World League to test new Irish midfield combinations
Brendon Carolan’s first squad as interim Irish coach shows five changes from the panel that reached the Olympic qualifying tournament final last March as Ireland embark on the first phase toward potential World Cup qualification for the Hague in 2014.
Ireland have been grouped with Sweden, Wales and Austria in the first round of the World League – which runs from September 7-9 – needing to finish inside the top two in the round-robin event to progress to round two, something they would expect to negotiate with something to spare
The first task looks to be the reconstruction of the midfield options with David Ames, Loughborough-bound Ian Sloan and Geoff McCabe listed as unavailable as are utility-man Chris Cargo and full-back Stu Loughrey.
The players to come in are defenders Kenny Carroll and Johnny Bell, front men Jonny Bruton and Stephen Dowds, pictured, while Bruce McCandless, subject to a fitness test, is a versatile option. For all five, it will be their first appearances in a world ranking event. The upshot of the changes means a number of players are likely to take on more responsibility in the midfield exchanges alongside the likes of John Jermyn and Eugene Magee.
Speaking about the selection, Carolan said: “I am looking forward to the green machine continuing on all its hard work done over the summer. We will continue to drive the team’s standards of excellence throughout all events, with the World League round one in Cardiff being the first phase.”
Ireland: Jonathon Bell (Lisnagarvey), Jonny Bruton (YMCA), Kenny Carroll (Railway Union), Peter Caruth (Braxgata, Belgium), Tim Cockram (Lisnagarvey), Mitch Darling (Three Rock Rovers), Stephen Dowds (Banbridge), David Fitzgerald (Monkstown), Paul Gleghorne (Instonians), Ronan Gormley (Crefelder HTC, Germany), Conor Harte (SCHC, Netherlands), David Harte (Kampong, Netherlands), John Jackson (Braxgata), John Jermyn (Pingouin, Belgium), Eugene Magee (Crefelder HTC), Bruce McCandless (Banbridge), Andy McConnell (Hurley, Netherlands), Mikey Watt (SCHC)
Friday, September 7: Austria v Sweden, 3.30pm; Ireland v Wales, 6pm Saturday, September 8: Ireland v Austria, 2pm; Wales v Sweden, 4.30pm Sunday, September 9: Ireland v Sweden, 12pm; Wales v Austria 3pm
5 Responses to “World League to test new Irish midfield combinations”
August 30, 2012 4:00 pm Curious says
Any idea why the named players are unavailable.
September 4, 2012 12:22 pm Cookstown Hockey Club says
Well Done to Timmy Smyth who has been selected as a replacement for the injured Stephen Dowds.
All the best Timmy in the world series!
September 5, 2012 12:49 pm Curious says
Is there some “Super Injunction” in place so as to prevent a response to why the said players are unavailable.
September 5, 2012 1:03 pm Stephen Findlater says
@Curious – am endeavouring to get confirmed reasons; requests for info have been place but yet to receive an answer. Will let you know when I do
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