Andrew Meredith looks set to hand international debuts to Lisnagarvey duo James Lorimer and Daniel Buser having named a 20-man Irish squad for three tests against Olympic champions Germany later this month.
Other notable inclusions for the games in Heilbronn and Mannheim on May 16-18 are Monkstown midfielder Stephen Cole and Banbridge netbuster Stephen Dowds. Cole helped Monkstown to do an Irish Senior Cup and Irish Hockey League double while Dowds hit nine goals in seven games during Bann’s run to the IHL final.
Cole’s Monkstown team-mate Davy Carson, scorer of the winner in the IHL final, is named as a reserve alongside Krefeld’s Jason Lynch. Banbridge’s 19-year-old sensation Peter Brown is also a surprise exclusion having impressed during the World League 2 in India and been named the IHL’s player of the tournament.
Meredith noted that exam and work commitments rendered many players unavailable but believes both squad and management are “extremely excited” to begin their build-up to June’s World League 3 in Rotterdam, which doubles as a World Cup qualifier.
Ireland senior men’s squad for three-test series v Germany: J Bell (Lisnagarvey), J Bruton (YMCA), D Buser (Lisnagarvey), C Cargo (Reading), P Caruth (Braxgata, Belgium), S Cole (Monkstown), T Cockram (Lisnagarvey), S Dowds (Banbridge), D Fitgzerald (GK, Monkstown), R Gormley (Krefeld, Germany), C Harte (SCHC, Holland), D Harte (GK, Kampong, Holland), J Jackson (Braxgata), J Lorimer (Lisnagarvey), E Magee (Krefeld), P Maguire (THC Hurley, Holland), A McConnell (THC Hurley), S O’Donoghue (UCD), A Sothern (Pembroke Wanderers), M Watt (SCHC). Reserves: D Carson (Monkstown), J Lynch (Krefeld).
May 16: Germany v Ireland (Mannheim)
May 17: Germany v Ireland (Heilbronn)
May 18: Germany v Ireland (Mannheim)