Four Nations

Mar 26 2024

Ireland men’s and women’s teams unbeaten after day 1 at U16 Four Nations

Ireland’s U16 men’s and women’s teams made impressive starts to their Four Nations campaigns on Tuesda. Both sides were unbeaten on day one of the tournament, registering convincing wins in the process, at the National Basketball Arena. 

Ireland’s U16 women made the perfect start for the hosts, defeating Wales 132-23. Ireland led 33-5 after the end of the first quarter and didn’t look back. Lucy Walsh top scored for Ireland, on 22 points, with Eabha Booth picking up 17 and Priya O’Donovan adding 15, with each of the 12-person squad getting valuable minutes.

Paul O’Brien’s side followed up with a 96-47 victory over Scotland women, in the final game of the day, Katie Behan and Naomi Farrington both had 13 points, with Booth adding another 12 to her day’s tally.

Ireland’s U16 women will now face a winner-takes-all title decider against England at 5pm on Wednesday, after England posted a 113-45 win over Scotland in the tournament opener, followed by a 119-29 success over Wales on Tuesday afternoon.

Katie Behan, Eabha Booth and Francesca Kyamagero celebrate after the U16 Four Nations game against Scotland.

Ireland’s U16 men, who come into the tournament as defending champions, only played once on the opening day, defeating Wales 95-46. Kieran Quinn, who was a member of the 2023 U16 Four Nations winning squad, was among those who shone, racking up 13 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Markas Mikalickas top scored for Paul Kelleher’s side, on 14 points, with Harry Lynch contributing 12.

Kieran Quinn in action for Ireland's U16 men against Wales in the U16 Four Nations at the National Basketball Arena on Tuesday.

England U16 men also picked a win in their opening game, 119-49 against Scotland. On Wednesday England face Wales at 9am, while Ireland face Wales at 11am - should both England and Ireland pick up their second wins, it would set up another tournament decider, at 7pm.

Spectator tickets for Wednesday’s Four Nations can be purchased here. Every game is broadcast live on, with live scores, play-by-play match tracker and stats available from all fixtures via the Swish All Hoops app. 

U16 Four Nations Results

Tuesday 26th March, National Basketball Arena

0900 Scotland women 45-113 England women

1100 Ireland women 132-23 Wales women

1300 Scotland men 49-119 England men

1500 Ireland men 95-46 Wales men

1700 England women 119-29 Wales women

1900 Ireland women 96-47 Scotland women

U16 Four Nations Fixtures:

Wednesday 27th March, National Basketball Arena

0900 England men v Wales men

1100 Ireland men v Scotland men

1300 Wales women v Scotland women

1500 Wales men v Scotland men

1700 Ireland women v England women

1900 Ireland men v England men