TEAM NI Announce Squads Ahead of This Weekends ‘BNI Celtic Invitational 2023’

Basketball Northern Ireland (BNI) is excited to welcome Basketball Wales, under 15 Boys and Dublin Ladies Basketball Board U16 Girls to Belfast for, the first of its kind, Celtic Invitational Series.

BNI U15 Boys will play Wales in a 3 Game Series at Ulster University Jordanstown on Saturday the 19th of August, Game 1 at 11.15am and Game 2 at 3.15pm as both countries reignite their performance pathway with the final game of the series tipping of 2.15pm on Sunday the 20th at Ulster University Jordanstown.

Our BNI U16 Ladies will tip off a two-game challenge against Dublin Ladies Basketball Board on Sunday 11.30am and again at 3.15pm also at Ulster University Jordanstown. Head Coach Andy Gill has been working with the U16 Girls in the lead up to announcing the squad,

‘The opportunity to work with young players, at the re-start of representative honours for Basketball Northern Ireland, has been a refreshing experience. I believe there are exciting times ahead and a real opportunity to develop our young players for the future.’ Head Coach, Andy Gill.


Sophie Bell UU Tigers

Neve Canning Tyrone Towers

Hannah Cassin Queens Basketball

Holly Donnelly Queens Basketball

Cora Fitzpatrick Belfast Phoenix

Emma Gilgun UU Tigers

Maeve Lyons Tyrone Towers

Anna McCary Belfast Star

Helen McCeough Queens Basketball

Aine McCrory Tyrone Towers

Hannah McGirr Belfast Star

Lara McNicholl Queens Basketball

Niamh Napier Queens Basketball

Florence O’Brien UU Tigers

Roisin Quinn Belfast Star

Eapha Rea UU Tigers

Hannah Rush Belfast Phoenix

Isabella Ward Belfast Phoenix

For our boys, 36 Players were put forward to trial for this upcoming series vs Wales at short notice for both BNI Coaches, Clubs, players and parents.

15 Players were selected for this weekend with the reminder 21 on reserve list and, like the girls, will continue be a part of the Team NI Squad as BNI continue with this Performance Pathway.

‘The boys have been really keen and eager to get on the court. It is exciting for everyone as we launch this program. We have had a great relationship with Basketball Wales and although everyone from our volunteer team of coaches, officials, clubs, players and parents have had to hustle and work hard these past few weeks it has felt like a great opportunity to reignite our series of games which historically always brought great basketball and excitement to the local and travelling fans in our basketball community.

We hope to have great support of our selected panel come game time in this weekend and we look forward to growing this model across both boys and girls age groups’ BNI Vice Chair & Coach Marc Mulholland.


Mark Burns Belfast Star

Josh Cunningham Newry Flyers

Daire Donnelly UU Tigers

Conall Gallagher Newry Flyers

Gabriel Gormley Magherafelt Titans

Eoin Holman Belfast Phoenix

Oisin Holman Belfast Phoenix

Eoghan Loughran Newry Flyers

Keelan McEntee Newry Flyers

Samuel Olatunbosun Hazelwood Hawks

Jude O’Carroll Belfast Star

Ruairi O Scanaill Belfast Star

Layden O’Neill Belfast Star

Leo Shipsides Queens Basketball

Thomas Sterret UU Tigers

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