Pembroke – Women’s EY Hockey League preview

Last Season: 8th EY Hockey League, Irish Senior Cup semi-final; Jacqui Potter Cup second round
Coach: Elun Hack (2nd Season)

Players In: Gillian Pinder (UCD), Emily Beatty ( KHC Dragons) Aisling Naughton (Duke University) Rosario Villagra (Beeston), Ailbhe Coyle (UCC) Claire Byrne (Avoca)
Players Out: Rachel Scott (travelling), Jane Brownlee (Naas) Caroline Hill (work commitments)

Overview: Along with Belfast Harlequins, Pembroke have made probably the most exciting additions during the summer and they will be one of the sides to watch to see if they can make a significant jump from the lower reaches of the table to push for a playoff berth.

Ailbhe Coyle has returned to Pembroke from UCC to captain the side. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Last season, they only escaped the relegation playoffs with a final day 2-0 win over Ulster Elks. With dynamic midfielder Gillian Pinder on board and the boundless energy of Emily Beatty – when she returns from injury – and Aisling Naughton gives them an attacking look.

Rosario Villagra – from Argentina via Beeston in England – joins, too, while underage internationals KJ Marshall, Laura Noble and Gaby Lewis have also added to a solid foundation. Ailbhe Coyle returns from UCC to captain the squad for this season to give extra grit to the defensive line. On the debit side, Rachel Scott has emigrated to Australia while Caroline Hill steps away from the panel due to work commitments.

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