Blackwater Steelers wish a massive good luck to our U 16 Girl Alex Mulligan who
flies out today Tuesday to Skopje, Macedonia to play 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, and we at the club wish her the very best of luck in this responsible
Skopje is the capital of the Republic of Macedonia, in the centre of the Balkan Peninsula
in Southern Europe and it will be the base for all the games. 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. It would be remiss of me not to mention her parents
Delma and Richard Mulligan, I’m sure they are very proud and so they should be, Delma
is one of the senior coaches at Blackwater Steelers from the very start and has worked
tirelessly to promote basketball and the club. We at the Steelers are so very proud
of Alex, and hope she has a wonderful tournament.
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. We have also have had several players who have made the Ireland Development
Squads and have been capped but may have just missed out on the final 12.This is
a tremendous testament to the excellent coaching and hard work going on at the club
right from junior academy up. Well Done Steelers!!