Irish stars set to attend Under-21 tie at Stormont

Ulster hockey fans will get a chance to meet and greet 13 of the World Cup stars at Stormont with a number of the silver medal winners set to be in attendance at the Under-21 international between Ireland and England at Stormont this evening.

Abbie Russell will captain the Irish Under-21 side. Pic: Adrian Boehm

It is part of their long-term preparations for next year’s Junior Euro Nations Championship next July with a three match series in against a Paul Revington coached England team.

Coach David Passmore has selected 27 players including a number who played for the Under-18 team in their Europeans in Santander last month.

The squad sees the return of Queen’s Erin Getty after a long lay-off due to injury but Passmore has chosen to rest a few key players who were involved in the senior squad during their build-up to London – Emma Buckley, Ellen Curran and Sarah Torrans.

Passmore said of the series: “These are ideal selection and development matches for our squad for the forthcoming year. We played England twice back in June and only lost the second match narrowly by the odd goal so I hope that we can find those performance levels despite the group being larger.”

Ireland Under-21 for England series (August 9-12): Michelle Barry (Cork Harlequins), Nadia Benallal (Banbridge), Michelle Carey (Railway Union), Niamh Carey (Railway Union), Jenny Clein (UCC), Alanah Doyle (Ards), Katherine Egan (UCD), Amy Elliott (Railway Union), Laura Foley (Catholic Institute), Erin Getty (Queens), Niamh Gowing (Muckross), Nina Heisterkamp (Railway Union), Hannah Humphries (GK, UCC), Mia Jennings (Loreto), Suzie Kelly (Monkstown), Jane Kilpatrick (Loughborough University), Jade Lamont (GK, Belfast Harlequins), Erica Markey (Trinity College), Hannah McLoughlin (Loreto), Grace McLoughlin (Railway Union), Lizzie Murphy (GK, Monkstown), Siofra O’Brien (Loreto), Caoimhe Perdue (Cork Harlequins), Abigail Russell (UCD), Caitlin Sherin (Loreto), Holly Taggart (Ballymena), Emma Young (UCD)

Fixture schedule (all at Stormont):
Thursday, August 9: Ireland v England, 7pm
Saturday, August 11: Ireland v England, 3pm
Sunday, August 12: Ireland v England, 12pm

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