A new book “BASKETBALL in the West of Scotland 1940-1970” has been published by Alex O’hara.
It explains how our great sport got started and goes on to give a season by season account of the clubs, players and characters over three decades, utilising extensive archive research to highlight the triumphs, tragedies and scandals which rocked the sport during those golden years of West basketball. As well as a wealth of detail concerning West leagues and cups, every Scottish Cup Final result is tabled together with a comprehensive listing of West District clubs and the names of players honoured at District and National level.
Nevertheless the book is also a lively read with plenty of fascinating anecdotes to satisfy its readers.
As the sole surviving original founding club, Glasgow University has its own chapter.
All proceeds from sales will be donated to Sense Scotland Charity and the author will donate an additional £10 for every book sold.
Copies may be ordered from firstname.lastname@example.org
Sense Scotland will be launching my book at the Rocks vs Cheshire Phoenix match (Keiron’s penultimate home game) at Emirates Arena on Sunday 14th April at 5pm.
I will be there before the game, accompanied by some Scotland and GB Auld Stars to sell and sign books, and to talk basketball.
You can reserve discounted tickets or find out more on 0300 330 9292 / email@example.com
Strathclyde Masters win the first ever Over-60s Galway Masters. After beating Shannon Dodgers and Galway comfortably in the league games, Strathclyde went on to win the tournament – well done guys.
The Galway Masters Basketball Association was founded in 2011 by a group of players from various clubs throughout Galway City and County. The aim of the association was to host an International Masters tournament in Galway City.
The inaugural Galway Masters started as a one day tournament in 2011 with 12 teams and 22 games. Over a few short years it has become one of the premier Masters Basketball Tournaments in Europe. In this our 8th year, we are hosting 43 teams (men’s 40s, 50s & 60s and women’s 40s & 50s) with games played over the three days of our tournament. This year the tournament hosts teams from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Croatia, Italy, Serbia, Sweden & USA.
Jack was a former chairman of the S.L.B.A., and throughout his life contributed greatly to the sport of Basketball, covering the whole of the Strathclyde area. As a quite formidable player well into his 70’s, he was instrumental in developing the Strathclyde Basketball Masters team. He was a true gentlemen within the sport and was respected by all other players due to his sporting attitude within the game. He developed his player skills as a member of the now famous Smugglers Basketball Club, based in Clydebank, through the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. He played as a centre and although his position required strength and power as well as his height advantage, he displayed a skilful soft touch with his devastating short range jump shot.
Taking over as Chairman of the SLBA in its early years, he drove Basketball with a passion and an enthusiasm normally reserved for much younger men. He continued to support the SLBA after retiring from his post and often attended Strathclyde finals events, presenting trophies and talking up the game of basketball with other visiting dignitaries and basketball friends alike. He experienced coaching at International level in 1973 when he was appointed head coach to the under 18 men’s team. He was a great ambassador for the sport and will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
Can all senior teams please note that the last date where league games can be played this season will be Friday 28th April 2017.
As we approach the start of the new season I would just like to remind all teams of the scoresheet process within the SLBA.
SLBA Playing Regualtions states:
The league copy of the score sheet (White copy) will be sent to your respective League Coordinators (with points per player completed for both teams) by the WINNING team within 10 days of the game being played. Failure to do so will render the Club liable to a fine of £10.00 and the possible loss of two league points. All cup score sheets should be sent to the cup coordinator(Stuart Holland) as per above but no player points totals are required for cup games. Alternatively, you can scan the scoresheet and email it to your League Coordinators. Please do not send photographs of scoresheets taken with mobile phones. Also, it is the responsibility of the winning team to text or email the result of a game to the results officer immediately after the game finishes. The results officer can be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mobile phone number 07803584774.
As some league games are starting this week this is a gentle reminder that all team lists with player names and Basketball Scotland registration numbers must be submitted to your league coordinator BEFORE you play your first league or cup game. If no team list with registration numbers are submitted then the sanctions shown below WILL BE APPLIED – no excuses will be accepted unless accompanied by evidence from the relevant staff member at Basketball Scotland that your registrations were submitted prior to your first game and the internal system at Basketball Scotland was to blame for the delay in getting the registrations confirmed. So to save the league coordinators doing some complicated calculations whilst adding up the fines please get your team lists to your coordinators asap please.
Any queries then please contact your league coordinator in the first instance.
League fixtures meeting – Thursday 8th September, 6.15pm for 6.30pm.
Season Opening Tournaments – Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September at Lagoon, Paisley.
Strathclyde Masters will be holding their annual tournament on the weekend of 2nd & 3rd April 2016. The tournament will once again be played in the Lagoon Leisure Centre, Paisley.
This year we are having an over 60’s men, over 50’s men & over 45’s women’s categories, using two courts on each day, so we require referees and table officials for both days.