Two Cork basketballers make Ireland U20 squad for European Championships

Two Cork basketballers make Ireland U20 squad for European Championships
Simone O'Shea in league action with Brunell. She now plays for Fr Mathew's. Picture: Eddie O'Hare

TWO Cork basketballers have been included in the Ireland U20 squad for this summer's FIBA tournament.

Annalise Murphy from Ambassador UCC Glanmire and Fr Mathew's Simone O'Shea will feature as Ireland make the step up to the A grade in August.

Annalise Murphy has starred for Glanmire since she was U10! Picture: Mike English.
Annalise Murphy has starred for Glanmire since she was U10! Picture: Mike English.

Head coach Martin Conroy has announced a final roster of 12 players who will continue on to represent Ireland at this year’s FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division A in Hungary.

“As a coaching staff we are very excited to be working with this fantastic group of athletes. Playing in the A Division will be a massive challenge but we are sure that this group of players will represent Irish Basketball superbly and will make their own history for all of us to be proud of. It will be hard work, but we cannot wait to get started.” 

The squad will tip off their European campaign on August 8 in Hungary. They have been drawn in Group A alongside Bulgaria, Italy and Belgium.

The selected players are:

Alison Blaney, NUIG, Maree BC 

Annalise Murphy, UCC, Ambassador UCC Glanmire 

Bronagh Power Cassidy, Marianapolis Prep, DCU Mercy 

Dayna Finn, NUIG, Maree BC 

Ella McCloskey, TUD, Killester BC Enya Maguire, The Hun School of Princeton, UU Elks 

Katie Williamson, Liffey Celtics 

Lynn Tunnah, TUD, Templeogue 

Maeve O’Seaghdha, DCU, DCU Mercy 

Niamh Masterson, TUD, Liffey Celtics 

Nicole Clancy, DCU, DCU Mercy 

Simone O’Shea, Cork IT, Fr Mathew's

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