Dayna Finn

  • Kiltimagh’s Dayna Finn is in action tonight for the Ireland U20 women’s basketball team against Croatia at 6pm.

    The vice-captain will look to continue her stellar form as the U20’s look to recover from a disappointing loss to Israel yesterday.

    Despite receiving attention from Israel, Finn managed to finish the game with 14 points and eight rebounds.

  • Head coach of the Ireland Under 18 women’s team Patrick O’Neill has today announced two co-captains who will led Ireland into a historic first ever appearance at A Division basketball.

    Dayna Finn (Mayo) and Bronagh Power-Cassidy (Dublin) have been selected to lead the Under 18 team at their debut at the FIBA Under 18 Women’s European Championship Division A, which tips off this Saturday in Udine, Italy.

    “It’s a huge honour to represent the team and Ireland as co-captains,” Finn said. “We know that it is a big step up to Division A, but we have prepared well and we know what we’re up against, so we’ll be ready for Poland on Saturday.”


  • The Ireland U20 women’s team scooped a big opening day victory at the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B in Kosovo this afternoon, running out 63-53 point winners over Ukraine.

    Kiltimagh woman Dayna Finn was one of the many standouts for the squad on the day, leading her team home with a 20-point game along with seven rebounds and four assists.

    She captained the U18’s to second place in the European championships, narrowly losing out in the showpiece.

    The Mayo Ladies footballer is the vice-captain of the women’s U20 team and she hopes to go one better this year.

  • Another piece of Irish basketball history was written this evening as the Ireland Under 18 women won their country’s first ever Division A basketball game and kept their hopes of retaining top tier status alive with a 53-52 point win over Sweden at the FIBA Under 18 Women’s European Championship Division A in Italy.

    Today’s win was not only Ireland’s first ever win at Division A, but now propels them forward to a final battle to retain their Division A status tomorrow (Sunday) in a winner-takes-all showdown against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    Dayna Finn delivered an incredible performance to drive Ireland over the line with a whopping 22 points, and it was apt that the Mayo woman was the one with the winning basket at the death for her team.

    Indeed, it was an all-round superb team performance, with enormous contributions off the bench as well, and head coach Patrick O’Neill was still stunned after the final buzzer

    “A little bit of history was made tonight – and we’re not done yet. I’m so unbelievably proud of this team!” he said. “The effort the girls put in was phenomenal. They dug deep and showed such resilience and mental fortitude to come back and take control - and of course, to get us our first ever win at Division A. The fans were amazing, to hear the singing as soon as we stepped on court was huge.”

    It was an intense game right from the off, with scores at an absolute premium, with neither side breaking the deadlock until over four minutes had been played. Scores from Finn and Katie Williamson followed, before Maeve Phelan released a superb buzzer beater at the end of the quarter to see Ireland lead 10-8.


    An even tighter second quarter followed, as Sweden retook the lead early, and the sides matched each other score for score as the clock ticked on. Bronagh Power Cassidy brought the sides level, before a score from Niamh Masterson again gave Ireland the edge at the end of the quarter, to lead by the minimum going in at half time, 20-19.

    The third quarter continued in the same vein, with nothing separating the sides. A huge three from Annaliese Murphy helped keep Ireland’s nose in front, before four quick points from Finn and a superb finish by Maeve Ó Séaghdha sealed the advantage at 40-29 at the end of the third.

    The early exchanges of the fourth quarter saw Ireland gain more traction, with some nice shooting early on. However, comeback queens Sweden weren’t going down without a fight, and with just under five minutes to play, they suddenly had it back to a three-point game (45-42). Two minutes later, the game was all square once more, and foul trouble for the Irish saw Sweden take the lead from the free throw line with just two minutes left. Superb play from Ella McCloskey and Finn sent Ireland ahead (51-50) with 41 seconds to play and Irish fans everywhere could barely watch as the remaining seconds began to tick down.

    A steal and a lay-up by Sweden seemed to have dashed Irish hopes with 10 seconds to go, but a superb inbound from Enya Maguire found the hero of the hour, Dayna Finn, and she drove with style to the basket for that all-important winning score and the arena erupted as the full time buzzer sounded with Ireland ahead by the smallest of margins, 53-52.

    The battle is far from over for the team however as they now face a winner-takes-all clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina tomorrow afternoon. The winner will retain Division A status for another year, while the loser of the game will be relegated back to Division B.

    Over in Sarajevo meanwhile, it was another clash with Sweden for Irish fans, as the Ireland Under 16 men’s team also faced them in their third group game. There was an extra added twist to this encounter as the Sweden head coach is well-known Irish coach, Michael Bree.

