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James to compete for Great Britain at European Championships

Bristol Flyers Women’s star Molly James has been named in the final 12-player squad to represent Great Britain at the Under-16 European Championships.

James becomes the first female player from Bristol to reach national level. Her selection puts her in the company of Flyers alumna Tyrone Treasure, Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye, Tamas Okros and Deane Williams, themselves all former British junior players.

James and the team will compete in Podgorica, looking to develop and progress in this year's tournament, which opens against Macedonia on Thursday under the watchful eye of head coach Kenrick Liburd.

Great Britain will be playing in Group A of Division B, against hosts Montenegro, the Republic of Macedonia, Sweden, Iceland and Greece – seemingly the most difficult of the four groups.

Only the top two teams in each group will advance to the knockout stage, at the end of which the two finalists and the winner of a third place playoff will earn promotion to next year’s Division A tournament. The remaining sixteen teams will enter a classification round.

“This is fabulous news for Molly and her family,” said Flyers Women head coach Gareth Till. 

“We’re all delighted for her. She’s worked incredibly hard to get this opportunity, and it’s great the Flyers will be represented internationally this summer.

“We all wish her and the squad all the very best in the upcoming tournament.”

Check out BristolLive’s recent feature on Molly James as part of their ‘Bristol Born and Bred’ series.

More information can be found on both the official British Basketball and FIBA websites.


FINAL GB U16s SQUAD

Rebecca Adjeiwaah Dwomoh Sant-Josep (ESP)
Asha Andrews Sevenoaks Suns
Lilly Annim Southend Swifts
Hannah Dawson Surrey Blue Storm
Ella Doherty Perth Phoenix
Tamara Fournillier-Onadeko  Sevenoaks Suns
Molly James Bristol Flyers
Jade Mbam Manchester Mystics
Ella Pearson Ipswich Basketball
Amelia Sandie Brighton Cougars
Pollyanna Storie Caledonia Pride
Cameron Taylor-Willis  Ipswich Basketball

GREAT BRITAIN GROUP A FIXTURES

(Times in BST)

Thursday 16th August Macedonia v Great Britain 5.15pm
Friday 17th August Great Britain v Sweden 2.00pm
Saturday 18th August Montenegro v Great Britain 7.30pm
Monday 20th August Great Britain v Iceland 5.15pm
Tuesday 21st August Great Britain v Greece 2.00pm