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2013-2014 Honours

Senior Women and Junior Women - National League winners

Senior Women - Scottish Cup winners

Senior Women - National League Playoff winners

Junior Men and Cadette Women - Division 2 League champions

Senior Women and Senior Men - Lothian Cup winners

Senior Women - Lothian League winners

U12 Girls - East & Central RDL winners

U12 Boys - National Challenge winners

View the full list of club honours

We're saying goodbye to two of our Senior Women...

We are very sad to wave goodbye to two of our Senior Women stalwarts as work takes Sarah O'Brien and Lauren Walker to pastures new. We wish them both well in their new ventures and hope to see them back soon! We had one last chat with them to find out more about what was happening.

Lauren Walker

How many years have you played at Kats?

I've played for Kats twice! Once was for 7 years (I then left to play pro in Holland) and now for 3 years. So 10 years in total. Saying that, from a young age I used to go to all home games at Meadowbank (women used to play before the Kings!) to watch Kats play as I've always regarded them as the best club in Scotland, and one of the best in the UK.

Tell us about the reason for your move

I'm moving to Malmo, Sweden, in order to return to what I love to do- teaching history at an international school. I came home 3 years ago for various reasons which has been good but circumstances have now changed and I feel the urge to return to the international school scene.

What has been the highlight of your time at the Club?

Omg!! There has been so many highlights it's almost impossible to choose! Naturally doing the treble this years was an amazing achievement. It was also the first time I've ever won a league championship at Kats so that was particularly special to me. The double last year was also great. Playing with Rose, Emma and Tracey as well as other great players of their time- Jo Sutherland, Nicky Smith, Vlasta Jamnicky. It has just been an amazing experience as well as a total honour and privilege to be part of a club so great as CoE KK. There has only ever been one club for me...

Do you have any advice for the younger players at the Club?

Listen to what your coaches are telling you! Pay attention to the older players- watch how they practice, conduct themselves both on and off the court and as much as possible always strive to keep improving. You're only as good as your last game...

I'll be home at various points so as long as there's games being played at Porty I'll come along to cheer! Good luck for the coming season (I'll be watching from Sweden!) and catch up next time I'm back :)

Sarah O'Brien

How many years have you played at Kats?

I played at the club for the past 5 years after moving from city at junior level. I'm so devastated to be leaving as I had such a great experience at the club and devastated that my final year there was plagued by injuries.

Tell us about the reason for your move

I'm moving up to Aberdeen to take up a PE teaching position in Kemnay Academy for a year which has meant Tayside Musketeers will be the closest club.

What has been the highlight of your time at the Club?

The highlight I think has to be being named Club Women Player of the Year in my first year at the club and the numerous cup finals and playoff finals I have experienced while being a member.

Do you have any advice for the younger players at the Club?

Believe in yourself I guess! Even if others don't, push yourself to become the best you can and you will see the benefits. "What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog". A very influential quote given to me by Donna Finnie that changed my outlook.

Coaching vacancies - updated

The Club has the following vacancies at the moment :

  • We currently have vacancies for positions in After School Clubs with our partner schools. These are paid coaching positions but the candidate needs to be available from 3:50pm and willing to commit to the whole academic year. The preferred candidates will have their UKCC Level 1 qualification.
  • City of Edinburgh Basketball Club has a vacancy for a coach for their Senior Men's Local League team. The preferred candidate will have their UKCC Level 1 qualification or higher. The Club will support the candidate in attaining further coaching qualifications as required. The candidate should have experience of coaching adults. This is a volunteer position but the Club will provide financial support for coach development.

These are opportunities to become part of one of the biggest sports clubs in the country and be mentored by some of the top coaches in Scotland. Interested parties in either of these positions should email cityofedinburgh@gmail.com for an application form.

Calling all students!

Are you or any of your friends coming to university or college in Edinburgh and want to continue to play top flight basketball? At City of Edinburgh we can offer the chance to play National League Division 1 basketball for men and women, we have a long history of students who have had successful basketball careers with us whilst studying. We can also offer the right candidates the chance to supplement their student loan with paid coaching positions in our after school clubs in our partner schools.

Check out our website at www.cityofedinburghbasketball.net to find out more about us, there is a fantastic short film in the About Us section. If you are interested in playing for us next season then email the Club at cityofedinburgh@gmail.com for more details.

Club players busy on international duty

The next few weeks sees many of our Club players busy on international duty, so here is a round up of who is where!

 Scotland Senior Men

Simon, Garreth and Lee are all headed off to Gibraltar on Saturday with Scotland Senior Men for the European Championship for Small Countries.

