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Eight uncapped gamers included in Ireland squad

Ireland basketball coach James Weldon has chosen eight uncapped gamers in his 16-person squad for the upcoming friendlies with Estonia in Dublin and Portugal in Porto.

The National Basketball Arena and Oblate Hall will host the 2 conferences with the Estonians on 6/7 of August, earlier than the workforce travels to the Iberian Peninsula for back-to-back matches on the thirteenth and 14th.

The fixtures will mark a return to the courtroom for the primary time since final November’s FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers towards the Netherlands and Czech Republic, with an extra spherical of qualifiers to come back towards the identical opposition this November.

Three gamers from Ireland’s U20 squad on the latest FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship are included, 19-year-old’s Kate Hickey (Waterford Wildcats) and Kara McCleane (NUIG Mystics) and 18-year-old Ella O’Donnell. O’Donnell, who will play at Quinnipiac subsequent season, is considered one of three US-based gamers within the squad, with Bronagh Power-Cassidy (Holy Cross Crusaders) and Enya Maguire (Houston Baptist University) additionally in line for his or her first worldwide caps.

The different three potential debutants are Bridget Herlihy, who plies her commerce with Swedish membership Marbo Basket, DCU Mercy’s Maeve Phelan and Mia Furlong, a treble winner with The Address UCC Glanmire final season.

“We are all actually wanting ahead to those upcoming video games, which is a giant a part of our preparation for the FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 qualifiers in November and February,” mentioned Weldon.

“We have some accidents for the time being, however this has created a possibility for others to come back into the panel and impress. We are actually wanting ahead to welcoming and assembly our pals and supporters on the video games within the National Basketball Arena and Oblate Hall subsequent month.”

Ireland Senior Women’s Squad:

Áine O’Connor (Liffey Celtics), Bridget Herlihy (Marbo Basket Sweden)* Bronagh Power-Cassidy (Holy Cross Crusaders)* Kara McCleane (NUIG Mystics)* Claire Melia (Trinity Meteors), Dayna Finn (Trinity Meteors), Edel Thornton (Singleton SuperValu Brunell), Enya Maguire (Houston Baptist University)*, Ella O’Donnell (Quinnipiac)* Kate Hickey (Waterford Wildcats)*, Lynn Tunnah (Griffith College Templeogue), Maeve Phelan (DCU Mercy)*, Mia Furlong (The Address UCC Glanmire)*, Michelle Clarke (Killester), Rachel Huijsdens (DCU Mercy), Sarah Kenny (Trinity Meteors)

*not but capped at senior degree.

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