Preview: Medals on the line for Ireland's Senior Squads
July 03, 2016
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Ireland In Medal Matches On Final Day Of European Championships
Irelandâs Women fight for gold while the menâs squad contest a bronze medal game on the final day of the 2016 FIBA European Championships for Small Countries.
The womenâs national team saw off Andorra yesterday to reach todayâs final against a highly fancied Malta side. With just 22 hours to turn around after the 84-45 semi-final win, there was no time to reflect.
âItâs all about recovery and proper preparation,â said Aoife McDermott. âWeâre not going to do anything different from what weâve been doing all week. The Coaches have Malta well scouted and weâll know exactly what we need to do. Weâve all waited long enough to get an Irish jersey on us.â
Malta are the most accurate two-point shooters in the competition and paved their path to the final with the least amount of turnovers. Ireland are the only other unbeaten team left in the tournament and lead the way in points scored, rebounds and assists.
Point Guard Aine McKenna says âTheyâre a big tough physical team. Itâs going to be hard in the heat. Weâre a team that likes to run, and I think theyâre going to try and slow us down. We just need to be ready for them.â
Irelandâs Men endured a disappointing 74-60 loss to Armenia in yesterdayâs semi-final, but are looking to finish their campaign in Chisinau on a positive note against San Marino.
âOur goal coming in was to reach the final but itâs been a steep learning curve,â said Assistant Coach Lawrence Summers. âWe want to finish our trip on a high, finish third and feel like weâve accomplished something on this trip.â
Colin OâReillyâs men already beat San Marino in the Group phase of the competition, but have only ever finished in a medal position on two previous occasions. Irelandâs women have reached the final three times in their history but have never won gold.
Sunday July 3rd, 2016
FIBA Women's European Championships for Small Countries Final:
Ireland v Malta
Tercentenary Sports Hall, Gibraltar, 17:30
FIBA Live Stats: http://live.fibaeurope.com/www/Game.aspx?acc=0&gameID=96664&lng=en
FIBA Men's European Championships for Small Countries Classification Game For 3rd Place:
Ireland v San Marino
Chisinau, Moldova, 16:15
FIBA Live Stats: http://live.fibaeurope.com/www/Game.aspx?acc=0&gameID=96665&lng=en