Brilliant work by our U14 team who held a cake sale on Sunday to raise funds for the club,
they raised €801.
Congratulations to the team and their parents for all their hard work.

The Dublin Ladies Basketball Board once again excelled themselves
on a fantastic Dublin Cup weekend which was held on
7th/8th March in the Oblate Hall in Inchicore. 
This was PINK weekend, raising funds for the
Marie Keating Foundation. 

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Match Report

Participants from under 12 to Senior Ladies wear PINK in some form or other to show their support of such a worthy cause.

However, it was a superb weekend of basketball display by DCU Mercy who had 4 teams in the finals, at under 15, under 16,
under 18 and Senior level. 
DCU Mercy's senior team is actually their under 20 team and a team of fantastic athletes who were competing against
another senior team which
boasted ex-superleague players and much older and experienced players.

DCU Mercy's day started off on the Saturday 7th March at 1pm with the under 16 team who were playing Liffey Celtic,
this was a very tense
and close game with DCU Mercy trailing throughout most of the game but with some amazing baskets and fantastic
coaching from Damien Sealy
ex Irish international player who used vital substitutions saw DCU Mercy pip Liffey Celtics at the post and win by 3 points. 
The final score was 40 - 37.  The first of the cups.

This game was followed by DCU Mercy's under 18 team, with coach Joan Black take on Templeogue.
It also saw the return of player Rebecca Brennan
who had been unable to play since their unfortunate loss at the National Cup finals in January. 
Unfortunately, a very bad fall in the first 5 minutes
of the game saw the loss of point guard Anna Brennan who ended up with a bad ankle injury and was carried off the court. 
The point guard position was taken over by Saoirse Power Cassidy and with the substitution of Ruth Fennel
the team rallied and took a very
comfortable lead at half time.  However, DCU Mercy fell asleep on defence for a while and saw Templeogue
hit a few 3 point shots to close the gap. 
DCU Mercy continued to battle and at the final whistle the score was 45-37, the second cup of the day.

The third game of the day was the under 15 team with young coach Sean Ingle, could he and his
team keep up the momentum. 
Yes they could and did. 
They started off fast and their defensive rebounds followed by some amazing transition offence play saw
them take an early lead. 
Liffey Celtice struggled to catch up.  The under 15 team used their relentless defence and continued to
score on the offence end, with some
amazing plays and moves by Maeve  O'Shea and Bronagh Power Cassidy.  However, it has to be said
that the whole team
contributed to the win, with baskets from nearly all players or else some fantastic defense from others. 
Newcomer's Ali Donoghue and Emma O'Leary to the squad earned their place on the team with rebounds
and baskets. 
The final score for this team was 51-24.  The third cup was in place.

Could the senior team make it 4 - their game was scheduled for 4pm on Sunday 8th March and the final game
of the weekend. 
This team was coached by DCU Mercy's American player on the superleague team
with assistant coach Frank Tracey. 
The game started off with Tridents coming out strong and landing some very good baskets,
DCU Mercy struggled and showed a little nerves
but coming into the second quarter they settled down and scored some very good but hard fought baskets. 
Tridents being the bigger team under the boards seemed to be winning most of the rebounds. 
However, with some superb coaching and substitutions and some amazing three pointers
at vital times from Katie Black
saw DCU Mercy pull back into the game.  They were obviously not giving up without a fight. 
Megan Connolly seemed to be everywhere
and ended up on the free throw line where she converted all her free throws. 
This young team despite trailing by 14 points at one stage never gave up
and going into the last 2 minutes saw them lead by 4 points.  However, Tridents were not giving up too easy
and pulled back to lead by 4. 
DCU Mercy were determined to make it 4 cups for the club and battled hard. 
The game ended with a fantastic win by 5 points for the team.
Yes DCU Mercy did it.
They were in 4 finals and won 4 cups.

This is a fantastic achievement by the players, their coaches and the team managers who all at DCU Mercy
would like to thank for their dedication and hard work.

