us as our strength and conditioning coach,” Jarlath told the Killarney Advertiser.
Meanwhile, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club National League team will have a distinctive feel to it this year after securing the services of three overseas players it for the season ahead.
The club’s biggest signing is Canadian professional Ben Miller. It was originally hoped that the former two-time Manitoba Player of the Year would play for the local side last season but the pandemic got in the way and the National League was never played. However, he did play two training games this time last year before returning to Canada until travel restrictions lifted.
“He is a good guy, very approachable and very good with the young members,” Jarlath said.
The club has also signed Bulgarian International Emilian Grudov.
The 20-year-old has already represented his home country at U16, 18 and 20 level.
“He is young, athletic and very good offensively,” added Lee.
The returning Lithuanian Dianius Varanaukus completes the club international line up for the 2020/21 season.
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