The women’s hockey teams start their quest for 2020 Tokyo Olympics qualification with the FIH Series Finals which begins in Banbridge today.
Eight teams from Asia, Europe, Africa and North America will battle it out for two places in the FIH Olympic Qualifiers scheduled to held in October-November later this year.
Besides Ireland the other participating teams in Pool A are Malaysia, Singapore, Uzbekistan while Pool B consists of France, Scotland, Ukraine, and Korea.
This is the first womens event of the FIH Series Finals, the second one will take place in Japan and the third and final event to be held at Spain.
World Ranked 11, South Korea are the second highest ranked team in the tournament after Ireland. The team will be looking to qualify for its ninth successive Olympics.
Head Coach Jun Myung Cho said, “We are really excited for the event and looking forward to enjoy the event with some good quality hockey. This will be a good test for us and prepare us better for our bid to secure a place in the Olympics”
Ireland’s Head Coach Gareth Grundie said,“We are very much looking forward to hosting this tournament this time around and we are looking to building up on the success from last summer at the FIH Women’s World Cup and try to get a top two finish and take us onto November.”
Pool A: Ireland, Malaysia, Czech Republic and Singapore