AGM 2020

Our re-scheduled AGM will take place on Tuesday Aug 4th at 19:30 assuming current restrictions remain the same. It is hoped to have a physical meeting in Colaiste Bride – however we made need to move to an online environment if too many people wish to attend. Therefore I am asking members to email dublinlions@gmail.com by Weds July 30th to let me know if you wish to attend. This will allow us to prepare a safe space for a physical meeting or set up an online one.

As usual all committee positions are available. Should you wish to be considered for a position please get a proposer and a seconder email dublinlions@gmail.com by close of business Tues 29th.

Paul Molloy – Chairman

News Update

Dublin Lions Basketball Club: An update from the Chairperson.

To all involved with our club:

As we prepare to return to training I would like to take this opportunity to address our members.

Firstly I should say that unfortunately over the last few months we have lost some members of our basketball family. Members, past members, founding members and good friends of the club have sadly lost people. To those friends we offer our deepest condolences. May your loved ones rest in peace.

The club has been working tirelessly since the first easing of the lockdown to try to find a way to get our sport running again. Indeed several teams have been working out in small groups in local parks. This morning we were given the go ahead by the board of management of Colaiste Bride to re-commence training outdoors from today and indoors from Monday next. The club has some very comprehensive guidelines in place for what these new training sessions might look like.

Basketball Ireland have issued two sets of guidelines. All players and coaching staff should familiarise themselves with the first set linked here. The second set is a more comprehensive document – linked here. The club will be following all guidelines from the Government and from Basketball Ireland. The CoVid officer for the club is Rob White – should you have any concerns please contact Rob. The number one priority of the club is to keep our members and their families safe.

The club also has a google form that every junior player and their parent MUST sign before coming back to train. Your coach or the CoVid officer will contact you with a link to this form when training times have been sorted. Obviously we have a lot of teams so this may take a few days. Some of the main points of the club google form are:

Every player MUST have their own ball

Attending Training
Only attend at time of you pre booked training session
Bring your own ball and other equipment.
Arrive as close to time as possible and leave promptly at end
Arrive ready to train as no access available to changing rooms
Know that there is no access to toilet facilities at this time
Wash your hands before coming to training
Bring your own hand sanitiser/ antiseptic wipes.
Parents are asked to drop and leave their children and if waiting on the premises must stay in their own cars.
Club members including parents who do not follow the club guidelines will be asked to leave.


Social Distancing behaviour
To protect against infection:
Players must refrain from hand shaking, high fives and fist pumps
Keep 2 metres away from others at all times.
Do not share balls, equipment, drinks, food, or towels.

Get your own rebounds. Do not rebound for other players.
Follow good cough/sneeze etiquette and dispose of any used tissue in your own bag and bring it home with you.
Sanitise your hands after cough/sneezing.
Avoid touching your face
Avoid touching any surfaces such as position cones, backboard and rims of baskets.
Remain apart from other players if taking a break

When training is finished
Leave promptly at end of training session as directed by supervisor
Sanitise your hands as soon as possible
Go directly to your car or if walking leave immediately
If a player becomes unwell after training first contact your GP and read the HSE guidelines and then inform the club. The club will then follow advice provided to them by the HSE on the next steps.
Players are encouraged to remind other players in a gentle way to adhere to club guidelines.
Equipment
Players must only bring their own ball
Players should not touch any equipment such as cones
Players must refrain from touching backboard and rims.

Finally can I say that our AGM had to be postponed in May and will take place in September. We look forward to seeing you all back in the near future.

Yours sincerely
Paul Molloy
Chairman
Dublin Lions Basketball Club

Lions seeking coaches for 2020-21

Dublin Lions are seeking expressions of interest for coaching positions across all of our teams for next season. We currently have over 20 teams competing in Dublin and National Leagues with boys and girls teams from U11 all the way up to seniors, along with our academy sessions. Please contact Rob White by email: robbiewhite13@hotmail.com

Abbey Seals Dublin Lions v Garveys Tralee Warriors

Final Score Lions 70-Warriors 76. We would like to thank all of the supporters who came down to see a fantastic game, our sponsors Abbey Seals and our match sponsor MemoryC.com
MemoryC have offered our members a discount code of 5% off all new orders from now until Dec 21st using the code GOLIONS. Thanks again for the support. The match report below is from the Basketball Ireland website.

Abbey Seals Dublin Lions came agonizingly close to claiming their first win of the season at home on Saturday evening, as they lost out 70-76 to the reigning champions, Garvey’s Tralee Warriors. Lions opened the game in red-hot fashion, stunning the Warriors into a 31-13 point end of first quarter scoreline, with Finn Hughes and James Gormley dominating the scoring. Lions kept the intensity up in the second quarter, and despite a big Tralee push in the second, the hosts still held the lead, 43-37 going in at half time. Warriors regrouped well at the break, with Jonathan Lawton and Paul Dick picking up some big scores in the third, but again, superb shooting from Hughes coupled with some great plays from Conroy Baltimore kept Lions’ in front, leading by 10 going into the last, 61-51. The fourth quarter was where it unraveled for Lions though, with Eoin Quigley, Paul Dick and Lawton leading the way for Warriors, and they kept mounting the pressure before edging into the lead and eventually taking the win by six, 70-76.

