The Irish women’s team took to outdoor court number two for their 3×3 basketball quarter-final against Russia.
The Russians,top seeds won in the end by 21-15. But Ireland gave them a hard fought game with the sides level at 7-7 midway through.
“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.”
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.