Three strong Laois connections have been revealed on the Ireland under 20 women’s basketball squad.
Head coach of the national team is Portlaoise man Martin Conroy, who announced a squad of 15 players on December 29.
Claire Melia of Portlaoise Panthers will line out for the side, as will Portlaoise woman Maeve Phelan, who now plays for Pyrobel Killester.
Both Claire and Maeve were part of the Ireland U-18 team that reached last year’s European final.
The squad will begin preparations for the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B, which will be held in Kosovo next summer.
Speaking about the announcement, Coach Conroy said: “On behalf of the management team we would like to thank everyone for their commitment to the talent identification sessions to date.
“We look forward to working with these players as we prepare the final 12 for the European Championships in Kosovo in August.”
Conroy was appointed as the head coach for 2019/2020.
He previously spoke to Basketball Ireland about the news. “This is the biggest honour I have ever had as a basketball coach. It is one thing I have always wanted to do and to be given the chance to do it and with the talented group of players in the country at the moment is absolutely fantastic.”
Training will take place at the Fr Mathews Arena in Cork on January 3, 2019, from 11am to 1pm, followed by a game at Neptune Stadium at 2.15pm.
The selected players are:
Alison Blaney, Trinity College Dublin, Maree BC
Amy Dooley, Hobart & William Smith Colleges (USA)
Amy Murphy, Cork College of Commerce, Singleton SuperValu Brunell
Annaliese Murphy, University College Cork, Ambassador UCC Glanmire
Charley McGrath, Belfast Metropolitan College, Phoenix Rockets
Claire Melia, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, Portlaoise Panthers
Dayna Finn, NUIG, Maree BC
Enya Maguire, Ulidia Integrated College, Ulster University Elks
Lauren Murphy, Fordham University (USA)
Louise Scannell, Ambassador UCC Glanmire
Maeve Phelan, DCU, Pyrobel Killester
Maggie Byrne, NUIG, Maree BC
Meibh Maher, Scoil Ruain, Killenaule, Maxol WIT Wildcats
Rachel Huijsdens, Trinity College Dublin, DCU Mercy
Sorcha Tiernan, Trinity College Dublin, Courtyard Liffey Celtics