With seven teenagers in his panel, Graham Shaw will once again test the next generation with a view to widening his Irish women’s panel ahead of the 2018 World Cup.
Cork Harlequins’ Emma Buckley, Loreto’s Sarah Torrans and, at 17, youngest of the lot Hannah McLoughlin have all been retained from October’s series against Scotland when they made their debuts in green.
They join the likes of Jessica McMaster, Erin Getty and Ellen Curran from this summer’s Under-21 Euros in a much-changed panel that will take on Spain and Belgium in a three nations tournament in Alcala in southern Spain in a fortnight’s time.
Chloe Watkins, Anna O’Flanagan (both at Bloemendaal in the Netherlands) and UHC Hamburg’s Nikki Evans return to the panel with their club season’s now on its winter break.
They provide the experience in the place of the rested Katie Mullan, Gillian Pinder and Roisin Upton – ever presents in 2017 – while Sinead Loughran is injured.
They will be Ireland’s last matches of 2017, facing two teams who will be part of the line-up for the World Cup in London next July.
“After a long international season, this tournament will provide a fantastic experience for this squad,” Shaw said of the series. “Spain and Belgium will provide a real challenge to the group selected and we’re excited to watch them develop with the senior players throughout the week”.
Irish women’s squad for Three Nations at Club Hockey Alcala, Spain (November 28th – December 2nd): Grace O’Flanagan (Railway Union), Emma Buckley (Cork Harlequins), Hannah McLoughlin (Loreto), Zoe Wilson (Belfast Harlequins), Erin Getty (Queens), Yvonne O’Byrne (Cork Harlequins), Lena Tice (UCD), Chloe Watkins (Bloemendaal), Chloe Brown (Ards), Ali Meeke (Loreto), Lizzie Colvin (Belfast Harlequins), Anna O’Flanagan (Bloemendaal), Ellen Curran (UCD), Deirdre Duke (UCD), Nicola Evans (UHC Hamburg), Naomi Carroll (Cork Harlequins), Jessica McMaster (Queens), Emma Russell (UCD), Sarah Torrans (Loreto), Rebecca Barry (Cork Harlequins)
November 28: Ireland vs Spain, 11.45am
November 29: Ireland vs Belgium, 11.45am
December 1: Ireland v Spain, 11.45am
December 2: Ireland v Belgium, 11.45am