McNeill reveals Irish U-16 panel for Belgium

Alison McNeill has named her Irish Under-16 panel for a 6 Nations Tournament to be held in Belgium this summer with no less than eight counties represented in a diverse squad.

Derry, Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Galway, Down and Antrim all have representatives in the panel.

Sophia Cole is in the Irish U-16 panel. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Sophia Cole is in the Irish U-16 panel. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Speaking about the squad and upcoming tournament McNeill said “We would like to thank all the players for their commitment and effort at all sessions.

“We are looking forward to some highly competitive matches against Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Spain and England.”

Greenfields’ Sarah Dunleavy and Ursuline Thurles’s Caoimhe Purdue are the two who played with the Irish Under-16s last summer in Bremen with the rest newcomers to this level for 2016.

The panel features two changes from the side that played in Scotland at Easter in a three-game series.

Ireland Under-16 panel:
Gemma Ferguson (GK, Ballyclare High School/Mossley), Ellie McLoughlin (Kilkenny College/Carlow), Niamh Shaw (Muckross Park/Railway Union), Caitlin Sherin (Loreto Foxrock/Avoca), Caoimhe Perdue (Ursuline Thurles/Cashel New Inn), Sarah Dunleavey (Salerno/Greenfields), Jodie Douglas (Wesley College/Railway Union), Sophie Thomas (Kilkenny College/Kilkenny), Anna Nawn (Limavady Grammar/Ballymoney), Erin Anderson (Rainey Endowed/Rainey), Sophia Cole (St Columba’s/Railway Union), Christina Hamill (Loreto Foxrock/Genesis), Caroline Mathews (Holy Child Killiney/Muckross), Yasmin Pratt (Kilkenny College/Kilkenny), Rachel Houston (Wallace HS/Lisnagarvey), Soifra O’Brien (Loreto Foxrock/Avoca), Natasha Twomey (Mount Anville/Mount Anville), Betty Scott (Rainey Endowed/Rainey)

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