    The boys in green launched a fantastic comeback in the second half, and were unlucky in the end as time ran out, and they lost out 70-73 in their third game of the FIBA Under 16 European Championships.

    Ireland had a slow start to the first quarter as Sweden took an early 8-0 lead until a foul on Rapolas Buivydas sent him to the line to get Ireland’s first score. A Cj Fulton and Eli Lenihan team-up saw Ireland close the gap, while Sweden’s aggressive defence saw them fall into early foul trouble. This suited Ireland as Buivydas, went to the free throw line once more to give Ireland their first lead of the game and they led by one at the end of the first.  

    The second quarter saw a fiery and ferocious Swedish side hit the court with an explosive start. As Ireland took their time to get back to the pace of the game, Sweden profited on every mistake, gaining scores on fast breaks and turnovers and suddenly, Ireland were facing a 10-point deficit. As Sweden began to tire, Ireland started to find holes in their defence drawing fouls to put Sweden into foul trouble once more but the Irish still trailed 28-37 at half time.

    Ireland laid everything they had on the line in the third quarter as they dug deep to close the gap. Slick shooting by Collins and Fulton saw Ireland regain their one-point lead, but the uphill battle continued as Sweden’s Oliver Cupan’s three-pointers found the net nearing the end of the quarter to push them five points ahead.


    It was an all-or-nothing final quarter, and after all the hard work Ireland had done in the third quarter, they were close to running on empty. Sweden once more exploded out onto the court, increasing their lead. Fulton was once more the answer to Ireland’s prayers as he hit a super shot and drew a foul to head straight to the line. Sweden found themselves on team fouls in the final minutes of the game and with strong defensive rebounds from Buivydas and Collins, Ireland managed to close the gap to just six points. Back-to-back shots from Fulton followed by a score from Lenihan saw Ireland in the lead with just one minute to go. Unfortunately, Sweden’s slick shooter Cupan found the net with a crucial three-pointer to see them run out 70-73 winners.

      

  • Ireland U20 women’s team put in a blistering performance in their second game at the 2019 FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B in Kosovo on Sunday, to run out resounding 72-58 point winners over Great Britain.

     

    This game was always going to be a tough test for the Irish team, with plenty of battles between the two sides at this age group over the years, with Great Britain boasting a strong cast that included an extremely on-form Holly Winterburn.

     

    The Irish were relentless from the start though, with Dayna Finn driving the team forward from the off, finishing out the first half with 17 points and five rebounds to see Ireland into a 42-26 point lead at the break.

     

    She went on to finish with 18 points, eight rebounds, two assists and a steal in a fantastic display.

     

    The win now sees Ireland top their group unbeaten at European Championships and they wait to hear who they will meet in the next round of the competition, with games in the other groups taking place today.

     

     

     

  • The Ireland Under 20 women’s team stormed through to the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B semi-finals this evening thanks to a thrilling 66-53 point win over Croatia.

    The win saw Ireland top their group in Round 2 and advance through to Saturday’s semi-final where they will face Bulgaria at 3.30pm Irish time, with promotion to Division A and a medal all up for grabs.


    Despite what the scoreline may suggest though, this game was neck-in-neck right up until the fourth quarter. The lead changed hands 20 times throughout the game in a pulsating and absorbing contest. Ireland had heroes across the floor, with a superb team display on defense shutting down the threats of Croatia’s sharpshooters Andjela Katavic and Karla Erjavec to see them score just a combined 13 points in the game. With stand-out performances across the court, some of the key performers for Ireland included Enya Maguire, who finished with 11 points, three rebounds, two steals, two assists, Claire Melia who notched another double double of 10 points and 12 rebounds, Sorcha Tiernan was also a stand out with 12 points, while Dayna Finn top scored with 20 points. Rachel Huijsdens and Annaliese Murphy were also key players in an all round superb display.

    It was the fourth quarter where the game was well and truly won though, as the sides were level 14-14 at the end of the first, Croatia led 27-29 at the end of the second, while Ireland had just edged ahead at the end of the third, 49-46. A massive three pointer from Tiernan got the scoring underway for the Irish in the fourth quarter and this, followed by huge boards from Huijsdens, set Tiernan up for another score moments later to see Ireland suddenly ahead 55-48. The momentum was firmly in Ireland’s favour as Dayna Finn drove inside for two, while superb work from Maeve Phelan sent Melia through to the basket. Another huge three-pointer from Tiernan followed and it was game over, as Ireland powered through the remaining minutes to win out in thrilling fashion, 66-53.