Scotland are in Group B with Malta and Wales and their first game is against Malta on Monday 7th July at 16:15 (local time) then Wales on Tuesday 8th at 16:30.

All the details of the tournament can be found here and you can also follow the team on Facebook.




Scotland Senior Women

With Emma, Rose, Leanne and Hannah all unavailable due to other committments the Kats presence in the Scotland Senior Women team is limited to Sarah and ex-Kats Becca Allison and Kathryn Taylor in the European Championship for Small Countries in Austria.

Head coach Ben is ably assisted by Brian and Tracey. Scotland are in Group B and their first game is on 14th July against Azerbaijan.

All the details of the tournament can be found here and you can also follow the team on Facebook.




GB u20 Women 

Of course Hannah is currently in Bulgaria with the GB u20 women playing in the U20 European Championship Division B.

They have already had their first game and victory against Norway on 3rd July and will face Lithuania on Friday 4th July.

All the details of tournament can be found here and you can follow GB Basketball on Facebook and Twitter.

 


GB u20 Men

Ex-Kings player Grant Mackay has been selected for the GB u20 men and will be playing in the U20 European Championship Division A in Crete.

They are in Group A and their first game is against Latvia on Tuesday 8th July at 21:15 local time. You can see all the details of the tournament here.



Scotland U18 Men

The Scotland u18 men will be competing in the U18 European Championship Divison B in Bulgaria.

The Club are well represented with Findlay, Doug, Sam, Kieran and ex-Kings player Gregor all making the final
squad.

The coaching team is Doug, Jim, Craig and Amy as team manager. The team are in Group A and their first game will be on 24th July at 18:15 local time.

You will find all the details of the tournament here and and you can follow the team on Facebook and Twitter.



Scotland U18 Women

Shannon, Elspeth and Rowan all made the Scotland U18 women's team who competed in the Home Internationals and in Denmark Tour. In Denmark they had 2 wins and one loss. In the Home Internationals they had one win and a loss against England.


The under 16s men are competing in the U16 European Championship Division B in Macedonia on 20th - 30h August, so more of them nearer the time!

Summer Training arrangements

This year the Club are offering our members some skills training sessions over the Summer holidays. These will be at Holy Rood High School and will cost £2 per session. The sessions are :

Thursday 3rd July, 10th July, 24th July, 7th August

6pm until 7pm

  • Under 12s boys and girls
  • Under 14 boys and girls

7pm until 8:30pm

  • Under 16 boys and girls
  • Under 18 boys and girls

8:30pm until 9:45

  • Senior Men and Women scrimmage.

City Hoops Summer Camp 2014

City of Edinburgh Basketball Club are again running Summer Camps this year from Monday 14th July 2014 to Thursday 17th July 2014.

For an application form, please email us at cityofedinburgh@gmail.com.

Click here for further details.

AgeLocationTimeCost
Primary 1-3 Holy Rood High School9am until 10am£10
Primary 4-7 Holy Rood High School10:15am until 12:15pm£20
High SchoolHoly Rood High School1pm until 3pm£20
U16s, U18s and Seniors*Holy Rood High School4pm until 6pm£20
*These are individual skills sessions for Club members only.

Annual Awards and Race Night 2014

A fantastic night on the 10th May celebrating successes and achievements over the season.

Of course celebrations had started early for our players who play in the Lothian League Senior Men and Women's team as earlier in the day they both won their Lothian Cup Finals.

We were delighted to have over 300 people in attendance including a table from our partners at Sainsburys Meadowbank, who kindly donated sandwiches to the buffet as well as sponsoring a race. The fundraising element of the night was a huge success and was expertly run as ever by our Senior Men's coach and part time MC Doug Reilly. We were hugely grateful to our sponsors listed below, please remember that these companies are friends of the Club and support them when you can.

The event was a huge personal success for Simon Flockhart who puts months of work into making sure it all goes well on the night and what a testament to his skills that so many people had such a good night. We also need to thank all the volunteers on the night, from those who helped on the Tote table, setting up the hall, Paul McBrierty with the technical equipment set up and Paul Storie for the photography.

Our Club Secretary Amy summed it up perfectly when she said it was great to see so many of our basketball family together. A special mention must go to the Senior Men who as you can see entered the Race Night spirit by dressing up in jockey silks.

We would like to particularly acknowledge our Club players of the Year, Emma Findlay and Garreth Lodge, who were honoured for all the fantastic work they do on and off the court for the Club.

The Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Elaine Inkster in recognition of the sterling work she does as not only a coach but also as our Child Protection Officer and all round go-to-guy when we are in Portobello! A Special Recognition award was presented to Craig Cameron for the many years he has worked as Team Manager for the Cadet, Junior and Senior Men's teams. We wish Craig well as he leaves to concentrate on his work for Diabetes Scotland.

