Ireland U18 Women Beat Argentina In France

Ireland U18 Women Beat Argentina In France

  • Jun 11,2016
A number of underage International squads are to take part in warm up tournaments in preparation for the European Championships this summer. 

The Ireland U18 Women head to Nantes in the west of France for the Rezé Basketball International Women’s Tournament 2016. Liam Culloty’s squad will compete against the U17 squads of Argentina, France and the Czech Republic. 

Nine players make the trip with Amy Murphy, Saoirse Power Cassidy and Aoife Maguire all unavailable due to Leaving Cert commitments. 

The Ireland U16 Men’s and Women’s squad will return to the Dussmann Cup in Mersh Luxembourg in July. It also served as a warm up tourney for both squads in 2015 with the U16 Women’s side winning their competition. 

Sunday June 12th:
Gymnase Arthur-Dugast, FRA 
Ireland U18 Women 50, Czech Republic 67

Ireland signed off on their three-game series against elite International opposition with a 67-50 defeat by the Czech Republic. The Czechs were the strongest opposition at the Reze Basket International tournament in France coming in as defending FIBA U16 Women European ‘A’ Champions. 11 of the squad beat that beat hosts Portugal in last August’s final lined out against Ireland and promptly went into an 11-0 lead in just four minutes. 

Ireland were feeling the effects of last night’s win over Argentina but made the collective effort to empty the tank and attacked at will to fight back to 23-16 at the end of the quarter. 

The Czech’s were 41-27 clear at the break but once again Ireland fought back and outscored their ‘A’ opponents 19-16 in the third quarter. Liam Culloty’s side were outbounded 60-30 over the course of the game but trusted their defence and got 19 steals in the game including five from Sorcha Tiernan. 

With six minutes left, Ireland had somehow reduced the deficit to just seven points. Louise Scannell drained a jumpshot before Claire Melia took her tally to a game high 19 points. It was a mammoth effort as Ireland’s nine players were up against a roster which used 11 players over the 40 minutes. 

“We just ran out of steam,” said Coach Liam Culloty. “The three games took their toll in the end but we can be really proud of our efforts. We were right there in the second half and it gives us a real boost heading into the European Championships. Onwards and upwards. 

Ireland: Alex Macheta (2), Sorcha Tiernan (6), Aine McDonagh (6), Claire Melia (19), Rachel Huijsdens (3). Substitutes: Catherine Connaire (2), Anna Maguire, Verity O’Connor (8), Louise Scannell (4). 

Saturday June 11th:
Gymnase Arthur-Dugast, FRA 
Ireland U18 Women 59, Argentina 51

Ireland's U18 Women have pulled off an historic result with a 59-51 win over Argentina at the Reze Tournament in France. Argentina's Senior side are ranked in the top 15 in the world while the U17 squad that played Ireland had finished third in the South American Championships in December. 

Liam Culloty's side had a hot start with an 8-0 but found themselves trailing 16-8 at the end of the first quarter. Josefina
Torruella was the star for the Pumas, finishing with 19 points. Ireland's zone match up gave them a firm footing in the game and they recovered to trail just 27-23 at half time. 

Valentina Silva and Florencia Chagas were both among the top five three-point shooters at the 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championship but Argentina were restricted to just 2/29 from the perimeter as gritty defence forced the South Americans into poor shot selection time and again. 

The game turned in the third quarter. Louise Scannell came off the bench to hit two triples and a layup as Ireland won the period 17-6. It spurred them on to edge the final quarter 19-18 for an unprecedented win. 

32 points came from U17 players with all nine of the roster on the scoresheet and Coach Liam Culloty says they've all earned the right to enjoy a memorable night. 

"We haven't stopped jumping around since the end of the game," he said. "We're absolutely buzzing. It's not every night an Irish team beats a top A country. We have the Czech Republic tomorrow but we're on a high right now." 

Ireland: Anna Maguire (6), Alex Macheta (2), Verity O'Connor (8), Aine McDonagh (7), Claire Melia (12). Substitutes: Louise Scannell (12), Catherine Connaire (4), Sorcha Tiernan (7), Rachel Huijsdens (1).

Saturday June 11th:
Neptune Stadium, Cork
Ireland Senior Men 84, Ireland U20 Men 48

Ireland’s Senior Men proved too strong for their U20 counterparts in an entertaining game at Neptune Stadium. In front of a crowd of over 150, Colin O’Reilly’s side ran out 84-48 winners. 

Both sides made liberal use of their bench in preparation for the European Championships in June and July. The senior bench actually outscored their starters as Paul Dick, Lorcan Murphy and Stephen James came in to score well. Kyle Hosford had the game high with 19 points while U20 Jordan Blount had 10 points for the seniors. 

It was an evenly contested first quarter with Graham Brannelly looking sharp for the U20s. The Seniors led 18-17 after 10 minutes but restricted the U20’s to just 12 points in the middle quarters to take control. Stephen O’Hanlon came in to help the U20’s edge the final quarter.  

Ireland: Kyle Hosford (19), Jordan Blount (10), Ciaran O’Sullivan (7), Colin O’Reilly, Keelan Cairns (4). Substitues: Adrian O’Sullivan (3), Paul Dick (15), Lorcan Murphy (11), Stephen James (9), Conor Gallagher (6). 

Ireland U20 Men: Sean Flood (4), Charlie Coombes, Graham Brannelly (9), Martin Neary (5), Eoghain Kiernan (6). Substitutes: Stephen O’Hanlon (7), Conor Gilligan (2), Gary Barron (4), Diarmuid O’Shea (4), Joseph Tummon (7).

Friday June 10th:
Gymnase Arthur-Dugast, FRA
France 72, Ireland U18 Women 39

The challenge of facing top quality opposition was brought home to the Ireland U18 Women's Squad as they were beaten 72-39 by France in Game One of the Rezé Tournament in France. 

Team Captain Anna Maguire feels they let the game get away from them in the second half: "Obviously France were very very good. We started off well and held them so we were close to them for a lot of the game. They got more fast breaks on us in the third quarter and we didn’t react to their rhythms as well. We were down by 20 with three minutes to go and just lost our heads." 

Ireland held the lead for a number of minutes in the first quarter and went on an 8-0 run in the second quarter to make a game of it. The hosts however had the bench and the speed of attack to run out worthy winners. 

Ireland: Anna Maguire (4), Catherine Connaire (5), Louise Scannell (2), Aine McDonagh (9), Claire Melia (9) Substitutes: Rachel Huijsdens (6), Sorcha Tiernan (4), Verity O'Connor, Alex Macheta. 

Sunday June 12th:
Ireland U18 Women v Czech Republic, Gymnase Arthur-Dugast, FRA, 14:00

Friday July 1st:
Ireland U20 Women v Great Britain, Oblate Hall, TBC

Saturday July 2nd:
Ireland U20 Women v Great Britain, Oblate Hall, TBC

Friday July 8th:
Ireland U16 Women v Slovenia, Mersch, LUX, 13:00
Ireland U16 Men v Slovenia, Mersch, LUX, 15:00

Saturday July 9th:
Ireland U16 Women v Luxembourg, Mersch LUX, 17:00
Ireland U16 Men v Luxembourg, Mersch LUX, 19:30

Sunday July 10th:
Ireland U16 Women v Netherlands, Mersch LUX, 08:00
Ireland U16 Men v Netherlands, Mersch LUX, 10:00

*This is subject to both updates and change

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