Ireland names squad of 20 for South Africa

As part of their preparation for the Olympics qualifiers in Belgium in March, Ireland’s women hockey team is off to warmer climes.

National Coach, Gene Muller, has announced a very experienced squad of twenty who will travel to South Africa for warm weather training and a tri-nations tournament.

Ireland, who are sponsored by Electric Ireland, will travel out on the 22nd January and be ‘in situ’ for twelve days at Randburg Hockey Stadium in Johannesburg.

Commenting on the selection Muller said ”This tour gives us an opportunity to build on the progress we made on our tour to Argentina in December. Both South Africa and Belgium are in the final stages of preparing for an Olympic qualification tournament, and therefore these games will be very competitive. We will use these matches for match preparation and for player trials before settling on our Olympic qualifying team. This event sees the return of both Louisa Healy and Megan Frazer to the national team” .

Squad : South Africa
1. Aine Connery (Hermes, 41 caps)
2. Emma Clarke (St Albans 117 caps)
3. Lizzie Colvin (Loreto, 67 caps)
4. Miriam Crowley (Hermes, 26 caps)
5. Nicci Daly (Loreto, 26 caps)
6. Nicola Evans (Railway Union, 18 caps)
7. Megan Frazer (University of Maryland , USA, 25 caps)
8. Emma Gray (Hermes, 40 caps)
9. Michelle Harvey (Pegasus, 72 caps)
10. Louisa Healy (Loreto, 53 caps)
11. Lisa Jacob (Hermes 93 Caps)
12. Sinead McCarthy (Hermes, 37 caps)
13. Shirley McCay (Old Alex. 127 caps)
14. Audrey O’Flynn (Hermes, 50 caps)
15. Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins, 100 caps)
16. Emma Smyth (Railway Union, 51 caps)
17. Alex Speers (Capt) (Railway Union, 111 caps)
18. Nicola Symmons (Loreto, 161 caps)
19. Pamela Smithwick (Old Alex, 7 caps)
20. Chloe Watkins (UCD, 26 caps)

Date Match Time Venue

22nd- 3rd February Warm Weather Training Camp
25/01/12 Ireland v SA 19.00 Jo’Burg

27/01/12 Ireland v Belgium 19.00 Jo’BurgTri – Nations:
28/01/12 Ireland v SA 14.00 Jo’Burg
29/01/12 South Africa v Belgium Jo’Burg
30/01/12 Ireland v Belgium 19.00 Jo’Burg
31/01/12 Ireland v SA 19.00 Jo’Burg
01/02/12 South Africa v Belgium Jo’Burg
02/02/12 Ireland v Belgium 17.00 Jo’Burg

Times of matches are subject to change. All times are local times


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