St Gerard’s schoolgirl Elena Tice will add to her long list of representative honours next week following her inclusion in the Irish women’s senior squad to play Scotland three times in Glasgow.
Already a senior cricket international, making her debut at 13, Tice’s star has been rapidly on the rise in the past few years on the hockey front and will become the first dual international of this kind since Nikki Symmons.Tice is one of two uncapped players in the panel for the series that starts on Monday with Ulster Elks’ driving force Gemma Frazer also included.
On the goalkeeping front, Pam Smithwick returns to the selection for the first time since January 2014 in the wake of Emma Gray’s retirement while Ayeisha McFerran is in the midst of the US college season. She will vye with Stella Davis for the number one smock.
Hayley Mulcahy is the fourth change from the European Championships campaign in Prague with McFerran, Chloe Watkins, Nicci Daly and Lizzie Colvin stepping out for this series.
It is Ireland’s first series since the Euros and will be their last set of games before the end of 2015 bar a tie against a select eleven on Sunday, November 8 at the Rathdown pitch opening.
Speaking about the series, coach Graham Shaw said: “We’re missing a few senior players but that gives opportunities to other players in the squad to show what they can do.
“We’re excited to get back on the pitch. Scotland is a very strong side and they have the ability to cause us some problems, we’re looking forward to seeing the Green Army handle these challenges”.
Ireland (for series with Scotland on November 2,3 and 4, Glasgow): Stella Davis (Pembroke Wanderers), Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins), Shirley McCay (Ulster Elks), Hannah Matthews (Loreto), Kerri McDonald (Ards), Megan Frazer (Ulster Elks), Nikki Evans (Hermes), Elena Tice (Loreto), Naomi Carroll (Hermes), Katie Mullan (UCD), Gillian Pinder (UCD), Ali Meeke (Loreto), Chloe Brown (Ards), Emily Beatty (UCD), Yvonne O’Byrne (Cork Harlequins), Deirdre Duke (UCD), Pamela Smithwick (Old Alex), Hayley Mulcahy (Loreto), Kate Lloyd (UCD), Gemma Frazer (Ulster Elks)
Senior women’s fixture schedule:
Monday, November 2: Ireland v Scotland, 12 noon, Glasgow
Tuesday, November 3: Ireland v Scotland, 12 noon, Glasgow
Wednesday, November 4: Ireland v Scotland, 12 noon, Glasgow
Sunday, November 8: Ireland v International selection, 2.30pm, Rathdown