Men’s Hockey Squad Announced

Irish Hockey coach Paul Revington has today announced a squad of 26 players who will spend nine days in Valencia (4th – 13th February), Spain warm weather training.This is an important part of the team’s preparation for forthcoming tournaments, leading up to the Olympic qualifiers.

Ireland’s men will have an opportunity to build on game play as they gear up for the Electric Ireland FIH Road To London tournament taking place in Dublin from the 10th – 18th March where just one country will qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.

Ireland, ranked 16th in the world, will play the higher ranked sides over five matches, Spain twice (ranked 5th) and Belgium three times (ranked 11th).

Ireland Men’s Squad
Valencia 4th – 13th February 2012
David Ames Beeston
Jonny Bell Lisnagarvey
Peter Blakeney Three Rock Rovers
Chris Cargo Reading
Peter Caruth Annadale
Tim Cockram Lisnagarvey
Mitch Darling SCHC
Brian Doherty Beerschot
David Fitzgerald Monkstown
Paul Gleghorne Instonians
Conor Harte SCHC
David Harte SCHC
John Jackson Braxgata
Stuart Loughrey Loughborough Students
Jason Lynch Royal Racing Club Brussels
Eugene Magee Dragons
Phelie Maguire Hurley
Geoff McCabe R.S. Tenis
Bruce McCandless Banbridge
Andy McConnell Hurley
Shane O’Donoghue UCD
Ian Sloan Cookstown
Richard Sykes Monkstown
Gareth Watkins Monkstown
Michael Watt R.S. Tenis
Stephen West Three Rock Rovers

Schedule of Matches
6 February Ireland v Spain 12.00
8 February Ireland v Belgium 12.00
9 February Ireland v Belgium 12.00
12 February Ireland v Belgium 16.00
13 February Ireland v Spain 12.00
Match schedule may be subject to change

In other hockey news :

Irish Junior Cup Round 2 this weekend
Saturday 4th February 2012

Men’s Irish Junior Cup
Lisnagarvey II v Bandon II 13.00 Comber Rd
Newry II v Banbridge II 16.00 Newry Olympic
Three Rock Rovers II v Bangor II 14.30 Grange Road
Pembroke W II v Corinthian II 13.30 Serpentine Ave
Raphoe II v Cookstown II 13.00 Royal & Prior
Annadale II v YMCA II 14.30 Lough Moss
Suttonians II v Cork C of I 15.00 Santa Sabina
Kilkeel II v Antrim II 14.30 Kilkeel High School

Women’s Electric Ireland Irish Junior Cup
Hermes II v Railway Union II 13.30 St. Andrews
Cork Harlequins II v Loreto II 13.00 Harlequin Park
Ballymoney II v Cork C of I II 13.00 Joey Dunlop Centre
Galway II v Corinthian II 13.00 Dangan
Pembroke Wanderers v UCD II 15.30 Serpentine Avenue
Dromore II v Pegasus II 14.30 Ferris Park
Bandon II v Dublin University II 13.00 Bandon Grammar
Randalstown II v Catholic Institute II 13.00 Antrim Forum

ULSTER Ladies League – Premier Division
Friday 3rd February

Belfast Harlequins vs. Armagh

Saturday 4th February
Ballymoney vs. Ards
Lurgan vs. Lisnagarvey
Pegasus vs. Ulster Elks

A Friday night match will see Armagh travel to Deramore to take on Harlequins. Armagh lost 3 points to Queens last weekend which has left them in 9th position in the Ulster league, with Harlequins only one place above them. This is a crucial match for both teams to gain points.

Usual Saturday fixtures include Ards playing 2nd place Ballymoney at Joey Dunlop Centre. Hillsborough side, Lisnagarvey are away to Lurgan who have won 70% of their matches played so far in the season. Lisnagarvey are playing now for pride as they have faced the fact they cannot stay in Premier league next season. Ulster Elks will play league leaders Pegasus who are currently unbeaten. The Jordanstown side have hosted Pegasus earlier in the year and suffered defeat although the Elks have, in previous seasons beaten the Belfast side who are currently preparing to host the EuroHockey Competition in April.

ULSTER Men’s League – Premier Division
Saturday 4th February
Kilkeel vs. NICS
Annadale vs. Banbridge
Lisnagarvey vs. Mossley
Instonians vs. Harlequins
North Down vs. Cookstown

NICS travel to Kilkeel, who are both sitting mid table having played 10 games each and Civil Service with a 1 point advantage. A victory for Annadale will put them on equal points with Saturdays’ rivals Banbridge. Mossley visit Hillsborough to take on undefeated side Lisnagarvey. With 11 games played and 6 defeats from their record so far, Mossley will face a challenge this weekend to gain 3 points from the league leaders. Instonians are home to fellow Belfast team Harlequins and Cookstown travel to play North Down in their 6th game of the season. The Co. Tyrone men have been hit with many postponements due to weather, EHL and Indoor commitments and are currently 6 games behind North Down.

Leinster Men’s League –Division 1
Saturday 4th February
YMCA vs Railway Union 1.15pm Alexandra College Milltown
Clontarf vs UCD 2.00pm Mountemple
Monkstown vs Three Rock Rovers 3.00pm Rathdown
Fingal vs Glenanne 1:30pm ALSAA
Corinthians vs Pembroke Wanderers 1.00pm Whitechurch

Finally, a reminder that Ireland will host the FIH Olympic Qualifier 2012 in UCD, Dublin from the 10th – 18th March 2012. This is your opportunity to get behind the ‘Green Machine’ and support them all the way to the London 2012 Olympics. Tickets on sale now for more information go to or email or call 01 7163262

SportsNewsIreland will continue to bring you reports and news throughout the season.


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