With a view to next summer’s EuroHockey U-18 championships in Utrecht, Netherlands, a 38-player training panel has been named for the Irish U-18 girls, a group with a fair amount of international experience built-up in the past few months.
The selection includes eleven Leinster players from the recent interprovincial series held in Milltown along with two players from the South East region.
Emily Beatty and Lisa McCarthy maintain their place from the Irish U-17 side that travelled to the Youth Olympic Games a couple of months ago while Aisling Naughton is one of 11 players still involved from the summer’s Home Nation’s success in Cork.
Laura Gray, Kate Lloyd, Emma Russell and Orla Macken make the step up from Ireland U-16s European championship panel while there are also inclusions for Railway pair Jenny Maguire and Rachel Barnett and Alex’s Juliette King-Hall and Erika Hinkson. Wexford’s Jean Devoy and Kilkenny’s Aoife Murphy are the South East inclusions.
The squad, as expected, has a strong contingent from Ulster with 13 players from the provincial champions making the grade.
At U-16 level, the latest batch sees nine Leinster inclusions and three from the South East. All will be looking at their first chance of impressing in an Irish jersey as the vast majority of the Irish U-16 side move up to U-18 level. The group includes five players from Old Alex – Hannah McDermott, Juliette Beatty, Carolyn Crampton, Amber Gleeson and Millie O’Donnell.
Ireland U-18 panel (for full selection, click here):
Leinster representatives: Rachel Barnett (Railway Union/Holy Faith, Clontarf), Emily Beatty (Old Alex/Alexandra College), Laura Gray (Hermes/St Andrews), Erika Hinkson (Old Alex/Alexandra College), Juliette King-Hall (Old Alex/Newpark), Kate Lloyd (Railway Union/Loreto, Dalkey), Orla Macken (Railway Union/Rathdown), Jenny Maguire (Railway Union/Mt Anville), Lisa McCarthy (Railway Union/Mt Anville), Aisling Naughton (Old Alex/Mt Anville), Emma Russell (Hermes/Holy Child Killiney)
South East: Jean Devoy (Wexford HC, Loreto Wexford), Aoife Murphy (Loreto, Kilkenny)
Ireland U-16 panel (for full selection, click here):
Leinster representatives: Juliette Beatty (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Carolyn Crampton (Wesley College/Old Alex), Claire Foley (St Gerards/Pembroke), Amber Gleeson (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Sarah Hawkshaw (Mount Sackville), Molly Lamb (Loreto Foxrock), Hannah McDermott (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Millie O’Donnell (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Sarah Quill (Wesley/Corinthian)
South East: Ruth Bowe (Loreto Wexford), Aisling Byrne (St Leo’s Carlow), Emma Duncan (Kilkenny College)