Marie Breen Retires
August 31, 2016
Glanmire Basketball Club have confirmed that Marie Breen has retired ahead of the 2016/2017 National League season.
The forward is one of the most decorated players in Irish basketball after a career with Team Montenotte Hotel spanning 13 years. She was also part of one of Irelandâs most successful Senior International squads and is a recent winner of the Glanmire Sports Award.
Breen is originally from Mallow and played underage basketball in the town before making the switch to Glanmire in 2003. She captained the club to their maiden National Cup win in 2007, scoring 29 points in the final with an MVP performance.
In 2016, she completed a âdouble-doubleâ in the Hula Hoops National Cup final with 10 points and 14 rebounds in the 96-64 win over Pyrobel Killester. It was her fourth cup win and her clubâs sixth in a history-making season.
âYou play the game not the occasion,â she said. âThere would have been no history if we hadnât won the game and that came to down to a team performance.â
Her final game helped secure Team Montenotte Hotelâs status as the most successful womenâs side ever in Irish Basketball. They beat DCU Mercy 72-69 in a thrilling playoff final, earning Breen a fifth league medal.
A back injury forced her out of the 2013/2014 season and according to Glanmire BC, injury has prompted her decision to hang up her boots in 2016.
4 National Cups (2007, 2008, 2015 and 2016)
5 National Leagues (2006, 2008 ,2010 ,2015 and 2016)