Blackwater Steelers are wishing a massive good luck to U 16 Girl Alex Mulligan who will be playing for Ireland in the FIBA U 16 Women’s European Championship Div B. This is a brilliant achievement for this young Glaslough lady to get to represent her country at this level. The Steelers also have another connection with this Ireland squad in our U 18 Coach, Kelly McCabe who is Team Manager.
Skopje, the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, in the centre of the Balkan Peninsula in Southern Europe is where all the games the games will be played. There are 22 countries competing, two groups of 5 and two groups of 6. Alex and Ireland are drawn in Group B with the hosts Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Ukraine, and Moldova. The group stage will consist of 5 games and depending on the results they could play another 2 or 3 classification games. So 7 or 8 games in little over 10 days will be a tough ask. However after the Ireland U 18 Women reached the European Final in Dublin last week everyone in the camp should be buoyed by what can be achieved.
Alex Mulligan started with the Blackwater Steelers aged 8 with our junior academy and by the time she was on the U 12’s team she was already attracting attention. She is a strong, powerful inside player who as time has gone on developed a deft level of skill. Alex has been a winner all the way up leading her team to many League & Cup wins both in BNI and North East Leagues. She also has had successes playing for her school, St. Louis Convent, Monaghan, represented the North East Schools Region and from this was picked for the Ireland Squad. Over 18 months that squad has been whittled down to 12 girls and now they will stand on the line for Ireland and Alex is a very strong part of that team.
Kelly McCabe has been a coach with the Blackwater Steelers from the 2012-13 season and has won numerous cups and titles, she also plays for Muckno Lakers and has won National Titles with them. Kelly is basketball through and through, she has an inquisitive nature, always eager to learn and a strong will to win. The Team Manager role with a young Ireland team is not an easy job but Kelly is more than up to the task, in fact in a few years to come I could see her coaching an Ireland team. Again we at Blackwater Steelers are very proud of you and we wish you Good Luck at the Euro’s.
The Blackwater Steelers Basketball Club was founded in 2008 and in the 9 years since has gone from strength to strength. For a small junior club based in an area that would not be renowned for basketball it’s a remarkable achievement to have had two full Irish Internationals. Alex is the second club member to represent Ireland at a European Championship, she follows Verity O Connor who played for Ireland in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The club has also had several players to make the Ireland Development Squads and have been capped but may have just missed out on the final 12.