Basketball back on agenda in Scotland thanks to Aussie coach

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April 18, 2018 13:38:14

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Scotland’s basketball team celebrates during its win over Nigeria in the Commonwealth Games. (Facebook: Basketball Scotland)
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The Illawarra Hawks failed to make the playoffs last season, the club’s general manager quit, and rumours began of an AFL club looking to buy the club’s licence and relocate it to Melbourne.”It’s something I needed as a coach. When Illawarra Hawks coach Rob Beveridge agreed to coach the Scotland’s men’s basketball team in the Commonwealth Games, he did not expect to take a lowly ranked group of mainly part-time players to a medal match and inspire a nation.Followers of Australian basketball have seen this Beveridge magic act before.The Wollongong-based coach of the Illawarra Hawks NBL team is known for taking on a coaching gig with an underdog team and helping turn them into contenders.He did it when he arrived at Wollongong after years with the big-spending Perth Wildcats, where he took the perennially frugal Hawks to the playoffs and then the grand final the following year.He has done it again with an unranked Scottish national team with just four professional players and two boys still in high school, making it to the bronze medal game of the Commonwealth Games.The coach returned to work in Wollongong this week, but the memories of his achievement will last a long time.”I’m still overwhelmed by it,” he said.”You look back and five weeks ago I took a job where they fired their coach, the team was picked and you find out you’ve got four professional players, then a couple of married guys with kids, bankers, a couple at university and then two kids in Year 12. “Over there it’s all about soccer, but right now everyone’s talking about basketball and that can only be great for the country.”A job he took for his familyWhen Beveridge was announced as the Scottish coach, many people laughed at the appointment, but few realised he was the son of a proud Scot who moved to Australia in 1963.His father has been unwell for many years and he lost his aunt to cancer last year.”It was super important and I did it because of my family,” Beveridge said.”My dad spent most of his life here but he’s a passionate Scotsman. Scotland is unranked, but they were some of the most tremendous guys I’ve worked with and the belief they had is inspiring.”

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After the team’s Commonwealth Games success, “everyone in Scotland is talking about basketball”, Beveridge says. “It’s got everyone back together after so many years of being away, and it was special being over there and meeting different relatives.”Beveridge only had a short period of time with his team after flying into blizzards in Glasgow, where he had to gauge the talent he had and formulate a plan to beat far more experienced nations.Despite taking him away from his family, the move proved to be surprisingly beneficial for his own wellbeing. “It’s a tough league we play in, but I’m chomping at the bit, ready to go.”Beveridge said the appointment of Hawks great Mat Campbell as general manager was the other reason he had stayed at the club.”We have a lot of stuff to do, but right now I feel fantastic, motivated and super excited to have Mat Campbell here. “He’s a legend, he’s passionate, highly respected and it’s something this club needed.”Beveridge will now turn his focus to signing 10 players for the Hawks, with forward AJ Ogilvy the club’s only contracted player for the 2018/19 season. Photo:
Coaching the Scottish team has inspired Beveridge for another season in Wollongong. “The journey from where we were to making a medal round is unheard of. (Facebook: Basketball Scotland)
While Australia comfortably won the gold medal for basketball over Canada, and Scotland was defeated for the bronze medal by New Zealand, the story of Beveridge’s feats have put basketball back into the national sporting conversation in Scotland.”What hit me is the influence or legacy of what we did and how it has inspired a nation,” he said.”The amount of media is out of control and it lifts the sport. Last year was a crap year, we had injuries and off-court things, and you get tired and burnt out as a coach,” he said.”I was second-guessing myself whether I wanted to continue doing this, so for me to go away and work with an incredible group of guys has reignited my passion.
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If the Commonwealth Games ended after Gold Coast, would we really care?

