Ireland’s women’s national team players have a busy few weeks ahead of them as the level of matches and training revs up for the summer months.

 

The first tournament to take place is a four nations invitational set to take place in Essen, Germany from 25-27 June. This tournament will give Ireland a great opportunity to compete against some of the top sides in the world, Australia, India and of course hosts Germany. Just three days later starting on 30 June Ireland will take on Australia in a triple header in UCD, Dublin.

 

Muller has named a squad of 18 for the 4 nations, which includes the uncapped Nicola Evans and a squad of 19 for the Australian test series which sees two additions Louisa Healy in for Mary Goode and the uncapped Sinead McCarthy for Cork Harlequins included.

 

Commenting on his selection coach Gene Muller said “The panel for these two events features two new additions, with Nicola Evans and Sinead McCarthy being selected. We are delighted to have secured these fixtures and our players are exited at the prospect of competing against this calibre of opposition   Australia and Germany are traditional powerhouses in women's hockey and will be a stern test for us.  India are the Commonwealth games hosts and are gearing up for the World Cup later this year. They are an emerging force in Asian hockey.”

 

Germany 4-nations event

25-27 June; Essen; Germany

Emma Clarke (Leicester; 67 caps); Bridget Cleland (Ballymoney; 144); Lizzie Colvin (Loreto; 31); Eimear Cregan (Catholic Institute; 165); Nicci Daly (Loreto; 2); Nicola Evans (Railway Union; 0); Mary Goode (Bray; 67); Emma Gray (Hermes; 12); Michelle Harvey (Pegasus; 32); Lisa Jacob (UCD; 67); Shirley McCay (Dragons; 85); Audrey O'Flynn (UCC; 8); Julia O'Halloran (UCC; 48); Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins; 59); Niamh Small (Loreto; 27); Emma Smyth (Railway Union; 26); Alex Speers (Dragons; 72); Nikki Symmons (Loreto; 136)

 

Australia series

30 June-2 July; UCD; Dublin

Emma Clarke (Leicester; 67 caps); Bridget Cleland (Ballymoney; 144); Lizzie Colvin (Loreto; 31); Eimear Cregan (Catholic Institute; 165); Nicci Daly (Loreto; 2); Nicola Evans (Railway Union; 0); Louise Healy (Loreto; 49); Emma Gray (Hermes; 12); Michelle Harvey (Pegasus; 32); Lisa Jacob (UCD; 67); Sinead McCarthy (Cork Harlequins; 0) Shirley McCay (Dragons; 85); Audrey O'Flynn (UCC; 8); Julia O'Halloran (UCC; 48); Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins; 59); Niamh Small (Loreto; 27); Emma Smyth (Railway Union; 26); Alex Speers (Dragons; 72); Nikki Symmons (Loreto; 136)

 

Source: Irish Hockey Association