Let the games begin

Let the games begin


This weekend see basketball in The North East start in earnest. After our summer break I am sure we are all looking forward to getting back to the boards.

Here are this weekends fixtures, we wish all the clubs the very best of luck.

LeagueUnder 12 Boys     
Tara DruidsVBlackwater SteelersTBCTBCTBCRatoath CC
Navan CougarsVStreete WarriorsSun25th Sept 201610amSt Pat's, Cavan
Cavan Lakers BVDrogheda BulletsTBCTBCTBCTBC
East Cavan EaglesVCavan Lakers ASat24th Sept 20164pmVirginia College
Muckno LakersVLiby DynamitesTBCTBCTBCSt Mary's, Castleblayney
LeagueUnder 12 Girls
Dundalk RavensVBlackwater SteelersSat19th Nov 201611amSt MaCartan's, Monaghan
Dunshaughlin RocketsVCarrick CruisersSun25th Sept 201610.30amAshbourne CC
East Cavan EaglesVCavan LakersSun25th Sept 20161.15pmVirginia College
Muckno LakersVLiby DynamitesTBCTBCTBCSt Mary's, Castleblayney
LeagueUnder 14 Boys
Tara DruidsVBlackwater SteelersTBCTBCTBCRatoath CC
Navan CougarsVStreete WarriorsSun25th Sept 201611amSt Pat's, Navan
Cavan Lakers BVDrogheda BulletsTBCTBCTBCTBC
Dunshaughlin RocketsVDundalk RavensSat12th Nov 20164pmDunshaughlin CC
East Cavan EaglesVCavan Lakers ASat24th Sept 20164pmVirginia College
Muckno LakersVLiby DynamitesTBCTBCTBCSt Mary's, Castleblayney
LeagueUnder 14 Girls
Drogheda Ladies BVBlackwater SteelersSat1st Oct 20163.30pmSt Joseph's Sec Sch, Drogheda
Navan CougarsVStreete WarriorsSun25th Sept 201612.15pmSt Pat's, Navan
Dunshaughlin RocketsVCarrick CruisersSun25th Sept 201611.30amAshbourne CC
East Cavan EaglesVCavan LakersSun25th Sept 201612.15pmVirginia College
Muckno LakersVLiby DynamitesTBCTBCTBCSt Mary's, Castleblayney
LeagueUnder 16 Boys
Tara DruidsBlackwater SteelersTBCTBCTBCRatoath CC
Navan CougarsStreete WarriorsSun25th Sept 20161.30pmSt Pat's, Navan
Dunshaughlin RocketsDundalk RavensSat12th Nov 20165pmDunshaughlin CC
East Cavan EaglesCavan LakersSat24th Sept 20167.15pmVirginia College
Muckno LakersLiby DynamitesTBCTBCTBCSt Mary's, Castleblayney
LeagueUnder 16 Girls
Tara DruidsBlackwater SteelersTBCTBCTBCRatoath College
Navan CougarsStreete WarriorsSun25th Sept 20162.45pmSt Pat's, Cavan
Dunshaughlin RocketsCarrick CruisersSun25th Sept 201612.30pmAshbourne CC
East Cavan EaglesCavan LakersSun25th Sept 20162.30pmVirginia College
Muckno LakersLiby DynamitesTBCTBCTBCSt Mary's, Castleblayney
LeagueUnder 18 Boys
Navan CougarsStreete WarriorsSun25th Sept 20164pmSt Pat's, Navan
Dunshaughlin RocketsCarrick CruisersSun25th Sept 20161.45pmAshbourne CC
East Cavan EaglesCavan LakersSun25th Sept 20164pmVirginia College
LeagueUnder 18 Girls
Dunshaughlin RocketsCarrick CruisersSun25th Sept 20163pmAshbourne CC
NEAB TOP 4’s Gormanston Park 2016

NEAB TOP 4’s Gormanston Park 2016

neab top 4 2016

The North East Area Board are delighted to announce that our Top Four End of Season Tournament will once again take place in Gormanston Park. After the huge success of last year’s event we are looking forward to this years event, which will be even bigger with the games of Senior Men and Senior Ladies been added to the proceedings.

