On Tuesday, Gene Muller announced his twenty two for the tour to South Africa in January.
Muller’s squad includes three uncapped players, Loreto’s Niamh Small, Hermes’ Keeper Emma Gray and Louisa Moore who has been training with Pembroke in the last weeks. Commenting after his selection and impending tour “This tour has both a training and competition focus.
“It is a very demanding schedule that will test the players physically. We are taking 22 players on the tour so it does give us a chance to rotate and compare players.”
Muller finalised his selection after a two day training camp last weekend in Dublin . The squad will spend ten days in South Africa from the 10th – 20th January and will play six matches during the tour as they continue preparations for their Olympic Qualifying Tournament next April.
Squad (club/caps): Emma Clarke (Randalstown, 33), Aine Connery (UCC, 12), Eimear Cregan (Cork Harlequins, 118), Roisin Flinn (UCD, 27), Emer Harte (Pembroke Wanderers, 29), Louisa Healy (GK) (Loreto, 23), Mary Goode(GK) (Pembroke Wanderers, 29), Emma Gray(GK) (Hermes, 0), Lisa Jacob (UCD, 12), Shirley McCay (Randalstown, 27), Jenny McDonough (Belfast Harlequins, 90), Cathy McKean (Loreto, 83), Bridget McKeever (Ballymoney, 95), Louisa Moore (unattached, 0), Ciara O’Brien (Chelmsford, 131), Julia O’Halloran (UCC, 19), Clare Parkhill (Randalstown, 49), Stephanie Quinn (Armagh, 2), Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins, 16), Niamh Small (Loreto, 0), Emma Stewart (Armagh,36), Nikki Symmons (Loreto, 81)
Schedule: Jan 12 v South Africa, 3pm Stellenbosch; Jan 13 v Holland U21, 3pm Stellenbosch; Jan 15 v South Africa, 7pm, Capetown; Jan 16 v Holland U21, 7pm Stellenbosch; Jan 18 v South Africa, 7pm Stellenbosch; Jan 19 v South Africa, 3pm Capetown