LIVE: Ireland v Iceland

LIVE: Ireland v Iceland

  • Sep 07,2016
Ireland and Iceland have named their squads for the upcoming 'Fire & Ice' series in Dublin and Cork. 

The sides will meet at the National Basketball Arena for the first time since 2009 on Friday September 9th before a replay at Neptune Stadium on Saturday September 10th. 

Both island nations competed in the 2009 Eurobasket Qualifiers before dropping off the international map at FIBA level. Iceland returned to action with silver at the European Championships for Small Countries in 2014 and are now competing in the FIBA Eurobasket 2017 qualifiers. They are third in Group E ahead of Portugal but behind Hungary and Slovakia. 

Ireland returned to the International scene in 2016 with a silver medal at the FIBA European Championships for Small Countries with two players who played against Iceland in the 2009 qualifiers. 

Claire Rockall started all four games for Ireland at this summer’s European Championships in Gibraltar, but came off the bench as a rookie in a 71-65 win over Iceland at the National Basketball Arena on August 26th 2009. Sarah Woods was also a substitute that day and was named on the tournament All-Star team in Gibraltar. 

All 11 silver medallists have been named in the squad along with Ireland U18 starlet Claire Melia who impressed with double-digit scoring in both friendlies against the North Carolina Tar Heels in August. Grainne Dwyer returns to captain the side. 

Two Icelanders will be making their return to Dublin - Ragna Brynjarsdóttir and Sigrún Ámundadóttir also graduating from the subs bench to the starting five over the past seven years. 

The similarities continue as Head Coach Ívar Ásgrímsson, like Mark Scannell, is also in his second stint in charge with his country. 

A number of younger players are also on board with Iceland. Sylvía Hálfdánardóttir notched a double-double in a 71-65 win against Ireland at the FIBA U18 European Championships last year with Elín Hrafnkelsdóttir also making an impression. 

With American’s dominating the All-Icelandic League Awards in 2016, Gunnhildur Gunnarsdóttir proved her worth at shooting guard with a spot on the All-Domestic Players Team for league and cup champions Snaefell. All squad members play their club basketball in Iceland. 

Ireland Squad:
Aine McKenna PG 1.76m
Sarah Woods SG 1.76m
Casey Grace PF 1.82m
Claire Rockall SG 1.80m
Amy Waters PF 1.80m
Grainne Dwyer PF 1.80m
Danielle O’Leary PG 1.76m
Michelle Clarke SG 1.77m
Sinead Deegan PG 1.76m
Aine O’Connor PF 1.82m
Aoife McDermott C 1.84m
Claire Melia C 1.98m

Coaches: Mark Scannell (Head Coach), Paul Kelleher (Assistant Coach), Francis O'Sullivan (Assistant Coach), Grace O'Sullivan (Team Manager)

Iceland Squad:
Auður Ólafsdóttir SG 1.72m
Bergþóra Holton SF 1.80m
Berglind Gunnarsdóttir SG 1.76m
Elín Hrafnkelsdóttir C 1.83m
Gunnhildur Gunnarsdóttir SG 1.73m
Ingibjörg Jakobsdóttir PG 1.77m
Ingunn Kristínardóttir PG 1.70m
Jóhanna Sveinsdóttir F 1.79m
Ragna Brynjarsdóttir C 1.86m
Sandra Þrastardóttir PF 1.83m
Sigrún Ámundadóttir PF 1.81m
Sylvía Hálfdánardóttir SF 1.81m

Staff: Ívar Ásgrímsson (Head Coach), Bjarni Magnússon (Assistant Coach), Arnar Sigurjónsson (Strength Coach), Gunnlaugur Jónasson (Physio), Bryndís Gunnlaugsdóttir (Head of Delegation)

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