There will be hot food, snacks and beverages been served on site throughout the day.

Please see schedule below. As you can see this is going to be a very busy day so please make sure your team are in the venue at least 40 minutes before your scheduled time.

Each club will receive a schedule of table official requirements they are required to provide for the day by email next week.

Presentations for each league winner will take place before the semi-finals for that top 4.

Presentations to the winner of each top 4 will take place in the upstairs gallery after each final.

Best of luck to all the clubs involved.

Top 4 Schedule 2016.xlsx

TimeCourt 1Court 2Court 3Court 4 
10.30amU12 BoysU12 BoysU12 GirlsU12 Girls
Muckno lakersDrogheda BulletsMuckno LakersEast Cavan Eagles
Tara DruidsEast Cavan EaglesDrogheda LadiesDunshaughlin Rockets
11.30amU14 BoysU14 BoysU14 GirlsU14 Girls
East Cavan EaglesDundalk Ravens Muckno lakersDrogheda Ladies
vv V v
Dunshaughlin RocketsMuckno LakersDunshaughlin RocketsEast Cavan Eagles
12.30pmU16 BoysU16 BoysU16 GirlsU16 Girls
Muckno LakersDunshaughlin RocketsMuckno LakersDunshaughlin Rockets
East Cavan EaglesDrogheda BulletsCarrick CruisersEast Cavan Eagles
1.30pmU12 Boys FinalU12 Girls FinalU18 Girls FinalU18 Boys Final
Dunshaughlin RocketsEast Cavan Eagles
V v
East Cavan EaglesDrogheda Bullets
2.30pmU13 BoysU13 BoysU15 BoysU13 Girls
Muckno LakersEast Cavan EaglesDrogheda BulletsEast Cavan Eagles

Dundalk RavensDrogheda BulletsDunshaughlin Rockets
Drogheda Ladies
3.30pmSenior MenSenior MenU14 Boys FinalU16 Girls Final
Drogheda BulletsSavi BC
St. PatsEast Cavan Eagles
4.30pmU16 Boys FinalU13 Boys FinalU14 Girls Final
5.30pmSenior Men FinalSenior Ladies Final
Muckno Lakers
East Cavan Eagles


Intro Referee Course…….DON’T MISS OUT !

Intro Referee Course…….DON’T MISS OUT !


The North East Area Board will be holding an Intro Referee Course in Sacred Heart Secondary School Drogheda on Sat/Sun 5th/6th December.

PLaces are filling fast so please email [email protected] to receive your application form for this course.

Intro Referee Course

Intro Referee Course


We have an Intro Referee Course Dec 5th & 6th in Drogheda. Sacred Heart school

Please email back to book your places, as we are all struggling to find referees please pass the word throughout your clubs to fill this course.

Please complete the form below and return to [email protected]

NRC Referee Course Participation Form

North East Basketball Reaches New Heights

North East Basketball Reaches New Heights


The All Ireland Inter Regional Schools Basketball tournament took place at the Kingfisher Arena in Galway last weekend. The progress that Basketball has made in the region in recent years is epitomised in the photo which shows Ciara Tolan representing the North East, from Virginia College and East Cavan Eagles, competing against the 6’4″ Jennifer Nyagaya from the South in the ‘tip off’ of the Cup Final.


This annual under 15 Schools Competition, which is organised by Basketball Ireland, caters for teams from nine different regions. The hard work of the North East players and coaches over the past few years finally paid off when this year’s team put in convincing performances to overcome the East (64:45), the North (57:25), South East (50:45) and the West (47:28) in the preliminary rounds to advance to the Final of ‘Tom Collins’ Cup.

This is the first occasion that a team from the North East has progressed to the final of this prestigious competition. The North East went into an early lead, however, the South team, who were the tournament favourites and reigning Champions were not going to be easily beaten. Despite best efforts the South secured a narrow lead which they held out to win at the final whistle by the narrowest of margins of 37 to 33.