Post Malone – Spoil My Night lyrics

Feelings come into play and I’m thinking this happens every time
Spoil my night, spoil my night, spoil my night (my night)
Spoil my night, spoil my night
[Verse 1: Swae Lee]
My niggas on that natural
She dancing in a stroller
Cash come and spoil my night (spoil my night)
Spent so much cash, I lost her
My tuck was too toxic
I took her robe off (yeah)
I couldn’t get her off
Dropped plenty money on her thighs
There’s plenty room in my ride
I never been like a small fight
She took me in, that’s on my life
[Chorus: Swae Lee & Post Malone]
Spoil my night, spoil my night, spoil my night (my night)
Spoil my night, spoil my night
I don’t have much to say, I be out for
Won’t you come smoke tonight? [Chorus: Post Malone & Swae Lee]
I don’t have much to say, I be out for
Won’t you come smoke tonight? Feelings come into play and I’m thinking this happens every time
[Verse 2: Post Malone]
When I walk up in a party, they all act like they know me
Then I spotted lil mama, threw the wall at your body
Show her what the paper do, all the fakes, this is phoney
I ain’t even see the face, she got beautiful boobs
And you see those diamonds in my teeth
I can see her smilin’ back at me
I think she rock with me like Jumanji
It’s about time Post made Plan B
Now she whippin’ out her phone
And I know, just how many videos she ‘gon post
Everybody on the Gram gonna know
Like every ho on my line about to blow
I know what I’m doin’ ain’t right
But ain’t no need to spoil my night
No need, no need
[Chorus: Swae Lee & Post Malone]
Spoil my night, spoil my night, spoil my night (my night)
Spoil my night, spoil my night
I don’t have much to say, I be out for
Won’t you come smoke tonight? Feelings come into play and I’m thinking this happens every time
[Outro: Swae Lee & Post Malone]
Spoil my night, spoil my night
Spoil my night, spoil my night
Spoil my night, spoil my night
I know what I’m doin’ ain’t right
But ain’t no need to spoil my night
No need, no need

Janelle Monae – I Like That lyrics

Ammond’s class
Cause my mom couldn’t afford new J’s
Polos, thrift store, thrift clothes that was all I knew
Do you remember? [Verse 1]
Sometimes a mystery, sometimes I’m free
But they don’t know my mood or my attitude
Sometimes I wanna roll or stay at home
Walking contradiction, guess I’m factual and fiction
[Pre-Chorus]
A little crazy, little sexy, little cool
Little rough around the edges but I keep it smooth
I’m always left of center and that’s right where I belong
I’m the random minor note you hear in major songs
[Chorus]
And I like that
I don’t really give a f*ck if I was just the only one
Who likes that
I never like to follow, follow all the [?]
[Hook]
Oh me, oh me, oh me, oh my
Oh me, oh me, oh me, oh my
Oh me, oh me, oh me, oh my
I like that
[Verse 2]
I don’t care what I look like but I feel good
Better than amazing, and better than I could
Told the whole world, I’m the venom and the antidote
Take a different type of girl to keep the whole world afloat
[Pre-Chorus]
Cause I’m crazy and I’m sexy and I’m cool
Little rough around the edges but I keep it smooth
I’m always left of center and that’s right where I belong
I’m the random minor note you hear in major songs
[Chorus]
And I like that
I don’t really give a f*ck if I was just the only one
Who likes that
I never like to follow, follow all the [?]
[Hook]
Oh me, oh me, oh me, oh my
Oh me, oh me, oh me, oh my
Oh me, oh me, oh me, oh my
I like that
[Bridge]
I remember when you called me weird
We was in math class third row I was sitting by you
Right before Mr. [Hook]
Oh me, oh me, oh me, oh my
Oh me, oh me, oh me, oh my
Oh me, oh me, oh me, oh my
I like that Uh, I remember when you laughed when I cut my perm off
And you rated me a six
I was like, “Damn”
But even back then with the tears in my eyes
I always knew I was the sh*t
[Chorus]
I like that
I don’t really give a f*ck if I was just the only one
Who likes that
I never like to follow, follow all the?

