Women’s Masters name World Cup panel

** Words from Helen Johnston
Ireland’s women are sending two teams to the Masters Hockey World Cup which is taking place in Rotterdam, Holland from June 5-13, coinciding with the Hockey World Cup taking place nearby in The Hague from May 31 to June 15.

Maura O'Neill in action for the Irish Masters Pic: Adrian Boehm

Maura O’Neill in action for the Irish Masters Pic: Adrian Boehm

Twenty-five women’s teams (at age levels O-40/45, O-50 and O-55/60) along with 49 men’s teams (at age levels O-40, O-45, O-50 and O-55) are participating in the Masters tournament in Rotterdam, from 19 different countries. The Irish women are competing in the O-40/45 and O-50 age groups.

The Irish O-40s are coached by Guy Garrett and captained by Clodagh McMoreland, from Yeats County. The squad includes ex-international goalkeeper Tara Browne from Galway, along with experienced defenders Emma Glanville and Linda Jenkinson.

The squad contains nine Leinster players, from Loreto, Old Alex, Pembroke, along with Lorna Bagnell from Fingal Malahide, who makes her debut at this level.

The O-40s squad face teams from England, New Zealand and the Dutch O45s in their pool matches before the cross-over matches.

The O-50s are coached by Ben Epstein and captained by ex international Maggie Hunter from Lisnagarvey. Other ex-internationals include midfielder Joanne O’Grady of Suttonians and centre forward Cathy Walsh from Cork Cof I, one of four players from that club.

All four provinces are represented on this squad with six from Leinster, including both goalkeepers, Helen Roche from Railway and Sinead Guilfoyle from Pembroke. There are also players from Three Rock, Swords and Glenanne.

The O-50s play in a round robin competition against teams from Australia, England, Netherlands, New Zealand, USA and Wales, followed by a placing match.

Irish Women’s O-40s: Tara Browne, GK (Galway), Mary Harkin, GK, (Loreto), Emma Glanville (Galway), Noreen Dockery (Old Alex), Shelly Lyons, VC, (Pegasus), Lynn Mills (Ards), Linda Jenkinson (Loreto), Clodagh McMoreland, C (Yeats County), Hazel Agar (Old Alex), Lorna Bagnell (Fingal Malahide), Annie Lawlor (Pembroke), Deirdre McDermott (Greenfields), Ali McSweeney (Pembroke), Caroline Sharkey (Loreto), Julie Fisher (North Down), Julie Doak (Knock), Gillian Garrett (Old Alex). Coach: Guy Garrett. Manager: Philip Mills.

Friday, June 6: Ireland v New Zealand
Saturday, June 7: Ireland v England
Sunday, June 8: Ireland v Netherland O45s
June 9-13: play off matches.

Irish Women’s O-50s: Sinead Guilfoyle, GK (Pembroke), Helen Roche GK (Railway Union), Maura O’Neill (Three Rock Ladies), Anne Snoddy (Larne), Julie Wilson (Larne), Maggie Hunter (Lisnagarvey), Dymphna Hill (Cork C of I), Jane Salter (Glenanne), Pat Stewart (Grosvenor), Joan Dobson (Cork C of I), Joanne O’Grady, VC (Suttonians), Cathy Walsh (Cork C of I), Kathy Shaw (Cork C of I), Marian O’Brien (Swords), Claire Bell (Belfast Harlequins), Dee Wallace (Ballyclare), Siobhan Glynn (Renmore), Coach: Ben Epstein, Manager: Gill Jackson.

Thursday, June 5: Ireland v USA
Friday, June 6: Ireland v Wales
Saturday, June 7: Ireland v Netherlands
Sunday, June 8: Ireland v Australia
Monday, June 9: Ireland v England
Tuesday, June 10: Ireland v New Zealand
Friday, June 13: Play off matches

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