Former Irish duo travel with England to World League

Mark Gleghorne and Iain Lewers continue bid to be among the elite

Former Irish international Mark Gleghorne missed chance to play at London Olympics 2012 due to injury. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho.

Former Irish international Mark Gleghorne missed chance to play at London Olympics 2012 due to injury. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho.

 

Former Irish internationals Mark Gleghorne and Iain Lewers fly out this week to Delhi, India, in their bid to be among the first World League champions having been named in England’s panel.

Gleghorne and Lewers were capped 73 and 88 caps, respectively, for Ireland before declaring for England and Britain to pursue elite-level opportunities.

While Lewers played at London 2012, this tournament will represent Gleghorne’s biggest event since his switch. He missed the Olympics and last August’s European championships due to injury.

The World League finals are the conclusion of two years of competition with over 60 nations originally participating and gets underway next Friday with eight of the world’s top nations taking part – Ireland were knocked out last summer after finishing in 14th place.

Domestically, the local leagues ease into the new year with the Leinster top tier returning on January 11th while there is one game a piece in Munster and Ulster scheduled for tomorrow.

Cookstown travel to NICS looking to jump up to third place in Ulster while, in Munster’s Division One, C of I’s B team host Bandon.
FIXTURES – Saturday – Ulster Premier League: NICS vs Cookstown, 2.30pm, Stormont. Munster Division One: Cork C of I B vs Bandon, 3pm, Garryduff.