March 5th, 2016 | Uncategorized
After the Academy, I headed to the Jes to witness some very talented U14 girls attempt to earn a chance to compete in the Southern Regional games. The trial was ran by fellow American, the illustrious Tim Rice, while Mike and I observed from the sideline. The situation eerily transported me back to AAU days but with a role reversal. Suddenly, I was one of the coaches with a roster to fill and a critical eye. My, how times have changed. The final Trial Day is this upcoming Sunday and look forward these girls put their best foot forward once again.
I appreciated the various skill sets on display but I was more impressed with the intangibles–the listening, the hustle, the reads–particlularly once they began scrimmaging. Obviously, no determinations have been made to date but I was so proud of all these girls just for being there. I used to be a nervous wreck just going to AAU practice at their age nevermind playing to represent an entire region of my country. With 14 being such a pivotal age for girls in sport, I couldn’t help but feel encouraged by the good turn out on a sunny Saturday morning. The future of Galway’s Women’s Basketball is bright.
Victory Scholar: Marritta Gillcrease
Present University: NUI Galway
US League: MAAC
Club/Community Partner: Galway Titans
Alma Mater: Rider University
Sponsored by: Teamwear Ireland