Hockey's Champions Challenge 1

June 8, 2011

Gene Muller has announced a squad of 18 players who will take part in the upcoming ESB Electric Ireland FIH Women’s Champions Challenge I from the 18th – 26th June. Ireland will play hosts to some of the world’s top teams as they descend on the National Hockey Stadium in UCD for over a week. This nine day world ranking event sees Ireland compete against Azerbaijan, India, Spain, Japan, Scotland, South Africa and the USA.


Muller’s squad, which has an average age of 23.8 years, has just returned from the Celtic Cup and will no doubt be keen to impress especially knowing that the EuroHockey Nations Championship is only two months away.


Commenting on the tournament ahead, National Coach Gene Muller says Our team is very excited to be playing in a FIH tournament at home. We are honoured to be hosting so many high quality teams and we want to perform well.  We are very lucky that our team are all fit and playing well. These players will be eager to do well at this tournament as there are EuroHockey Nations tournament positions at stake. 


ESB Electric Ireland Champions Challenge I Squad

18th – 26th June


Emma Gray (GK)           Hermes                         22

Pamela Smithwick         Old Alex                        3

Michelle Harvey             Pegasus                       49

Cliodhna Sargent           Cork Harlequins             77

Emma Smyth                Railway Union                35

Emma Clarke (VC)         Leicester                       103

Alexandra Speers (C)     Railway Union                87

Shirley McCay               Old Alex                        103

Jean McDonnell             Railway Union                8

Lisa Jacob                     Hermes                         77

Julia O’Halloran              Railway Union                57

Sinead McCarthy           Hermes                         15

Aine Connery                 Hermes                         18

Nicola Symmons           Loreto                           145

Audrey O’Flynn              Hermes                         26

Chloe Watkins               UCD                             11

Elizabeth Colvin             HGC                             45

Nicola Daly                   Loreto                           13


Manager: Sally Ann Fanagan

Coach: Gene Muller

Stand In Manager: Sarah Canning

Assistant Coach: Denis Pritchard

Physiotherapist: Dave Minnion

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