Ireland’s senior men’s line-ups for this week’s matches with Argentina were announced earlier today.
The first date sees a more established line-up with Stephen Butler, Graham Shaw, Karl Burns and Timmy Cockram all involved. That quartet make way on Thursday for Conor Harte, Joe Brennan, Geoff McCabe, David Ames and Annadale’s Peter Caruth – possibly making his international bow.
Ronan Gormley and Mark Black are included as co-captains, though both are carrying injuries. Argentina finished third in this year’s champion trophy, beating the likes of Australia, Holland and Olympic Champions Germany to secure the bronze.
Commenting on the squad, High Perfromance Director, David Passmore said “This is a great opportunity for some of the younger players to come in and compete against a top side such as Argentina. These games will be tough, fast paced and the Argentinean’s will be out to settle a score after Ireland defeated them in the Olympic Qualifiers earlier this year so these matches will provide challenging and entertaining hockey.”
Match 1: Wednesday, 7.30pm (UCD)
David Harte (GK), Keith Black, Karl Burns, Tim Lewis, Ronan Gormley (capt), John Jackson, Mark Black, (co-capt), Graham Shaw, Stephen Butler, John Jermyn, David Hobbs, Eugene Magee, Timmy Cockram, Michael Watt, Alan Sothern, Jason Lynch
Iain Walker (GK), David Ames
Match 2:Thursday, 12pm (Serpentine Avenue)
David Harte (GK), Iain Walker (GK), Keith Black, Joe Brennan, Tim Lewis, Ronan Gormley, Conor Harte, John Jackson, Mark Black, John Jermyn, David Hobbs, Geoff McCabe, David Ames, Eugene Magee, Peter Caruth, Michael Watt, Alan Sothern
Reserve: Jason Lynch
Injured: Mark Gleghorne, Andy McConnell, Mark Ruddle.