Get to know EUBC: Interviews with current and past members

Steph – The current president of EUBC, and member of the Women’s 2nd team

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How is the club doing? 

We now have 3 men’s and 3 women’s teams and have been growing each year. Last year our Senior Women National League won the Scottish Cup and our Mens Firsts were top of their league in 1A. Last year the club also earned over 200 BUCS points for the university- the 5th highest club in the Uni. Our women’s programme is part of the elite Performance – a programme for developing and competing in the highest BUCS level in the UK. We even have links into the Scottish Professional team Caledonia Pride who many of our members play for. We are looking into further developing our men’s programme to reach BUCS prem in the next few years. Currently, our Men’s 1st team have been the top of their league in Scottish 1A and last year were a game away from promotion

What changes are we looking to make in the future? 

This year we are looking to reach out to our alumni and get them more involved each year. In the next few years, we are hoping to grow in members and expand to 4 or 5 teams for both men and women, once we have more facilities available. Another goal from the past few years is to get our Men’s 1st team promoted into BUCS Premier- the top Uni League.

What is your favourite part of the EUBC? 

Basketball has been such a large part of my university experience. It’s such a challenging and rewarding thing to do and the friends I made out of it made every 6am training and 6-hour bus trip worth it.

 

Bart – Head of Performance Basketball, Head Coach of Women’s 1st and Caledonia Pride

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Explain your role in the basketball program in the University of Edinburgh. 

At the UofE my position is the head of performance basketball. This means I am trying to ensure as many Bucs points as we can for the university now and in the future. With the help of many others, I do all I can to provide our students (and nowadays potential future students) with the most professional basketball experience we can give them. We aim to be the most professional program in the UK in basketball. I use the experience I have gained over the last 30 years in mostly the Netherlands and all the bright and enthusiastic people we have here to achieve our goal.

Describe the achievements and changes in women’s basketball program in the University of Edinburgh over the last years. 

It is always hard to describe what is different when you don’t exactly know how it used to be but I make it my mission to improve our program every season. When I started a little over 4 years ago we lost our first games by over 60 points in Bucs Prem but the year after we made it all the way to the final with a good combination of last year students and some great American post-grad students. Now in our 5th year, we are one of the top teams in Bucs with a very young team. There is now also a co-operation with Caledonia Pride (Scottish only professional women’s team – editor note) which allows for our students to play in the WBBL and show their talents on the highest level in the UK. The girls train more than ever and we want them to take charge of their own development and pathway which isn’t always easy.  To help them we have also included off-court sessions to work on the skills needed to do this and handle the pressure they sometimes experience. We have upgraded the strength & conditioning support and this year it is the best it has been so far. Having a sports psychologist available for the players all the time has also been very beneficial. We are doing many good things and we are not done improving.

What are the future goals for the program?

In the future, we want to be the best team in university basketball and every year be a major candidate for the silverware. We want to do this whilst giving young Scottish players a chance to play on these teams. In order to grow the program to new heights, I believe we need to work together with Basketball Scotland and together grow the program so that there is an academy for high school students and our best students get a chance to play in a European competition through Caledonia Pride. I would also like to see our program help develop more Scottish coaches in order to raise the level of the sport in the country.

What is your favourite part about coaching at the University of Edinburgh? 

There are many things I like about coaching here at the UofE. Working with students is a lot of fun and help them transit into performance athletes is a challenge that is also very rewarding when they start to succeed. We can offer so many opportunities for our players to train and when they grab those chances and work hard it is amazing to see them succeed. At the same time, our university has been great in helping us grow the program and the trust and support I get from them is amazing.

Dale – Former player and coach of Men’s 2nd team, former secretary and alumni officer of EUBC

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Describe the achievements and changes in men’s basketball program in the University of Edinburgh over the last years. 

