Donegal gamers Maria Kealy and Shannon Cunningham have been named on a squad of 23 for the Irish U20 Lady’s Basketball group.
The squad might be concerned within the set-up for the forthcoming worldwide season, culminating with the FIBA U20 Girls’s European Championships in Romania in July.
Each girls are former Loreto Letterkenny pupils and each performed for Blaze Basketball Membership within the Cathedral City.
Kealy (pictured above by Basketball Eire) continues to be a pupil at Loreto however now performs her membership basketball with Ulster College Tigers.
Cunningham now performs her membership basketball with New York MIlitary Academy within the US the place she is predicated.
Head coach Karl Kilbride is ready to identify an expertise squad with 5 members of the roster who competed within the ‘A’ Division of the FIBA U20 Girls’s European Championship in 2022 returning to the fold.
Chief amongst them is 2023 MissQuote.ie Tremendous League All-Star recipient Sarah Hickey of Waterford Wildcats, in addition to College of Galway Mystics duo Hazel Finn, Kara McCleane. Ella O’Donnell, who’s having a standout season at Quinnipiac College and Sinéad Keane of Trinity Meteors are the others.
Maria Kealy, Micaiah Fubara, Ellie Glavin, Emma Glavin and Rachel Callery all boast MissQuote.ie Tremendous League expertise with their respective golf equipment, whereas Emily Smyth and Katie Flanagan picked up InsureMyHouse.ie Girls’s Division 1 Nationwide Cup honours with Abbey Seals Dublin Lions in January.
Talking concerning the upcoming marketing campaign, head coach Karl Kilbride mentioned “Having gotten to observe many of the women play at Nationwide League and Tremendous League all through the season and to see the standard on show within the U20 Nationwide Cup this yr, we knew we had been going to be a very sturdy group. The open session we held over the previous few months proved simply that.
“We’ve received each an excellent alternative and a frightening job forward of us over the subsequent 3 months. However with the squad we’ve named right here, the usual is as excessive because it’s ever been and we couldn’t be extra excited for what’s going to no-doubt be a busy summer time.”
The FIBA U20 Girls’s European Championship begins in Craiova, Romania on July twenty eighth. Eire will compete within the ‘B’ Division and have been drawn alongside Greece, hosts Romania and Georgia of their group, opening in opposition to Greece on July twenty eighth.
They are going to tackle Croatia in a pleasant sequence firstly of July, earlier than taking part in warm-up video games in opposition to Switzerland and Austria in Romania within the days main as much as the competitors.
FIBA U20 Girls’s European Championship Group:
Eire, Greece, Romania, Georgia
Eire Squad: Ardiana Shallci, Arianna Worth, Ella O’Donnell, Ellie Glavin, Emma Glavin, Emily O’Dwyer, Emily Smyth, Erica Egan, Hazel Finn, Kara McCleane, Katie Flanagan, Lucy Coogan, Maria Kealy, Micaiah Fubara, Niamh O’Leary, Rachel Callery, Rebecca Hynes, Riona Grealy, Sara Brazil, Sarah Hickey, Shannon Cunningham, Sinéad Keane, Tara Nevin.
Kealy and Cunningham named on Eire U20s Girls’s Basketball group was final modified: April 4th, 2023 by