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Portlaoise Panthers star chosen on Ireland U-18 European Championship squad

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Maeve Phelan of Ireland in action against Karolina Matkowska of Poland during the FIBA U-18 Women's European Basketball Championships match between Ireland and Poland on Saturday

Ireland Under 18 women’s Head Coach, Patrick O’Neill, has selected his final roster of 12 players who will compete at this year’s FIBA Women’s Under 18 European Championship Division A.

And a young woman from the Portlaoise Panthers club is among them.

Maeve Phelan has claimed her place on the coveted team for the championships.

Maeve, and the rest of the selected players will continue preparations European Championships, which take place in Udine, Italy from August 4 to 12.

Speaking about the announcement, Coach O’Neill stated: “This is the toughest decision I have had to make and, having spent almost 18 months with this squad, it is extremely difficult to tell a player that they won’t be moving forward.

“It has been a very tough process deciding what 12 have the right on-court chemistry to compete in the manner we want.

“The players who haven’t been selected should be proud of the work that they have put in.

“All of them have represented their country, club and our squad, achieving and exceeding the high standards required.

“We have a busy schedule in the next few months in preparation for Europeans, with internationals in France, Portugal and Luxembourg, and the players know that they have a lot of work ahead in preparation for Italy.”

IRELAND TEAM:

Annaliese Murphy, Colaiste an Phiarsaigh, Ambassador UCC Glanmire

Bronagh Power Cassidy, Holy Faith Clontarf, DCU Mercy

Dayna Finn, NUIG, NUIG Mystics

Enya Maguire, Ulidia Integrated College, Ulster University Elks

Ella McCloskey, Mount Temple, Pyrobel Killester

Eve Nealon, Crescent Comprehensive, Limerick Celtics

Katie Williamson, Setanta College, Liffey Celtics BC

Lynn Tunnah, St Louis High School, Templeogue BC

Maeve Ó Séaghdha, Holy Faith Clontarf, DCU Mercy

Maeve Phelan, Scoil Chroist Ri, Portlaoise Panthers

Niamh Masterson, Colaiste Chiarain Community School, Liffey Celtics BC

Nicole Clancy, St Mary’s College, DCU Mercy

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