Ireland’s women begin their summer programme of challenge matches and tournaments on Friday in Glasgow with a two game series against a Scotland side amid their Commonwealth Games preparations.This first series could see Pembroke keeper Stella Davis make her debut while the experienced Alex Speers is back in action in the green jersey for the first time since the Europeans in Belgium August 2013.
Talking about the upcoming series, coach Smith said: “We are looking forward to getting back out on the pitch with the new national squad for 2014. All squad members will play over the two series as we look to build toward 2015.
“After the Champions Challenge tournament it will be great to see the girls who played in Glasgow alongside some who narrowly missed selection or were unavailable.
“The more competition in the squad the better for Arlene, Graham, Mary and I to asses. Scotland will be a tough two games as they narrow their focus to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. We expect that they will be fit, drilled and ready to go”
Ireland panel for Scotland series, June 19-22: Emily Beatty (UCD), Chloe Brown (Ards), Naomi Carroll (Catholic Institute), Kate Dillon (Railway Union), Deirdre Duke (UCD), Nikki Evans (UCD), Megan Frazer (captain, Holcombe), Shirley McCay (Old Alex), Ayeisha Mcferran (GK, Randalstown), Katie Mullan (UCD), Stella Davis (GK, Pembroke Wanderers), Ali Meeke (Loreto), Yvonne O’Byrne (Cork Harlequins), Anna O’Flanagan (UCD), Audrey O’Flynn (Hermes), Gillian Pinder (UCD), Cliodhna Sargent (vice captain, Cork Harlequins), Emma Smyth (Railway Union), Alex Speers (Railway Union), Vanessa Surgeoner (Pegasus), Chloe Watkins (Club De Campo)
Scotland series (Glasgow)
Friday, June 20: Ireland v Scotland, 7pm Sunday, June 22: Ireland v Scotland, 12pm