Ireland women step up Tokyo Olympics preparations

The Ireland women’s hockey squad will travel to London on Thursday as part of their preparations for Tokyo Olympic Games this summer.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 6:00 am

The 20-strong squad, featuring Ulster players Lizzie Colvin, Zara Malseed, Shirlay McCay and Katie Mullan, will make the trip to Bisham Abbey, with four matches against Great Britain scheduled to take place from April 27 to May 2.

All of the games are being played behind closed doors and will not be streamed. The matches will all be uncapped.

Notable absences from the squad include Ayeisha McFerran who remains on duty with Dutch Hoofdklasse club SV Kampong.

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Ireland's Katie Mullan. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Both Megan Frazer and Elena Tice remain at home managing injuries, while Ellen Curran and Caoimhe Purdue are called up to the squad.

Performance Director Adam Grainger said: “We’re very happy to have been able to travel for these matches.

“Great Britain are obviously a very strong side so this will give the squad more opportunities to test themselves against challenging opposition ahead of an intense summer of international hockey.”

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