Nov 07 2022

Ireland U16 Women's head coach Laura Mullally selects 32 player squad for 2022/23 season

Ireland U16 women’s head coach Laura Mullally is hailing the strong intangibles of the players who attended talent identification sessions, as she names a 32-person squad ahead of the 2022/23 season.

Just one player, Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics’ Ciara Brogan returns from the Ireland U16 team who competed at this summer’s FIBA U16 Women’s European Championship in Montenegro, where Ireland finished in 15th place.

The squad features five players who will also be eligible at this level in the 2023/24 season, giving Brunell’s Abbie Lyons, Kilkenny Star’s Kaitlyn Summers, Francesca Kyamagero and Lucy Walsh of Cobh BC and Lena Zydek from Athlone BC a chance to gather experience and progress to lead the following cycle.

Players pause to take guidence from head coach Laura Mullally. 

Head coach Laura Mullally says the size of the squad, which is larger than originally anticipated, is an example of the fantastic talent which was on show during the talent identification phase:

"The talent, enthusiasm and effort that was on display went above and beyond our expectations - women's basketball in Ireland is truly on the rise. We chose a group of women who are obviously skilled but that we also feel bring important intangibles - versatility, athleticism, competitiveness and excellent basketball IQ. We selected more players than originally planned, this is a testament to all the young ladies who attended our trials, it was a highly competitive environment. We are very excited for the potential growth of this group both as basketball players and women," Mullally added.  

 Ireland players being put through their paces at the recent Talent Identification session. 

Ireland U16 Women's Squad 2022/23

Abbie Lyons 2008-10-23 Brunell Point Guard 5'6"
Aine Maguire 2007-01-03 Blackwater Steelers Forward 5'8"
Andrea Chrislyn Jude 2007-02-19 Meteors Shooting Guard 5'9"
Aoibhín Connolly 2007-08-05 Moycullen Shooting Guard 5'7"
Chloe Crean 2007-07-31 Malahide Basketball Club Shooting Guard 5'4"
Chloe O Driscoll 2007-11-27 Glanmire Shooting Guard 5'4"
Ciara Brogan 2007-10-16 Liffey Celtics Shooting Guard 5'11"
Clodagh Downey 2007-03-05 Colaiste Pobail Bantry Shooting Guard 5'8"
Erin Yumul 2007-11-01 Oblates Point Guard 5'5"
Eunice David 2007-01-27 Athlone Forward 5'5"
Eva Iurascu 2007-06-12 Ongar Chasers Point Guard 5'7"
Farrah Clack 2007-09-27 Dublin Raiders Forward 6'0"
Faye McDonnell 2007-08-05 Kilkenny Stars Forward 5'11"
Francesca Kyamagero 2008-08-16 Cobh Forward 5'9"
Helena Keane 2007-12-18 Meteors Shooting Guard 6'0"
Kaitlyn Summers 2008-10-18 Kilkenny Stars Point Guard 5'5"
Kate Burke 2007-09-06 Maree Forward 5'8"
Katie Tarrant 2007-03-27 Cobh Shooting Guard 5'7"
Kira Lynch 2007-09-21 Meteors Point Guard 5'7"
Lauren Foy 2007-12-03 Ballyshannon 88ers Forward 5'10"
Layla Ryan 2007-12-27 Drogheda Wolves Point Guard 5'5"
Lena Zydek 2008-03-08 Athlone Guard 5'10"
Lily Hynes 2007-12-31 Moycullen Point Guard 5'6"
Lucy Barry 2007-12-10 Limerick Celtics Shooting Guard 5'6"
Lucy Walsh 2008-12-19 Cobh Forward 5'11"
Mia McEntee 2007-09-19 Dublin Raiders Shooting Guard 5'8"
Ríodhna McGrath 2007-03-11 Meteors BC Shooting Guard 5'7"
Roisin Quin 2007-11-21 Belfast Star Forward 5'11"
Sarah Power 2007-03-12 Killester Shooting Guard 5'9"
Sophie Staunton 2007-03-02 Oblates Forward 5'11"
Úna O'Brien 2007-05-12 Tullamore Shooting Guard 5'9"
Zoe Egan 2007-01-21 Malahide Point Guard 5'5"