Scotland’s 3×3 Women at the Catalan Centenary Festival
Last weekend, the Scotland Senior Women’s 3×3 team travelled to Barcelona, Spain, to participate in the Catalan Centenary Festival. The festival took place on the streets of Barcelona, in front of the iconic Pedrera, where the atmosphere was electric as the event celebrated the momentous 100-year anniversary of the Catalan Basketball Federation
As guests of the Catalan Federation, Siân, Elise, Aoife and Iona stepped onto the courts with pride, ready to embrace every moment of the opportunity.
Despite facing tough opponents, including the host team Catalonia, as well as teams from the Netherlands and Ukraine, our Scottish players displayed determination and skill, creating thrilling matchups that left spectators on the edge of their seats. The scores for each game remained close throughout the intense competition.
With only a couple of training sessions before embarking on the journey to Spain, our women showcased their adaptability and determination to represent their country with pride. The festival not only elevated their skills as athletes but also supported personal growth, resilience, and a sense of camaraderie that will stay with them forever. They shared their passion for the game with enthusiastic crowds; inspiring young basketball players both in Scotland and Spain.
“To represent Scotland over the weekend was a very special opportunity for all of us.” commented Siân Phillips. “Throughout our tournament we gained invaluable experience against strong teams whilst showing resilience and a fighting team spirit.
The Catalana federation provided such a well put together and atmospheric event which makes me excited for the potential Scotland can have in future 3×3 competitions.”
Coach Donnie MacDonald commended the team, stating, “This is an exciting, young team who all gained valuable experience playing in the WBBL with Caledonia Pride over the years. Having been our youngest player in Birmingham 22, this year Sian Phillips is our most senior player and brings both valuable knowledge of the 3×3 format along with experience of playing with all of the other three, which has been invaluable in our short preparation. Elise and Aoife had fantastic seasons with the University of Edinburgh last season, whilst Iona has been one of the best players in the SBC over a number of years now with both St Mirren and City of Edinburgh. Having known all these players over a number of years now, I am delighted to see each of them breaking through to be senior Scotland”
Check out a video of the action here