Preview: Medals on the line for Ireland's Senior Squads

Preview: Medals on the line for Ireland's Senior Squads

  • Jul 03,2016
FIBA European Championships Game Zone:

Ireland In Medal Matches On Final Day Of European Championships 

Ireland’s Women fight for gold while the men’s squad contest a bronze medal game on the final day of the 2016 FIBA European Championships for Small Countries. 

The women’s national team saw off Andorra yesterday to reach today’s final against a highly fancied Malta side. With just 22 hours to turn around after the 84-45 semi-final win, there was no time to reflect. 

“It’s all about recovery and proper preparation,” said Aoife McDermott. “We’re not going to do anything different from what we’ve been doing all week. The Coaches have Malta well scouted and we’ll know exactly what we need to do. We’ve all waited long enough to get an Irish jersey on us.”

Malta are the most accurate two-point shooters in the competition and paved their path to the final with the least amount of turnovers. Ireland are the only other unbeaten team left in the tournament and lead the way in points scored, rebounds and assists. 

Point Guard Aine McKenna says “They’re a big tough physical team. It’s going to be hard in the heat. We’re a team that likes to run, and I think they’re going to try and slow us down. We just need to be ready for them.”

Ireland’s Men endured a disappointing 74-60 loss to Armenia in yesterday’s semi-final, but are looking to finish their campaign in Chisinau on a positive note against San Marino.

“Our goal coming in was to reach the final but it’s been a steep learning curve,” said Assistant Coach Lawrence Summers.  “We want to finish our trip on a high, finish third and feel like we’ve accomplished something on this trip.”

Colin O’Reilly’s men already beat San Marino in the Group phase of the competition, but have only ever finished in a medal position on two previous occasions. Ireland’s women have reached the final three times in their history but have never won gold. 
Sunday July 3rd, 2016
FIBA Women's European Championships for Small Countries Final:
Ireland v Malta
Tercentenary Sports Hall, Gibraltar, 17:30

FIBA Men's European Championships for Small Countries Classification Game For 3rd Place:
Ireland v San Marino
Chisinau, Moldova, 16:15

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