UCD Ladies and Irish international hockey players Lena Tice, Clodagh Cassin and Hannagh McLoughlin
Inframe : Lena Tice, Clodagh Cassin and Hannagh McLoughlin / Photo Credits : UCD

Ireland will be hosting the World Series event, in Dublin, from June 8-16 when they will be up against lower ranked opposition as they bid to reach the final stage of qualifying for Tokyo 2020.

A new state-of-the-art hockey pitch will be laid at the Dublin university, to host the Irish women’s first Olympic hockey qualifier for the same.

A Dublin university spokesperson said its new Astro Turf pitch will be installed over an 8-10 week window this coming April 2019, with an aim to facilitate club and international fixtures from June onwards.

UCD’s current hockey stadium, which was top of the class when first installed, is more than 20 years old and was last repaired 10 years ago.

University College Dublin, Ireland was the venue for the 1994 women’s Hockey World Cup and since then has been a hub for Irish hockey at every level.

Ireland will be playing Czech Republic, France, Korea, Malaysia, Scotland, Ukraine and one other team in June which is only the first step in Olympic qualification.