Twenty years of Stag basketball

The team pictured in 1992
The team pictured in 1992

Excitement is growing as the Banchory Basketball Club approach their 20th anniversary, which will be held on Saturday August 31.

A tournament will be held involving players past and present followed by an evening of celebration in a local hotel.

The anniversary competition will be in Banchory Academy Games Hall from 10am to 5pm where we hope to have four teams of past and present players playing each other,

Players from Australia, Dubai, Norway, and from around the United Kingdom will gather to celebrate the history of the Deeside sports-team. The club rose from humble beginnings and in its formative years achieved success at the highest level of club basketball in the United Kingdom winning not only local leagues and cups but also the Scottish Chairman’s Cup in 2008. The Stags also contested three other closely fought Chairman’s Cup semi-finals and were very unlucky not to add to their titles as they regularly won matches against the more experienced and better funded central belt squads.

The Stags have always been a popular team to invite to tournaments all over Scotland and have won honours in Aberdeen, Aviemore, Inverness and Edinburgh winning trophies in the Mitie Cup and The Claymore Cup.

The Club also achieved success at other levels with both Junior and Cadet Boys’ teams doing very well locally and nationally under the coaching efforts of Banchory Academy teachers Barry Petrie and Colin Nichol.

The girls’ teams too have a prestigious history having done very well both locally and nationally under the guidance of Mike Reilly and Andreas Chrisophersen and this season can’t come soon enough for them as they try to build on last season’s successes which saw them win an International School Invitational tournament.

The club has also been recognised by awards to Mike Reilly, who has guided the club throughout the years from; Basketball Grampian and Basketball Scotland for service to the sport and he also won the Sports Council “Contribution to Sports Award 2012” and was presented by Olympic Gold medallist Tim Baillie.

Mike said he was: “...indebted to Colin Pavey and Scott Williams whose contribution to the club has been immense.”