Wednesday, October 26, 2022

TWENTY one year old Ciara Bracken of Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics Basketball Club is one of two uncapped players named by Head Coach, James Weldon, in a 17 strong extended Ireland Senior Women’s squad for FIBA Women’s 2023 EuroBasket Qualifier against The Netherlands on 27 November.

Bracken came through the underage international ranks and played college basketball in the United States with Fairfield University, before returning to establish herself with Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics.

Other Kildare players in the squad include Bracken’s clubmates Aine O’Connor and Sorcha Tiernan as well as Monasterevin’s Claire Melia who now plays with Trinity Meteors

18-year-old Waterford Wildcats star Sarah Hickey is the other uncapped player in the squad and she earned her call up following a strong performance in this summer’s FIBA U18 European Championship, during which she averaged 18 points, 9.8 rebounds and 2 assists, helping Ireland to a 9th place finish in the ‘B’ Division.

Ireland last faced The Netherlands in November 2021 in Amsterdam, where they lost out on a score line of 82-60. They’ll be looking for a first win in Group I when the Dutch arrive in Dublin on November 27th. Ireland Senior Women’s head coach James Weldon is energised by the task at hand:

The squad are excited to get back into camp and continue to build on our solid preparations over the summer sessions and games. With our NCAA players unavailable due to college commitments in the USA, it presents an opportunity for both Sarah Hickey and Ciara Bracken to come into the squad and receive their first caps along with a return of some more experienced senior international players who missed the summer slam through injury, travel or professional basketball commitments namely Hannah Thornton, Sorcha Tiernan and Orla O’Reilly.” 

The Management team know the squad are quickly building on the learned experiences of their recent games, at this elite level and are looking forward to a formidable challenging from a talented Netherlands team.”

Extended Ireland Senior Women’s squad vs Netherlands:

Aine O Connor (Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics)

Bridget Herlihy (Mark Basket Marbo Kinna, Sweden)

Ciara Bracken  (Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics)

Claire Melia (Trinity Meteors)

Dayna Finn (Trinity Meteors)

Edel Thornton (Singleton SuperValu Brunell) (Captain)

Hannah Thornton (DCU Mercy)

Kara McCleane (University of Galway Mystics)

Kate Hickey (Waterford Wildcats)

Maeve Phelan (DCU Mercy)

Mia Furlong (The Address UCC Glanmire)

Michelle Clarke (Killester)

Orla O’Reilly (Sunbury Jets, Australia)

Rachel Huijsdens (DCU Mercy)

Sarah Kenny (Trinity Meteors)

Sarah Hickey (Waterford Wildcats)

Sorcha Tiernan (Leixlip Amenities Liffey Celtics)


FIBA Women’s EuroBasket 2023 Qualifiers:

Ireland v Netherlands, Sunday 27 November National Basketball Arena, @ 5.15pm

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