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Basketball Ireland welcome FIBA for their 75th anniversary celebration
DUBLIN (Ireland) - A FIBA delegation that included FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis and FIBA Executive Director Europe Kamil Novak visited Basketball Ireland to join in their 75th anniversary celebrations over the weekend.
They met with Basketball Ireland President Theresa Walsh and Secretary General Bernard O'Byrne.
The aim of the visit was to discuss the current and future cooperation between FIBA and Basketball Ireland, as well as the current situation in both European and international basketball.
FIBA Secretary General Andreas Zagklis and FIBA Executive Director Europe Kamil Novak with Basketball Ireland President Theresa Walsh and Secretary General Bernard O'Byrne
During their visit, the National Cups for women and men were played on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. In the women's Hula Hoops Pat Duffy National Cup Final, Pyrobel Killester defeated Singleton SuperValu Brunell, 82-59.
Wait! Did someone say Cup Champions 2020 and Christa Reed, MVP? Great job Killaladies and Coaches! Congratulations Christa Reed 🎊🏆🎊 pic.twitter.com/CQ8BmHKj6R— Tina (@TM_Reed) January 27, 2020
In the men's Hula Hoops Pat Duffy National Cup Final, Griffith College Templeogue won 78-68 over DBS Eanna.
Griffith College Templeogue won the Hula Hoops Pat Duffy National Cup Final
Ireland has upped its commitment at the international level with eight squads competing at the national team level. One highlight occurred in 2017 when Dublin hosted the FIBA U18 Women's European Championship, Division B and the home backing was crucial as Ireland claimed second place and its first-ever promotion to Division A. That same 1999- and 2000-born generation also inspired the country's basketball community by finishing third at the U20 level in 2019.
The men's youth side has taken part in the last seven FIBA U16 European Championship, Division B tournaments, five of the last six U18 Division B events and three of the last four U20 Division B competitions.
In the European Championships for Small Countries, meanwhile, Ireland hosted the women's event in 2018 and came in sixth while the men traveled to San Marino and came in third. In 2020 Ireland will be hosts of the 17th edition of the tournament which will take place in Limerick from June 29 to July 4.