The Irish Women’s Hockey squad was unveiled early this morning for the upcoming FIH World Series in Banbridge, which gets underway on June 8th.
This tournament is the first stage in the Olympic qualification process for the Irish women, with the top two teams from each FIH Series Finals securing a place in qualification events for Tokyo 2020, which will be held later this year.
It is also the first time the public will be able to see them play at home since their World Cup silver medal last summer.
Gareth Grundie, who has been interim Head Coach in recent weeks, will continue in the Head Coach position until the culmination of the series finals in Banbridge with Sean Dancer in attendance, as well as Arlene Boyles and David Passmore who complete the coaching team.
The Green Army will take on Czech Republic, Malaysia and Singapore in Pool A, with Korea, Scotland, Ukraine and France in Pool B. The squad selection is as follows:
Ireland Women’s Squad
|Shirt No.||Player||Date of Birth||Age*||Caps|
|1||McFERRAN Ayeisha (GK)||10 Jan 1996||23||81|
|2||BUCKLEY Emma (GK)||26 Oct 1998||20||11|
|6||UPTON Roisin||1 Apr 1994||25||49|
|9||MULLAN Kathryn (C)||7 Apr 1994||25||165|
|10||McCAY Shirley||7 Jun 1988||31||278|
|11||FRAZER Megan||2 Oct 1990||28||133|
|12||TICE Elena||16 Nov 1997||21||82|
|15||PINDER Gillian||5 May 1992||27||144|
|18||BARR Beth||11 Jun 1995||23||0|
|20||WATKINS Chloe||7 Mar 1992||27||203|
|21||COLVIN Lizzie||4 Jan 1990||29||170|
|22||DALY Nicola||3 Apr 1988||31||173|
|23||MATTHEWS Hannah||24 Mar 1991||28||121|
|25||HAWKSHAW Sarah||4 Nov 1995||23||0|
|26||O’FLANAGAN Anna||18 Feb 1990||29||180|
|27||WILSON Zoe||15 Feb 1997||22||83|
|28||DUKE Deirdre||9 Jun 1992||26||115|
|30||MEEKE Alison||7 Jun 1991||28||127|