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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

300 Club winners

Apologies to all that we got a bit behind with the 300 Club draw. The remaining 7 draws were done tonight at Portobello and the lucky winners who all win £100 are :

  • 184 Sinead Fielding
  • 220 Emma Findlay
  • 144 Lewis Hamilton
  • 17 Brian Findlay
  • 11 Amy Morgan
  • 188 Emma Diamond
  • 297 James Fraser

If you are one of the winners please email us at cityofedinburgh@gmail.com so we can arrange payment of your winnings.

Our Club Players of the Year

Leanne Page

"Leanne came to City of Edinburgh about 5 years ago as an established international. She had won honours at her previous club and knows what it takes. She is a religiously hard worker, consistently putting in the same effort at practices as she does at games. A really good example for the younger players. This season she consistently came up with big scoring games. She was also usually given the toughest defensive assignments, and her efforts and success in that area were hugely instrumental in achieving our wins." Ben Gunn, Senior Women's Head Coach

Findlay Wood

"Findlay has been a consistently valuable member of City of Edinburgh Basketball squads over the years. One of an elite few who will end up going to three Euro B U18s Championships to represent his country. Findlay was an integral part of the U18s league winning campaign this year with few teams able to cope with his acceleration, ability to get to the basket and his vision to create shots for others. He also added a deadly perimeter threat as part of the sharp shooting U18s trio that lead the team to the league title. He was also able to step up and play an important role with the Senior Men's squad which is a difficult task for any Junior player." Craig Nicol, Talent Manager, Cadet Men Head Coach and Junior Men Assistant Coach

Race and Awards Night 2015

Saturday 9th May was the culmination of months of hard work by Simon Flockhart and the Youth Leaders to yet again put on a brilliant Awards and Race Night that saw the Club get together to celebrate the achievements of the players and coaches over the year. As well as being a great night out, it also raised over £2000 for Club funds.

Special thanks to all our sponsors from RSP Consulting Engineers who sponsored the night and Sainsbury's who provided some of the buffet to our race sponsors Rendall Kitchens, Mamma's Pizzeria and Image Scotland. The main awards of the night went to Leanne Page as Women's Player of the Year and Findlay Wood as Men's Player of the Year. The Volunteer of the Year was David Milne. David has spent countless hours this season filling out numerous forms for funding for the Club's various initiatives so he was an obvious choice for this award.

Well done to all our worthy award winners.

Age GroupMost ImprovedOutstanding Team ContributionMVP
Senior Men NLNeil RowanCraig ReillyPatrick Campbell
Senior Women NLKirsten SimpsonEmma FindlayLeanne Page
Senior Men LLMohamed IsmailTroy BattenNeil Rowan
Senior Women LLSonsiray AlvarezJenny SimpsonMinnie Knight
Aiko Greig
Junior Men D1Adam StobbartAdam StobbartKyle Jimenez
Junior Men D2Jordan ScottAli DittaRory Milne
Junior WomenCara Targett-NessNiamh WalkerRosanna Pollock
Cadet Men D1Blair StobbartOmar ShehataRyan Armour
Cadt Men D2 CaledoniaLewis MCColmDaniel Drake-WallaceFergal Herron
Cadet Men D2 ThistleLouis PickettOmar ShehataFinlay Rae
Cadette Women D1Tia DaviesZoe GibsonCasey Morrison
Cadette Women D2Jennifer CassidyRachael BradyKate Johnstone
Under 14 boys AShaun SamsonRhys HeavenOwen Mackle
Under 14 boys BRydion TironaLouis WebsterLewis McColm
Under 14 girlsMaja MajerowiczMary Candice TironaClaire Paterson

Hannah Peacock's GB diary

Senior Women player, Hannah Peacock is at the GB Senior Women's preparation camp. Here is her update so far:

"First day of camp was filled with fitness testing where everything you could imagine was measured! A functional movement test was carried out to identify our weaknesses so a personalised flexibility programme could be created. Our body fat percentage was then taken via the skin fold test before we headed on court. The speed test was a 20m sprint where we had to run through laser gates which gave a precise reading and vertical jump was taken on a digital mat which calculated your air time before giving you the height you jumped. The last test of the session was called the level 2 yoyo test which calculates your vo2max. I managed to get very good results on all of these tests which gave me some more confidence going into the next session!

After the testing day we have been following a three day cycle. Day one consists of one on court team taining session lasting 2.30hr where i have learned so much already! The other girls have a lot of experience with a few of them competing at the Olympics in 2012 and ive made sure to ask a lot of questions! The team session is followed by a individual session where the bigs and guards were split up. I really enjoyed these sessions as again I was given a lot of tips and could practice against people stronger, taller and more experienced than me!

