Sunday 22 April 2018

Ireland women's team deliver huge semi-final performance to qualify for U18 European Championship final

12 August 2017; Rachel Huijsdens of Ireland, left, and team mate Ella McCloskey celebrate following their victory after the FIBA U18 Women's European Basketball Championships match between Ireland and Poland at National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
12 August 2017; Rachel Huijsdens of Ireland, left, and team mate Ella McCloskey celebrate following their victory after the FIBA U18 Women's European Basketball Championships match between Ireland and Poland at National Basketball Arena in Tallaght, Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The Ireland U18 women's team kept their dream run alive in the FIBA European Division B Championship after producing an exceptional performance to see off Poland in the semi-final at the National Basketball Arena.

The win means that the team will now play Division A basketball in 2018, a first for an Irish team, as well as being the first Irish side to reach a European Championship final.

Head coach Tommy O'Mahony was ecstatic with his charges after their 68-57 victory tonight.

"It’s hard to believe. I’m lost for words," he said afterwards.

"They were absolutely fantastic, especially when there was only four points in it down the stretch with a minute or two to go they stepped up, nailed some shots – it was absolutely fantastic.

"We lacked a bit of composure at times, we didn’t do what we were supposed to do on things, but we got them refocused in the second quarter and did a lot better job. I think they’re mature beyond their years out there and it’s a night that will live on in the memory for a long time."

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