May 06 2022

Ireland U16 men's and women's teams set for Four Nations tournament

Ireland U16 men's and women's teams are back on the court in the Four Nations tournament over the weekend. 

It takes place in Dundee and will also feature England, Scotland and Wales. 

Andy Gill leads the Ireland women's squad, with Pat Price the men's head coach. It's a good chance for both sides to hone their skills ahead of the FIBA U16 European Championships this coming August. 

Ireland's women are first to take to the floor on Saturday morning against England at 11am. They have representatives from nine clubs on the roster with one, Karolina Gierszal coming from overseas. 

Their head coach Andy Gill said: 

The home nations tournament is our opening games in the international season and gives us a great opportunity to put practice into real playing situations.

It’s the chance for the program to evaluate progress and put plans in place that will need to be implemented after the summer break .

There is also the fact 16 players are playing for the final 12 places that will be announced Tuesday.

We are looking forward to the challenges ahead. 

 Fixtures  Day Time
Ireland  England  Saturday 11:00
Ireland Wales  Saturday 16:00
Ireland  Scotland Sunday 9:30

Ireland men's U16 head coach Pat Price had a similar outlook on the competition when he announced his squad earlier this week: 

“We’re excited about the opportunity to finally get back on the court in a competitive environment. The boys have worked hard to get to this stage, and it’s a great warmup for a busy summer.“

Thirteen clubs are represented among his fifteen strong roster. Two of those, Fortune Igbokwee and Sean Mackey have joined up from overseas. 

Fixtures Day  Time
Ireland England  Saturday 13:30 
Ireland Wales Saturday 18:30
Ireland Scotland Sunday  12:00

The games will be streamed on the Basketball Scotland Facebook page, which you can find here.