I have recently had the honour of being asked to taken up a position as Chartered Physiotherapist with the U18 Men’s National basketball team. We will be attending the European championship Skopje, Macedonia this summer, late July to early August. As part of the preparation for the Euro’s we will play a number of warmup tournaments. We recently returned from a trip to Cherbourg in France where we came third, luckily no major injuries just a few bumps and bruises! We have further tournaments scheduled for July, Edinburgh in Scotland where we play Austria and the hosts. A week later we head to Portugal, it's a tough life ;), for our last warmup before Macedonia. The Team come from all over the Country, Galway, Cork, Dublin, Sligo etc.. I have know many of these lads since I was taller than them, well maybe not that long!! They are a great group of lads and I know they will do their best for their country.
April 4th 2015. Great weekend in Cork culminated in our lads winning the most prestigious trophy in the U17 calendar. The Billy Kelly Memorial Cup, the unofficial all Ireland title.
This feat was achieved through great planning by our Coach John Cunningham helped by Asst Coach Salva Camps and a great attitude from our squad of young men.
I just tried to stop them getting broken and tried to keep them feed and hydrated.
People tend to suffer from back pain for far too long, there is no need. The sooner you seek treatment the sooner you will be "fixed". It's your choice.
As mentioned last week, I was at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght to support Physiowise and vocally our men's U20 and our senior men's team. The seniors lost narrowly to Demons from Cork, with great disappointment all around.
However, the day before the U20's beat Belfast Star 70 - 60. This age group have been involved in battles with Star and the school equivalents of Bish and St Malachays for the last 5 years or more. They have some very talented players in Aiden and Conor Quin as well as Liam Pettigrew. But finally on a big stage the boys/men from Galway triumphed. As you can see from the picture, celebrations were muted! Full report can be found on basketball Ireland website.
We even made the front page of the local paper :)
I will be at the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght doing my bit for the 2 teams Moycullen, Moycullen U20 men and the SSE Airtricity Moycullen Senior team. Hopefully we can bring back both cups. It's a tall order, we are taking on teams from 2 of the biggest cities on the Island, Belfast and Cork, but with all the hard work and commitment put in by the coaches and players perhaps the village can prevail. Lets hope so.
Lets Go Moycullen, Lets Go!!