Extended Ireland Senior Women's Basketball Squad Named
March 09, 2016
Ireland Senior Womenâs Head Coach Mark Scannell has named an extended squad of 28 players for the FIBA European Championships for Small Countries in June. The squad is based on players who attended an open trial in December and made themselves available for selection.
The first squad announcement in six years features players from eight Womenâs Premier League teams as well as one from newly promoted NUIG Mystics.
Regular Season champions DCU Mercy contribute four players with five coming from defending Playoff champions Team Montenotte Hotel and three each from Pyrobel Killester, Meteors and Singleton SuperValu Brunell. UL Huskies, Maxol WIT Wildcats and Courtyard Liffey Celtics are also represented.
There are also five players currently based overseas. Orla OâReilly is in her third season with CB Bembibre in Spainâs Liga Femenina with Stephanie OâSullivan based in Canada with Keyano College and Jessica Scannell playing for Melbourne Tigers. Jessicaâs sister Clodagh is in her senior year with Boston University while Edel Thornton is a freshman at Quinnipiac University.
Head Coach Mark Scannell believes that all members of the squad will be given a chance to develop as elite players: âI want to raise the bar and give people access to the next level of basketball. We havenât had enough exposure to that level over the last few years and I want to see these players going hard against each other. Itâs about putting players on a path to operating consistently at an elite level.â
Of the updated squad, five players have been capped previously for Ireland at senior level with another nine players having competed at European Championships at underage level. A final squad of 12 will travel to Gibraltar in June and will face Moldova and Wales in Group A.
Ireland have competed in three FIBA European Championships for Small Countries and been runners up on each occasion, the last time coming in 1993. Mark Scannell oversaw Irelandâs last official campaign in 2009 prior to the international hiatus.
The extended squad will gather in April and are planning a series of games against a squad of Sport Changes Life Victory Scholars. The scholars are American players currently active in the Basketball Ireland Womenâs National League.
2016 Ireland Senior Womenâs Extended Squad:
Michelle Clarke (Pyrobel Killester)
Sinead Deegan (Maxol WIT Wildcats)
Grainne Dwyer (Team Montenotte Hotel)
Casey Grace (Team Montenotte Hotel)
Cathy Grant (UL Huskies)
Sarah Kenny (Team Montenotte Hotel)
Caro Lloyd (Meteors)
Eimear MÃ¡irtÃn (Meteors)
Aoife McDermott (DCU Mercy)
Meghan McGuinness (Meteors)
Aine McKenna (Team Montenotte Hotel)
Mairead McNally (DCU Mercy)
Lauren Murray (NUIG Mystics)
Aine OâConnor (Courtyard Liffey Celtics)
Danielle OâLeary (Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Megan OâLeary (Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Orla OâReilly (CB Bembibre)
Stephanie O'Sullivan (Keyano Huskies)
Claire Rockall (Team Montenotte Hotel)
Helena Rohan (Maxol WIT Wildcats)
Jessica Scannell (Melbourne Tigers)
Clodagh Scannell (Boston University)
Emma Sherwood (Pyrobel Killester)
Edel Thornton (Quinnipiac University)
Hannah Thornton (Pyrobel Killester)
Fionnuala Toner (DCU Mercy)
Amy Waters (Singleton SuperValu Brunell)
Sarah Woods (DCU Mercy)
FIBA Womenâs European Championships for Small Countries
Gibraltar, June 26th â July 3rd, 2016.
Group A: Moldova, Ireland, Wales.
Head Coach: Mark Scannell.
Assistant Coaches: Paul Kelleher, Francis OâSullivan
Team Manager: Grace OâSullivan
Tuesday June 28th: Ireland v Moldova
Wednesday June 29th: Ireland v Wales
Friday July 1st: Qualifying Games For Semi-Finals
Saturday July 2nd: Semi-Finals
Sunday July 3rd: Finals and Classification Games