On a special night for Irish hockey, both the Irish U-18 boys and girls produced final day wins to rescue their place in the top tier of European competition, finishing in sixth place overall in their respective tournaments
The repetition of “it’s our time” has been emanating from many of the Irish women’s media interviews as they zone in on a first World Cup appearance since 2002.
Ireland’s Under-18 boys gave themselves a chance at avoiding relegation from the European top tier as they beat Poland 5-0 in Santander.
The rangy forward has been around the squad for the most part since late 2014, playing a pivotal role in the 2015 EuroHockey Championships II success in Prague
Katie Mullan took over the captaincy in the wake of Megan Frazer’s injury travails and provides a strong presence in either the forward or midfield lines where she has been used at different intervals.
Nikki Evans comes into the World Cup off the back of a memorable season with German side UHC Hamburg, helping them to silver medals in the national championship as well as the European Club Cup.
Anna O’Flanagan is quickly closing in on the national goalscoring record of 65 – held by Lynsey McVicker – and will hope she can hit that mark during the World Cup.
A speedster with skills to burn, Nicci Daly is hoping she can overcome a foot injury to take up her place in the Irish panel for the World Cup.
One of the most talented players Ireland have ever produced, Irish coach Graham Shaw will hope Megan Frazer can put her injury woes behind her after a nightmare 20-month run.
Roisin Upton is a relative newcomer to the Irish team, making her debut in November 2016 before establishing herself as one of the driving forces in either midfield or defence.
A wonderful, floating midfielder, Gillian Pinder has deceptive pace and an ability to ghost away from opponents in the blink of an eye.
Chloe Watkins is part of a hockey dynasty, becoming an Irish international alongside her brother Gareth and father Gordon.
A utility player who can do a job in both defence and midfield, Ali Meeke has some of the trickiest skills in the squad with an ability to wriggle out of most situations.
Lizzie Colvin does not score many but her super strike against India last summer was the goal that ultimately put Ireland through to the World Cup.
Daughter of Irish rugby international Phillip, Hannah Matthews reached her 100th international cap in June in the series against Canada at Serpentine Avenue.
The most capped female sportswoman in Ireland, Shirley McCay is now in her 11th year as part of the Irish team, providing a wealth of experience and a tenacious attitude
Zoe Wilson has been a key component of the Irish defence since she broke into the team in 2016 following a season in the US with Syracuse University where she won an NCAA Championship.
The dynamic defender has been a pivotal part of the Irish side since her major tournament debut in 2015 at the Olympic qualifying tournament in Valencia – the World League Semi-Final.
Despite her tender years, Lena Tice is already closing in on a combined 100 caps across cricket and hockey.
Grace O’Flanagan played a vital role in Ireland’s qualification for the World Cup when she famously saved a penalty stroke with her first touch against India at the World League Semi-Finals in Cape Town
Ayeisha McFerran became the youngest goalkeeper to play for Ireland when she lined out against Spain in January 2014 a day after her 18th birthday.
A lifetime in the making, the multiple sporting strands of Nicci Daly’s life reach an incredible crescendo this month.
Ards Ladies Hockey Club are looking for a coach for 2018-19 season for their first team. It follows Gareth Grundie’s decision to step down from the role after 13 years at the helm