The Irish Under-16 girls are looking forward to a special series this week as they meet the USA Under-17 side in three test matches over the weekend before paying a visit to Aras an Uachtarain on Monday.For the Irish team it will be the first opportunity this season to play a strong international team in preparation for the European six nations tournament, which takes place in July.
A welcoming reception for the teams, sponsors and media will be held following the first game in St Andrew’s College, Booterstown on Thursday at 4.30pm following the first match that gets under way at 3pm.
Irish coach Alison McNeil commented said of the series: “We are very excited about the USA coming to play against Ireland. This is a great opportunity for our young squad to compete in its first series of international matches.
“We are looking forward to seeing them perform against an Under-17 USA squad. This experience will be beneficial in our development as we prepare for our six-nation tournament in Barcelona in July. We will be playing against five other EU countries including Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, England and Spain ”
McNeil is supported by assistant coaches; Lisa Jacob, Alex Speers, Sarah Scott and manager Michelle McMillan.
Ireland Under-16 girls panel: Nikki Barry (Scoil Mhuire/Ashton), Sarah Murphy (Mount Mercy/Cork Harlequins), Meghen Hengerer (Dominican College/Galway), Lily Hengerer (Domincian College/Galway), Cara McEwen (GK, Friends/Lisnagarvey), Laura Chestnutt (GK, Ballyclare High School/Randalstown), Ellen Reid (Banbridge Academy/Banbridge), Olivia Mullan (Dalriada/Coleraine), Nadia Benallal (Banbridge Academy/Banbridge), Jessica Hood (Omagh Academy/Omagh), Olivia Berry (Royal School Armagh/Banbridge), Niamh McIvor (Belfast Royal Academy/Mossley), Lisa Mulcahy (Mount Anville/Muckross), Sophia Cole (St Columbas/Railway Union), Amy Elliott (St Andrews/Railway Union), Georgia Dunlop (The Kings Hospital/Naas), Katie Jane Marshall (St Andrews/Pembroke Wanderers), Laura Noble (Holy Child Killiney/Pembroke Wanderers), Elle McLoughlin (GK, Kilkenny College/Naas), Rachel Kelly (Loreto Kilkenny/Kilkenny), Hannah Kelly (Loreto Kilkenny/Kilkenny), Enya O’Donoghue (Mount Mercy/Cork Harlequins), Erin Anderson (Rainey Endowed/Ulster Elks), Gaby Lewis (St Andrews/Pembroke Wanderers), Grace Keane (Mount Anville/Muckross)
Thursday, April 13: Ireland vs USA, 3pm, St Andrew’s; followed by the Welcoming Reception at 4.30pm
Friday, April 14: Ireland vs USA, 3pm, St Andrew’s
Sunday, April 16: Ireland vs USA, 3pm, St Gerard’s