Alan Walker – Ignite Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Fireflies, don’t get in little pieces
Feeds the dying light (feeds the dying light)
Baby I, [?] little pieces
There’s a light of faith
It wants the sweetest pain
[Chorus]
Let the darkness lead us into the light
Let our dreams get lost, feel the temperature rise
Baby tell me one more beautiful lie
One touch and I ignite
Like a starship speeding into the night
You and l get lost in the infinite lights
Baby tell me one more beautiful lie
One touch and I ignite
[Drop]
(Yeah) One touch and I ignite
(Yeah) One touch and I ignite
[Verse 2]
So alive, your touch is like a daylight
Burning on my skin
It turns me on again
You and I, thought us were the same kind
But we’re the only ones
Dancing on the sand
[Chorus]
Let the darkness lead us into the light
Let our dreams get lost, feel the temperature rise
Baby tell me one more beautiful lie
One touch and I ignite
Like a starship speeding into the night
You and l get lost in the infinite lights
Baby tell me one more beautiful lie
One touch and I ignite
[Drop]
(Yeah) One touch and I ignite
(Yeah) One touch and I ignite
[Bridge]
Let the darkness lead us into the light
Let our dreams get lost, feel the temperature rise
Baby tell me one more beautiful lie
One touch and I ignite
I feel the heat as we collide
Like a fever that feels alright
So baby tell me one more beautiful lie
One touch and I ignite
[Drop]
(Yeah) One touch and I ignite
(Yeah) One touch and I ignite

A Perfect Circle – So Long Thanks For All The Fish Lyrics

For this fireworks display
Mind and body blown away
What a radiant crescendo
Ticker tape parade
Our hair and skin
Like Marilyn Monroe
In an empty wind
Time is money and monies time –
We wasted every second dime;
On politicians, fancy water and guns and plastic surgery…
Like old Prince and Rickman
All the dolphins have moved on…
Signalling the final curtain calling all this atomic pageantry
Hip-Hip Hooray! For This fireworks display
Mind and body blown away
What a radiant crescendo
Hip-Hip Hooray! Hip-Hip Hooray! Ticker tape parade
Our Hair and Skin
Like Marilyn Monroe
In an empty wind
Time is money and monies time –
We wasted every second dime;
On diets, lawyers, shrinks and nails and flags and plastic surgery…
Now Willie Wonka, Major Tom
Ali and Leia have moved on…
Signal the final curtain calling all this atomic pageantry What a glorious display
Melt the joyous hearts away
Another mushroom cloud confetti
Bravissimo! Hip-Hip Hooray! Hip-Hip Hooray! Time is money and monies time –
We wasted every second dime;
On diets, lawyers, shrinks and nails and flags and plastic surgery…
Now Willie Wonka, Major Tom
Ali and Leia have moved on…
Signal the final curtain calling all this atomic pageantry
Bravissimo!

AURORA – Queendom Lyrics

[Chorus]
Till queendom come
Till queendom come
My queendom come
My queendom come
Our queendom come
Our queendom come
Our queendom come
Our queendom come
Our queendom come
Our queendom come
Our queendom come
Our queendom come
My queendom come [Verse 1]
The underdogs are my lions
The silent ones are my choir
The women will be my soldiers
With the weight of life on their shoulders
[Pre-Chorus]
Drink until you’ve had enough
I’ll drink from your hands
I will be your warrior
I will be your lamb
[Chorus]
Till queendom come
Till queendom come
My queendom come
Our queendom come
[Verse 2]
The sea waves are my evening gown
And the sun on my head is my crown
I made this queendom on my own
And all the mountains are my throne
[Pre-Chorus]
Drink until you’ve had enough
I’ll drink from your hands
I will be your warrior
I will be your lamb
[Chorus]
Till queendom come
Till queendom come
My queendom come
Our queendom come
[Bridge]
I hunt the grounds for empathy
And hate the way it hides from me
Of care and thirst I have become
You have a home in my queendom
You have a home in my queendom
You have a place in my queendom
You have a home..

