Basketball Ready for Special Night

The Ireland Under 18 women’s basketball team are aiming to write themselves into the history books tonight, as they contest the quarter-final of the FIBA U18 European Championship Division B against Israel in Dublin.

The two teams will go head-to-head in what will be a sell-out game at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght at 6.15pm.

Tommy O’Mahony’s charges are hoping to go further than any other underage Irish team has gone before as they bid to reach the semi-finals on Saturday, from where they would have two opportunities to qualify for Division A – a feat no underage Irish team has ever achieved.

Ireland topped Pool D unbeaten on Wednesday evening, beating Team GB on Tuesday night before a packed stadium.

All of the tournament’s quarter-finals will take place at the National Basketball Arena on Friday, with the remaining classification games (9th-23rd place) tipping off at the National Indoor Arena in Abbotstown.

The FIBA U18 Women’s European Championship Division B in Dublin is supported by Sport Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, BBX Ireland and South Dublin County Council.

It has proven a real winner in the eyes of the European Governing Body FIBA who were present throughout and impressed with the seamless way in which the three courts over two locations had been brought together to host the tournament.

In this weekend’s Sport for Business Column in the Sunday Business Post, we will be looking at the importance for Women’s Sport of the week gone by.

We will also shortly be announcing details of a new network for Women in Business and Women in Sport and launching our third Annual Women in Sport Conference taking place at UCD on Wednesday, November 30th.

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