FIBA European Championship Draws Made
January 22, 2016
The draws for the FIBA European Championships were made this morning, with eight Irish squads set to compete across the continent this Summer.
Irelandâs Senior Women will compete in the FIBA Womenâs European Championships for Small Countries in Gibraltar from June 28th to July 3rd. Mark Scannellâs side have been drawn in Group A alongside Moldova and Wales. Gibraltar, Andorra and Malta complete Group B.
A group win would qualify Ireland directly for the semi-finals with second place good enough for a quarter-final berth. Speaking about the draw, Coach Scannell said: âMoldova will be tough and we know a little bit about Wales. The main thing is that knowing the opposition will kick start our scouting and help with the overall planning.â
Irelandâs Senior Men will be competing at the FIBA European Championships for Small Countries for a fifth time. Moldova is the host nation in 2016, where the Irish have been drawn in Group A with San Marino, Malta and Gibraltar. 2012 and 2014 champions Andorra are in Group B with Armenia, Wales, Monaco and hosts Moldova.
"The draw has added extra excitement as we can see what we're preparing for," said Ireland Senior Men's Coach Colin O'Reilly. "For the players it's a case of continuing to perform at a high level for their clubs. Playing in high level club games gives the coaching staff an opportunity to see players in pressurised situations which we can use when putting together our player profiles to help build our squad for the training camps."
Ireland are also returning to action at U20 level in 2016. The U20 Menâs squad are in Greece from July 15th where a tough Group C awaits include Great Britain, hosts Greece, the Netherlands, Kosova and Albania. The U20 Womenâs squad have also been drawn against the hosts. Emer Foleyâs side play home side Montenegro and Slovenia in the group phase.
The U18 Men are the only other squad who will have to face a home atmosphere. Macedonia are the hosts and opponents in Group A alongside Bulgaria, Hungary, Cyprus and Poland.
The U18 Womenâs Squad will face Estonia, Greece, England and Macedonia when they go to Sarajevo to contest Group C on July 23rd.
The Ireland U16 squads have both drawn England and Scotland in their groups. The U16 Women will also have to meet Finland, Bulgaria and Bosnia and Herzegovina when they head to Romania in August. For the U16 Men itâs Israel, Macedonia and Hungary rounding out the group.
FIBA Womenâs European Championships for Small Countries
Gibraltar, June 26th â July 3rd, 2016.
Group A: Moldova, Ireland, Wales.
Head Coach: Mark Scannell.
FIBA Menâs European Championships for Small Countries
Chisinau, Moldova, June 26th to July 3rd.
Group A: Ireland, San Marino, Malta, Gibraltar.
Head Coach: Colin OâReilly
FIBA U20 Womenâs European Championships:
Division B: Podgorica, Montenegro, July 9th â July 17th, 2016.
Group D: Ireland, Slovenia, Montenegro.
Head Coach: Emer Foley
FIBA U20 Menâs European Championships:
Division B: Halkida, Greece, July 15th â July 24th, 2016.
Group C: Great Britain, Greece, Netherlands, Kosovo, Ireland, Albania.
Head Coach: Darren OâNeill
FIBA U18 Womenâs European Championships:
Division B: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, July 23rd â July 31st.
Group C: Estonia, Greece, Ireland, England, MKD.
Head Coach: Liam Culloty
FIBA U18 Menâs European Championships:
Division B: Skopje, MKD, July 29th â August 7th, 2016.
Group A: Bulgaria, Hungary, Cyprus, Ireland, Poland, MKD.
Head Coach: Joey Boylan
FIBA U16 Menâs European Championships:
Division B: Sofia, Bulgaria, August 11th â 20th, 2016.
Group B: Ireland, Israel, MKD, Hungary, Scotland, England.
Head Coach: Nabil Murad
FIBA U16 Womenâs European Championships:
Division B: Oradea, Romania, August 5th â 14th, 2016.
Group C: Scotland, Finland, Bulgaria, England, Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Head Coach: Maeve Coleman