Irish Senior Men’s Coach Andrew Meredith has named a 20-man squad for the upcoming test matches vs Germany in Heilbronn & Mannheim on the 16th, 17th & 18th of May 2013 in preparation for FIH World League 3 in Rotterdam from 13th – 23rd June.
Meredith has had a busy month taking in each round of the Irish Hockey League including last weekend’s finals at Three Rock Rovers and his squad for this test series includes a number of players who excelled in that tournament alongside a large European Club based Irish contingent.
Speaking to hockey.ie Irish Coach Andrew Meredith said ‘” I think both the players group and the staff, are all extremely excited about everybody getting back together, and to begin the hard work towards reaching our goal of World Cup qualification. The camp that begins tomorrow marks the beginning of our World league 3 preparation program and the squad that has been selected will be the first opportunity to combine players who are playing in the final matches of their club competition, and those local based players which have performed in the recent IHL competition.
Unfortunately there are a number of players unavailable in the period of May due to both exams and work, which presents the opportunity to facilitate bringing some players from outside of the teams that were selected in Argentina, and India in the last 5 months, and give them the opportunity to present performances that will increase the possibility for selection. Obviously playing the Olympic champions and current number World number 1 presents its own challenges, but we will come away knowing where the group is at in regards to fitness and technical standards, and where exactly in the team process we sit, and how far we have to go, to enable us to get everything right and peak at the right time in Rotterdam”
- 1. Bell, Jonny (Lisnagarvey)
- 2. Bruton, Jonny (YMCA)
- 3. Buser, Daniel (Lisnagarvey)
- 4. Cargo, Chris (Reading – England)
- 5. Caruth, Peter (Braxgata – Belgium)
- 6. Cole, Stephen (Monkstown)
- 7. Cockram, Timmy (Lisnagarvey)
- 8. Dowds, Stephen (Banbridge)
- 9. Fitzgerald, David (Monkstown)
- 10. Gormley, Ronan (Krefeld – Germany)
- 11. Harte, Conor (SCHC – Holland)
- 12. Harte, David (Kampong – Holland)
- 13. Jackson, John (Braxgata – Belgium)
- 14. Lorimer, James (Lisnagarvey)
- 15. Magee, Eugene (Krefeld – Germany)
- 16. Maguire, Phelie (THC Hurley – Holland)
- 17. McConnell, Andy (THC Hurley – Holland)
- 18. O’Donoghue, Shane (UCD)
- 19. Sothern, Alan (Pembroke Wanderers)
- 20. Watt, Michael (SCHC – Holland)