Shaw selects youthful squad for Ireland’s trip to Spain

Six of under-21 panel called up last month retained for games against Spain and Belgium

Ireland’s Chloe Watkins during a friendly against Spain in 2016. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

Ireland’s Chloe Watkins during a friendly against Spain in 2016. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho

 

Graham Shaw has selected another youthful squad for Ireland’s trip to Spain this November, with six of the under-21 panel called up for last month’s games against Scotland retained for the three-nation series against the Spanish and Belgium.

Goalkeeper Emma Buckley (Cork Harlequins), Ellen Curran (Monkstown), Erin Getty (Randalstown), Jessica McMaster (Queens) and Loreto pair Hannah McLoughlin and Sarah Torrans are all included again as Shaw tests out his options in the build-up to next summer’s World Cup. Teenagers McLoughlin and Torrans in particular both impressing on their senior debuts against the Scots.

Three of the squad’s more experienced European-based players, Bloemendaal’s Anna O’Flanagan and Chloe Watkins and Hamburg’s Nikki Evans, return for the four games, two each against Spain and Belgium, as does Railway Union goalkeeper Grace O’Flanagan, but Katie Mullan, Gillian Pinder and Roisin Upton are all rested.

In all 15 of the squad – fitness permitting – will be in Hockey League action this weekend.

Second placed Cork Harlequins are on their travels yet again when they take on Pembroke Wanderers in Saturday’s only game.

Sunday’s fixtures see leaders UCD take on unbeaten Railway Union at Park Avenue, while Pegasus, in third, visit bottom club Monkstown. Loreto and Trinity both head north for their games, Loreto meeting Ards and the students taking on Belfast Harlequins.

IRISH SQUAD: E Buckley, Y O’Byrne, N Carroll, R Barry (all Cork Harlequins), L Tice, E Curran, D Duke, E Russell (all UCD), H McLoughlin, A Meeke, S Torrans (all Loreto), Z Wilson, L Colvin (both Belfast Harlequins), C Watkins, A O’Flanagan (both Bloemendaal), E Getty, J McMaster (both Queens), C Brown (Ards), G O’Flanagan (Railway Union), N Evans (UHC Hamburg).

HOCKEY LEAGUE: Saturday; Pembroke Wanderers v Cork Harlequins, Serpentine Avenue, 2.30. Sunday; Ards v Loreto, Ards Park, 2.0; Belfast Harlequins v Trinity, Deramore Park, 2.0; Monkstown v Pegasus, Rathdown, 2.30; Railway Union v UCD, Park Avenue, 2.40.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.