Day two of the cycle involves a pool session in the morning which started with a game of water polo! A fun game very quickly escalated among a team of GB players so we had to stop before someone got hurt! We used foam noodles to stretch in the pool which really helped the muscle soreness in my legs. Afterwards I could walk reasonably normally again! In the afternoon we had a 2 hour team session which was very difficult mentally and physically as there was so much to learn.

Day three involved a strength and conditioning session which finished with a brutal core circuit! The only muscles in my body that weren't sore had now joined the rest of my body. I have learned the importance of fuelling your body with the correct food in order to continue training at this level. Water consumption is also key as your muscles lose a lot of power with the slightest dehydration. In the afternoon we used special watt bikes to test our power peak, anaerobic and aerobic ability. This involved us cycling as fast as possible for 6 seconds, 30 seconds and then 4 minutes. This pushed everyone to the max physically and mentally as your body just wants to stop but everyone managed to push through. I was very happy with my results here. Overall I was very pleased with my fitness levels going into the camp however I now know a lot of work is needed on my individual skill level in order to utilize my athleticism at this level."

Portobello Community Sports Challenge - Fun, Friendship and Fraternity

On Saturday 25th April the City of Edinburgh U16 Kings and Portoburgh U16 Bulls teams clashed in the inaugural Portobello Community Sports Challenge when they competed against each other at their respective sports. The fun U16 event came about following a discussion between Derek Ferguson and the Bulls’ coach Robert Shepherd. The main aim was to bring together two groups of sportsmen from within the Portobello Community. The challenge consisted of three parts, a game of basketball followed by a game of touch rugby then back to the rugby club for some pizza and socialising.

As expected, the Kings won the basketball and the Bulls took the honours at the rugby with both teams showing a high level of skill and determination in both sports. Parents’ and coaches complimented the players on their level of skills, particularly in their “non-specialised” sports, whilst noting how many of the skills are transferrable between the two sports. All in all a great day and much fun was had. Thanks to all the coaches and parents for coming along and supporting the event.

Under 14 girls meet the Harlem Globetrotters!

The 2014/15 u14 Girls marked the end of their season with an outing through to the SSE Hydro in Glasgow to watch the Harlem Globetrotters in action! Players, coach, mums, dads, brothers and sisters were treated to an exhibition of not only great basketball skills but also amazing gymnastic and athletic feats accompanied by constant humour! The girls were lucky enough to get a photo shot with the team on the court - much to the envy of many other B'ballers we met outside later!! Photo Thanks to Dom, Grace's dad! Check out Stretch - a mere 7'4"!! They also managed to get a few selfies and autographs at the meet and greet at the end.

Press coverage for the Club

The Scottish press visited the Club on Sunday as Jim Murphy visited MiniHoops and Under 10s. Some of our Youth Leaders and Talent Programme players also popped along to help out.

Most of the Scottish papers carried pictures of the Club members and Jim in his Club t-shirt.

Kats player Hannah Peacock gets GB call up

Hannah Peacock, our Senior Women player and one of our Youth Leaders, was today announced as one of the 19 players invited to the GB Camp next month in preparation for Eurobasket 2015. Hannah impressed in last year's under 20 team and has had a great season for Kats.

We caught up with Hannah earlier who was delighted with her call up saying "I am looking forward to the summer, I have worked hard on my individual performance throughout the year and hopefully this will set me up well going into the camp." Hannah is going to keep a blog for us during her time with GB so we look forward to following her progress. She is an inspiration to all our younger girls and we are all very proud of what she has achieved.

You can read more about the GB women's programme for 2015 here.

Two great clubs, two great sports, one great community, one fantastic challenge

Saturday 25th April 2015 sees the inaugural Portobello Community Sports Challenge. The City of Edinburgh Basketball Club and Portobello Rugby are ready to go head to head at their respective sports. (The U16 rugby team are called Portoburgh as this age group from Portobello and Musselburgh merged last season to ensure the players could keep playing rugby). Both clubs' U16 teams will meet at Holy Rood High School for a game of basketball before moving to Cavalry Park for a match up at touch rugby.

The players will then retire to Portobello Rugby Club for some La Favorita Pizza and refreshments.

All parents and club members are more than welcome to come along and cheer on the teams.

