ROUND-UP: Ireland Senior Men and Women's v Luxembourg
May 19, 2017
Ireland Senior Team Results:
Friday, May 19th
Luxembourg 67-60 Ireland Senior Women
Saturday, May 20th
Luxembourg 74-55 Ireland Senior Women
Luxembourg 86-79 Ireland Senior Men
Sunday, May 21st
Luxembourg 65-74 Ireland Senior Women
Luxembourg 57-74 Ireland Senior Men
Ireland Senior Team Detailed Results:
Double wins for Ireland in Luxembourg as Senior Women's and Men’s teams storm home to victory
There were big celebrations for the Irish in Luxembourg this afternoon as both the Irish Senior Women’s and Men’s teams stormed home to victory in their games against the hosts earlier today.
Mark Scannell’s charges were the first to take to the court and put in a superb display across the four quarters to ensure a 65-74 point win over the Luxembourg side. Top-scoring from Mimi (Michelle) Clarke, Grainne Dwyer and Claire Rockall was the difference on the day, with fantastic defence across the court from Claire Melia and Edel Thornton also adding to the road to victory.
Speaking about the three games over the weekend, Coach Scannell stated: “It’s been a huge learning curve for us. I thought we played really well on Friday night, and it was tiredness that got to us down the stretch, but we did very well. I don’t think we played particularly well on Saturday, we just didn’t execute in the second half and they were very good. We had a chat about it, and changed one or two little things and today, I thought the girls were excellent.
"They played defence brilliantly and got back to the way we normally play, shutting down Luxembourg’s key players… I thought we got a lot of things right today. I’m delighted. We really needed the international games, and we will learn a lot from them.”
The men’s game saw the Irish squad made a superb turnaround from a 22-8 point deficit at the end of the first quarter to run out 74-57 point winners in the end. John Carroll was the shining star, bagging 27 points for the visitors, with Adrian O’Sullivan, Lorcan Murphy and Ciaran Roe also impressing.
Speaking about the two-game series, Head Coach Pete Strickland stated: “As a coach when you win a game you kind of think, well, why didn’t we win the other one? As a coach, there were a few adjustments we had to make from last night’s game. Luxembourg are a very good shooting team – so for our guys to make adjustments and really exploit some of their weaknesses in such a short time was very enocouraging.
“I found out a lot about this team over the weekend - two games when it really counts, when they’re putting on the kit with 'Ireland' written on the front is really huge. We got a lot of answers from the weekend – we had a lot of questions after last night’s game, but a lot of answers too and I'm really pleased with that."
RESULTS – Day 3 (May 21st)
Luxembourg Senior Women 65-74 Ireland Senior Women
Luxembourg Senior Men 57-74 Ireland Senior Men
IRELAND SENIOR WOMEN: Aine McKenna (5), Sarah Woods (7), Michelle Clarke (18), Claire Rockall (17), Amy Waters, Grainne Dwyer (17), Danielle O’Leary, Edel Thornton (8), Emma Sherwood, Claire Melia (2), Aine O’Connor, Cathy Kavanagh.
IRELAND SENIOR MEN: Adrian O’Sullivan (10), Lorcan Murphy (14), Cian Nihill (4), Stephen James, Ciaran Roe (3), Isaac Westbrooks (5), Patrick Lyons, Ciaran O’Sullivan (5), Jason Killeen (4), John Carroll (27), Neil Randolph (2), Paul Freeman.
Day 2 – May 20th
Luxembourg Senior Men: 86
Ireland Senior Men: 79
The Men’s team played out a cracking game against the hosts in their first encounter in Luxembourg this weekend. Lorcan Murphy was the star of the show for the Irish squad, top scoring with 23 points in their 86-79 point loss. Indeed, Pete Strickland’s charges were impressive on all areas of the court, with Jason Killeen and John Carroll also standing firm in the face of the Luxembourg attack and chipping in with 14 and 17 points respectively.
Luxembourg had the better of the opening exchanges, pushing into a six point lead early on, before scores from Murphy, Adrian O’Sullivan and Carroll closed the gap to see them trail 29-24 at the end of the first. Luxembourg kept the intensity up with Tom Schumacher and Thomas Grun causing the Irish team a lot of trouble, with Schumacher hitting some well-timed threes to push them ten ahead at half time (48-38).
