After an intense ten day trip to South Africa the Irish women continue their training programme in pursuit of qualification for Beijing through the Olympic Qualifying Tournament next April 26 – May 4.
Between now and the Tournament in Canada Ireland will play matches against Spain, New Zealand, China, Great Britain and France. Ireland’s next camp will take the squad to Terrassa, Spain for a five day tour, 2nd – 6th February.
Muller announced his selected eighteen for this Spanish trip today said “The Spanish are a in a similar position to us, they are also playing for Olympic Qualification, and they will be keen to play well and build towards success later in the year.”
Muller’s selection for this tour sees the re-inclusion of UCC’s Hollie Moffett, who competed for Ireland against the Australian Institute of Sport but has yet to earn her first cap.
Irish Squad Selection for Spain: Emma Clarke (Randalstown, 37), Eimear Cregan (Cork Harlequins, 122), Roisin Flinn (UCD, 31), Mary Goode (Pembroke Wanderers, 35), Louisa Healy (Loreto, 24), Lisa Jacob (UCD, 16), Shirley McCay (Randalstown, 31), Jenny McDonough, Belfast Harlequins, 94), Cathy McKean (Loreto, 87), Hollie Moffett (UCC, 0), Louisa Moore (Pembroke Wanderers, 2), Ciara O’Brien (Chelmsford, 135), Julia O’Halloran (UCC, 22), Clare Parkhill (Randalstown, 53), Stephanie Quinn (Armagh, 2), Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins, 19), Emma Stewart (Armagh, 40), Nikki Symmons (Loreto, 85),
It starts a series of journeys to get the possible training in against top international competition, made possible by the increased funding from ESB. Here’s the programme for the next few weeks:
2nd – 6th February: Tour To Terrassa, Spain
5th February: Ireland V Spain
6th February: Ireland V Spain
22nd February – March 2nd: Tour to Wellington, New Zealand
26th February: Ireland V China 18.30
27th February: Ireland V New Zealand 18.30
29th February: Ireland V China 18.30
1st March Ireland V New Zealand 14.30
28th – 30th March: Series V GB; UCD, Dublin, Ireland
28th March: Ireland V Great Britain TBC
29th March: Ireland V Great Britain TBC
30th March: Ireland V Great Britain TBC
4th – 6th April: Series V France; UCD, Dublin, Ireland.
4th April: Ireland V France TBC
5th April: Ireland V France TBC
6th April: Ireland V France TBC
April 26th – 4th May Olympic Qualifying Tournament, Canada.