IRISH basketball star Orla O’Reilly has suffered a hand injury which will see her out of action for at least two months.
The Blackrock woman, who plays professionally in Spain, fractured a bone in her hand in a game for Division 1 side CB Bembibre at the weekend.
O’Reilly, a 2015 winner of the Evening Echo Ladies Sportsstar Award, was recently named as captain of the senior Irish women’s basketball team, under Cork’s Mark Scannell (head coach), and Francis (assistant coach) and Grace O’Sullivan (manager).
The fractured bone requires O’Reilly – the younger sister of Blue Demons’ players Colin and Niall – to have surgery, and it is expected that the 6’1” point guard will be out of action for at least eight weeks.
Last summer O’Reilly was Ireland’s top scorer in the 3X3 tournament at the European Games in Baku, and she continued her good form in the first half of the 2015/2016 season in this her third season with CB Bembiere.
O’Reilly has ten regular season games left to play, but it’s likely that she’ll miss half of those as she undergoes her recovery.
On Saturday, her teammates secured a vital two-point win over rivals (67-65) Team Campus Promises, while also showing their support for O’Reilly in wearing ‘Courage Orla’ t-shirts.
Featured image caption: Cork’s Orla O’Reilly who plays professional basketball in Spain with CB Bembiere must undergo surgery for a broken bone in her hand. Credit: Hector Keudell