The teams consisted of:

Under 15 team - Fiona O'Grady, Niamh Doherty, Aisling Murphy, Bronagh Power-Cassidy, Ali Donoghue,
Maeve O'Shea, Katie Nolan, Emma O'Leary,
Laura Owens, Jane Mc Hugh, Niamh Hickey, Niamh Kenny, Melissa Kelly, Elizabeth Black, Rebecca Dodd,
Ciara Owens, Coach: Sean Ingle,
Team Managers : Maria O'Shea and Jean Hickey.

Under 16 team - Abbie Wood, Orla Wood, Deborah Sealy, Fiona Martin, Clare Gallagher, Katie Nolan,
Maeve O'Shea, Bronagh Power-Cassidy,
Elizabeth Black, Ali Donoghue, Niamh Kenny and Bronach Monaghan -
Coach : Damien Sealy and Team Manager Hilary Sealy.

Under 18 team - Anna Brennan, Ruth Fennell, Tia Kelly-Srevens, Sara Guebaili, Rachel Hujisdens,
Saoirse Power-Cassidy, Alex Griffin,
Rebecca Brennan, Cliona Hamill. Coach : Joan Black and Team Managers - Pat Brennan and Nuala Brennan.

Senior Team - Katie Black, Emily Black, Enya Brady, Sarah Fitzpatrick, Holly Hatton, Sinead Hession,
Megan Connolly, Kate Mulligan,
Kate Wood, Caitlin McFeely, Linda Chubb, Erica Cody Kennedy Smith, Lynn Ryan. 
Coach : Caroline Stewart, Assistant Coach : Frank Tracey and Team Manager - Trish Hatton

DCU Mercy are recruiting for the 2015-2016 season for all their teams. 
They are also recruiting for this academy where a lot of the players began their basketball. 
The academy caters for boys and girls aged 4-10 years. 

For more information on both please contact Annette Ingle
086 3748148.

to our under 18,16 and 15 teams on reaching the Dublin cup finals which will be held on weekend
of 7/8th March in Oblate Hall, in Inchicore.
We wish them the best of luck.We also wish our senior 1(b) team good luck in their Dublin cup semi final against
Oblate Dynamoes (date to be confirmed).

The under 18 team who represented the club in the National Cup Finals in the National Basketball Arena last weekend
against Glanmire were in a  very exciting game and with two minutes to go  it was still anyone's game .
They were unfortunate to lose out in the end by only 6 points. 
The Club are very proud of the display that  they put on and how hard they fought back,
coming back from a 15 point deficit at one stage.
Their time will come.

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An Introduction to Mercy

Mercy Basketball Club was founded in 1989. It started initially with a group of girls from the local school. The club was the brain child of Mark and Annette Ingle. Mark is a well renowned coach in Irish Basketball having coached at all levels, schools, clubs, colleges and international. Mark also spent a year in Manchester coaching in the English Basketball League. He has also won Basketball Ireland’s “Coach of the Year Award” twice. Annette was involved in coaching in Scoil Catriona, Coolock and is actively involved in the club administration and coaches at the under age level in the club.

Mercy has had the input of many excellent coaches over the years. As the club is at present primarily funded by the players all theses coaches have given of their time free of charge.

The club at present have 13 teams entered in the Dublin leagues and they also run an underage academy. Mercy has produced basketball players of all levels throughout the years from regional level to international.

Mercy have always taken the attitude of athletes first, winning second. The clubs emphasis is on the development of young sports players into confident athletes. It is known that sports players develop by gaining confidence and confidence is developed through mastery and encouragement. This is the coaching philosophy of the club and the players reap the rewards both through athletic and personal development.

Mercy Basketball Club is located at the edge of Coolock Village in the heart of Northside Dublin. Our programme encourages children to get involved in physical activity, through sport. Through physical activity these children and teenagers find an outlet from the troubles and stresses that is prevalent in todays youth. Sport can be used as a means to help young people try out life, build character and develop leadership skills. The Club does not evaluate the athletes on a win/lose basis as society does, it is here to develop the athletes physically, socially and psychologically.

