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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

DCU Mercy - Superleague Team 2012
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”.

Peat in Action at DCU Mercy
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.