May 09 2022

Three Irish teams selected for FIMBA European Championships

Three squads have been selected to represent Ireland at the upcoming FIMBA European Championships. 

They'll take place from June 24th to July 3rd in Malaga, with Ireland sending one team to compete in the women's over 55 competition and two sides will enter the men's over 60 draw. 

Speaking after the Women’s team selection Head Coach Debbie Flynn said:

”I am delighted to get the opportunity to coach the Women's over 55's  team in this year’s FIMBA European Championships in Malaga in June. 

We have a talented and committed squad and they are looking forward to the challenge and competing against our European counterparts. 

We are training hard, putting in the work and I have no doubt this group of players, with their commitment and hard work will make themselves and their country proud.”

Full squad list

Ireland O55 Women
Name Position  Club 
Sue Lakes                       Centre/Forward Glasnevin
Fidelma Bonass Guard Glasnevin
Therese Traynor Guard/Forward Aer Lingus
Liz Nolan Forward Pegasus 
Jackie Clerkin Point Guard Pegasus
Sarah McCann Centre/Forward Glasnevin
Maureen McDermott Forward Glasnevin
Patricia O'Connor Guard Pegasus
Paula Ryan-Kavanagh Guard/Forward Glasnevin
Orla Curran Guard/Forward Glasnevin
Regina Joye Guard/Forward Pegasus
Siobhain Monerawela Guard Tigers Maynooth
Carol Chubb Guard Glasnevin
Orlaith Boylan Guard Glasnevin

Head Coach: Debbie Flynn

Assistant Coach: Collette Boylan.

Manager: Ann-Marie Lenihan

Ireland 'A'
Name Position Club Height
Pat Quirke Point Guard Iona, Cork 178cm
Todd Gfeller Shooting Guard North Star, Derry 180cm
Anthony McHale Forward Ballina, Mayo 193cm
Ed Randolph Forward  Raiders, Dublin  195cm
Jerome Westbrooks Centre  Killester, Dublin 200cm
Denis Sheehan Guard Cork 180cm
Mick Lowth Forward  St. Declans 193cm
Denis Lawson Forward  Chicago 200cm
Owen O'Callaghan Forward  UCD Marian, Dublin 185cm
David Mills  Forward  Belfast 185cm
Owen O'Brien Guard Inchicore, Dublin 178cm

Coach:  Owen O Brien

Assistant Coach: Adrian Payne

Manager: Liam Lavelle

Ireland 'B'
Name Position Club Height
Eamonn Molloy Point Guard Killester, Dublin 180cm
Sean Wynne  Shooting Guard Queens, Belfast 183cm
Eddie Gilmartin Forward Templeogue, Dublin 190cm
Mick Ryan  Forward St. Vincent's, Dublin 190cm
Jim Edgar Centre Queens, Belfast 198cm
Noel Cosgrove Point Guard Templeogue, Dublin 175cm
Michael Chubb Shooting Guard Kubs,Dublin.             180cm
Brendan Burke  Forward UCD Marian, Dublin 193cm
Jim Walsh Centre Maynooth, Kildare 196cm
Liam Lavelle Forward UCD Marian, Dublin  190cm
Vincent O'Connor Guard UCD Marian, Dublin  177cm
Anthony Payne Guard Boston, USA 183cm

Coach: Deryck Payne

Assistant coach: Eddie Guilmartin

Manager: Brendan Burke

Head Coach Deryck Payne has been impressed with the fitness levels of the 23 players chosen, but admits that the competition will be tough for the Irish teams:

“There are 16 teams in the division from some top basketball nations like Italy, Lithuania, Germany and Slovenia.

We will be giving away a lot of height and will have to rely on our quickness to compensate. There will be no easy games for either team.”