WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Ireland coach Graham Shaw confirms squad for winter training

Ireland's Megan Frazer.
Ireland's Megan Frazer.

Ireland coach Graham Shaw has announced a squad of 26 for warm weather training and a match series to take place in January.

The Green Machine will travel to Valencia for warm weather training before taking on Spain, world ranked 14th; in an intense five match series over five days.

Shaw has selected an extended panel that includes no fewer than four players currently plying their trade in America, three of whom are uncapped at senior international level.

The young squad, with an average age of 23, will be looking to continue their impressive run under Shaw, which saw them cruise to victory in the Eurohockey Championships II in July and earn promotion back to the top division in European hockey.

Talking about the selection and upcoming series, Shaw said: “We are very excited about bringing this squad to Valencia, Spain in January. We are a young experienced squad with all our best hockey ahead of us and believe this group of players can have a real impact on world hockey in the coming years.

“We will have a few new faces with us for the first time and we are really looking forward to seeing how they go.

“This camp will be extremely testing with up to three sessions a day combined with four or five games against Spain. Physically and mentally we will have a very good idea of where we are by the end of this camp.”

Fixtures

Ireland vs Spain at Estadio de Hockey de Valencia

January 15th Ireland vs Spain

January 16th Ireland vs Spain

January 17th Ireland vs Spain

January 18th Ireland vs Spain

January 19th Ireland vs Spain

*Times TBC

Squad

1. Stella Davis – Pembroke

2. Yvonne O Byrne – Cork Harlequins

3. Kate Lloyd - UCD

4. Chloe Brown - Ards

5. Nicola Evans Hermes

6. Katie Mullan UCD

7. Shirley McCay Ulster Elks

8. Megan Frazer Ulster Elks

9. Elena Tice Loreto

10. Naomi Carroll Hermes

11. Emily Beatty UCD

12. Gillian Pinder UCD

13. Hayley Mulcahy Loreto

14. Hannah Matthews Loreto

15. Gemma Frazer Ulster Elks

16. Deirdre Duke UCD

17. Kerri McDonald Ards

18. Ali Meeke Loreto

19. Pamela Smithwick Old Alex

20. Anna OFlanagan Hermes

21. Chloe Watkins Hermes

22. Nicci Daly - Muckross

23. Zoe Wilson Randalstown/ Syracuse University

24. Emma Russell Old Alex/ Syracuse University

25. Roisin Upton Catholic Institute/ University of Connecticut

26. Ayeisha McFerran Pegasus/ University of Louisville