Donar (basketball club)

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Donar
Donar logo
Leagues Dutch Basketball League,
FIBA Europe Cup
Founded 1951; 66 years ago (1951)
History See Names
Stadium MartiniPlaza
Stadium Capacity 4,350
Location Groningen, Netherlands
Team colors White, Blue (original), Navy
              
Head coach Erik Braal
Championships 5 Dutch Championships
5 Dutch Cups
2 Dutch Supercup
Retired numbers 1 (10)
Website www.donar.nl
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Home
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Away jersey
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Away
MartiniPlaza, home arena of Donar
Home game of Donar in 2016

Donar is a professional basketball club based in Groningen, Netherlands. The club competes in the Dutch Basketball League (DBL) and its home arena is MartiniPlaza, which has a seating capacity of 4,310 people. For sponsorship reasons the club was known as "GasTerra Flames" till 2014.

Donar is one of the traditional first division clubs along with Den Bosch, as it entered the league 47 years ago. The club did win the national championship five times; in 1982, 2004, 2010, 2014 and 2016. Donar was runner-up in the seasons: 1998, 2006, 2011, 2015. There are also four NBB Cups – the domestic cup competition – in the honor list of Donar; they won the cup in 2005, 2011, 2014 and 2015.

Donar has the most fans in the Netherlands, the club has somewhere around 1300 season ticket holders and sells the MartiniPlaza out on a regular basis in the Playoffs.[1]

History[edit]

In 1881, gymnastics club Wodan and fencing club Mars, both part of the student corps Vindicat, merged to form GSSV Donar. In 1951 the basketball department of this club was founded. In 1970 the club promoted to the highest basketball league.

In 1973 the club separated from Vindicat and got their first sponsor, Nationale-Nederlanden. This allowed the team to play in the much bigger Martinihal "Events hall". On September 20, 1980, Donar won against BOB Oud-Beijerland with a score of 158-58. The score of 158 was repeated that same season against the same team (158-82) and never since. The difference of 100 points has never been repeated.

After the first championship in 1982, Nationale Nederlanden announced to stop as sponsor. After one year of playing under their name, Donar was demoted to the rayon league. Donar became champion that year and promoted to the promotion league. In 1986, Donar returned to the highest league; where they remained ever since. On February 1, 1991, the Basketball Business Club (BBC) was founded. In 2000/2001, the Martinihal was remodeled to become Martiniplaza and home games were moved to the new sports hall in the complex. This hall was renovated in 2006 when new seating was placed.

2009–2014: Successful GasTerra years[edit]

In 2009 GasTerra became the main sponsor of the club, that was renamed the GasTerra Flames.[2] Head coach Marco van den Berg stayed and a whole new team was put together. In the 2009–10 season, Donar won the 3rd national championship in club history by beating West-Brabant Giants 4–1 in the Finals.[3] Earlier, in the regular season, Flames finished in first place with a 33–3 record. The key players of the team were the Americans Matt Haryasz, Matt Bauscher, Jason Dourisseau and Robby Bostain.

The whole squad that won the 2010 title returned for the next season, except for Tim Blue. In 2010 they became the first Dutch basketball team to take part in the qualifying rounds of the new Euroleague.[4] In the regular season Donar ended on the second place, while Jason Dourisseau was named the Dutch League MVP. The team won a second NBB Cup in 2011, after beating WCAA Giants[5] The team did eventually lost in the DBL Finals to Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden 4–3 in an historic game 7 which included three overtimes.[6]

Head coach Marco van den Berg left after the 2010–11 season and Hakim Salem, former ABC Amsterdam coach was acquired.[7] The team brought experienced players to the team like David Bell and Alex Wesby but they couldn't meet the set expectations. In the cup competition, Flames was defeated in the quarterfinals and in the DBL semifinals it lost to EiffelTowers Den Bosch.

During the 2012–13 season Hakim Salem was fired and the Croatian coach Ivica Skelin was acquired.[8][9] Despite the coaching change, team was still swept 3–0 by Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden in the DBL semifinals.

Before the 2013–14 season it was announced that GasTerra's sponsor contract ended after the season.[10] Flames acquired Dutch top players Arvin Slagter and Ross Bekkering from defending champion ZZ Leiden and three new Americans were added to the team. On March 30, 2014 Flames won the NBB Cup by beating Zorg en Zekerheid Leiden 79–71.[11]

In the 2014 Playoffs Flames beat BC Apollo easily in the quarterfinals (2–0) and later beat ZZ Leiden after a tough series (3–2). On June 1, 2014 Donar won its 4th national title. They beat SPM Shoeters Den Bosch 76–68 in game 7 of the Finals series.[12]

2014–present: Donar[edit]

In the 2014 offseason, the club announced that in the previous season, a deficit of €135,000 had arisen after mistakes made regarding the budget.[13] Therefore, the club had to cut into costs for the 2014–15 season and the budet was reduced. For the 2014–15 season, the club is known again as Donar.[14] The team won the Supercup against Leiden and the NBB Cup Final against Den Bosch, the DBL Finals were lost 4–1 against Den Bosch.