     

  • Ireland U20 women secure European bronze medal and promotion in thrilling showdown with Great Britain.

    Kiltimagh’s Dayna Finn was one of the standout players, as the Mayo ladies star bagged 10 points and 10 rebounds, along with five assists and three steals.

    The Irish team made history yesterday running out 60-57 point winners over Great Britain in at the FIBA U20 Women’s European Championships Division B bronze medal play-off, earning promotion to Division A basketball for the Ireland U20’s for 2020.

  • Kiltimagh sisters Dayna and Hazel Finn have both been honored with the captaincy of the Ireland U20 and U16 basketball teams respectively.

    The Connaught Telegraph reports Dayna has been selected as vice-captain for the U20 ladies team, who head to Kosovo on the August bank holiday weekend for the European Championships.

    Dayna also plays football for the Mayo Ladies since receiving the call up to Peter Leahy's team last year.

    Her younger sister Hazel has been selected as captain for the Irish U16’s and won an All-star for her recent performance in Dussemann tournament.

  • A late fourth quarter comeback by the Ireland Under 18 women’s team was just not enough for the squad to maintain their Division A status this afternoon, as they lost out 63-71 to Bosnia and Herzegovina at the FIBA Under 18 European Championship Division A.

    Coming into today’s game off the back of a massive win against Sweden yesterday, Ireland knew that it was going to be a tough challenge with a long and physical Bosnia side waiting in the wings. A superb closing ten minutes from the girls in green just couldn’t get them over the line as time was against them, and the buzzer sounded to end Ireland’s journey in Division A. 

    A massive opening quarter from the Irish saw huge scores from Dayna Finn, Enya Maguire and Ella McCloskey, before Katie Williamson edged Ireland ahead with a well-taken jump shot. A huge score from Maeve Ó Séaghdha tied the game up at the end of the quarter, 20-20.

    A fast-paced and intense second quarter followed, with Finn and Ó Séaghdha once more on target from distance, while big defence from Annaliese Murphy and Niamh Masterson – the latter also netting a superb three pointer - kept the Bosnia threat in check. Huge scoring from Bosnia’s Ksenija Mitric and Andeli Gligic though edged them ahead at the half time buzzer to lead 35-43.

    The third quarter is where things started to unravel for the Irish, as Bosnia started the period in blistering fashion, opening up a 35-50 point lead within the opening minutes. Every shot they took dropped for them, while Ireland struggled to get a score to fall, and the tough press forced them into turnovers and mistakes, to see Bosnia outscore them 4-17 in the ten minute period, to lead 39-60 going into the last.

    There was a mountain to climb going into the fourth quarter, and this was where Ireland truly showed their grit. Led on the comeback by a determined Bronagh Power Cassidy, Ireland slowly began to chip away at the margin. Huge shooting from Enya Maguire began to close the gap, as McCloskey, Maeve Phelan and Nicole Clancy all worked tirelessly on defence. Back to within eight points with just over a minute to play, Ireland certainly had the belief they could finish it through, and a massive three-pointer from Maguire with just 58 seconds to play suddenly made it a five-point game.

    Foul trouble for the Irish sent Bosnia to the free-throw line in the closing stages though, and unfortunately, time just run out and on a thrilling closing quarter and Ireland’s hopes of Division A basketball, as Bosnia and Herzegovina held on to win 63-71 in the end.

    Speaking afterwards, head coach Patrick O’Neill stated: "I’m so proud of how the girls performed today. Apart from a bad third quarter, we played some of the best basketball of the tournament. The team has been phenomenal and the support has been second to none. These girls have proved that we, as a nation, can compete at this level. So watch out Europe, Ireland is coming."

    IRELAND UNDER 18 WOMEN: Eve Nealon, Dayna Finn (13), Nicole Clancy (4), Enya Maguire (14), Annaliese Murphy (3), Maeve Phelan, Lynn Tunnah, Maeve Ó Séaghdha (7), Niamh Masterson (5), Bronagh Power Cassidy (10), Ella McCloskey (3), Katie Williamson (4).

     

  • The Mayo Ladies team to face Donegal shows three changes as Dayna Finn, Ciara Whyte and Fiona Doherty get the nod for Peter Leahy’s side, with a place in the quarter finals up for grabs.

     

    Mayo can top the group with a draw or win, having defeated Tyrone in their last outing.

     

    If Mayo can remain undefeated in the group then they would enter the All-Ireland quarter finals on the favorable side of the draw, avoiding Cork in the last eight.