The third quarter saw Ireland’s intensity pick up once more, good scoring from Ciaran Roe, Isaac Westbrooks and Killeen all adding baskets, to close the gap to 65-59 going into the last. A fast paced and very tense fourth quarter saw Ireland throwing everything they had at Luxembourg bringing the gap back to five in the closing minutes, but it just wasn’t enough as Luxembourg ran out 86-70 point winners in the end.
IRELAND: Adrian O’Sullivan (8), Lorcan Murphy (23), Cian Nihill, Stephen James, Ciaran Roe (7), Isaac Westbrooks (6), Patrick Lyons, Paul Freeman (1), Ciaran O’Sullivan, Jason Killeen (14), John Carroll (17), Neil Randolph (3).
Day 2 – May 20th
Game 2 of 3:
IRELAND senior women’s team took to the court this evening hoping to improve on their performance against Luxembourg on Friday evening, which saw them lose out by just seven points (67-60).
It wasn’t to be this evening however as, despite a classy and hugely impressive display from Glanmire’s Grainne Dwyer and Killester’s Mimi Clarke, Luxembourg were on form, and drove home to a 74-55 point win in the end. Link to game here.
IRELAND: Aine McKenna, Sarah Woods, Michelle Clarke, Claire Rockall, Amy Waters, Grainne Dwyer, Danielle O’Leary, Edel Thornton, Emma Sherwood, Claire Melia, Aine O’Connor, Cathy Kavanagh.
Day 1 - Friday, May 19th
IRELAND Senior Women’s team were the first to take to the floor in Luxembourg this evening, as they suffered a 67-60 point defeat at the hands of the hosts following a thrilling and closely contested game.
Luxembourg got off to a strong start in quarter one, but good scoring from Mimi Clarke and Claire Melia soon saw Ireland close the gap and hold a slim one-point lead at the end of the quarter (18-19).
It remained neck-in-neck throughout the second, with Nadia Mossong and Magaly Meynadier causing the most damage for Luxembourg, but Ireland held their own, with Sarah Woods, Grainne Dwyer and Edel Thornton all contributing on the scoreboard to see it all square at the half time break, 36-36.
Quarter three continued in the same vein, with nothing separting the sides, but after the game tied once more on 46-46, momentum swung in favour of the hosts, and they got a good run to go ahead at the end of the quarter, 55-48.
Tired legs and bodies began to tell for Ireland in the last, and though the girls in green brought the gap back to just five points with 19 seconds to go (65-60) Luxembourg just had that bit more steam, and ran out 67-60 winners in the end.
IRELAND: Aine McKenna, Sarah Woods (5), Michelle Clarke (10), Claire Rockall (8), Amy Waters (5), Grainne Dwyer (8), Danielle O’Leary, Edel Thornton (13), Emma Sherwood, Claire Melia (6), Aine O’Connor (5), Cathy Kavanagh.
Ireland Senior Men’s squad for Luxembourg:
Adrian O’Sullivan, UCC Demons
Cian Nihill, Pyrobel Killester
Ciaran O’Sullivan, UCC Demons
Ciaran Roe, Pyrobel Killester
Isaac Westbrooks, Griffith Swords Thunder
Jason Killeen, Templeogue
John Carroll, University of Hartford, USA
Lorcan Murphy, Templeogue
Neil Randolph, Templeogue
Patrick Lyons, SSE Airtricity Moycullen
Paul Freeman, SSE Airtricity Moycullen
Stephen James, Templeogue
Ireland Senior Men’s backroom team:
Head Coach - Pete Strickland
Assistant Coach - Ioannis Liapakis
Team Manager - Tom O’Malley
Ireland Senior Women’s squad for Luxembourg:
Aine McKenna, Ambassador UCC Glanmire
Aine O’Connor, Courtyard Liffey Celtics
Amy Waters, Singleton SuperValu Brunell
Cathy Kavanagh, Maxol WIT Wildcats
Claire Melia, Portlaoise Panthers
Claire Rockall, Ambassador UCC Glanmire
Grainne Dwyer (C), Ambassador UCC Glanmire
Danielle O’Leary, Singleton SuperValu Brunell
Edel Thornton, Quinnipiac/Singleton SuperValu Brunell
Emma Sherwood, Pyrobel Killester
Michelle Clarke, Pyrobel Killester
Sarah Woods, DCU Mercy
Ireland Senior Women’s backroom team:
Head Coach – Mark Scannell
Asst. Coach – Francis O’Sullivan
Asst. Coach – Paul Kelleher
Team Manager – Grace O’Sullivan
Team Physio – Maura Murphy