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Women's team announced for World League Semi Finals   21/06/2017

Graham Shaw, head coach of the Irish women’s hockey team, has today announced his squad of 18 players for the World League Semi Finals in Johannesburg (8-23 July).


World League offers the side the chance to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in London, in doing so they would become the first Irish women’s team to play at a world cup since the 2002 Perth tournament. Qualification for the 2018 event has been expanded to 16 teams, giving the Green Army a very tangible opportunity of returning Ireland to the World Cup stage. The 16 teams will be comprised of England as World Cup hosts, 5 Continental champions and 10 highest placed National Associations in the Semi-Finals of World League (Johannesburg & Belgium) not qualified under the first 2 criteria.


There are no new faces in the side that combines a mixture of stalwarts along with several players who have yet to play in a World League Semi-Final.  Shaw’s side have had an eye-watering list of fixtures in preparation playing against 5 of the world’s top ten teams in recent months, most recently beating Olympic bronze medallists Germany.


The Green Army have a tough opening fixture of World League against world number 11 Japan, a ranking that perhaps doesn't reflect their ability as they beat Australia, New Zealand and USA in the Hawkes Bay Cup with those 3 opponents sitting 4th, 5th and 6th in the world respectively. The girls in green will then face world number 7 Germany, and Poland before a 3-day break which then sees them round out their pool games against world number 2 England, a side that will surely have a whole host of the Olympic champions Great Britain squad.


Speaking about the squad, Shaw said “Squad was selection was very tight with some difficult decisions. This is testament to how hard this group has worked and how we have developed over the past few months.

We’re very excited to get started at World League in South Africa. We will take every game as it comes during the tournament. Our aim is to finish in the top four in our pool which will put us in the Quarter Finals. Each team will pose a different threat and we will be as prepared as possible for each”.


Squad:

Grace O’Flanagan- Railway Union

Hannah Matthews- Loreto

Zoe Wilson- Harvesthuder

Shirley McCay- Ulster Elks

Elizabeth Colvin- Loreto

Elena Tice- UCD

Chloe Watkins- Hermes/Monkstown

Katie Mullan- UCD

Gillian Pinder- UCD

Anna O’Flanagan- Hermes/Monkstown

Sinead Loughran- Hermes/Monkstown

Nicola Evans- Hermes/Monkstown

Nicola Daly- Muckross

Deirdre Duke- UCD

Emily Beatty- KHC Dragons

Roisin Upton- Cork Harlequins

Yvonne OByrne- Cork Harlequins

Ayeisha McFerran- Univeristy of Louisville


Women:

Pool APool B
EnglandArgentina
GermanyUSA
JapanSouth Africa 
IrelandIndia
PolandChile 


DATE
INFO
TIME*
TEAMS
July 8, 2017
Pool A
12:00

JPN - IRL

 
Pool A
14:00

GER - POL

 
Pool B
16:00

USA - CHI

 
Pool B
18:00

RSA - IND

July 10, 2017
Pool B
12:00

ARG - CHI

 
Pool A
14:00

GER - IRL

 
Pool A
16:00

ENG - POL

 
Pool B
18:00

USA - IND

July 12, 2017
Pool B
12:00

IND - CHI

 
Pool A
14:00

IRL - POL

 
Pool A
16:00

JPN - ENG

 
Pool B
18:00

RSA - ARG

July 14, 2017
Pool A
12:00

POL - JPN

 
Pool B
14:00

CHI - RSA

 
Pool B
16:00

USA - ARG

 
Pool A
18:00

GER - ENG

July 16, 2017
Pool A
12:00

JPN - GER

 
Pool A
14:00

ENG - IRL

 
Pool B
16:00

RSA - USA

 
Pool B
18:00

ARG - IND

July 18, 2017
QF
11:15
-
 
QF
13:30
-
 
QF
15:45
-
 
QF
18:00
-
July 20, 2017
9th/10th Place
10:00
-
 
5 / 8 Place
12:15
-
 
5 / 8 Place
14:30
-
 
Semi Final
16:45
-
 
Semi Final
19:00
-
July 22, 2017
7th/8th Place
11:15
-
 
5th/6th Place
13:30
-
July 23, 2017
3rd/4th Place
11:00
-
 
Final
15:30
-

Source - Hockey Ireland







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