TEAM Eire has formally chosen the hockey staff of sixteen gamers who will compete on the Olympic Video games in Tokyo this summer time with two gamers from Limerick-based Catholic Institute named within the squad.
The gamers to journey to the Tokyo Olympics had been introduced on the again of the EuroHockey Championships which happened in Amsterdam final week.
Twenty seven-year-old Limerick lady 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 81 caps for Eire so far, is joined within the squad by her Catholic Institute clubmate, Cratloe’s Naomi Carroll.
Róisín Upton gained the primary of her Eire caps in opposition to Scotland in November 2016. The proficient Limerick lady was a key member of the Eire staff which gained a silver medal on the 2018 Hockey World Cup in London.
A former pupil 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 school aspect, the UConn Huskies to 2 NCAA titles – in 2013 and 2014.
Cratloe native Naomi Carroll not too long ago performed her first capped match for the reason that summer time of 2018 on the current EuroHockey Championships, having taken the lengthy highway again from an ACL harm 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.
Twenty eight-year-old Carroll gained the primary of her 115 Eire caps in opposition to Wales in 2012.
On the consultant entrance, she has the quirk of enjoying for each Clare and Limerick. As Cratloe had no ladies groups, she performed camogie for Na Piarsaigh and earned a call-up to the Limerick county aspect in consequence, enjoying alongside Roisin Upton at instances.
She additionally gained the 2013 Munster Women Senior Membership Soccer Championship with Clare and performed within the 2010 All-Eire minor camogie last.
Hockey got here later in her sporting life, taking over the sport on the age of 14.
Additionally introduced within the Eire squad to compete at subsequent month’s Olympics had been the 2 travelling reserves and goalkeeper who will compete in Oi Hockey Stadium from the 24 July till the 6 August 2021.
In November 2019 the ladies’s hockey staff turned the primary Irish ladies’s hockey staff to qualify for the Olympic Video games, once they bettered Canada on Irish soil in entrance of a house crowd.
The Tokyo 2020 staff is basically shaped from that file breaking crew, which additionally options the vast majority of the 2018 World Cup Silver Medal successful squad.
In Tokyo, the staff will compete in Pool A, alongside South Africa, the Netherlands, Germany, India and Olympic Champions, Nice Britain. Their first competitors takes place on Saturday twenty fourth July in opposition to South Africa.
Staff Eire Hockey Coach for the ladies’s staff, Sean Dancer mentioned: “The Olympics is the top of our sport. We’re excited and privileged to be the group representing Eire’s ladies’s staff at their first ever Olympics.
“It is very important acknowledge all of the arduous work and sacrifice of everybody that has been concerned now and in beforehand with the staff to get thus far.
“We’re going to take the important thing classes from the current Europeans to make the positive aspects we’d like for the Olympics.”
The formally chosen hockey gamers for the Olympic Video games are:
TEAM IRELAND TOKYO HOCKEY ANNOUNCEMENT:
1 Ayeisha McFerran (GK)
2 Chloe Watkins
3 Hannah Matthews
4 Sarah Torrans
5 Nicci Daly
6 Roisin Upton
7 Hannah McLoughlin
8 Deirdre Duke
9 Katie Mullan
10 Shirley McCay
11 Sarah Hawkshaw
12 Lena Tice
13 Naomi Carroll
14 Lizzie Holden
15 Sarah McAuley
16 Anna O’Flanagan
RESERVE – Michelle Carey
RESERVE – Zara Malseed
RESERVE GOALKEEPER Liz Murphy GK