TWO gamers from Limerick’s Catholic Institute have been included within the Eire girls’s hockey squad which is competing at subsequent month’s European Championships within the Netherlands.
Limerick girl Roisin Upton, who was such a key determine in serving to Eire qualify for this summer time’s Olympic Video games in Tokyo and has gained 76 caps for Eire up to now, is joined within the squad by her clubmate, Cratloe’s Naomi Carroll.
June’s European Championships within the Netherlands is the primary part of an enormous summer time for the Eire girls’s hockey crew that culminates within the Tokyo Olympic Video games. The Euros are doubling up as a key preparation match for the Video games whereas additionally offering three potential 2022 World Cup tickets.
It means head coach Sean Dancer has chosen his strongest obtainable squad for the eight-team competitors at Amstelveen’s Wagener Stadium, bidding for a first-ever semi-final spot.
There, they’ll tackle world primary aspect the Netherlands on June 5 in a rematch of the 2018 World Cup last; on June 7, Eire face Scotland earlier than closing out the group phases on June 9 in opposition to Spain.
Dancer’s 18-player panel options 12 of the 2018 World Cup silver medal-winning aspect and 13 of the crew that gained qualification to the Olympic Video games in November 2019 in a dramatic shoot-out in entrance of a packed-out Donnybrook Stadium.
Róisín Upton gained the primary of her 76 Eire caps in opposition to Scotland in November 2016. The gifted Limerick girl was a key member of the Eire crew which gained a silver medal on the 2018 Hockey World Cup in London.
A former scholar of An Mhodh Scoil and Crescent School Complete, Upton additionally performed women Gaelic soccer with Mungret-St Paul’s and soccer with Janesboro.
Upton, a certified instructor, helped her US faculty aspect, the UConn Huskies to 2 NCAA titles – in 2013 and 2014.
Cratloe native Naomi Carroll will play her first capped match because the summer time of 2018, having taken the lengthy street again from an ACL damage sustained whereas in women soccer motion for Clare. Since then, she was a part of the rejuvenated Irish indoor hockey aspect in 2020 earlier than incomes her recall to the senior outside setup.
For World Cup qualification, Eire will solely be completely assured of a ticket in the event that they end within the prime three positions.
The squad was introduced this morning in Skerries at a joint occasion run by main sponsors SoftCo and Park Developments, supporting their rise to the game’s elite ranges.
Eire girls’s squad for EuroHockey Championships – June 5-13, 2021, Wagener Stadium, Amstelveen, Netherlands (membership/caps):
Ayeisha McFerran (SV Kampong, 100) – goalkeeper
Lizzie Murphy (Loreto, 13) – goalkeeper
Michelle Carey (UCD, 0)
Naomi Carroll (Catholic Institute, 111)
Lizzie Colvin (Belfast Harlequins, 196)
Nicci Daly (Loreto, 189)
Nikki Evans (Outdated Alex, 198)
Megan Frazer (Belfast Harlequins, 136)
Sarah Hawkshaw (Railway Union, 33)
Hannah Matthews (Loreto, 147)
Shirley McCay (Pegasus, 306)
Hannah McLoughlin (UCD, 14)
Katie Mullan (Ballymoney, 193) – captain
Anna O’Flanagan (Muckross, 207) – vice-captain
Lena Tice (Outdated Alex, 109)
Sarah Torrans (Loreto, 26)
Roisin Upton (Catholic Institute, 76)
Chloe Watkins (Monkstown, 226)
Travelling reserves: Deirdre Duke (Outdated Alex, 141), Sarah McAuley (Muckross, 0)
EuroHockey Championships 2021 (all instances Irish)
Group A (world rank): Netherlands (1st), Spain (seventh), Eire (eighth), Scotland (twenty second)
Group B: Germany (4th), England (fifth), Belgium (twelfth), Italy (seventeenth)
Irish fixture schedule
June 5, 2021: Eire v Netherlands, 2.30 pm
June 7 2021: Eire v Scotland, 11.30 am
June 9, 2021: Eire v Spain, 11.30 am
June 11 2021: Semi-finals/relegation pool
June 12/thirteenth: Medal matches/relegation pool