There’s one Waterford player on the Ireland Under 16 women’s team who are in action at the European Championships in Montenegro this week.
Kate Hickey of the Mercy and Waterford Wildcats is part of the team, which has been drawn in a challenging group in the Division B contest.
First up is Luxembourg at 3.00pm tomorrow.
Looking ahead to the tournament, Head Coach, Karl Kilbride said: “We’re beyond excited to get going. Watching the other teams that have come before us this summer do so well has been such an inspiration and has us absolutely itching to get on the court.
“It’s been a roller-coaster two years, and I can’t wait for the girls to get the chance to put on a display of all the work they’ve put in over the course of the programme. We’re at the point now where we’ve done our best to leave no stone unturned in preparation – from strength and conditioning, sports psychology, nutrition and then all the basketball prep – now we have to go implement it on the court.
“Luxembourg is our first game tomorrow and we have a little bit of revenge on our mind, having lost out to them in a practice game earlier this summer. As I’ve said over and over during the course of the programme, I’m incredibly proud of the girls and feel very fortunate that I get to coach such a hard-working group. The work the girls have put in alone makes them deserving of great rewards. But as we’ve talked about, you don’t always get what you deserve; you get what you earn. We’re just excited now to finally get the chance to go and earn it.”