Paul Revington’s Ireland panel get back into action this evening after a brief summer break from training when they play Malaysia in the first of four challenge matches this evening at Belfield (8.30pm).
The timing of Saturday and Sunday’s games, though, has been changed and will now both take place at 7pm in Belfield from their original mid-afternoon slots.
Ranked 14 in the world, Malaysia are the highest placed side Revington has beaten with Ireland since taking over the post in November 2008, getting the better of the Asian side 2-1 in last summer’s Champion’s Challenge II.
With these fixtures taking place during Ramadan – the Islamic month of fasting, in which participating Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset – it will be interesting how some of the visitors cope with the four late tip-offs.
As for Ireland, the squad returned to training last Saturday, starting an intense period of hockey in the lead-up to a Five-Nations event in Paris following a six week break from group sessions.
“The Squad come together again over the weekend after a good period of rest and recovery. The games against Malaysia are nicely timed in our build up to the Five-Nations event in Paris, and also as we start an exciting 18 months together as a squad.
“The Malaysians are a very skilful outfit and it will be a good opportunity for us to compete against them as they start peaking for their Commonwealth and Asian Games events in September and October.”
Ireland squad for Malaysia series (from): Iain Walker (GK), David Harte (GK), Ronan Gomley, Joe Brennan, Adam Pritchard, Paul Gleghorne, Michael Maguire, Conor Harte, Brian Doherty, John Jackson, Geoff McCabe, Alan Giles, David Ames, Bruce McCandless, John Jermyn, Jason Lynch, Andy McConnell, Peter Caruth, Eugene Magee, Phelie Maguire, Chris Cargo, Gareth Watkins, Timmy Cockram, Peter Blakeney, Mitch Darling, Alan Sothern
* To see who plays in which specific game, click here
Revised match schedule (all at Belfield):
August 18 (8.30pm) Ireland vs Malaysia
August 19 (8.30pm) Ireland vs Malaysia
August 21 (8.30pm) Ireland vs Malaysia
August 22 (8.30pm) Ireland vs Malaysia
Photos from Malaysia’s last visit to Ireland in 2009