CARLOW’S Noel Keating has been inducted into the Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame along with Tom Wilkinson, Michelle Aspell and Caroline Forde. It took place at the 2021/22 Annual Awards and Hall of Fame ceremony at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire last weekend.
The Address UCC Glanmire, who won the MissQuote.ie Super League, InsureMyHouse.ie Paudie O’Connor Cup and MissQuote.ie Champions Trophy, saw Claire Melia named ‘MissQuote.ie Super League Player of the Year’ and Mark Scannell awarded ‘MissQuote.ie Super League Coach of the Year’. The ‘MissQuote.ie Super League Young Player of the Year’ was won by WIT Waterford Wildcats player Sarah Hickey.
Double winning Garvey’s Tralee Warriors, were also handed a pair of prizes, with John Dowling the ‘InsureMyVan.ie Super League Coach of the Year’, while the ‘InsureMyVan.ie Super League Player of the Year’ gong went to Aaron Calixte. C&S Neptune’s Cian Heaphy rounded a fine season, in which he made his senior international debut, by claiming the ‘InsureMyVan.ie Super League Young Player of the Year’
UCC Demons, who were promoted to the InsureMyVan.ie Super League and won the InsureMyHouse.ie Presidents’ National Cup, got their hands on three awards. Daniel O’Mahony was named ‘InsureMyVan.ie Division 1 Coach of the Year, while Tobias Christiansen was chosen as ‘InsureMyVan.ie Division 1 Player of the Year’ and Tala Fam Thiam as the ‘InsureMyVan.ie Division 1 Player of the Year’.
Noel Keating was honoured for the vital administrative part he played in the sport, which included serving as Basketball Ireland CEO from 1983-1996. He played a vital role in the bringing the National Basketball Arena and National Cup to fruition. Keating stated: “I am honoured and delighted to be inducted in the Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame. I am particularly mindful at this time of the support I received from my family, the dedication of so many teachers, volunteers in various local and national roles and hard-working staff colleagues. Wonderful memories.”
It was a big day for Limerick Celtics, they picked up Area Board Club of the Year; Jordan Hehir was named Women’s Underage Coach of the Year; Tiarnan O’Donnell claimed the Irish Wheelchair Basketball Men’s Player of the Year and Jodie Waite was selected as Irish Wheelchair Basketball Women’s Player of the Year, along with Michelle Aspell’s Hall of Fame induction.
Speaking of her induction to the Hall of Fame, Aspell said: “To be inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame is such an honour. I am grateful to be recognised as a contributor to the sport that has given me so much. I am also grateful to my family and all the friends I have made along the way who have supported, helped and shared my basketball journey with me. Without those people, I wouldn’t be where I am today in the sport that I love.”
Aspell, is a three-time Women’s Super League player of Year (2004, 2005 and 2008), and her playing career saw her claim six Super League titles and five National Cup’s while representing Waterford Wildcats and UL. Internationally she was a key player for Ireland, including a game high 18 points in a FIBA Women’s EuroBasket qualifier win over Holland in 2009. Off the court she helped set up Limerick Celtics alongside Tony Hehir.
Fellow inductee , Tom Wilkinson, had a decorated career with Neptune and Blue Demons saw him win eight Super League titles and three National Cup’s, as well as representing Ireland over 100 times.
“It’s a great honour and privilege to be inducted into Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame and join an elite group of previous inductees, along with my fellow nominees this year. I dedicate this to my wife Kay and family who encouraged me to play as long as I did. I’d like to thank all my former coaches and teammates, who helped me achieve many successes in the sport. Special thanks to Denis Wallace and Neptune BC, who nominated me for this award, as well as Kieran Shannon and the rest of the Hall of Fame committee.”, Wilkinson said.
Caroline Forde also entered into the Hall of Fame. She represented Ireland over 100 times, and is a multiple Super League and and National Cup winner with Blarney, Lee Strand Tralee and Waterford Wildcats, including MVP performances in the 1987 and 1993 National Cup finals, while playing for Blarney and Tralee respectively.
Forde said: “Delighted and honoured, and at the same time humbled as well to be recognised by the basketball community for my achievements on the basketball court, and to be inducted into the Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame, with fellow player inductees Michelle Aspell, who was a teammate of mine in Waterford, and fellow Corkonian Tom Wilkinson. Great to be joining distinguished players such as Siobhan Caffrey, and Susan Moran in receiving this award. It’s a real honour and privilege for me to receive this award and to also happily remember my two beautiful sisters Miriam and Annette Forde gone too soon, who played with me for a large amount of my career, and my parents Mary and Joe who encouraged us all.”