The North East Team were – Ciara Tolan (Virginia College), Sarah Dilllon (Ballymahon Mercy), Aisling Ni Ghallchoir, Caoimhe Nic an Bhaird, and Lara O’Martin (Colaiste Oiriall), Alex Mulligan (St Louis), Erin Hamill, Grainne Tibby and Jennifer Duffy (Capt) (Our Lady’s Castleblaney), Fiona Cahalin and Jane Larkin (Dunshaughlin Community College), Lauren Malone (St Joseph’s Mercy) and Coaches Kelly McCabe and Megan Regan.
The high standard of Basketball certainly gave Irish Under 15 Coach Andy Gill plenty of food for thought as he cast a watchful eye over the emerging talent. There can be little doubt that many of the North East Team will feature on the Irish Development Squad, which will be selected in the next few weeks as they begin the two year training program in preparation for the European Championships in 2017.



NEAB coaching course 2015

The NEAB are hosting a Level One Coaching Course, details are as follows.

Friday 30th October 7PM to 10PM

Saturday 31st October 9:30 to 17:30

Sunday 1st November 9:30 to 17:30

The course will take place in Virginia College, Virginia, Co. Cavan

The course will be given by Vinnie O’Keefe.

We would encourage participation in this course as it is important for us all to advance our coaching knowledge to develop the sport in our region.

Cost for the course is €40.

To take part in this course you will need to have held your Intro Level coaching award for 12 months.

Be sure to book your place early to avoid disappointment. Places are limited, the usual cost for this course is approx €100 and we are offering it at a large discount.

To book your place please contact;

[email protected]

Week 2 of NEAB League

Week 2 of NEAB League


Perhaps some eyes may be focussed on Basketball Ireland’s Tom Collins Inter Regional’s in Galway this weekend, the games in the NEAB carry on.

With such a busy schedule to contend with the games just must carry on.

This weekend sees Dunshaughlin Rockets visit Muckno Lakers, East Cavan Eagles visit league newcomers Drogheda Ladies and old rivals Drogheda Bullets.

We wish all clubs the very best of luck.

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North East under 17 Boys Regional Trials

The North East Schools Committee have appointed coaching staff for the Boys U17 Regional Team.

Trials will take place as follows:

Trial 1:
St Olivers CC, Drogheda
Thursday 15th October
1700 – 1900

Boys born in 1999 and 2000 are eligible for this programme.

There will be a 2nd trial in the north of the region the following week. Details to be confirmed asap.

A panel will be selected from these trials from which a North East U17 team will be selected. This team will take part in the U17 Inter Regional Tournament on November 14th and 15th.

All qualified players are encouraged to participate in these trials

Let the Games begin. NEAB Fixtures 2015/2016 Season

Let the Games begin. NEAB Fixtures 2015/2016 Season


It’s that time of year again as we all get back to our gyms throughout the region and play some ball.

The fixtures for this season are available here .

Each club will receive an Excel spreadsheet of the Master Fixtures in the next day or two, it is important that all clubs check that their fixtures are correct and any errors are reported as soon as possible to the league fixtures secretary.

All correspondence relating to fixtures should be by email to [email protected]   .

There are 175 fixtures so far this season and we know that some are yet to be confirmed by clubs, so please bear with us and if your club has yet to agree fixtures for any reason, please do so as soon as possible and forward details to us.

We noticed that in some instances times were not included on the returned fixture sheets, we have entered these times as 00:00 for now, please be sure to advise us of these times as soon as possible.

We wish all the clubs the very best of luck in the upcoming season and in advance we thank all the referees and table officials for their services throughout the season.

Important Notice from Basketball Ireland Chief Executive

Important Notice from Basketball Ireland Chief Executive


Basketball Ireland’s Chief Executive/Secretary General, Bernard O’Byrne has written to the North East Area Board today and asked us to relay the contents of his email to all in the region.

I confirm that four clubs from the North East Area are not registered with Basketball Ireland and therefore players, coaches and officials from those clubs cannot partake in any Basketball Ireland activities. Additionally any referee who partakes in any activities involving those clubs will stand suspended within Basketball Ireland.


The clubs are Navan Cougars, Liby Dynamites, Cavan Lakers and Streete Warriors.


As previously notified any players from those clubs who play in schools competition risk being suspended themselves and also having their schools teams suspended.


I hope this clarifies matters.


Bernard J. O’Byrne

Chief executive / Secretary General

Basketball Ireland

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