“We conceded 31 points in the first ten minutes and really put ourselves into a deep, deep hole,” acknowledged head coach, Pat Price afterwards. “When you make that comeback, you’re gassed. They went on another run after that. Not enough credit is going to Dublin Lions – they’re the best 0 and 10 team I’ve seen in a long, long time. You saw in the last three minutes some of our more experienced guys made some big plays and that was really the difference. We showed maturity and we were very measured. There was no panic buttons pushed. We’ll take it – it’s a great prep for next week.”

Abbey Seals Lions v Garveys Tralee Warriors

Abbey Seals Dublin Lions take on joint top of the table Garveys Tralee Warriors this Saturday in Colaiste Bride in what promises to be a mouth-watering clash. Warriors feature players such as Ivan Bogdanovic, Eoin Quigley and the versatile Kieran Donaghy. Lions will have 2 Americans available for the game as Conroy is fit again and Jarrett makes his home debut. The game tips off at 17:30. Be sure to get there early. Our sponsor for the game this weekend is MemoryC.com. #GoLions #ThisIsSuper

U.S.A. Bound

Dublin Lions are delighted to announce that Clinton Efinda has been offered and accepted a scholarship to Lawrence Woodmere Academy in Long Island, New York.

Woodmere is where our own Aidan Igiehon attended for four years and Aidan is already a big success story.

All of us at Dublin Lions would like to congratulate Clinton and his family and wish him the very best in his studies and basketball in the USA.

November Appointed Fixtures

DateTimeDivisionHome TeamAway TeamGym Name
Sat, 2 Nov  201915:00U17(2)Dublin LionsMeteorsMoyle Park
Sat, 2 Nov  201915:00U16 (1)Dublin LionsTempleogue BCColaiste Bride
Sun, 3 Nov  201913:30U17(2)SwordsDublin LionsALSAA 
Sun, 3 Nov  201916:40U16(1)Dublin LionsTempleogueColaiste Bride
Mon, 4 Nov  201920:40Senior 4UCDDublin LionsUCD 
Wed, 6 Nov  201921:10SNR CupGlasnevin BCDublin LionsSt Aidans 
Thu, 7 Nov  201919:20Senior 4KillesterDublin LionsSt. Fintans 
Thu, 7 Nov  201921:10D2Dublin LionsBC Leixlip ZalgirisMoyle Park 
Fri, 8 Nov  201921:10Senior 5OblatesDublin LionsOblates
Sat, 9 Nov  201912:40U17(1)Templeogue BCDublin LionsPres Terenure
Sat, 9 Nov  201915:00U16(2)Dublin LionsMeteorsMoyle Park
Sat, 9 Nov  201915:00U16 (1)Dublin LionsMalahide Mens BCColaiste Bride
Sun, 10 Nov  201916:15U18Malahide Mens BCDublin LionsMalahide CS
Sun, 10 Nov  201916:40U16(1)Dublin LionsMalahideColaiste Bride
Mon, 11 Nov  201920:40D4Bray BulletsDublin LionsLoreto College Bray
Wed, 13 Nov  201920:40Senior 5TridentsDublin LionsSt. Vincents 
Wed, 13 Nov  201921:10D3Dublin LionsTrinity College BCColaiste Bride
Thu, 14 Nov  201919:10Inter CupDublin Lions Senior 4Ongar Chasers Senior 3Collinstown 
Sun, 17 Nov  201913:35U17(2)Northside EclipseDublin LionsBeneavin 
Sun, 17 Nov  201915:15U18KUBS BCDublin LionsGreendale
Sun, 17 Nov  201916:40U16(1)Dublin LionsMeteorsColaiste Bride
Sun, 17 Nov  201918:00U17(1)Dublin LionsOngar Chasers BCColaiste Bride
Mon, 18 Nov  201919:45U18Dublin LionsLiffey Celtics BCColaiste Bride
Thu, 21 Nov  201919:10Senior 5Dublin LionsKUBSCollinstown 
Thu, 21 Nov  201920:40D4Dublin LionsBarrow RoversCollinstown 
Sat, 23 Nov  201915:00U16 (1)Dublin LionsDublin SonicsColaiste Bride
Sun, 24 Nov  201916:40U16(1)Dublin LionsLiffey CelticsColaiste Bride
Sun, 24 Nov  201917:30U16 (1)Liffey Celtics BCDublin LionsLeixlip Amenities 
Wed, 27 Nov  201921:10D3Dublin LionsUCD Marian BCColaiste Bride
Thu, 28 Nov  201921:10D4UCD Marian BCDublin LionsOatlands 
Fri, 29 Nov  201919:30D2St. Vincents BCDublin LionsSt Vincents 
Sat, 30 Nov  201915:00U17(2)Dublin LionsOngar ChasersMoyle Park

U18 boys v Eanna (Cup)

Our young Lions U18 men came out on top of a tight game with Eanna in Moyle Park last night in the cup quarter final. Lions started the brighter of the two teams and got out to an early lead but Eanna battled their way back to lead by a point at the half. Turnovers looked like they might cost the home team in the end but some well timed 3 pointers gave Lions back the lead which they held until the final whistle to win by the slimmest of margins 64-63.