McCarthy sole Leinster player in U-17 squad

Lisa McCarthy is the one Leinster name to be included in the Irish U-17 panel named on Thursday to participate at the first World Youth Olympic Games which are being held in Singapore in August.

The Mount Anville teenager has had an impressive season, making it to the edges of Railway Union’s IHL winning panel and was part of their 12 player squad who won the National Indoor Trophy.

Two places still remain to filled in the selection, a squad which IHA High Performance Director and team coach Dave Passmore says was one of the toughest he – along with Una McCarthy and Richie Malone – has had to pick.

“This was an immensely difficult selection process that included trials and many hours of video reviews.”

“This young group has a lot of potential and the World Youth Olympics tournament represents a superb stage for them to develop and perform. It will be a challenging event requiring high fitness levels. In addition, the intensity of play along with the varying playing styles we will encounter will make it even more demanding.

“Irish Hockey is delighted and very grateful that this opportunity has been provided by the Olympic Council of Ireland.”

In addition to girl’s hockey, Ireland will be represented in athletics, boxing, rowing, sailing, triathlon, tennis and modern pentathlon.

The Olympic Council of Ireland’s sports director, Martin Burke, has been appointed Chef de Mission while Cormac O’Muircheartaigh, (son of broadcaster Michael) – current medical director of the Singapore Institute of Sport – will provide medical and physiotherapy services to the team.

Ireland U-17: Rebecca Barry (Laurel Hill/Catholic Institute), Chloe Brown (Nendrum College/North Down), Lucy Camlin GK (Ballyclare HS/Pegasus), Amy Cooke (Ballyclare HS/Lisnagarvey), Leah Ewart (Royal School Armagh/Armagh), Gemma Fraser (Omagh HS/Omagh), Dora Gorman (Taylors/Greenfields), Jenna Holmes GK (Carrickfergus/Randalstown), Lisa McCarthy (Mount Anville/Railway Union), Kerri McDonald (Banbridge Academy/Dromore), Antonia McGrath (Ursuline Convent/Cork Harlequins), Lucy McKee (Banbridge Academy/Armagh), Katie Mullin (Dalriada/Ballymoney), Roisin Upton (Crescent College Comprehensive/Catholic Institute)

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