Basketball bounces back in Doncaster

Bob Martin, Danum Eagles' head coach. Picture: Andrew Roe
Bob Martin, Danum Eagles' head coach. Picture: Andrew Roe

Men’s basketball bounces back in Doncaster this weekend when Danum Eagles make their long-awaited National League bow.

Eagles welcome Birmingham Mets II to Danum Lower School on Saturday (1.30pm) for the club’s opening Division Four (Midlands) fixture.

The game marks a long and complex process to get Doncaster basketball back on the national stage, following the collapse of Doncaster Panthers almost two decades ago.

At their peak the Panthers played in the BBL and drew massive crowds to The Dome.

And Eagles head coach Bob Martin, a former Panthers coach and player, is determined to bring the good times back to Doncaster.

“When I’m 80 I want to be able to sit back and look at the complete club,” said American-born Martin, who has coached the Eagles’ junior teams since the club’s inception.

“The main thing for me is to see an end result in the form of the men’s team. Whether that’s ultimately Division One or Division Two, who knows?

“We’d like to eventually play in the BBL but that’s completely different. If we get there, we get there. In the meantime we just need to keep on moving up the ranks.

“We’ve got a great group of guys coming back. We can’t get wait to get started.”