Germany’s U-18 girls proved too strong for their Irish counterparts this week, sweeping their four-game series in Belfield.
Things got off to a good start for the Irish in game one on Wednesday as Emma Russell put Ireland 1-0 up in the 26th minute. But a corner goal from Anna Krause leveled within 60 seconds and Viktoria Huse put the visitors in front 2-1 at the break.
A second half double from Hannah Gablac along with further efforts from Lisa-Marie Hutze and Paula Velmans extended the lead to 6-1 with 21 minutes to go but Ireland defended well in the closing phase to ensure no further concessions.
Amid driving rain on Thursday, Germany ran up a 4-1 win, again after the first half had ended 2-1. Saturday saw Ireland fall 3-0 though Lucy Camlin impressed between the posts with a string of fine saves.
Sunday’s final tie this morning, though, was another tough affair as Charlotte Stapenhorst scored a cracking set of four goals, two in each half, as Germany recorded a thumping 7-1 victory.
Russell got on the mark with a touch from the corner injection spot with 20 minutes to go but the Germans were already 6-0 up at this stages and Korbel’s corner push completed the rout.
** Photos from game four of this series will be updated later today to the Irish Hockey Photographers website later today
Ireland U-18 girls: Bethany Barr (Lurgan College/Lurgan), Serena Barr (Lurgan College/Lurgan), Chloe Brown (South East Regional College/Ards), Lucy Camlin (Ballyclare HS/Pegasus), Robyn Chambers (Rainey/Ballymoney), Carolyn Crampton (Wesley College/Old Alex), Claire Foley (St Gerards), Hannah Grieve (Lurgan College/Lurgan), Amanda Haslam (Kilkenny College/Tullamore), Sarah Hawkshaw (Mount Sackville/Railway Union), Penny Joyce (Portadown College/Lurgan), Kate Lloyd (Loreto, Dalkey/Railway Union), Hannah McDermott (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Jessica McGirr (Loreto, Beaufort/Loreto), Katie Morris (Methody/Belfast Harlequins),Antonia McGrath (Ursuline Thurles/Cork Harlequins), Abby Oakes (Mount Mercy/Cork Harlequins), Emma Russell (Holy Child, Killiney/Old Alex), Millie O’Donnell (Alexandra College/Old Alex)
U-18 Girl’s International
Wednesday, June 20: Ireland 1 (Emma Russell) Germany 6 (Hannah Gablac 2, Anna Krause, Viktoria Huse, Lisa-Marie Hutze, Paula Velmans)
Thursday, June 21: Ireland 1 Germany 4 (Charlotte Stapenhorst, Kimberly Korbel, Vivian Tahal, Hannah Gablac)
Saturday, June 23: Ireland 0 Germany 3 (Lisa-Marie Schutze, Charlotte Stapenhorst, Hannah Gablac)
Sunday, June 24: Ireland 1 (Emma Russell) Germany 7 (Charlotte Stapenhorst 4, Laura Stein, Lisa-Marie Schutze, Lea Albrecht)