Mercy Philosophy

Mercy has a player-orientated coaching philosophy with each player in the club helping the other players to develop. There is a close relationship between all members of the club and the atmosphere is of friendship and camaraderie. The children follow the senior games and support the players all the way. All the seniors have had an input in the development of the younger athletes, through coaching, advice and support.

The coaching philosophy in the club highlights the importance in the development of players.
The club wants to help young people develop not only physically but also socially and psychologically.

Physically by learning sport skills, improving physical conditioning, developing good health habits and avoiding injuries.

Psychologically by learning to control their emotions and developing feelings of self-worth.

Socially by learning co-operation in a competitive context and appropriate standards of behaviour.

DCU Mercy - Superleague Team ★ 2011 -12

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DCU MERCY SUPERLEAGUE TEAM 2011/12 No 4 Catriona Foley Guard 5 ft 8 No 5 Sarah Woods Guard 5 ft 9 No 7 Helena Kenny Guard 5 ft 6 No 8 Rebecca O Keaffe Guard 5 ft 7 No 9 Sarah McGrath Guard 5 ft 5 No 10 Shauna O Connor Guard 6 ft 1 No 11 Lindsey Peat Guard 5 ft 9 No 12 Lisa Palmer Forward 6 ft 2 No 13 Suzanne Maguire Forward 6 ft 2 No 14 Christina Newton Post 6 ft 2 No 23 Ailish McLoughlin Post 6 ft 0 No 15 Emma Dyer Post 6 ft 4 No 40 Marta Wieliczko Post 6 ft 4. Head Coach : Mark Ingle. Asst Coach: Ionnais Liapakis. Asst Coach : Sean Ingle. Manager : Sandra Montgomery. Team Colours : Home (Red) Away (White)

DCU Mercy Team U 20 ★ 2011 - 12

DCU Mercy Team U 20 2012
U 20 DCU Mercy Team 2011 - 12 No 4 Rebecca O Keaffe 5 ft 7 Forward No 5 Kate Black 5 ft 6 Guard No 6 Laura Kirby 5 ft 4 Guard No 7 Kirsty Ingle 5 Ft 5 Guard No 8 Carly Tyrell 5 ft 7 Guard No 9 Catriona Foley 5 ft 8 Guard ( V.Capt) No 10 Peggy Black 5 ft 9 Guard No 11 Jamie Judge 5 ft 5 Guard No 12 Holly Hatton 5 ft 11 Forward No 13 Ciara Redmond 5 ft 10 Forward No 14 Laura Ryan 5 ft 9 Forward (Captain) No 15 Sarah McCaffrey 5 ft 9 Forward No 23 Nyla Abdullah 5 ft 9 Forward No 54 Alice Chubb 5 ft 8 Forward . Coach : Mark Ingle . Asst Coach : Sean Ingle. Manager : Trish Hatton Team Colours : Home (Navy) Away (White/Red

2009-2010 Mercy Newsletter

Mercy had a very successful season. The Superleague team won the National Cup and if you were at the game with us or watched on television, I am sure you will agree it was a very exciting match. Our very own “Lindsay Peat” won the MVP of the game and Coach “Mark Ingle” won the Phillips Sports Coach of the Month for January. So congratulations to them both. The superleague team were also placed runners up in the Superleague Finals.

Mark Ingle won Basketball Ireland’s “Coach of the Year for 2010”.

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Lindsay Peat won “Women’s Superleague Player of the Year for 2010”.
Once again congratulations to them both.

The rest of the teams did extremely well and congratulations to all and we look forward to seeing you again for the 2010-2011 season.

Our fund raising events throughout the year were very successful. The 80’s night was and hit and all who attended had a great time. The pub quiz’s were also very well supported and our thanks to Parnell’s GAA Club for their support throughout the season.

We would like to thank all those who supported us throughout the year especially the staff of Mercy College for their support and co-operation in the use of the gym. To Ken Robinson of DCU who has been a tremendous support throughout the past few years and to the staff at DCU Sport for their professionalism in the setting up of the gym at DCU for the games. To Aidan Brady, Club Physiotherapist for his expertise and for looking after and keeping in shape the bodies of the girls on the superleague team. To Anthony and Kevin at Proteam for their continued support in providing the gear and this years award prizes. To Sandra Montgomery, the superleague’s manageress, who looks after hotel bookings, gear washing and statistic taking. To Trish and Tony Hatton and to Gerry Larkin and Louise for their help at the superleague games and to all the parents who provided supervision on our trip to Barcelona.

