Eight Leinster players have been included in the 18 man Ireland A squad named by Graham Shaw for the upcoming Junior Celtic Cup, to be played in Cookstown from July 2-4.
Speaking about the selection, Ireland’s Senior men’s coach Paul Revington said “It is crucial for Irish Hockey that this group of U-21 players are able to perform together at international level, and the 2010 Junior Celtic Cup arrives at just the right time for these players.
“The squad have worked hard together over the past few weeks and it will be good for them to finish this phase of training off with a quality performance in a tournament.”
Corinthian’s Brian Doherty captains the sideand is joined in the panel by Leinster U-21 players Stephen Cole, Jonathon Kane, Stu Loughrey, Davy Carson and Mark English. Stephen West and Shane O’Donoghue step up from last year’s Ireland U-18s.
Ireland A Squad for Junior Celtic Cup
Alistair Thom (GK, Instonians), Stephen West (GK, Three Rock Rovers), David Best (Cookstown), Phillip Brown (Banbridge), Drew Carlisle (Vice Captain, Banbridge), Clinton Sweetnam (Cork C of I), Mark Crooks (Cookstown), Stephen Cole (Monkstown), Jonathon Kane (Glenanne), Stuart Loughrey (Loughborough Uni), David Carson (Corinthian), Shane O’Donoghue (Glenanne), William Robinson (Instonians), Brian Doherty (Captain, Corinthian), Alistair Smith (Bandon), Mark English (Railway Union), Stephen Sloan (Cookstown), Neil Hamilton (Annadale)
Head Coach: Graham Shaw
Manager: Peter Jackson
Asst Coach: Lucas Piccioli
S&C Coach: Jonny Carren
Match Schedule (Cookstown)
July 2 (6pm): Ireland vs Wales
July 3 (4pm): Ireland vs France
July 4 (4pm): Ireland vs Scotland