Ireland’s women have been dealt a serious blow with the news that captain Megan Frazer is set to be on the sidelines for between six and nine months following a serious knee injury.
It means Frazer will certainly miss World League Round 2 in Malaysia in January while it might also be tight to return in time for World League Round 3 in the summer.Speaking to the Belfast Telegraph about the injury, sustained during club training at Mannheimer in Germany, Frazer said: “I have completely ruptured my anterior cruciate and partially torn my medial cruciate ligament and I am having surgery on November 3 and it will take six to nine months of recovery from then.
“I am completely devastated that I am missing the tournament in Malaysia and also unable to finish my first season with Mannheimer. I was running fast with the ball unopposed in training and went to pass it off my right foot but it just gave way and I fell and it was extremely painful.”
She will receive expert help from her German club when she undergoes her surgery. Mannheimer’s Director of Sport Peter Leemen explained: “She will be operated on by a specialist, who has already performed this type of surgery on other players in the team.
“The cartilage in the knee is in order which is important for a good healing process but it is such a pity as Megan was settling in so well.”
Frazer travelled with Ireland for the two matches against Belgium earlier this week and said it was a comfort to be with her Irish international team mates.
“It was great to be around the team again and it really lifted my mood. Luckily I don’t have too much pain and have started to work on my pre-surgery exercises.”
The action this weekend is confirmed to the women’s Leinster Division One with four matches taking place. Our Lady’s host high-flying Genesis, Rathgar meet Avoca, Muckross take on Old Alex and North Kildare meet Corinthian.
On the men’s side, Corinthian shook off a dogged Weston in midweek thanks to a Davy Howard hat trick. It was 1-1 at half-time with Howard and Paul Lawson exchanging goals before the Whitechurch reds went 2-1 up. Howard completed the scoring with Weston removing their goalkeeper in a late bid to try and nick a draw.
Women’s Leinster Division One (Saturday): Our Lady’s vs Genesis, 11am, Terenure; Rathgar vs Avoca, 11am, High School; Muckross vs Old Alex, 12.30pm, Muckross Park; North Kildare vs Corinthian, 1pm, The Maws
Men’s Leinster Division One: Corinthian 3 (D Howard 3) Weston 1 (P Lawson)
Neville Cup, first round: Portrane 0 Dublin University 0, Portrane win 3-2 on strokes
Following the U16 Interprovincial Tournament held last weekend in Cork, Irish Coach, Alison McNeill has selected a large training squad.
Speaking about her selection McNeill said ‘I thoroughly enjoyed the Interpros in Cork watching very competitive matches. It’s a strong group this year and we are looking forward to the trials in November and the coming year ahead”
There will be two trial dates Sunday 6th & Sunday 20th November both to be held at St Gerards, Bray from 10am-4pm each day.
Ireland Under-16 trialists: Lauren McHugh (Midleton/Cork Church of Ireland), Anna Horan (Crescent Comp/Catholic Institute), Nikki Barry (Scoil Mhuire/Ashton), Sarah Murphy (Mount Mercy/Cork Harlequins), Rebecca Kingston (Bandon Grammar/Cork Church of Ireland), Enya O’Donoghue (Mount Mercy/Cork Harlequins), Lauren McKnight (Colaiste Iognaid/Greenfields), Emer Osborne (Ursuline College/Yeats), Meghen Hengerer (Dominican College/Galway), Lily Hengerer (Dominican College/Galway), Sophie McNicholl (Salerno/Greenfields), Cara McEwen (Friends/Lisnagarvey), Laura Chestnutt (Ballyclare High School/Randalstown), Ellen Reid (Banbridge Academy/Banbridge), Olivia Mullan (Dalriada/Coleraine), Rachel Mercer (Regent House/Belfast Harlequins), Erin Anderson (Rainey Endowed/Ulster Elks), Nadia Benallal (Banbridge Academy/Banbridge), Jessica Hood (Omagh Academy/Omagh), Olivia Berry (Royal School Armagh/Banbridge), Charlotte Stacey (Ballymena Academy/Randalstown), Ellie Montgomery (Rainey Endowed/Rainey), Molly Dougan (Ballyclare High School/Mossley), Harriet Dougan (Belfast Royal Academy/Ulster Elks), Anna Doherty (Ballymena Academy/Randalstown), Niamh McIvor (Belfast Royal Academy/Mossley), Iseult Cambay (St Andrews/Pembroke Wanderers), Lisa Mulcahy (Mount Anville/Muckross), Sophia Cole (St Columbas/Railway Union), Amy Elliott (St Andrews/Railway Union), Georgia Dunlop (The Kings Hospital/Naas), Emma Dawson (Loreto Foxrock/Muckross), Sarah Healy (Holy Child Killiney/Avoca), Gaby Lewis (St Andrews/Pembroke Wanderers), Laura Noble (Holy Child Killiney/Pembroke Wanderers), Alex Orr (St Andrews/Railway Union), Katie Jane Marshall (St Andrews/Pembroke Wanderers), Anna Dignam (Mount Anville/Avoca), Ellie McLoughlin (Kilkenny College/Naas), Ciara Orr (Kilkenny College/Carlow), Isabel Bourke (Kilkenny College/Kilkenny), Laura Smith (Colaiste Brid/Enniscorthy), Rachel Kelly (Loreto Kilkenny/Kilkenny), Hannah Kelly (Loreto Kilkenny/Kilkenny)