Ireland Women launch Mardyke Arena UCC Partnership
June 10, 2016
The Ireland Senior Womenâs National Team can win the 2016 FIBA European Championships for Small Countries, according to their Head Coach. Mark Scannell was speaking at the launch of a partnership between his squad and the Mardyke Arena UCC.
âWeâre going out there to win the tournament, but we have to get the steps right along the way if weâre going to achieve that,â said Scannell. The squad fly to Gibraltar to face Moldova and Wales in the Group Stages of the European Championships on June 28th and June 29th. Ireland are back in action at senior level after a seven year hiatus, but have finished as runners-up in the competition on three previous occasions.
The Mardyke has been a training hub for the squad since reforming in late 2015. Open trials were held at the Arena in December and the Munster based members of the squad have been training there midweek along with the wider squad at weekends. The championship squad of 12 players has full access to the elite training facilities and will wear the Mardyke Arena UCC logo on their gear in Europe.
âWe think weâre ready,â said Scannell, who is also at the Helm of Team Montenotte Hotel, âbut we canât tell what the opposition is like from here so thereâs going to be a lot of work done on the ground when we get out there too. â
âWe have players who are stars in their clubs but at international level they have to make the same impact with half the opportunities. Thatâs why itâs so important that everyone understands their roles.
Mardyke Arena UCC General Manager Patsy Ryan has himself been a National League Basketball Coach. âSince opening in 2001 weâve had a strong relationship with basketball,â he said. âThe partnership with the Senior Womenâs team mixes well with what weâre trying to do here at an elite level. We have a lot of international players, athletes and Olympians using the arena, so when an international basketball squad wants to train in Cork, this is where we want them to be.â
Pictured at the launch of the Partnership between the Ireland Senior Womenâs National Squad and the Mardyke Arena UCC
Back Row L to R: Francis OâSullivan (Ireland Assistant Coach), Aoife McDermott, Casey Grace, Amy Waters (Ireland), Grace OâSullivan (Ireland Team Manager)
Front Row L to R: Bernard OâByrne (Basketball Ireland), Patsy Ryan (Mardyke Arena UCC), Cllr. Chris O'Leary, Lord Mayor of Cork, Aine McKenna (Ireland), Mark Scannell (Ireland Head Coach), Paul Kelleher (Ireland Assistant Coach)