PORTOBELLO COMMUNITY SPORTS CHALLENGE

Saturday 25th April at 11:30am (players meet at 11am)

Basketball match - Holy Rood High School

Touch rugby match - Cavalry Park

Under 14 Celtic Challenge is a resounding success

The Easter weekend was a busy weekend for the Club as the first ever Under 14 Celtic Challenge was held at the Centre for Sports and Exercise in Edinburgh. Over the weekend we hosted over 120 players with 4 girls' teams playing on Saturday and 4 boys' teams on the Sunday. The spectators were treated to a feast of basketball and showed their appreciation at every opportunity and its safe to say the local Edinburgh economy benefitted from the shopping the Irish visitors managed to fit in!

The story of the tournament starts way back in December when we were approached by Brendan with a request for his regional Irish team North East Knights to play our under 14 boys and girls. This was quickly expanded into a project for our Youth Leaders to learn more about event management by organising a tournament. We were hugely indebted to Kara Gillies for her leadership on this project as she led the Youth Leaders through the considerable task of organising and running a 2 day tournament. From applying for funding, designing the tournament programme, sourcing the table officials and referees, sourcing the winners' medals and the MVP prizes, organising the tuck shop and raffle, scheduling the running order and liaising with the teams on the day, the Youth Leaders did an outstanding job as anyone who attended the tournament will agree. We were delighted to receive financial support from the City of Edinburgh Council through their Active Edinburgh Physical Activity and Sports Event funding.

The tournament started on the Saturday bright and early with lots of frentic activity going on in the background dressing the hall and making sure everyone knew what they were doing. As the tournament was also being used to help further the experience of some of our newly qualified referees, there was a pre-tournament briefing and support throughout the day from Chris Hope. As the teams started to arrive they were met by their nominated Team Liaison who made sure they all knew where to get changed, where the water fountains and the tuck shop were and issued their schedule and programmes. The tournament was then opened by our chairperson Amy Morgan and the action got underway. It soon became apparent that the visiting Irish team were very strong and would be the team to beat. Kats played extremely well in their opening game against Wolves and looked as if they were going to open with a win but unfortunately just lost out at the end, they then fought hard against the Irish who were just too strong. Kats finished in style with a win over Boroughmuir Blaze. So North East Knights were crowned the U14 Celtic Challenge winners, Dave Evans of basketballscotland selected Kate Shannon of North East Knights as the tournament MVP and presented her with a basketball.

On the Sunday we started all over again with the boys' teams this time. Chris Hope and John Day were in attendance to help out with the new referees and once again Amy welcomed the teams to the tournament and we got underway. The first games showed that these teams were going to be hard to separate as they were very evenly matched. The Kings boys first game against West Lothian Wolves was a thrilling affair which went to overtime and then golden basket and in the process threatened to give the tournament organisers a heart attack as they saw their schedule start to slip alarmingly already! Kings managed to get the golden basket and on the other court Blaze just managed to get the win over the North East Knights. Next up Kings and Knights faced off against each other with another exciting game that perhaps saw the effects of the first game tell in the Kings boys legs as they narrowly lost to Knights. With Blaze getting the win over Wolves it was still all to play for in the last games with the tournament organisers realising we could potentially be looking at a 3 way tie! Unfortunately for Kings it wasn't to be as they just couldn't summon enough energy beat Blaze and Blaze ran out the tournament winners. Juan Berenguer of Blaze was selected for the MVP in what must have been a difficult decision for Dave Evans as there were so many contenders across all the teams. All that remained was to draw the raffle and thank everyone for their support and wish our visitors a safe journey home across the Irish sea.

This tournament couldn't have happened without all the hard work of the following people and we give them our heartfelt thanks :

Our Youth Leaders
Murron Marr, Niamh Walker, Amy Fraser, Matt Wingate, Hannah Peacock,Rosanna Pollock, Nicole Moffat, Sarah Brady

We also need to thank the following people :

Gillian and Mike Wingate, for all their outstanding work in the Tuck Shop
Yvonne Anderson and Liz Simpson for baking
Debbie Marshall for providing first aid on both days
All our Table Officials and referees
Mariann Miklosik, Chris Hope and John Day for all their help with the referees
All the staff at CSE for their help over the two days
Paul Storie for his help with designing and producing the programmes
Standard Life for printing the programmes
Camera Obsura, Butterfly and Insect World and Five Guys for donating raffle prizes
basketballscotland for donating the MVP prizes
City of Edinburgh Council for part funding the event
Paul Storie and Feilim Mackle for their photography skills on the day
All our amazing Club members who volunteered to help on the day
North East Knights, West Lothian Wolves, Boroughmuir Blaze and our U14 players and coaches for making it such a brilliant spectator event.