In the 2015 offseason, Ivica Skelin left the club and was replaced by Erik Braal. In July 2015, former league MVP Jason Dourisseau returned to Donar.[15] In the 2015–16 season, Donar won its 5th DBL title after beating Landstede Basketbal 4–1 in the Finals.

Club identity[edit]

Names[edit]

The club has a rich history of names, mainly because of the different main sponsors of the team. One of the former names, Donar, is still widely used by the fans.

  • 1951 - 1973 : GSSV Donar
  • 1973 - 1983 : Nationale-Nederlanden Donar
  • 1983 - 1986 : GBV Donar
  • 1986 - 1989 : Ahrend Donar
  • 1989 - 1993 : VGNN Donar
  • 1993 - 1995 : RZG Donar
  • 1995 - 1996 : Celeritas/Donar
  • 1996 - 1999 : RZG Donar
  • 1999 - 2003 : MPC Donar
  • 2003 - 2006 : MPC Capitals
  • 2006 - 2009 : Hanzevast Capitals
  • 2009 - 2014 : GasTerra Flames
  • 2014 - now : Donar

Logos[edit]

Evolution of the Logo
2003–2006 2006–2009 2009–2014 2014–present
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Uniforms[edit]

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1981–82 jersey
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Team colours
1981–82
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2005–06 jersey
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2005–06
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2006–07 jersey
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2006–07
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2009–14 jersey
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Team colours
2009–14
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2009–14 jersey
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2009–14

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

For a listing of past rosters, see Donar past rosters.
Donar roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Nat. Name Ht.
G 1 Netherlands Cunningham, Sean 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
SG 5 Netherlands de Paula, Tjoe 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
SG 6 Netherlands Koopmans, Sjoerd (DP) 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
PG 7 Netherlands Mladenovic, Stefan 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
SF 8 Netherlands Dourisseau, Jason (C) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
PF 9 Netherlands Veenstra, Bas 2.04 m (6 ft 8 in)
C 11 United States Smith, Andrew (I) 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)
F 12 Netherlands Maring, Daan (DP) 2.00 m (6 ft 7 in)
F 20 United States Fieler, Chase (I) 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in)
G/F 21 Netherlands Hoeve, Tim (DP) 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
C 33 Croatia Pasalic, Drago (I) 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in)
PG 34 United States Jeter, Lance (C) 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
G 44 Netherlands Slagter, Arvin 1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Head coach

Netherlands Erik Braal

Assistant coach(es)

Netherlands Anjo Mekel


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Development player
  • (I) Import player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Updated: Oktober 5, 2016

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Drago Pasalic Andrew Smith
PF Chase Fieler Bas Veenstra Daan Maring
SF Jason Dourisseau Tjoe de Paula
SG Sean Cunningham Stefan Mladenovic Sjoerd Koopmans
PG Lance Jeter Arvin Slagter Tim Hoeve
  • Injured Denotes injured player.

Retired numbers[edit]

Donar retired numbers
Nat. Player Position Tenure
10 Netherlands Martin de Vries SG 1979–1983, 1986–1990

Notable players[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

Trophies[edit]

1982, 2004, 2010, 2014, 2016
Runner-up: 1988, 2006, 2011, 2015
2005, 2011, 2014, 2015, 2017
Runner-up: 1997, 2000, 2007
2014, 2016
Runner-up: 2011, 2015

Season by season[edit]

