Basketball Ireland Announce European Championship Preparations

30 August 2004

Irish Head Coach Gerry Fitpatrick has finalised his team's preparations for the upcoming European Championships.

The men will play a four nations friendly tournament in Cork and Dublin. The four teams involved are Turkey, Denmark, England and hosts Ireland. They play a series of games in Cork, Neptune Stadium Thurs Sept 2nd & Fri 3rd. They then move on to Dublin to finish series off in ESB Basketball Arena Sat Sept 4th.

In the European Championship, the Ireland Senior Men’s play a series of three games in 2004 - one home, two away. They travel to play Malta Sept 11th, then return to Dublin to host Switzerland Sept 15th in the ESB Basketball Arena, Dublin at 19:30. T

his will be the first time we get a chance to see the men play at home for over a year, and with two former NBA players in Pat Burke and Marty Conlon these games will generate a huge amount of interest among Irish fans. 

Immediately after this game Ireland travel onto Bratislava to play Slovakia in the Slovak Republic on Sept 18th

The following 12 players have been named to the squad.

Michael Bree (Ulm, Germany)
Pat Burke (Real Madrid, Spain)
Jon Larranaga (Treviso, Italy)
Chris Bracey (Tralee Tigers, Ireland)
Marty Conlon (Murcia, Spain)
Jay Larranaga (Sevilla, Spain)
Tim Kennedy (Valls, Spain)
Jimmy Moran (Auna, Grand Canaria)
John O’Connell (New Hampshire Thunderloons, USBL)
Dan Callahan (Varese, Italy)
Billy Collins (Maurienne, France)
Justen Naughton (Gmunden Swans, Austria)


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