AURORA – The Seed Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Just like the seed
I don’t know where to go
Through dirt and shadow I grow
I’m reaching light through the storm
Just like the seed
I’m chasing the water
I unravel myself
Growing in slow motion
[Chorus]
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned
[Verse 2]
Suffocate me
So my tears can be rain
I will water the ground where I stand
So the flowers can grow back again
‘Cause just like the seed
Everything wants to live
We are burning our fingers
But we never forget
[Chorus]
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned
[Bridge]
Feed me sunlight, feed me air
Feed me truth and feed me prayer
Feed me sunlight, feed me air
Feed me truth and feed me prayers
[Chorus]
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned
You cannot eat money, oh no
You cannot eat money, oh no
When the last tree has fallen
And the rivers are poisoned

Mariah Carey – Looking In Lyrics

[Verse 1]
You look at me and see the girl
Who lives inside the golden world
But don’t believe
That’s all there is to see
You’ll never know the real me
[Verse 2]
She smiles through a thousand tears
And harbors adolescent fears
She dreams of all
That she can never be
She wades in insecurity
And hides herself inside of me
[Verse 3]
Don’t say, “She takes it all for granted”
I’m well aware of all I have
Don’t think that I am disenchanted
Please understand
[Verse 4]
It seems as though I’ve always been
Somebody outside looking in
Well, here I am for all of them to bleed
But they can’t take my heart from me
And they can’t bring me to my knees
They’ll never know the real me

Marvin Gaye – My Love is Growing Lyrics

My love is growing
Oh, in my darkest hours
I want to see your face
Then I know, baby
That my love is growing
And it’s growing, ah yeah
You make so happy, baby
You make me so secure
And all my troubles
I’ve only got to think of you
I do
Oh, baby, it’s growing
My love is growing
Everyday, darling
My love is growing
Sugar, it’s growing
It’s growing
Oh, girl, don’t ever leave me
Don’t leave me in this way
I know I won’t make it without you
Or live day to day
Oh, baby, baby
I want you to know
That I love you so
My love is growing
Sugar, it’s growing
It’s growing, ah baby
My love is growing
Keeps on growing
Oh, it’s growing
Oh, it’s growing
Growing
Baby, it’s growing
My love is growing
Baby
Let’s grow it
Oh, baby, my love is growing

Wizkid – Highgrade Lyrics

These bitches mad and, oh well, huh? Chanel bag with the Gucci
I turn your life into a movie
I fuck a bitch at the movies
Spend a band on these Zoobies
On and on and on
She said, “Boy, that my favorite song”
Lookin’ good with no makeup on
Kush got me Hong Kong
Feelings we cannot hide (cannot hide)
Fire in your eyes (fire in your eyes)
Sex on your mind
Ooh
[Bridge: Ty Dolla $ign & Wizkid]
I feel the vibe
Feelings you can’t hide
We can go all night, oh yeah
Baby, it’s your time
You know that it’s yours
Girl, you know you’re mine, oh yeah
And don’t say no tonight
Let me know when you’re ready
Won’t let you down this time
Yeah, gyal, I can read your mind
I’ll take you down tonight
I’ll give you love all night, yeah You won’t fuck with broke niggas, huh? Ain’t shit they could tell ya, huh? [Bridge: Ty Dolla $ign & Wizkid]
I feel the vibe
Feelings you can’t hide
We can go all night, oh yeah
Baby, it’s your time
You know that it’s yours
Girl, you know you’re mine, oh yeah
And don’t say no tonight
Let me know when you’re ready
Won’t let you down this time
Yeah, gyal, I can read your mind
I’ll take you down tonight
I’ll give you love all night, yeah
[Verse 1: Wizkid]
Just a couple likkle things when you do make a bad man know
You make it difficult for me to leave, you make my likkle bad man pause
She said she not a groupie, not the type to lust for cars and clothes
She wanna give me vibes, she wanna go tonight
[Chorus: Wizkid]
Smoke highgrade by the fireplace
Wishing for higher days
Sexing you night and day, yeah
Feelings we can’t erase
Don’t let the fire away
The fire away, have a fire today
Gyal, I gotta let you know
[Bridge: Ty Dolla $ign & Wizkid]
I feel the vibe
Feelings you can’t hide
We can go all night, oh yeah
Baby, it’s your time
You know that it’s yours
Girl, you know you’re mine, oh yeah
And don’t say no tonight
Let me know when you’re ready
Won’t let you down this time
Yeah, gyal, I can read your mind
I’ll take you down tonight
I’ll give you love all night, yeah
[Verse 2: Ty Dolla $ign]
You want a real one, huh?