Alba Berlin wasn’t the only basketball team in Europe to meet with delays and cancelled plans thanks to the Eyjafjallajoekull volcano: Stuck in Ireland after shooting promotional TV spots in Dublin were two Harlem Globetrotters.
The Globetrotters thereby made the best of their enforced downtime by doing what they do best: namely, entertain the young folks. “Hot Shot” Branch and “Slick Willie” Shaw turned up at the city’s St. Catherine’s Community Sports Centre to play with and teach the lucky players of the Oblate Dynamos youth teams.
Inspirational? To be sure, especially in the case of two Dynamos looking to improve her already high-level game: Oblate’s Katie Moloney is also a member of Team Ireland’s U16s girls squad that will be playing in Division B in the FIBA U16 European Championship Women come August, while Heather Meagher is a member of Ireland’s U16 Women Development Team.
The Globetrotters’ next international game will be played in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, on Wednesday; Friday sees Harlem in Tysver, Norway; Hot Shot and Slick Willie are expected to participate in this match, dust cloud willing. The Globetrotters return to Ireland for three games in June.