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Five Portlaoise Panthers Selected In Ireland U-20 Squad

It's great recognition for work being done at the club with youth players.

Portlaoise Panthers have had five players named on the Ireland U-20 Women's Basketball squad for the FIBA European Challenge 2021. 

Jasmine Burke, Ciara Byrne, Shauna Dooley and Sarah Fleming and Lisa Blaney all take their place in Martin Conroy's 18-man roster. 

The FIBA European Challenge 2021 replaces the Youth European Championships, which were cancelled by FIBA earlier this month

Ireland’s U20 women are competing in the ‘A’ division having securing promotion after winning a bronze medal at the 2019 FIBA U20 European ‘B’ Championship in Pristina, Kosovo.

The U20 women returned to training last weekend, after being given the green light to do so by Sport Ireland.

Speaking about his squad, head coach Martin Conroy said:

“We’ve been away from the game for a long time, but these young women were fantastic at our three Talent ID sessions and gave our staff a lot of difficult decisions to make. Our coaching staff talked it through, and we have selected these final 18 players. There are some incredibly talented players that have missed out, but that’s what we expected at this level. It’s going to be a very fast turnaround, with just six to seven weeks to prepare, but we’re here to make sure that we put in maximum effort, so that we will be ready for the European Challenge tournament.”

Chair of the EPC, Tim Rice, said:

“While not having Youth European Championships is disappointing for all, the opportunity for these four teams to test their mettle on the international stage in the European Challenge tournaments this summer is a big win for Irish basketball. Our players, parents, coaches, and team management should be commended for continuing to strive, persevere and never give up.”

 

IRELAND U20 WOMEN’S SQUAD IN FULL:

First Name

Surname

D.O.B.

Age

Height

School

Club

Position

Previously Capped at

Lisa

Blaney

02/05/2002

19

5’10

 

Portlaoise Panthers

Guard

U16, U17

Jasmine

Burke

02/03/2002

19

6’1

Scoil Criost Ri

Portlaoise Panthers

Centre

U17

Ciara

Byrne

26/07/2002

18

5'8

Scoil Criost Ri

Portlaoise Panthers

Centre

U16, U18

Ava

Coogan

17/09/2002

18

5'8

Loretto Secondary School

IT Carlow Basketball

Point Guard

U17

Lauren

Darcy

01/06/2001

19

5'3

 

Templeogue BC

Point Guard

U15, U16, U17, U18

Shauna

Dooley

17/02/2002

19

5'11

Scoil Criost Ri

Portlaoise Panthers

Guard/Forward

U16, U17

Sarah

Fleming

06/02/2002

19

5'10

Scoil Criost Ri

Portlaoise Panthers

Guard

U17

Mia

Furlong

21/12/2001

19

5'11

 

UCC Glanmire

Guard

U15, U16, U17, U18

Katie

Hickey

15/10/2002

18

5'11

Mercy Waterford

Waterford Wildcats

Guard/Forward

U16, U17

Niamh

Kenny

28/04/2001

20

5'8

 

Trinity Meteors

Forward

U15, U16, U17, U18

Erin

Maguire

16/12/2002

18

 

St. Genevieve’s HS

Ulster University Tigers

Guard

U16, U17, U18

Molly

Moffitt

02/03/2003

17

6'1

Seattle Prep

 

Guard/Forward

*

Ciara

Mulleady

11/03/2002

19

6’1

Tallahassee Community College

 

Forward

U15, U16, U17

Eve

Nealon

25/06/2001

19

5'8

Shippensberg University

 

Guard

U18

Siofra

O’Shea

10/01/2002

19

5'8

 

St. Mary’s Castleisland

Guard

U15, U16, U18

Abigail

Rafferty

18/05/2002

19

6'0

 

Ulster University Tigers

Centre

U15, U16, U18

Laura

Stapleton

10/12/2001

19

5'8

 

Limerick Celtics

Guard

U17

Katie

Williamson

11/05/2001

20

6'1

Southern Connecticut State University

 

Centre

U15, U16, U18

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