The biggest achievement has probably been the M2s go from 2nd bottom of the third division to promotion, winning the conference cup, then winning the 2nd division in 3 consecutive years, and then staying up in the first division. Another great achievement of the club is the creation of both men and women’s 3rd teams. There is always a lot of players at trials and it is good to have been able to increase involvement and expand the club. Both 3rd teams have been performing well too!

What are the future goals for the program? 

Future goals would be to get the M1s into Bucs prem north, however, it is hard competing against universities with scholarship players. It would also be great to have 4th teams if space and timetabling allowed for it.

What is your favourite part about the Edinburgh University Basketball Club? 

My favourite part is the social side of it, meeting new people and having fun on nights out (which I am notorious for).

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Match Reports: October 31st

W1: This game was unfortunately cancelled.

W2: Our Women’s 2s did not have a game this week.

W3: The Women’s Third team had a fantastic game against Dundee University, beating them 52-29.

M1: Our Men’s First team had a close game against the second’s team but ended up losing 51-57.

M2: Our Men’s Second team played a great game against the first’s, keeping it close the entire game they pulled ahead in the fourth quarter to win 57-51.

M3: Our Men’s Thirds had a tough game against a strong team from the University of West Scotland with a final score of 79-133.

Match Reports: October 24th

W1s: Our Women’s First team had a close game against Loughborough University but ended losing 73-79.

W2s: The Women’s 2s had an amazing against Strathcyle University. Although it was close in the first half, the team pulled away in the second half to win 75-52.

W3s: Our Women’s Thirds had a fantastic game against Glasgow Caledonian University beating them 62-39.

M1s: The Men’s First had an exciting game against QMU this week. They fought hard throughout the whole game against a strong team. The final score was 66-78.

M2s: The Men’s Second team had a close game against Heriot Watt University with a final score of 83-87.

M3s: The Men’s Thirds game was unfortunately cancelled this week.

Match Reports: October 17th, 2018

W1: The W1s got their first win of the season away to Newcastle. They stayed on top throughout despite some early foul trouble and came away with a win. Final score 80-63

W2: Our women’s second team had a tough loss against Stirling University. They fought hard for the entire game working hard as a team to push through and run and clean offense in a very physical game. The final score was 48-61.

W3: Our women’s third team didn’t have a game this week but will be playing next week against Glasgow Caledonian University.

M1: Our men’s first team had an amazing win against Heriot-Watt University. The guys held onto their early lead the whole game and ended with an 80-48 win.

M2: This week the M2’s traveled to Glasgow Uni, this time with the majority of the team. Once again the 2s came out the gates hot with Noah Rockwood once again taking control of the game and playing it at his pace. The second quarter saw a swing in momentum as Glasgow Uni started to find their rhythm and the ball began to drop for them as they went into the half with a 13 point lead. Glasgow came out of the half aggressively, looking to pressurise the Edinburgh ball handlers. The turnovers this generated allowed them to extend their lead comfortably. Glasgow had also scored 15 three-pointers. Final score Glasgow 95-63

M3: Our men’s third team had an extremely physical game against Strathclyde University’s second team. Although they battled hard the whole game and kept the score within a few points right up until the end, Strathclyde pulled ahead at the end with a final score of 48-60.

Check out our facebook page for photos of our M1 and W2 game coming soon!

Match Reports: October 3rd, 2018

M1s: Our men’s first team beat the Aberdeen’s first team 55-45.

M2s: QMU 1s v EUBC 2s

The men’s 2s traveled to QMU missing key players due to the early 1pm tip-off. The underhanded squad started a little slow in the first quarter, going down double digits, and, after a couple of unfortunate calls, starter and key player Bruce Taylor had to sit with 3 fouls in the first few minutes. Despite being down by 20+ points, the 2s rode the storm and came out for the second quarter re-energized and put on a show. Excellent defense from debutants Ben Pirrie and Daniel Legget sparked the team’s comeback effort, and the offense was fuelled by Noah Rockwood and Iain Shilliday, who hit 5 three-pointers between them in the quarter. The big effort drastically decreased QMU’s lead, which was down to 6 points at the half.