Mercy Club Award Winners – 2009-2010 Season

Under 11 Team – Coaches – Trish Hatton/Barbara Hatton

Hussle Award Emma Jones
Team Player Bronagh Power Cassidy
MIP Sinead Redmond
Shooting Award Deborah Sealy

Under 12 Team – Coaches – Shauna O’Connor/Sarah Woods

Attitude Orla Carty
MIP Aisling Twomey
MVP Saoirse Power Cassidy

Under 13 Team – Coach – Sarah McGrath

Attitude Katie Lyons
MIP Alex McDonald
MVP Lauren Hynes

Under 14 Girls – Coach – Annette Ingle

Defensive Nicole McGovern
MIP Kate McGonagle
MVP Enya Brady
MVP Sarah Fitzpatrick

Under 16 Girls – Coach – Noel Murphy

Defensive Aoife Hollingsworth
MIP Holly Hatton
MVP Sarah McCaffrey

Under 18 Girls – Coach – Suzanne Maguire

Team Award/Overall
Contribution Carly Tyrrell
MIP Ali McKay
MVP Nayla Abdulla

Under 14/15 Boys – Coach – Lindsay Peat

Rebounding Conor Walsh
Shooting Matthew Cunningham
MIP Stephen Olwill
MVP Stephen Ingle

Under 18 Boys – Coach Mick Brew/Mark Ingle

Rebounding Feargal Wright
MIP Ross McDonnell
MVP Adam Ingle

Superleague Team – Coach – Mark Ingle

Offensive Shauna O’Connor
Defensive Sarah Woods
MIP Ailish McLoughlin
MVP Lindsay Peat.

Club Person of the Year Award – this award is given to someone who even though it was her first year with the Club proved that she is committed. She coached the under 13 girls team and also helped greatly with the under 12 team when necessary. She was at every fund raising event and when asked to do something extra for the club did so without hesitation. So this award goes to Sarah McGrath.

We hope you all enjoyed the season as much as we have and we look forward to seeing you for the 2010-2011 season.

Mercy Trip to Barcelona – 2nd to 9th April 2010

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The big event of the year happened at Easter when four teams travelled to Barcelona to play in the Tomas Sola Trophy Tournament. The under 14 boys and under 14 girls teams and the under 16 and under 18 girls teams participated. A group of 61 left Dublin on 2nd April, this included 26 players and 14 adults and one of our young supporters Mark Olwill. We were joined later in the week by Alice Chubb’s parents and by Gavin Doyle’s mother and younger brother Jack. A fantastic tournament was had by all and we arrived home with 4 trophies. Our under 14 and under 18 girls were placed runner up in their groups, the under 16 girls were placed 3rd and the under 14 boys were placed 4th in their groups. We played countries such as Finland, Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and Spain. The Finland group became Irish for a while, supporting us when they were not playing, even waving the Irish flag. We were also joined by France and Germany who all wanted to know our songs. We thank the parents who travelled and helped with the group. Our thanks also to Adam Ingle and Michael King, two 18 year old young men who proved themselves an invaluable help on the trip. We would also like to say to you the parents of those that travelled that you should be proud of your children they were a pleasure to take away and they were well behaved both on and off the court and are a credit to yourselves. We hope to return to compete again in the tournament in the future.

Fun Day 23rd May 2010

We had another wonderful end to the season at our annual fun day. The weather proved glorious and all who participated seemed to have a good time. We had various events, the long jump, sack races, egg and spoon races, volleyball, hurling, soccer and of course basketball. Everyone had a chance to participate in every event and we hope all enjoyed the day. We finished with our usual match of senior players versus the parents selection. This seems to be a much loved event. Unfortunately, the parents lost but only by a narrow margin of 4 points. We wish them success for next year and hope they will spend the year practicing.

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