Irish women lose out to strong Russian side in 3X3 basketball quarter-final

Irish swimming quartet finish sixth in women’s 4x100m medley relay final

 Grainne Dwyer of Ireland holds off Tatiana Petrushina of Russia during the 3X3 basketball quarter-final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

Grainne Dwyer of Ireland holds off Tatiana Petrushina of Russia during the 3X3 basketball quarter-final. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

 

It was after sundown by the time the Irish women’s team took to outdoor court number two for their 3x3 basketball quarter-final against Russia, and after a high earlier in the day of 41 degrees, things at least were a little cooler.

The Russians, however, just kept turning on the heat, a late push from the top seeds giving them a 21-15 victory. The sides were level at 7-7 midway through, but in the end there was no holding the Russian quartet.

“I’m disappointed we gave up the 21 points against them because we were right in the thick of it the whole game,” said Niamh Dwyer. “They just caught us with a bit more experience but it’s the quarter-finals of the European Games and we’ve earned the respect of everyone over here. We can be proud.”

It was also an emotional moment for captain Suzanne Maguire: “I never thought I’d put on an Ireland jersey after I left many years ago but it’s been nothing but a joy for me to do it again. It’s probably one of the highlights of my basketball career.”

Earlier in the day, in the roasting heat on centre court, Ireland pulled off one of the shocks of the tournament to knock out the Czech Republic 17-13, Gráinne Dwyer scoring eight points.

Swimming

Ireland’s quartet of Danielle Hill, Mona McSharry, Emma Reid and Rachel Bethel qualified for the 4x100m medley relay final: there, Bethel brought Ireland home with 57.75 second freestyle to secure sixth place, with Russia setting a new world junior record and taking gold in 4:03.22.

Emma Reid also set a new Irish junior record of 1:01.97 in the 100m butterfly semi-final and came agonisingly close to a final.

Sam Magee and Chloe Magee booked their place in the quarter-finals of the mixed badminton doubles, beating Samuel Cali and Sadowski Fiorella Marie of Malta, and Scott Evans also progressed to his quarter-finals of the singles after victory over Blagovest Kisyov of Bulgaria.

Evans now faces Emil Holst in today’s quarter-final, while Sam and Joshua Magee are into the semi-finals of the men’s doubles, and at 2pm Irish time today they face the Russian pairing of Vladimir Ivanov and Ivan Sozomov; the winner of this match will be guaranteed a medal.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.