After the half, however, QMU were the ones who came out reenergize and pulled away for the remainder of the game, in spite of Noah Rockwood continuing his strong play.

The game finished QMU 88-66 EUBC Men’s 2s.

 

M3s: EUBC’s men’s third team had a tough loss 64-40 against Heriot Watt’s men’s second team. One of the team newest players, Cao Feiyu, scored 11 points in the first quarter alone in his first game.

 

W1s: Our women’s first team had a tough first fixture away to Durham. With only 7 players, they played some great basketball in a physical game. However despite a great effort put in by everyone on the team, Durham coming out on top with a final score of 74-62.

 

W2s: The women’s second team had an exciting first game against St. Andrew’s winning the game 57-48. The team worked well together to keep a consistent lead the entire game and finish the fourth quarter with a strong lead. EUBC’s female player of the week Salla Tuomaala lead the team at the beginning scoring the team’s first 7 points and finishing the game with an amazing 16 points.

 

W3s: EUBC’s women’s third team had a tough first fixture losing narrowly to Heriot Watt’s first team by 6 points. New to BUCS 2A, and the only third team competing in a league with mostly first teams, they knew it was going to be a tough game. They went down early in the first half, finishing halftime with a score of 6-23. Even Laila Juul- Dam’s 12 points in the second half or Bobbie’s half court buzzer beater at the end of the third quarter couldn’t come back enough to win. The game finished with a score 36-43. Coach Sam Butler said she’s so proud of how the girls played and the potential they have for the rest of the season!

Now Recruiting: Head Coach for Mens Performance Basketball

 Basketball Coach: University of Edinburgh Men’s 1stTeam

The University of Edinburgh is seeking an ambitious individual to coach their Men’s 1st Team within its highly regarded performance basketball programme.

This is a hugely exciting opportunity to work with a group of talented young men playing in the Scottish National League and the BUCS Scottish 1A. A big focus should be placed on pushing to be promoted to BUCS Premier League this year after winning BUCS 1A for a number of years, as well as building on a successful National League season.

Applicants should be experienced in playing and coaching basketball at a high level, as well as being dedicated and able to ensure a good team ethos to push players towards meeting training and conditioning standards.

Applicants should be qualified to at least UKCC level 2, but more importantly, possess a real desire for personal development and the drive to play a key role in an ambitious performance sport environment.

The role will include approximately 10 contact hours with the team each week as well as other administrative duties.

Job Title:Head of Men’s Performance Basketball

Contract Duration:Fixed term for the period of 1 year with option to renew annually

Remuneration: Negotiable

Closing date for applications:  Wednesday 15th August

To apply, please email CV and cover letter to: basketball@ed.ac.uk

⚠️8 EUBC PLAYERS NAMED IN SCOTLAND SENIOR WOMEN TRAINING CAMP 2017 ROSTER ⚠️

Congratulations to 8 of our Women’s 1st team players who have been selected to attend the Senior Women’s National Team training camp

 
The selected players are as follows;
Hilary Wood
Hannah Peacock
Beth Mackie
Cathy Mitchell
Kirsten Simpson
Sarah Thomson
Robyn Lewis
Hannah Robb
 
Congratulations from everyone at EUBC!

2017/2018 Committee

Congratulations to our new committee elected for the 2017/2018 EUBC season!!

We are really looking forward to continuing to make EUBC one of the best clubs at the university and Scotland

President – Cara Targett-Ness
Vice-President – Sam Butler
Treasurer – Aly Elizabeth
BUCS Secretary – Muron Marr
National League Secretary – Sean McDonald
Publicity Officer – Connor Sharp
Alumni Officer – Patryk Weyer
Social Secretaries – Salla Tuomaala and Jon Faulds
Child Protection Officer – Rosanna Pollock
Kit Officer – Katie Miller
W1 Team Rep – Hannah Robb
M1 Team Rep – Luke Howden
W2 Team Rep – Ciara Purves
M2 Team Rep – Alexander Boggon
W3 Team Rep – Clara Veiga and Eilidh Munro
M3 Team Rep – Kweku Crentsil

3 strong wins and a small loss from EUBC!

