Carr aims to be driving force at Europeans

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Drumbar native Jason Carr has been named on the 12-man Ireland squad for the upcoming European U-16 Basketball Championships in Macedonia.

Drumbar native Jason Carr has been named on the 12-man Ireland squad for the upcoming European U-16 Basketball Championships in Macedonia.

Carr was in Stirling at the weekend in an U-16 Invitational Tournament and was named one of only five All-Stars, the only Irish team member, at the three-team triangular competition that also included hosts Scotland and Luxembourg.

“I’m really looking forward to going to Macedonia and the training camp is Spain was good,” Carr said yesterday. “It was good to get the chance to train and play in the heat that we can expect later in the month.”

Ireland will open their campaign in Skopje against Sweden on July 28, before taking on Hungary, Switzerland, Armenia and the Slovak Republic on a daily basis thereafter. Depending on the position Ireland finish in the group, they will then play three other games against the respective countries who complete the first series in the same position in the other three groups. Last month, the Irish team completed a four-day training camp in the Spanish city of Bilbao.

Sixteen-year-old Carr was part of the Abbey Vocational School team that enjoyed a fruitful season on the courts, defeating eventual All-Ireland champions St Joseph’s Patrician College, the Bish from Galway, and finishing up in joint-fourth after going down in the Belfast leg of the play-offs. With his club, Carr claimed joint-third in the All-Ireland series.

Having just completed transition year at Abbey Vocational School, the Donegal Town player is the club’s first international. Previous internationals from the county are St Catherine’s Vocational School in Killybegs duo Kelly Johnston and Lisa McGill as well as Letterkenny pair Mark Cannon and Aodhan Hickey. Next month, Carr, whose twin brother Pauric won the U-16 Club Player of the Year, will be part of Donegal Town’s international competition in Flanders in Belgium as well as the U-18 National Cup in September.