December 13th, 2015 | Uncategorized
This weekend marked the final weekend of basketball for the UL Huskies club before the holiday break. As it was the last weekend, there were plenty of games to be played. I can definitely say that I had a basketball-filled weekend, that’s for sure.
To start the weekend, the Huskies Super League team concluded the 2015 part of their season with a massive win over the Liffey Celtics. There was honestly no better way to finish off this year than with a win! It not only was a great way to start the Christmas break, but it also gives us momentum for when we come back for the new year!
The next day, I was coaching the U18, U16, and U14 girls’ underage teams. Usually, I only help coach the U18s for practices. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to coach the 18s in their match today; as their head coach had a game of his own to play in! The girls are always so competitive and willing to learn at practice, which made me excited to finally coach them in a game. As expected, the girls were great. They came with great energy, enthusiasm, and played until the very last second of the game. We came out with a very decisive win, one of which was well deserved! It was great to win, but it was even better to coach, and interact with the girls in a game setting.
Next, came the U16s. I’m not going to lie; as a team, we’ve had our fair share of tough games in the season thus far. But it’s the past few weeks that made today’s game that much more satisfying. If you couldn’t have guessed, we won! It was honestly the best feeling when the buzzer went off signifying the end of the game. It meant that yes, we had won the game, but more importantly as a team, the girls overcame the adversity they had faced in the previous weeks! I couldn’t be more proud of the girls for sticking it out.
After the 16s, were the U14s. For this age group, I helped coach with one of my super league teammates, Avril. After taking a huge lead in the game, we thought we had the game in the bag. But the other team never gave up, making it an interesting game that came down to the final couple of seconds. The game got a little too close for my liking, but we were able to pull out the win.
As you can see, I wasn’t kidding when I said there was a lot of basketball this weekend! But nonetheless, I loved every second of it! It was amazing to have such a successful weekend across the board.
Although it does feel good to win as a player and as a coach, there is more to it than just the victories. The wins signify the amount of hard work that all the players in the UL Huskies club have put towards the sport. Over the past few weeks, not every game has gone our way in super league, or in the underage teams. That’s what made this weekend that much sweeter. Knowing that everyone’s hard work, on all the teams is paying off is so fulfilling.
As a player, and as a coach, I can definitely say that the UL Huskies club as a whole, is only picking up momentum. The Huskies are coming back from the break stronger than ever!
Victory Scholar: Sarah Benedetti
Present University: University of Limerick
US League: NEC
Club/Community Partner: UL Huskies
Alma Mater: St. Francis College
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