International teams set for hectic summer

The international summer gets underway later this month as Ireland compete in 55 fixtures across eight squads from late June to the end of July with the boys and girls U-16 panels taking part in their major event, the European Nations Cup in Barcelona, both competing at A division level.

The women’s senior team will play nine internationals in a month, starting with a high quality four-nations tournament in Essen, Germany when they will challenge world cup finalists Australia, Germany and India.

The Aussies then follow on to play a three-game series in Belfield before Scotland come visiting in late July, giving Gene Muller plenty of scope to assess his squad’s make-up ahead of a hectic 2011 which will see the panel prepare for European championships and an Olympic tilt.

On the men’s side, Paul Revington’s side is in a similar phase of their development and will begin the task of attempting to replace the retired Stephen Butler and Graham Shaw the summer begins with the Celtic Cup in Le Touquet.

France come visiting a week later for a four-game schedule at Coolnafranky – Cookstown’s new state-of-the-art facility. The venue will also host both the men’s and women’s U-21 Celtic Cup.

Finally, the Irish U-18 boys and girls both have a busy couple of months ahead with nine fixtures each on home soil. These include series against Scotland and Belgium before taking on the Home Nations in Garryduff.

ESB Ireland Senior Women
June 25: Ireland vs Australia, 7pm, Four-Nations; Essen, Germany
June 26: Ireland vs Germany, 5pm, Four-Nations; Essen, Germany
June 27: Ireland vs India, 12pm, Four-Nations; Essen, Germany

June 30: Ireland vs Australia, 8pm, Belfield
July 2: Ireland vs Australia, 7.30pm, Belfield
July 3: Ireland vs Australia, 4pm, Belfield
July 23: Ireland vs Scotland, TBC
July 24: Ireland vs Scotland, TBC
July 25: Ireland vs Scotland, TBC

Senior Men
June 25: Ireland vs Scotland, 3pm, Celtic Cup; Le Touquet, France
June 26: Ireland vs Wales, 3pm, Celtic Cup; Le Touquet, France
June 27: Ireland vs France, 2pm, Celtic Cup; Le Touquet, France
June 30: Ireland vs France, 7.30pm/8pm, Cookstown
July 1: Ireland vs France, 6pm, Cookstown
July 3: Ireland vs France, 6pm, Cookstown
July 4: Ireland vs France, 6pm, Cookstown

Ireland Women’s A/U-21
June 29: Ireland A vs Scotland U-21, 6.30pm, Lisnagarvey
June 30: Ireland A vs Scotland U-21, 6.30pm, Lisnagarvey
July 2: Ireland vs Wales, 4pm, Junior Celtic Cup, Cookstown
July 3: Ireland vs France, 2pm, Junior Celtic Cup, Cookstown
July 4: Ireland vs France, 4pm, Junior Celtic Cup, Cookstown

Men’s Ireland U-21/A
July 2: Ireland vs Wales, 6pm, Junior Celtic Cup, Cookstown
July 3: Ireland vs France, 4pm, Junior Celtic Cup, Cookstown
July 4: Ireland vs Scotland, 4pm, Junior Celtic Cup, Cookstown
July 8: Ireland A vs Scotland U-21, TBC, Cookstown
July 10: Ireland A vs Scotland U-21, TBC, Cookstown
July 11: Ireland A vs Scotland U-21, TBC, Cookstown

Ireland U-18 girls
June 29: Ireland vs Belgium, 4.15pm, Belfield
June 30: Ireland vs Belgium, 4pm, Belfield
July 1: Ireland vs Belgium, 2pm, Belfield
July 3: Ireland vs Scotland, TBC, Jordanstown
July 4: Ireland vs Scotland, TBC, Jordanstown

July 5: Ireland vs Scotland, TBC, Jordanstown
July 17: Ireland vs Wales, 6pm, Home Countries, Garryduff, Cork
July 18: Ireland vs England, 6pm, Home Countries, Garryduff, Cork
July 19: Ireland vs Scotland, 11am, Home Countries, Garryduff, Cork

U-18 Boy’s
June 25: Ireland vs Scotland, 8pm, Lisnagarvey
June 26: Ireland vs Scotland, 4pm, Lisnagarvey
June 27: Ireland vs Scotland, 12.30pm, Lisnagarvey
June 29: Ireland vs Belgium, 6.15pm, Belfield
June 30: Ireland vs Belgium, 6pm, Belfield
July 1: Ireland vs Belgium, 4pm, Belfield
July 17: Ireland vs Wales, 2pm, Home Countries, Garryduff, Cork
July 18: Ireland vs England, 2pm, Home Countries, Garryduff, Cork
July 19: Ireland vs England, 1pm, Home Countries, Garryduff, Cork

Girl’s U-16s
July 3: Ireland vs Wales, 6.30pm, Belfield
July 4: Ireland vs Wales, 1pm, Belfield
July 12: Ireland vs Ukraine, 8pm, Euro Nations, Barcelona
July 13: Ireland vs Spain, 6pm, Euro Nations, Barcelona
July 14: Ireland vs Russia, 8pm, Euro Nations, Barcelona
July 16/17 playoffs: Euro Nations, Barcelona

Boy’s U-16s
July 12: Ireland vs Netherlands, 10am, Euro Nations, Barcelona
July 13: Ireland vs Austria, 12pm, Euro Nations, Barcelona
July 14: Ireland vs Russia, 12pm, Euro Nations, Barcelona
July 16/17: playoffs, Euro Nations, Barcelona

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