Ireland Men’s Coach Andrew Meredith has named an 18 man squad for the upcoming FIH World League 2 tournament in India. The seven top placed teams across the four World League 2 tournaments will join hosts Malaysia in World League 3 in June 2013.
The Green Machine will begin their preparations for World League 2 by heading to Malaysia on the 8th February where they will play three warm up games against Malaysia before flying on to New Delhi on the 14th February. Ireland last played Malaysia in December 2012 when Peter Caruth struck a golden goal to seal a 2-1 victory and claim the Bronze medal at the FIH Champions Challenge 1 in Quilmes, Argentina.
Following a training camp last weekend in Ulster, Meredith has named an experienced squad for FIH World League 2 in India. The coach has drafted in Phelie Maguire, Peter Brown & Alan Sothern to the Green Machine Squad. While Brown has yet to be capped at this level both Maguire & Sothern are experienced Internationals having represented Ireland on 103 & 54 occasions respectively.
Meredith has also had to make his plans without three players who were involved in Champions Challenge 1. John Jermyn & Andy McConnell are both unavailable due to employment commitments while Timothy Cockram is due to be married.
Shortly after announcing the squad, Green Machine coach Andrew Meredith said: “It's clearly a very exciting opportunity for those who have been selected to go and compete in the New Delhi tournament.
“At this critical stage of the qualification process our goal is pretty clear, with only the top 2 countries progressing to the following round of Semi-Finals in the summer. The World League 2 presents not only a challenge to the playing group in as far as acclimatising to unique environmental and cultural factors, but it represents an opportunity to experience playing in a country, where hockey has an incredibly large following while playing in a stadium that has a capacity of 20,000 spectators.”
Meredith continued: “The selection of the team represents and reflects the recent training camp performances, with experienced players re-enforcing that not only do they still have the ability to play international hockey, but they are still hungry to progress and develop. There is also a number of young players that have begun to identify themselves and show that they have the potential to add to the competition for Senior squad places which, moving forward over the coming World Cup cycle, will be a key element in the sustainability of our current performance level and long term evolution of the playing group.”
Ireland squad for World League Round 2 – New Delhi, India
1. David Fitzgerald (Monkstown)
2. David Harte (SV Kampong, Holland)
3. Paul Gleghorne (Instonians)
4. Ronan Gormley (Krefeld HC, Germany)
5. Conor Harte (SCHC, Holland)
6. John Jackson (Braxgata, Belgium)
7. Stuart Loughrey (Team Bath Buccaneers)
8. Bruce McCandless (Banbridge)
9. Chris Cargo (Reading, England)
10. Eugene Magee (Krefeld HC, Germany)
11. Geoff McCabe (Santander, Spain)
12. Phelie Maguire (THC Hurley)
13. Peter Brown (Banbridge)
14. Peter Caruth (Braxgata, Belgium)
15. Mitch Darling (Three Rock Rovers)
16. Shane O’Donoghue (UCD)
17. Alan Sothern (Pembroke Wanderers)
18. Michael Watt (SCHC, Holland)
Source: Irish Hockey Association Media Release
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