Hannah Thornton’s Basketball Diary: ‘A referee told me to direct my energy differently because I was screaming so much’


Nobody really wants to get used to sitting on the sidelines and I had to do that while recovering from knee surgery.

I’ve hated not playing out there for the past few games.

One thing I learned is that I can’t play an off-field role like compiling stats because I would yell so much during a game.

I was told at a recent game by one of the referees to find another way to channel my energy because I was screaming so much.

But I was surprised myself when I couldn’t do that in our 61-53 win over Liffey Celtics in Leixlip on Tuesday. My fiancé Urban Monks was duly obligated to chauffeur that crash while I rested my leg.

However, if you are not in the game, you can see more.

Rebounding is one of my favorite things to do and it’s good to see the girls take on that role as I continue to expose them.

I was amazed to see my teammates Rachel Huijsdens, Bailey Greenberg and even Alarie Mayze all jumping over people’s heads now for rebounds.

Our coach at DCU Mercy Mark Ingle says there’s a certain type of player like me, he calls seekers looking for contact.

And I think every American is shocked when they come to Ireland and see how much physicality is allowed here.

So it’s been good to see our American players Bailey and Alarie adapt to our more robust style with just two regular season games left.

Alarie is probably better suited for this than Bailey, but she really doesn’t need to adapt as she’ll still be turning out the lights for us anyway.

Liffey used that contact against Bailey, and while it ensured she had a low-scoring game, she’ll soon find out how they did it.

All in all, being down still sucks.

Luckily I’m back in the gym and have been working on my fitness all season so I don’t want to lose that.

My crutches were so annoying that I just threw them in the corner when I could give them up earlier this week.

I mean, crutches are good because they hold you back and that encourages you to focus on recovery, but that’s hard because I like to be busy.

An athlete’s diet is one of the most important things on the road to recovery, and I’ve drawn on my experience as a nutritionist to help me get back into shape.

I’ve been increasing my protein, reducing inflammatory substances (like alcohol) and cutting down on processed foods – all good for recovering from surgery to repair my lateral meniscus.

Without crutches I can drive to our home game in the DCU Arena on Sunday against the high-flyer Glanmire.

And if all goes well, I should be back for the Champions Trophy play-offs.

However, it is one step at a time – something that I found more difficult than usual.



Men’s Division 1 – IT Carlow v Limerick Celtics, Barrow Centre, 8.0.


Men’s Super League – Templeogue v DCU Saints, Nord Anglia International School, 5.0; Neptune v Ballincollig, Neptune Stadium, 6.30am; UCD Marian v Belfast Star, UCD Sports Centre, 7.0; Killester vs. DBS Éanna, IWA Clontarf, 7.0; Killorglin v Tralee Warriors, Killorglin Sports Complex, 7.15.

Women’s Super League – Trinity Meteors v IT Carlow, Trinity Sports Hall, 2.30pm; Fr Mathews v WIT Waterford Wildcats, Fr Mathews Arena, 5.0, St Mary’s v Liffey Celtics, Castleisland CC, 6.30.

Men Division 1 – University of Ulster vs Titans, UUJ, 5.0; Tolka Rovers v EJ Sligo All-Stars, Tolka Rovers Sports Complex, 6.0; Malahide v Dublin Lions, Malahide Community School, 7.0; WIT Vikings v Fr Mathews, Carrickpherish Sports Hall, 7.0; Portlaoise Panthers v Limerick Celtics, St Mary’s, 7.0; Scotts Lakers Killarney v Killarney Cougars, Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, 7.30am.

Women’s Super League Division 1 semi-fiFinals – NUIG Mystics vs. Templeogue, NUIG Sports Centre, 5.0; Ulster University v Portlaoise Panthers, UUJ, 7.30am.


Men’s Super League – Moycullen vs. NUIG Maree, NUIG Sports Center, 4.0.

Women’s Super League – DCU Mercy vs. UCC Glanmire, DCU Arena, 2.10; Brunell v Killester, Parochial Hall, 2.45.

Men Division 1 – UCC Demons v IT Carlow Basketball, Mardyke Arena, 3.0. Hannah Thornton’s Basketball Diary: ‘A referee told me to direct my energy differently because I was screaming so much’

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