Ireland’s record goalscorer John Jermyn has earned a surprise recall to Craig Fulton’s national panel for their latest Olympic preparation series, meeting Great Britain in three uncapped matches next week at Bisham Abbey.
The Cork man, who turned 34 on Thursday, has not been part of the Irish setup since December 2012 when he helped Ireland to bronze at the Champions Challenge I in Argentina.There, he passed the 150 international cap mark and raised his goalscoring tally to 87 to head the all-time Irish list. On the club front, Jermyn has scored 11 times in the EY Hockey League in a mixed campaign with Cork C of I. Firing on all cylinders, he netted three hat tricks in the early phase of the campaign before sustaining an injury which coincided with the Garryduff side slipping dramatically down the rankings.
He is back up to fitness and is the one surprise inclusion in Fulton’s panel, giving them an extra drag-flick option from midfield.
Otherwise, Kyle Good, Conor Harte, Michael Robson and John Jackson are among those back after injury ruled them out of the France series earlier in May. Peter Caruth, Lee Cole and Drew Carlisle are the players to make way.
Great Britain currently sit fourth in the FIH world rankings so the three uncapped matches will act as an appropriate gauge against world-class opposition as the Rio Olympics approach.
Coach Fulton said of the series: “The squad has been working hard together and these games will give us and the players a good idea of where we currently are in our programme, five months out from the Rio Olympics.”
Match Schedule (all matches to take place at Bisham Abbey):
Monday, April 4: Ireland vs Great Britain, 3pm
Tuesday, April 5: Ireland vs Great Britain, 2pm
Thursday, April 7: Ireland vs Great Britain- April 7th at 12pm
Ireland men’s squad for Great Britain series at Bisham Abbey (April 4-7): J Bell (Lisnagarvey), A Sothern (Pembroke), C Cargo (Racing Club de Bruxelles), C Harte (Racing Club de Bruxelles), D Fitzgerald (Monkstown), D Harte (Kampong), E Magee (Banbridge), Gareth Watkins (Monkstown), J Jackson (Reading), J Jermyn (Cork C of I), K Shimmins (Pembroke), K Good (Monkstown), M Bell (Banbridge), M Robson (Annadale), Michael Watt (Lisnagarvey), M Darling (Roterdam), N Glassey (Lisnagarvey), P Gleghorne (Lisnagarvey), R Gormley (Krefeld), S O’Donoghue (Dragons), S Loughrey (Hampstead and Westminster), T Cockram (Lisnagarvey)