FOUR members of Cork’s brilliant Rebel Wheelers team powered Ireland to a bronze medal in Finland.
The Irish U23 wheelchair basketball team excelled last weekend in the European Paralympic Youth Games.
The 11-strong team includes four Rebel Wheelers members: Conor Coughlan, Dylan McCarthy, Alex Henerby and Jack Quinn.
The talented quartet carried their excellent form from the Irish league into the European arena, as the national side in their first-ever international tournament.
Ireland had never competed at this level so the team literally came from nowhere to take the bronze.
Based on the core of the successful Rebel Wheelers treble-winning side, the team was led by Rebel Wheelers senior coach Con Coughlan and assisted by Rebel stalwart Alan Dineen. They beat a formidable Portuguese side in a play-off for the prestigious position, leading all the way through the game.
It was no surprise to see the Leesiders backbone the Irish side, as, in the second season under the Rebel Wheelers banner, the former Fr Mathew’s really delivered. They moved up from third place in the league to glory on all fronts, winning all three national titles, the Hula Hoops National Cup, the Irish Wheelchair Basketball League and the Paddy Byrne Cup.
There was no stopping them all campaign as they went unbeaten and broke the 1,200 points barrier.