Limerick Basketball trio set for FIBA U18 Men’s European Challengers

Limerick trio Ruairi Cronin, Reece Barry and Ajay Ryan-Walsh will represent Ireland at the tournament over the coming days.

Cronin is a member of the Limerick Celtics club with the youngster set for a busy weekend as he is also part of the Limerick minor football squad who prepare for a Munster final on August 11.

The Ahane club man lined out at full forward in both of the wins against Tipperary and Clare, bagging a goal in the quarter-final.

Barry and Ryan-Walsh both play for the Limerick Lions.

The Ireland U18 men’s team headed for Levice, Slovakia on Monday ahead of the FIBA U18 Men’s European Challengers which got underway yesterday.

Ireland are in a seven-team tournament, with the teams split into two groups.

Ireland will play Bulgaria and Hungary in Group D, while the group E is made up of Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia and Switzerland.

The top two teams from each group will progress to the semi-finals.

Ireland open their campaign on Wednesday August 4 against Hungary at 8pm Irish time.

They face Bulgaria at the same time the following day.

Both games can be watched live at

The playoffs will work as follows with the top two in both guaranteed to progress to the semi-finals.

  • The winner of Group D (D1) plays the second-placed team in Group E (E2) in the first Semi-Final
  •  The winner of Group E (E1) plays the second-placed team in Group D (D2) in the second Semi-Final
  •  The third-placed team in Group D (D3) and the third-placed and fourth-placed teams in Group E (E3 and E4) will form Group Z, to determine the final classification for places 5 through 7. The winner of that group will finish in fifth place in the Challenger.

Ireland squad: 

Reece Barry (Limerick Lions), Joseph Coughlan (Galway Titans), Ruairi Cronin (Limerick Celtics), Wede Esajobar (Drogheda Wolves), Darragh Ferguson (Belfast Star), Killian Gribben (Letterkenny Blaze), Cillian O’Connell (Ballincollig), Jack O’Leary (Blue Demons), Michael O’Mahony (Fr. Mathews), Sean Pollman-Daamen (Tralee Imperials), Tim Pollman-Daamen (Tralee Imperials), Ajay Ryan-Walsh (Limerick Lions)

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