It was a strong win for the M1s against Abertay University last Wednesday. M1s dominated the first quarter thanks to their multiple 3 point shots and good defence which allowed Abertay University to only score 2 free throws. Edinburgh finishing first quarter 23-2. With Abertay waking up in the second quarter and managing to find points off field goals, the score lead no longer increased. However, M1s good ball movement still allowed them to maintain a rough 20-point lead going into the 2nd half. After half time, with no longer getting many points from the 3-point line, M1s had to focus on their offence by driving into the key. Abertay caused them some trouble with their fast breaks and tougher defence, however, M1s managed to keep a 20-point score thanks to their defensive switch to a 3-2 zone going into the 4th quarter. With a large lead the game was almost set, however Abertay continued to fight for the win with some good scoring and team play. M1s kept to point lead in the high 20’s as we answered Abertay’s points with our good shot selection. The final score was 80-49. M1s still remain first in their Scottish 1A BUCS league. Their next game is this Sunday where they will be playing in National league against Storm. Tip off is at 12.20 in CSE sports centre.

W1’s won against Newcastle university with a score of 45-80. W1s were squaring off for 4th place in the Prem North. After having beaten Newcastle by 1 point in overtime at home, W1s knew it wasn’t going to be easy even though they now had more players to work with. W1s started off focused and played well together on both end of the floor. They missed some shots to start with but managed to force Newcastle to go over the 24 seconds clock. When they started scoring on their opponents but were still not getting anything easy. However, they managed to make some tough scores staying close to them. Newcastle played very well offensively as a team and had also clearly worked on their defensive schemes. 13-20 after the first quarter. In the second W1 started to run more and made a couple of three pointers taking the lead up to 20-39 at half time. All players had been on the court and it was great to have Hannah Robb back to playing again. The team were very focused on having a good start after half time and the team really delivered forcing Newcastle to take a quick timeout after a 4-0 run. The thirds quarter ending in 9-24 took the score 29-63 and the 4th quarter didn’t have much meaning anymore so they tried a few things still winning the last quarter 16-17 and so winning the game 45-80. Head Coach, Bart Sengers comments, “It was good to see our shooters finding their range and making 8 threes together ensuring we had a good mix up of offensive weapons”. Next up the final 16’s game at home on March 1st.

W2s had another strong win against Dundee University last Wednesday with a final score of 66-30. The girls started off strong, hardly letting Dundee play offence. The girls quick ball handling and fast movements let them get easy shots and winning the first quarter 4-24. By the second quarter, the girls still managed to take the lead and only letting Dundee score 6 points. However after half time, the girls were focusing too much on their plays rather then trying to play defence, letting Dundee catch up. However, the girls pulled through and thanks to their full court man-press defence, most balls were turned over letting the girls get some easy breaks. By the end, unfortunately W2s were on team fouls letting Dundee get easy shots from free throws. Top scorer was again, Cara Targett-Ness with a total of 18 points. However, the girls were impressed with the final score and are excited to be going to Durham next week to play in the final 16s of the BUCS trophy. W2s are now coming second in the Scottish 1A league. If they manage to win the next two BUCS matches between Napier and RGU, they will be top of the league!

It was a tough but small lost for M3s against St Andrews (Mens 1sts) last Wednesday. M3s were playing their BUCS trophy match, the final score. 36-45. The team was really pleased with their score as it was only a small loss from a team two leagues ahead of them. The game was tied at three different times and in the last 2 minutes, St Andrews only had a 3 point lead. Unfortunately, from a few turnovers and missed layups, their opponent eventually stole the win. Key player was Jackson Offor who shut down their best player to 4 points, led the team in scoring and rebounding.