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Mark Scannell announces initial panel of 18 for Ireland ‘s Senior basketball team

Ireland’s Senior team Head Coach Mark Scannell has announced an initial panel of 18 following a successful trial held in Cork recently.

The squad will take on the Irish Under 18’s team in a much-anticipated game this Saturday, May 13th, at 5pm at the Mardyke Arena in Cork (read more about that here), before travelling to Luxembourg from May 19-21st for three friendly games against the hosts.

Speaking about the news, Scannell stated: “We are looking forward to this weekend’s session with the Under 18 squad as they prepare for European Championships in Dublin this August. It will give us vital court time before we head to Luxembourg next weekend, and will be good preparation for the Mardyke Series which will take place in Ireland in June and will see the squad face off against Iceland in two friendly games on June 9th and 10th.”

The selected players are:

Aine McKenna, Ambassador UCC Glanmire

Aine O’Connor, Courtyard Liffey Celtics

Amy Waters, Singleton SuperValu Brunell

Aoife Whelan, Meteors

Cathy Kavanagh, Maxol WIT Wildcats

Claire Melia, Portlaoise Panthers

Claire Rockall, Ambassador UCC Glanmire

Danielle O’Leary, Singleton SuperValu Brunell

Edel Thornton, Quinnipiac/Singleton SuperValu Brunell

Emma Sherwood, Pyrobel Killester

Fiona Dwyer, A.S.D. Basket Femminile Stabia

Grainne Dwyer (C), Ambassador UCC Glanmire

Kathleen Keating, Ambassador UCC Glanmire

Michelle Clarke, Pyrobel Killester

Orlaith Woods, UL Huskies

Sarah Kenny, Ambassador UCC Glanmire

Sarah Woods, DCU Mercy

Sorcha Tiernan, Courtyard Liffey Celtics

The squads for both the men’s and women’s senior teams for Luxembourg will be announced next week.

In other Irish basketball news, the final squads of 12 players have also been announced for the Ireland Under 20’s team and the Ireland Under 16’s team in recent weeks.

More information on these squads can be found below.

IRELAND UNDER 20’S TEAM – Final 12

Aisling McCann, Pyrobel Killester

Alison Cleary, Pyrobel Killester

Alison Blaney, Maree

Anna Brennan, DCU Mercy

Anna Kelly, Fordham University

Aoife O’Halloran, Pyrobel Killester

Chloe Mullins, Courtyard Liffey Celtics

Ciara Wheeler, Courtyard Liffey Celtics

Katie Whelan, Waterford Wildcats

Laura Fortune, Courtyard Liffey Celtics

Mae Creane, Oblates

Nicole Clancy, DCU Mercy

Head Coach: Maeve Coleman

IRELAND UNDER 16’S TEAM – Final 12 

Abby Flynn, Waterford Wildcats, St Ursuline’s Convent, Waterford

Alex Mulligan, Blackwater Steelers, St Louis, Monaghan

Anna Lynch, Fr Mathews, Colaiste An Phiarsaigh, Glanmire, Cork

Ciara Bracken, Liffey Celtics, Coláiste Chiaráin, Leixlip

Ciara White, Oblates, Loreto College, Crumlin, Dublin

Erin Maguire, Ulster Elks, Ulidia Integrated School, Carrickfergus

Katie Walshe, Fr. Mathews, Regina Mundi College, Cork

Katie Williamson, Liffey Celtics, Colaiste Pobail Setanta, Clonsilla, Dublin

Lainey Nolan, Fr. Mathews, Scoil Mhuire, Cork

Mia Furlong, Glanmire, Glanmire Community College, Cork

Niamh Kenny, DCU Mercy, Holy Faith Clontarf, Dublin

Sarah Dillon, Liffey Celtics, Mercy SS Ballymahon, Longford

Head Coach: Andy Gill

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