Irish basketball coach announces woman’s squad for European Championship

Ireland Senior Women’s team head coach Mark Scannell has today announced the twelve players who will go on to represent Ireland at the 2018 FIBA Women’s European Championship for Small Countries which will be held in Cork this summer.

The team features a number of experienced senior Irish international players including Grainne Dwyer, Claire Rockall and Sarah Woods, as well as last summer’s Irish Under 18 star, Sorcha Tiernan.

The team was unveiled at a special team announcement at the River Lee Hotel in Cork this evening and, speaking about the news, Coach Scannell stated: “It’s been a long process and we have looked at over 20 players these past two years and have had to make tough choices, but we are happy that we are now at the best available 12 players to represent Ireland in Cork.

“I want to thank all those players, who tried out and who didn’t make it, for their dedication and time. I would also like to thank the staff for their hard work to date and to congratulate the players selected as well. I have no doubt that we will compete and challenge for the gold medal in Cork next month. The focus narrows now though, as we go to Poland next week for preparation games and we will give our all from now until our first game.”

Ireland will play in Group B at the championships – which will run from June 26th to July 1st at the Mardyke Arena UCC – facing the challenges of Luxembourg, Norway and Cyprus. Reigning champions Malta, who pipped Ireland to the gold medal in 2016, will also compete, and will contest Group A alongside Gibraltar, Moldova and Denmark.

The Ireland Senior Women’s team 2018 is:
Aine McKenna, Ambassador UCC Glanmire (Listowel, Co. Kerry)
Amy Waters, Singleton SuperValu Brunell (Gurranabraher, Co. Cork)
Casey Grace, Ambassador UCC Glanmire (Carrigaline Co. Cork)
Claire Rockall, Ambassador UCC Glanmire (Maree, Co. Galway)
Danielle O’Leary, Singleton SuperValu Brunell (Gurranabraher, Co. Cork)
Edel Thornton, Quinnipiac University (Gurranabraher, Co. Cork)
Fiona O’Dwyer, A.S.D Basket Femminile Stabia (Stamford, Connecticut, USA)
Grainne Dwyer, Ambassador UCC Glanmire (Thurles, Co. Tipperary)
Hannah Thornton, Pyrobel Killester (Clontarf, Co. Dublin)
Sarah Woods, DCU Mercy (Clontarf, Co. Dublin)
Sorcha Tiernan, Courtyard Liffey Celtics (Leixlip, Co. Kildare)
Stephanie O’Shea, Maxol WIT Wildcats (Butlerstown, Co. Waterford)

FIBA Women’s European Championships for Small Countries – Schedule
NOTE – All games will be played at the Mardyke Arena, UCC, Cork

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
Group Games
Malta v Denmark, 13.45
Luxembourg v Cyprus, 16.00
Norway v Ireland, 18.15
Gibraltar v Moldova, 20.30

Wednesday, June 27th, 2018
Group Games
Cyprus v Norway, 13.45
Denmark v Gibraltar, 16.00
Ireland v Luxembourg, 18.15
Moldova v Malta, 20.30

Thursday, June 28th, 2018
Group Games
Luxembourg v Norway, 13.45
Moldova v Denmark, 16.00
Ireland v Cyprus, 18.15
Malta v Gibraltar, 20.30

Friday, June 29th, 2018
No games – rest day for all teams

Saturday, June 30th, 2018
Qualification Games – Please note these are subject to change
Game 13: A3 v B4, 13.45
Game 14: B3 v A4, 16.00
Game 15: A1 v B2, 18.15
Game 16: B1 v A2, 20.30
Sunday, July 1st, 2018
Final standings – Please note these are subject to change
Game 17: Loser 13 v Loser 14, 13.00
Game 18: Winner 13 v Winner 14, 15.15
Game 19: Loser 15 v Loser 16, 17.30
Game 20: Winner 15 v Winner 16 (final), 19.45


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