“It would be a major achievement for us to win this championship and I can feel a great sense of confidence in the squad that the girls will be ready to battle.”
The Irish team will have six Leeside-based players with four coming from Super League champions Glanmire and Singleton’s SuperValu Brunell getting two in the final 12.
Grainne Dwyer of Glanmire will captain the team with teammates Claire Rockall, Aine McKenna and Casey Grace also in the squad with Brunell’s Amy Waters and Danielle O’Leary completing the Cork based sextet, before you add in northsider Thornton. McKenna is originally from Kerry, Dwyer hails from Tipp, while Rockall is a Galway native.
There is also a Cork representation in the coaching staff with Mark Scannell at the helm, plus Francis O’Sullivan and Paul Kelleher as assistant coaches and Grace O’Sullivan the team manager.
Ireland open their campaign on June 26 with a clash against Norway and face further pool games against Luxembourg and Cyprus.
The Ireland Senior Women’s team 2018 is:
Aine McKenna, Ambassador UCC Glanmire (Listowel, Co. Kerry)
Amy Waters, Singleton SuperValu Brunell (Gurranabraher, Co. Cork)
Casey Grace, Ambassador UCC Glanmire (Carrigaline Co. Cork)
Claire Rockall, Ambassador UCC Glanmire (Maree, Co. Galway)
Danielle O'Leary, Singleton SuperValu Brunell (Gurranabraher, Co. Cork)
Edel Thornton, Quinnipiac University (Gurranabraher, Co. Cork)
Fiona O'Dwyer, A.S.D Basket Femminile Stabia (Stamford, Connecticut, USA) Grainne Dwyer, Ambassador UCC Glanmire (Thurles, Co. Tipperary)
Hannah Thornton, Pyrobel Killester (Clontarf, Co. Dublin)
Sarah Woods, DCU Mercy (Clontarf, Co. Dublin)
Sorcha Tiernan, Courtyard Liffey Celtics (Leixlip, Co. Kildare)
Stephanie O'Shea, Maxol WIT Wildcats (Butlerstown, Co. Waterford).