Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Ireland head coach Karl Kilbride has named his 12-person squad for the FIBA Under 20 Women’s European Championship, which takes place in Sopron, Hungary, from July 8 to 16.

Kiltimagh’s Hazel Finn has been selected on Karl Kilbride’s squad.

The squad includes Kiltimagh native Hazel Finn, who is one of six players who featured in the FIBA Under 18 Women’s European Challengers last year.

The squad was trimmed down following a 79-78 win over Gustavus Adolphus College in a trial game against the American college in Dublin on Sunday.

Ireland are in Group D alongside Serbia, Latvia and Portugal for the championships (Portugal replaced Russia in the group after the country was barred from international competition for the 2022/23 season by FIBA Europe). They begin their campaign against Portugal on July 8, followed by games against Serbia (July 9) and Latvia (July 10).

On his selection, head coach Karl Kilbride said: “Making the final selection to 12 is the toughest and least enjoyable part of any international coach’s job. The girls did an amazing job over the last couple of months at making that decision particularly difficult this year.

“The standard of play and levels of intensity and commitment, particularly around college exams and the Leaving Cert, have been really exceptional.

“We now have a hugely important and busy five weeks ahead of us as we prepare to compete in the FIBA Under 20 A Division against the absolute best in Europe. It’s obviously a mammoth task, but it’s one we couldn’t be more excited to tackle with this particular group.”

Ireland U20 Women’s Squad:

Abigail Rafferty (Ulster University), Ciara Byrne (Portlaoise Panthers), Ella O’Donnell (Quinnipiac University), Erin Maguire (Houston Baptist University), Hazel Finn (NUIG Mystics), Kara McCleane (NUIG Mystics), Katie Hickey (WIT Waterford Wildcats), Sarah Hickey (WIT Waterford Wildcats), Lauryn Homan (Singleton SuperValu Brunell), Lisa Blaney (Portlaoise Panthers), Paris McCarthy (East Tennessee State University), Sinead Keane (Trinity Meteors)

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