Irish U21 Womens Squad announced ahead of Europeans
August 14, 2017
David Passmore, head coach of Ireland’s U21 Women, has today announced his squad of 18 for the upcoming Eurohockey Junior Championships in Valencia. Ireland has a tough Group as they sit alongside England, France and Germany in Pool B. Passmore has a talented young side at his disposal with serval of the squad already capped at senior international level. An envious list of fixtures against some of Europe’s top sides has provided ideal preparation as they’ve faced England, Belgium, Spain and Scotland in recent months.
The side have a tough task ahead of them but Passmore is confident in his charges, he said “The whole U21 group of 30+ have worked really hard over the past 7-8 months and the final selection for Valencia was highly competitive. We’ve made steady progress over the past six weeks and the match performances have improved through the matches against Spain and Belgium.
The U21 Europeans is a tough tournament and our pool is a challenging one with all three teams having competed in the Junior World Cup last November. England have a very settled squad and Germany boast a number of senior players whilst fourteen of the French squad played in last week’s senior Europeans in Cardiff that will give them continuity. That said we have a tight knit group and I am confident that we can cause an upset our two. Our aim is to better Ireland’s previous best place finish of 6th place."
|1.||Emma Buckley (GK)||Cork Harlequins|
|2.||Michelle Carey||Railway Union|
|3.||Edel Nyland||Longwood University, USA|
|7.||Erin Getty (Vice Captain)||Randalstown|
|8.||Tori Hastings||Queens University|
|10.||Ruth Maguire (Co-Capt)||Pegasus|
|12.||Jessica McMaster||Queens University|
|13.||Elizabeth Murphy (GK)||Hermes-Monkstown|
|14.||Alex Ogilby||Clifton HC, England|
|18.||Sara Twomey (Co-Capt)||UCD|
August 28th 11:15 Ireland vs England
August 29th 15:30 Ireland vs France
August 31st 9:00 Ireland vs Germany
Full schedule can be found here http://eurohockey.org/competitions-calendar/
Source Hockey Ireland