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.”
Ireland vs Spain at Estadio de Hockey de Valencia
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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