Congratulations to all our individual team award winners listed below.

TeamMost Valuable PlayerMost Improved PlayerOutstanding Team Contribution
Senior MenSimon FlockhartMateusz KruczynskiPaddy Campbell
Senior WomenHannah PeacockKirsten SimpsonLeanne Page
Junior MenFindlay WoodDoug LeslieDale Gilmour
Junior Men Div2Konrad KantorskiMatthew WingateCraig Greathead
Junior WomenRowan SimpsonKathleen McBriertyElspeth Simpson
Cadet MenKyle JimenezJordan ScottAlastair Hutcheon
Cadet Men LLRory MilneThomas O’BrienLewis Rudge
Cadette WomenRosanna PollockMurron MarrSarah Brady
Cadette Women Div2Niamh MacklePippa WatsonCelina Eisenhardt
Lothian MenMike MurrayPiotr JagodzinskiJames Scott
Lothian WomenPatty ForfarMarju PoolAnneka Phillips
(coaches also acknowledged
the contribution of
Karen Roberts)
U14 Boys ARory MilneBlair StobbartStuart Greathead
U14 Boys BKyle GrahamOwen MackleDaniel Drake-Wallace
U14 Girls ANiamh MackleZoe GibsonRachael Brady
U14 Girls BCandice TironaSamantha BrysonKhena Dungu

You will find more fantastic photos of the event courtesy of Paul Storie below:

Thank you to everyone who came along to make it our "best ever" event.

May Holidays

Please note there will be no training on Monday 5th or Monday 19th May due to the school holidays. Training will be on as normal on Tuesday 6th May.

2014 Annual Awards & Race Night

The 2014 ANNUAL AWARDS & RACE NIGHT is less than two weeks away!

We've made a great start with just about 100 horses and 100 jockeys. We want to hit our new target of 192 of each so those teams who haven't handed in yet please try and sell at least 2 horses and 2 jockeys each per player.

We really need race sponsors too. £50 per race, so get asking any shops or business contacts you may have and get them involved.

It is getting really close to the event so please ensure you get all forms + monies back to Simon by Friday 2nd May 2014.

You can give them to your team coach or manager to pass on, or directly to Simon when he is down at practise on Thursday nights at the school. Simon will also pop round all sessions again when we come back after the Easter holidays.

We want this to be the BIGGEST year yet for the club.

Tickets are on sale now at only £5 (including buffet) for the event which takes place on Saturday 10th May at Easter Road stadium.

REMEMBER IF YOU DONT HAVE A TICKET YOU WONT GET IN!

If you have any questions or need a form you can get Simon on 07815925066 or simonflockhart@yahoo.co.uk.

East and Central Regional Development League finals

Grangemouth Sports Centre on Sunday 27th April sees the culmination of the East and Central RDLs with the top two teams in each league playing each other for the league title. We are delighted that our under 12 girls and our under 16 men have both qualified for their finals and proud to say that our other teams in the RDL both just missed out, with our under 14 girls and one of the under 14 boys teams finishing in 3rd place in their leagues. There has been some confusion about the under 14 boys league as, unlike all the other leagues in this RDL, only the result in the first meeting of the teams were counted in the league with all the other times the teams met being regarded as "friendlies". We will, as ever, be contributing to the review of the RDLs at the end of the season with a view to hopefully improving this for future seasons.

Under 16 Men Final
Falkirk Fury v City of Edinburgh Kings
10:15-11:15

The under 16 men draw the short straw of the early game so let's hope the boys have an early night! Coach Mark Stevenson and his team played both their league games against Falkirk in November and lost heavily but this is a team who have improved all season and will be a much tougher team to beat now and could just cause an upset. The team is :

  • Rory Milne
  • Stuart Greathead
  • Ryan Armour
  • Ryan Ness
  • Jordan Scott
  • Fraser Black
  • Lewis Rudge
  • Finlay Rae
  • Blair Stobbart
  • Thomas O'Brien
  • Omar Shehata
  • Liam Woods

Under 12 Girls Final
East Lothian Dragons v City of Edinburgh Kats
15:00-15:30

This has been a very strong season for our under 12 girls and the icing on the cake would be the league title. Coach Janie McBrierty has been able to name her strongest side for what should be a great game against runners up, East Lothian Dragons. The players are :

  • Pollyanna Storie
  • Lucia Garland
  • Robyn Collins
  • Ellie Cochrane
  • Clara Palmer
  • Maja Majerowicz
  • Cara McManus
  • Alannah Skellett
  • Rosie Goodall
  • Kate Broadway