(Photo: MATIAS AGUIRRE)

Irish Hockey Men’s Coach Andrew Meredith has named a 30 man squad in preparation for the Rabobank Hockey World League Semi Final competition, which takes place in The Netherlands at H.C. Rotterdam in June of this year. The “Green Machine” will aim to finish in one of the qualification places for the 2014 World Cup, which takes place in The Netherlands.

On this occasion, Meredith will be without the services of two experienced players. John Jermyn is unavailable due to work & marriage commitments, while Mitch Darling will also miss the event.

The tournament in Rotterdam takes place from 13- 23 June 2013, and consists of two pools of four teams. Ireland's opponents are yet to be confirmed, although Australia, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and India are certain to be participating with a further two qualifiers coming from upcoming World League Round 2 events.  

Speaking to hockey.ie, Green Machine coach Meredith said "The original intention was to select 28 athletes who would be involved in the preparation for the WL3 World Cup qualifier in June, but due to long term injuries to Tim Cockram and Conor Harte, we have expanded the group to 30. The final selection for Rotterdam will come from this playing group."

 The complete 30 player squad can be found below.

WL3 Rotterdam Squad

Club

1

Bell

Jonathan

Lisnagarvey

2

Brown

Peter

Banbridge

3

Bruton

Jonny

YMCA

4

Buser

Daniel

Lisnagarvey

5

Cargo

Chris

Reading

6

Carson

David

Monkstown

7

Caruth

Peter

Braxgata

8

Cockram

Tim

Lisnagarvey

9

Cole

Stephen

Monkstown

10

Dowds

Stephen

Banbridge

11

Fitzgerald

David

Monkstown

12

Gleghorne

Paul

Instonians

13

Good

Kyle

Monkstown

14

Gormley

Ronan

Krefeld

15

Harte

Conor

SCHC

16

Harte

David

Kampong

17

Hughes

Ian

Cookstown

18

Jackson

John

Braxgata

19

Lorimer

James

Lisnagarvey

20

Loughrey

Stuart

Old Loughtonians

21

Magee

Eugene

Krefeld

22

Maguire

Phelie

Hurley

23

McCabe

Geoff

Santander

24

McCandless

Bruce

Banbridge

25

McConnell

Andy

Hurley

26

O’Donoghue

Shane

UCD

27

Rollins

Matthew

Cookstown

28

Sothern

Alan

Pembroke

29

Watkins

Gareth

Monkstown

30

Watt

Michael

SCHC

Andrew Meredith has also added some additional players to his Intensive Training Centre squad which will be taking part in regional sessions in Belfast and Dublin. These sessions are in preparation for the European Nations in August 2013. Meredith will announce the squad for the Europeans Nations following the completion of the World League 3 tournament. To learn more about the Intensive Training Centre sessions and to see the squad, please click here. (External Link: Hockey.ie)

Source Material: Irish Hockey Association Media Release