RECAP: Ireland Women's Masters team claim big win in Finland
July 30, 2019
The Ireland Women’s Masters team claimed their first win of the 2019 FIMBA World Championships in Finland this afternoon after they won out 69-59 over Colombia B in the final group game of the F40+.
The game was very tight throughout the first three quarters with Ireland leading by two points at the end of the first. The second quarter remained neck-in-neck with both teams trading baskets. Colombia got some easy looks from breaking the Irish press, so a quick regroup saw the Irish back to zone defense and they led by a basket at the half, 32-30.
Ireland stepped up the defense intensity in the third quarter, and it quickly paid dividends, sending Ireland into a five-point lead going into the last quarter. The final quarter saw Ireland empty their bench with everybody seeing court time and the Irish closed out a tough physical Colombian side by a margin of 10 points to take their first win in Irish history for a women’s masters basketball team at international level.
IRELAND: Anne Marie Troy (5), Collette Boylan (5), Deirdre Tomlinson (16), Eileen Bradley (16), Grainne Tomlinson (2), Jo O' Keefe (8), Karen Mulherin, Marla Candon (8), Pamela Grogan (7), Regina Birmingham, Siobhain Monerawela (2), Suzanne Lakes, Therese Traynor (2)