LIMERICK hockey ace Róisín Upton is happy about Eire’s European Championship marketing campaign which begins with a conflict towards World champions the Netherlands this Saturday.
The Pool A recreation, which will get underway at 2.30pm on the Wagener Stadium in Amstelveen, will likely be reside on RTE 2 TV and BT Sport.
The European Championships is the primary section of an enormous summer time for the Eire girls’s hockey crew that culminates within the Tokyo Olympic Video games.
The Euros double up as a key preparation event for the Olympics whereas additionally offering three potential 2022 World Cup tickets.
Eire tackle world primary facet the Netherlands on this Saturday, June 5 in a rematch of the 2018 World Cup ultimate; on Monday subsequent, June 7, Eire face Scotland earlier than closing out the group levels on Thursday, June 9 towards Spain.
Róisín Upton gained the primary of her 76 Eire caps towards Scotland in November 2016. The gifted Limerick lady 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 Faculty Complete, Upton additionally performed women Gaelic soccer with Mungret-St Paul’s and soccer with Janesboro.
Upton, a professional trainer, helped her US school facet, the UConn Huskies to 2 NCAA titles – in 2013 and 2014.
Upton is one among two Catholic Institute gamers included in head coach Sean Dancer’s 18-strong squad for the European Championships.
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 facet in 2020 earlier than incomes her recall to the senior out of doors setup.
For World Cup qualification, Eire will solely be completely assured of a ticket in the event that they end within the high three positions.
Limerick’s Catholic Institute is nurturing a rising variety of gamers who come by to play for Eire. Roisin Begley and Laura Foley are actually concerned with the Irish Beneath-21s and Anna Horan is taking part in within the NCAA finals.
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: Eire v Netherlands, 2.30 pm
June 7: Eire v Scotland, 11.30 am
June 9: Eire v Spain, 11.30 am
June 11 2021: Semi-finals/relegation pool
June 12/thirteenth: Medal matches/relegation pool