Full in-depth biographies of the Hall of Fame winners can be found here.
Basketball Ireland Hall of Fame Inductees:
Basketball Ireland 2021/22 Annual Awards
InsureMyVan.ie Super League and Division 1:
InsureMyVan.ie Super League Player of the Year – Aaron Calixte (Garvey’s Tralee Warriors)
InsureMyVan.ie Super League Young Player of the Year – Cian Heaphy (C&S Neptune)
InsureMyVan.ie Division One Player of the Year – Tobias Christensen (UCC Demons)
InsureMyVan.ie Division One Young Player of the Year – Tala Fam Thiam (UCC Demons)
InsureMyVan.ie Super League Coach of the Year – John Dowling (Garvey’s Tralee Warriors)
InsureMyVan.ie Division One Coach of the Year – Daniel O’Mahony (UCC Demons)
MissQuote.ie Super League and Division 1
MissQuote.ie Super League Player of the Year – Claire Melia (The Address UCC Glanmire)
MissQuote.ie Super League Young Player of the Year – Sarah Hickey (WIT Waterford Wildcats)
MissQuote.ie Division One Player of the Year – Yuleska Ramirez Tejeda (Limerick Sport Huskies)
MissQuote.ie Division One Young Player of the Year – Shannon Cunningham (LYIT Donegal)
MissQuote.ie Super League Coach of the Year – Mark Scannell (The Address UCC Glanmire)
MissQuote.ie Division One Coach of the Year – Paul O’Brien (NUIG Mystics)
NRC Referee of the Year – Mary Rockall
Most Improved NRC Referee of the Year – Emma Hand
Senior Referee Development Award- Catriona White
Young National League Referee of The Year – Ellen Garvey
Table Official of the Year – Glenda Tunnah
Young Table Official of the Year – Dan Sealy
Primary Schools Mini-Basketball National Committee
Primary School Appreciation Award – Marion Keane Tournament Organisers
Primary School of the Year- Scoil Áine, Lucan, Dublin
Post Primary Schools
Tom Collins Award- Niamh Ni Chearra
Boys A School of the Year – Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra Rathmore
Girls A School of the Year – Loreto Abbey, Dalkey
Girls B School of the Year – Gaelcholáiste Chiarraí
Boys B School of the Year – Jesus & Mary, Gortnor Abbey
Girls C School of the Year – Piper’s Hill College, Naas
Boys C School of the Year – St. Michael’s College, Listowel
Girls D School of the Year – Naas Community College
Boys D School of the Year – Balbriggan Community College
Male U19 Schools Player of the Year – Shanay Shah, Coláiste Éanna
Female U19 Schools Player of the Year – Sarah Hickey, Mercy Waterford
Male U16 Schools Player of the Year – Thomas Kennedy, Mercy Mounthawk
Female U16 Schools Player of the Year – Ava Walshe, Regina Mundi College, Cork
Girls School Coach of the Year – Tommy O’Mahony, Mercy Waterford
Boys School Coach of the Year – Jim Hughes, SPSL Rathmore
Division 1 Male Collegiate Player of The Year – Darragh Ferguson, UU
Division 2 Male Collegiate Player of The Year – Jubril Alade, DKIT
Division 3 Male Collegiate Player of The Year – Michael Delvin, Queens
Division 1 Female Collegiate Player of The Year – Alarie Mayze, DCU
Division 2 Female Collegiate Player of The Year – Lauren La Plant, IT Carlow
Division 3 Male Collegiate Player of The Year – Aimee Fox, GMIT
Irish Wheelchair Association
Irish Wheelchair Basketball Men’s Player of the Year – Tiarnan O’Donnell, Limerick Celtics
Irish Wheelchair Basketball Women’s Player of the Year – Jodie Waite, Limerick Celtics
Area Board Club of the Year – Limerick Celtics
Men’s Underage Coach of the Year – Ciaran O’Sullivan, Éanna
Women’s Underage Coach of the Year – Jordan Hehir, Limerick Celtics
Club Platinum Award – Malahide Basketball Club
2022 President’s Lifetime Achievement Awards
2021 President’s Lifetime Achievement Awards
2020 President’s Lifetime Achievement Awards