Congratulations to Catherine Connaire & Aine McDonagh who have been selected to
represent Ireland at the U18 Women’s European Championships which take place from the 23rd July to the 31st July 2016 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
A fantastic achievement by the two girls, their parents & families and also for their club teams, the club & the wider Moycullen community. The club are very proud of their achievement and would like to wish them the very best of luck over the summer in the lead up to the tournament and especially at the Europeans themselves (very important note at the end of this post)
Joining the two girls on the squad are:
Rachel Huijsdens, DCU Mercy
Alex Macheta, Brunell BC
Aoife Maguire, DCU Mercy
Anna Maguire, Ulster Elks
Claire Melia, Portlaoise Panthers
Amy Murphy, Brunell BC
Verity O’Connor, Ulster Elks
Saoirse Power Cassidy, DCU Mercy
Louise Scannell, Glanmire BC
Sorcha Tiernan, Liffey Celtics
Head Coach: Liam Culloty
Assistant Coach: Erin Bracken
Manager: Eileen Bradley
The team have been drawn in a group that includes England, Greece, Macedonia & Estonia. Obviously the English game is one to mark down in the schedule but playing perennial powerhouses Greece will be a great test for the girls as will Estonia & Macedonia. The schedule for the group games is as follows:
23/07 14:00 vs England
24/07 16:15 vs Greece
25/07 21:00 vs Macedonia
27/07 14:15 vs Estonia
A day off & then the classification round which will see the team play on the 29th, 30th & 31st to determine their overall finishing position.
While the tournament is a few months away yet we hope to have regular updates during the games on the club website, Facebook & the twitter machine. Any links, reports will also be posted.
Best of luck to the two girls & here’s hoping that they have a very enjoyable & successful campaign
Self Financing & Fundraising
One final but very important point is that like all our other Internationals, which this year stood at a remarkable 15 players, the girls & their parents self-fund their participation in the programme from the very start. Generally, players don’t fundraise until they make it to the European Championship team so that have incurred a serious amount of expense already with more to come.
The club will be helping out and supporting a number of fundraisers that are planned throughout the summer by parents and we would ask people to support in anyway that they possibly can