Note: Scroll down to see more seasons.
Season Domestic competitions Cup competitions European competitions
Tier League Pos. Postseason Cup Supercup Tier League Result
1970–71 1 Eredivisie 7 Preliminary round N/A N/A
1971–72 1 Eredivisie 10 N/A N/A N/A
1972–73 1 Eredivisie 8 N/A N/A N/A
1973–74 1 Eredivisie 6 Preliminary round N/A N/A
1974–75 1 Eredivisie 8 N/A N/A N/A
1975–76 1 Eredivisie 7 Preliminary round N/A N/A
1976–77 1 Eredivisie 4 N/A N/A N/A
1977–78 1 Eredivisie 2 Semifinalist N/A N/A N/A
1978–79 1 Eredivisie 3 Semifinalist N/A N/A N/A
1979–80 1 Eredivisie 4 Semifinalist N/A N/A N/A
1980–81 1 Eredivisie 5 N/A N/A N/A
1981–82 1 Eredivisie 2 Champion N/A N/A N/A
1982–83 1 Eredivisie 4 Semifinalist N/A N/A N/A
1983–86
Lower divisions
1986–87 1 Eredivisie 4 Semifinalist N/A N/A N/A
1987–88 1 Eredivisie 7 N/A N/A N/A
1988–89 1 Eredivisie 8 N/A N/A N/A
1989–90 1 Eredivisie 3 Semifinalist N/A N/A N/A
1990–91 1 Eredivisie 5 Semifinalist N/A N/A N/A
1991–92 1 Eredivisie 4 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist N/A N/A
1992–93 1 Eredivisie 5 Quarterfinalist N/A N/A
1993–94 1 Eredivisie 5 Semifinalist N/A N/A
1994–95 1 Eredivisie 4 Semifinalist N/A N/A N/A
1995–96 1 Eredivisie 4 Quarterfinalist N/A N/A N/A
1996–97 1 Eredivisie 2 Semifinalist Runner–up N/A N/A
1997–98 1 Eredivisie 2 Runner–up Semifinalist N/A N/A
1998–99 1 Eredivisie 6 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist N/A N/A
1999–00 1 Eredivisie 3 Quarterfinalist Runner–up N/A N/A
2000–01 1 Eredivisie 2 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist N/A N/A
2001–02 1 Eredivisie 2 Quarterfinalist Semifinalist N/A N/A
2002–03 1 Eredivisie 7 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist N/A N/A
2003–04 1 Eredivisie 3 Champion Semifinalist N/A N/A
2004–05 1 Eredivisie 1 Quarterfinalist Champion N/A
2
ULEB Cup Regular season
2005–06 1 Eredivisie 3 Runner–up Fourth round N/A
3
FIBA EuroCup Regular season
2006–07 1 Eredivisie 3 Quarterfinalist Runner–up N/A N/A
2007–08 1 Eredivisie 5 Quarterfinalist Quarterfinalist N/A
2
ULEB Cup Regular season
2008–09 1 Eredivisie 3 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist N/A N/A
2009–10 1 Eredivisie 1 Champion Semifinalist N/A N/A
2010–11 1 DBL 2 Runner–up Champion N/A
2
Eurocup Regular season
2011–12 1 DBL 2 Semifinalist Quarterfinalist Runner–up
2
Eurocup Regular season
2012–13 1 DBL 3 Semifinalist Fourth round N/A N/A
2013–14 1 DBL 1 Champion Champion N/A
3
EuroChallenge Regular season
2014–15 1 DBL
3
Runner-up Champion Champion N/A
2015-16 1 DBL
3
Champion Eight final Runner-up
3
EuroChallenge Regular season

Individual awards[edit]

Supporters club[edit]

The current supporters club was founded on August 26, 1997 under the name Vikings, a nod to the Norse god Donar (Thor). After the club lost Donar from its name, this link became less clear. In 2010 it was decided to change the name of the supporters club to SV Donar (Supporters club Donar). The supporters club had 330 members as of the start of season 2010/2011.

Head coaches[edit]

Coach From To Honours
Netherlands Maarten van Gent 1980 1982 1 Dutch League
Netherlands Ton Boot 2003 2007 1 Dutch League, 1 NBB Cup
Spain Pep Clarós 2007 2008
Netherlands Marco van den Berg 2008 2011 1 Dutch League, 1 NBB Cup
Netherlands Hakim Salem 2011 Dec 2012
Croatia Ivica Skelin Jan 2013 2015 1 Dutch League, 2 NBB Cups, 1 Supercup
Netherlands Erik Braal 2015 Present 1 Dutch League, 1 NBB Cup, 1 Supercup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Donar: "Een verslavingsgraad van 98 procent"". Worldbasketballnews.nl. 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Capitals wordt GasTerra Flames" (in Dutch). RTV Noord. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  3. ^ "GasTerra Flames landskampioen". RTV Noord. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  4. ^ "GasTerra Flames toegelaten tot voorronden Euroleague". GasTerra Flames (in Dutch). Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  5. ^ "Basketbalbeker voor GasTerra Flames" (in Dutch). AD. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  6. ^ "Basketballers ZZ Leiden kampioen". NOS. 2011-12-21. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  7. ^ "Salem nieuwe coach GasTerra Flames". NOS (in Dutch). Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  8. ^ "Coach Salem ontslagen bij Flames". NOS (in Dutch). Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  9. ^ "Ivica Skelin nieuwe coach GasTerra Flames". GasTerra Flames (in Dutch). Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  10. ^ "GasTerra stopt als hoofdsponsor Flames" (in Dutch). RTV Noord. 2013-07-28. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  11. ^ "GasTerra Flames verovert nationale beker". Basketball.nl. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  12. ^ "Vierde landstitel voor GasTerra Flames". iBasketball. 2014-05-25. Retrieved 2014-06-07. 
  13. ^ "Bericht van het bestuur: een vakantie-update » Donar" (in Dutch). Gasterraflames.nl. Retrieved 2015-01-07. 
  14. ^ "Naam Donar terug in Martiniplaza". DBL. 
  15. ^ Jason Dourisseau terug bij Donar

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