Irish Wheelchair Basketball Squad set to compete at European C Championships

2nd July 2015

Irish Wheelchair Basketball squad set for European C Championships.

The Irish Senior Wheelchair Basketball team departs for the European C Championships in Lisbon, Portugal on Sunday the 5th of July.

Together with Portugal, Greece, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia and Finland, Ireland will compete for one of two automatic qualification slots to the B European Championships in 2016.

Ireland have not competed at this level since 2009 but following an intensive eighteen month training schedule, Ireland are well prepared going into the competition.

Head Coach Jason Kennedy said, “We’re very excited about competing at the C Europeans in Lisbon this coming July. Training has gone very well to date and we have a great blend of new and experienced players in the squad. We won’t underestimate any team, but that said I’m very confident in the ability of our squad and hopefully we can secure one of the two available qualification slots”.

The Irish team schedule is as follows; (local time)

IRL v GRE Tue 7th 13.30hrs

IRL v BIH Tue 7th 18.00hrs

POR V IRE Wed 8th 15.45hrs

SRB v IRE Thurs 9th 15.45hrs

IRL v FIN Fri 10th 13.15hrs

Final standings matches SAT 11th

Live score updates can be followed will be available on the competition website http://www.ecmc2015.eu/

The squad sees 7 of the clubs represented who play in the Irish senior League and it also comprises of a small backroom team including; Jason Kennedy Head Coach, Team Manager Valene McMullen, Assistant Coach Alan Carron and team physio Chris Cohen.

The full squad is;

Name Athlete/support staff Club
·         Jason Kennedy Head Coach/Player NI Knights (Belfast)
·         Paul Mc Killop Athlete/Player NI Knights (Belfast)
·         Matthew Rollston Athlete/Player NI Knights (Belfast)
·         Barry Cooke Athlete/Player Killester (Dublin)
·         Michael Cunningham Athlete/Player Killester (Dublin)
·         Joe Hargrow Athlete/Player Limerick Scorpions
·         Tiarnan O’Donnell Athlete/Player Limerick Scorpions
·         Derek Hegarty Athlete/Player Fr Mathews
·         Jason Ryan Athlete/Player Ballybrack Bulls (Dublin)
·         Jonathan Hayes Athlete/Player Ballybrack Bulls (Dublin)
·         Pat O’Neill Athlete/Player Swifts Left Bank (Kilkenny)
·         Keith Connolly Athlete/Player Titans Galway
·         Valene McMullen Team Manger
·         Alan Caron Assistant Coach
·         Colin Cohen Team Physio

Dates of competition – July 5th – 12th 2015