ROUND-UP: Ireland Under 20 Women secure two wins in Girona

ROUND-UP: Ireland Under 20 Women secure two wins in Girona

  • May 18,2017

The Irish Under 20 Women's team will compete in Girona this weekend as part of a four day training camp in preparation for European Championships later this summer. 

The squad will play three games in Girona (fixtures below) as part of the camp, and Head Coach, Maeve Coleman, was looking forward to the tournament. 

"We are looking forward to the four days," she stated. "It is our first opportunity to have all 12 players together. Playing such a high level competition is great preparation for our Slovakia trip in June before we depart for Israel in early July."

You can view more details about the squad here. 

Ireland Under 20 Women's Results:

Day 1 - May 18th, 2017

GEIEG B 50-55 Ireland U20 


Ireland U20 55

Ireland Under 20 Women's team got their campaign off to a good start in Girona on Thursday evening, winning out by five points (50-55) following a tough and competitive game.

It was a close game from the off, with just two points separating the teams at half time, Ireland with the advantage 25-27. Good scoring from Ireland in the second half kept the scoreboard ticking over and saw them home to victory. 

"It was a tough opener after a long day of travelling, having been on the road since 3am today," admitted Coach Coleman. "It was an extremely physical and gutsy game, and there were some good lessons learned ahead of tomorrow's game against their senior women's team."

Top scorers Ireland:

Anna Kelly 23, Nicole Clancy 9, Aisling McCann 7

Day 2 - May 19th, 2017

GEIEG 61-46 Ireland U20 


Ireland U20 46

Ireland Under 20 Women's team had to settle for second best on day two of their trip to Girona, as they suffered a 61-46 point defeat against Girona Senior Ladies. 

"It was a superb game tonight against Uni Girona Senior Women who play Spanish Division 3 National League," said Head Coach, Maeve Coleman. "We had a very slow start to the first quarter, ending 15-5 behind. We were taught a lot of lessons by the senior women in that opening quarter. In the second quarter, we tried different things defensively, but our shots weren't dropping and some weaknesses were being exposed.

"Quarter three was a much improved performance, shots started to go in and we played with heart and determination on into quarter four, with much more aggression at both ends - we won the fourth quarter as a result."

Top scorers Ireland:

Ciara Wheeler 14, Anna Kelly 11, Anna Brennan 8

Day 3: May 20th, 2017 

GEIEG U18 59-67 Ireland U20 

GEIEG U18: 59

Ireland U20: 67

Ireland Under 20 Women's got their final game of the weekend off to an explosive start, with a superb opening five minutes that laid the foundations for their second win from three games. 

With strong scoring from the start, Ireland took an early 11-18 lead at the end of the first, with some of the youngest members of the squad stepping up to, and meeting, the challenge of a tough third game. Ireland continued to work hard throughout the second quarter, but the third was really where things clicked, with a change up in defence giving Ireland a stronger advantage to take a 14-point lead. 

A few lapses in concentration as tiredness began to kick in took its toll on the scoring, with the Girona side coming back within eight points, but Ireland rallied well and held a 50-38 point lead going into the last. The fourth quarter saw the full bench involved in play, with some excellent individual displays to run out 59-67 point winners in the end. 

"Overall, the three days have been an excellent learning and growing experience for us," said Coach Coleman. " We finished off the trip with a training session, and next week, we will play USAAI on Wednesday in Leixlip Amenities Centre at 7.30pm."

Top scorers Ireland:

Anna Kelly 19, Nicole Clancy 10, Mae Crane 8

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