The Irish U/16 Irish basketball team
Two Kildare players will be representing their country this week on the Ireland Under 16 women’s team at the FIBA Under 16 Women’s European Championship Division B in Montenegro, which tip off tomorrow (Thursday).
Fatimah Akorede from Coláiste Chiarain, Leixlip, (Liffey Celtics BC) and Gillian Wheeler from the Cross & Passion College, Kilcullen, (Portlaoise Panthers) have been selected on the team.
Ireland has been drawn in a challenging Group C, where they will face Israel, Romania, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Kosovo.
Looking ahead to the tournament, Head Coach, Karl Kilbride said: “We’re beyond excited to get going. Watching the other teams that have come before us this summer do so well has been such an inspiration and has us absolutely itching to get on the court.
“It’s been a rollercoaster two years, and I can’t wait for the girls to get the chance to put on a display of all the work they’ve put in over the course of the programme. We’re at the point now where we’ve done our best to leave no stone unturned in preparation - from strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition and then all the basketball prep – now we have to go implement it on the court.
“Luxembourg is our first game tomorrow and we have a little bit of revenge on our mind, having lost out to them in a practice game earlier this summer. As I’ve said over and over during the course of the programme, I’m incredibly proud of the girls and feel very fortunate that I get to coach such a hard-working group. The work the girls have put in alone makes them deserving of great rewards. But as we’ve talked about, you don’t always get what you deserve; you get what you earn. We’re just excited now to finally get the chance to go and earn it.”
The games will be held on the times listed below (Irish time)
Thursday, August 16th
Luxembourg v Ireland, 15.00
Friday, August 17th
Ireland v Romania, 12.45
Saturday, August 18th
Kosovo v Ireland, 18.30
Monday, August 20th
Ireland v Switzerland, 16.15
Tuesday, August 21st
Ireland v Israel, 12.45
Thursday, August 23rd
Friday, August 24th
Saturday, August 25th