     

    The Mayo Ladies lines out as follows;

     

    A Tarpey;

    N O’Malley, R Flynn, D Caldwell;

    É Ronayne, Ciara McManamon,C Whyte;

    Clodagh McManamon, D Finn;

    F Doherty, S Cafferky, N Kelly;

    S Rowe, R Kearns, G Kelly.

     

  • The Mayo Ladies will be without star basketballer Dayna Finn this weekend for their clash with Armagh in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

     

    The Mayo footballer is playing with the Ireland U20 women’s team in Round 2 of the 2019 FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B in Kosovo.

     

    The Kiltimagh and Mayo Ladies star is vice-captain and the danger woman for the side as they move into the second round of the competition.

     

    Ireland completed the opening round of the tournament unbeaten, topping their group with wins over Ukraine and Great Britain over the weekend.

     

    Now, they face into the second round where they go head-to-head with Israel at 3;30 today and Croatia 6pm tomorrow, with a spot in the semi finals up for grabs.

     

    Mayo manager Peter Leahy described her absence from his team this weekend as a huge loss.

     

    The Ireland women’s team games

    Wednesday, August 7th

     

    Game 1, Round 2

     

    Israel v Ireland, 15.30

     

     

     

    Thursday, August 8th

     

    Game 2, Round 2

     

    Ireland v Croatia, 18.00

     

     

     

    Friday, August 9th

     

    Rest Day

     

     

     

    Saturday, August 10th

     

    Classification

     

     

     

    Sunday, August 11th

     

    Classification

     

     

  • It was a tough opening game for the Ireland Under 18 women’s team this evening as they lost out to Poland 44-64 in their first group game of the FIBA Under 18 Women’s European Championship Division A.

    A longer and more physical Polish side took the reins of the game early on, and in the blistering hot conditions, the Irish were slow to settle, ending a tough first quarter with just six points on the board to Poland’s 19.
    A much improved second quarter followed as the Irish began to find their rhythm with Dayna Finn, Maeve Ó Séaghdha and Katie Williamson all finishing off well-worked scores for the Irish. At the other end, some fantastic defence from the girls in green helped to keep the threat of Poland’s Natalia Klimek in check, but the Polish still led the way at half time, 17-28.

    A big push in the third helped Williamson and Bronagh Power-Cassidy find their way through the Polish defence, but Poland began to punish Ireland under the boards, picking up some big offensive rebounds, with Martyna Leszczynska increasing her personal tally to 10 points to edge them ahead 29-43 going into the last.

    Ireland continued to hold their own in the fourth, and showed exactly what they are made of with big scores from Dayna Finn, Power-Cassidy and Williamson. However, despite getting the lead back to nine points, Poland’s size and physicality helped to see them home in the end, as they held on down the stretch to run out 20-point winners.

    Speaking afterwards, Ireland Under 18 head coach Patrick O’Neill stated: “We had a tough second half, we were down 11 at half time after doing a lot of things right defensively, we outrebounded them in the first half – in fact in the entire game – but we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds in that third quarter and that hurt us. There are a lot of positives though, we did a great job defensively, and while we lapsed a bit in the third, there’s a lot of positives to take from it ahead of Russia tomorrow."

    Ireland take on Russia tomorrow in their second game of the group stages.

     IRELAND: Annaliese Murphy (3), Bronagh Power Cassidy (11), Dayna Finn (9), Enya Maguire, Ella McCloskey (4), Eve Nealon, Katie Williamson (8), Lynn Tunnah, Maeve Ó Séaghdha (5), Maeve Phelan, Niamh Masterson, Nicole Clancy (4).

     

  • The Ireland Under 20 women’s team will tip off their 2019 FIBA U20 Women’s European Championship Division B campaign in Kosovo this coming Saturday.

    Many of this year's team featured on the hugely successful Ireland Under 18 team in 2017 that won a silver medal at the European Championships in Dublin and got Ireland promoted to Division A basketball for the first time in the country's history.

    This year’s squad will be led by head coach Martin Conroy, and have been drawn in Group B alongside Ukraine and Great Britain.

    They will face Ukraine in their opening game on Saturday.

    Over in Romania meanwhile, the Ireland Under 18 men have finished fourth in their group following the pool stages of the FIBA U18 Men’s European Championship Division B and will now go on to contest the 9-16th place games. They face Belgium at 12pm (midday) Irish time on Friday in a tough opening first classification game. Belgium finished in third place in Group A. 

    Dayna Finn and Maggie Byrne from Kiltimagh are both part of the Ireland team