Ireland Wheelchair Basketball Team travel to Europeans this week
July 26, 2019
The Irish Wheelchair Basketball senior men’s team will travel to Sofia, Bulgaria this week to tip off their European Championships Division C campaign.
Games will run from July 29th to August 3rd and Ireland has been drawn in Group B alongside Serbia and Greece, with their first game tipping off on Wednesday, July 31st.
Looking ahead to the tournament, head coach Valene Ryan stated: “I have been involved with the International setup since 2014, first as the team manager and then I took over as Head Coach in 2018. My coaching philosophy is based on respect and positive reinforcement. I reviewed the team dynamic in 2018 which consisted of making changes to re-form the culture. Our culture has been set by the team and is based on respect, positive attitude and hard work.
"I can honestly say I am honoured as a coach to have the players that have been selected onto the squad to work with. A team is tested during its tough times. These players have gone through ups and downs which does not deter them but makes them resilient. We look forward to striving towards our goals set for this year’s championships. Whatever the end result, the journey is what matters not the destination."
You can follow all of the action via the official event website here: http://www.competitions.iwbf-europe.org/index.php/ecmc-home-menu
Ireland Wheelchair Basketball Fixtures
(All times listed are Irish times)
Wednesday, July 31st
Group Game 1
Ireland v Greece, 16.30
Friday, August 2nd
Group Game 2
Serbia v Ireland, 9.15
The Ireland Senior Men's wheelchair basketball team 2019
Conor Coughlan, Rebel Wheelers, 2.5
Derek Hegarty, Rebel Wheelers, 3
Dylan McCarthy, Rebel Wheelers, 4
Jack Quinn, Rebel Wheelers, 3.5
Jack Shannon Cole, Ballybrack Bulls, 1.5
Jason Ryan, Ballybrack Bulls, 1.5
Jonathan Hayes, Ballybrack Bulls, 2.5
Jack Mangan, Kilkenny Swifts, 4
Matthew Rollston, Northern Ireland Knights, 3.5
Paul McKillop, Northern Ireland Knights, 2
Paul Ryan, Rebel Wheelers, 4
Neil Carlisle, Northern Ireland Knights, 4.5
Seamus Holland, Clonaslee, 4.5
Tim Creedon, Titans, 1.5