Published: 14:20 | 9/8/17

Two changes for Ireland hockey


Ireland have made two changes to the 18-woman squad for the EuroHockey Championships in the Netherlands.

Loreto's Ali Meeke and UCD's Clodagh Cassin replace Lizzie Colvin and Ayeisha McFerran from the panel that finished seventh at World League in Johannesburg last month.

"Following on from our performances at the World League 3 in South Africa, we are looking forward to the challenge ahead in the upcoming Europeans Championships," Ireland head coach Graham Shaw said.

"We are very keen to improve upon our performances from South Africa and we are very excited with the challenges that present ahead. Squad selection is always difficult around major competitions and this was no different."

Ireland have been drawn in Pool B in Amsterdam alongside world number two side England, bronze medalists Germany and Scotland.

"We are in a very difficult group with England, Germany and Scotland and we will prepare for each game accordingly," Shaw continued.

"We must work hard as a group in our preparation and the detail going into each game.

"Any international tournament in Holland is always brilliantly run and we can't wait to get over there and get started."

Ireland take on Belgium in a warm-up match at Victory HC four days before the start of the tournament on 18 August.

Ireland face England on Saturday, 19 August [kick-off 1.45pm Irish time] and Scotland on Sunday, 20 August [kick off 12.15pm], and conclude their Pool B campaign against Germany on Tuesday, 22 August  [kick-off 1.45pm Irish time] 

All of Ireland's matches will be shown live on BT Sport 3, which is available to eir Sport subscribers.

Ireland: Grace O'Flanagan, Hannah Matthews, Zoe Wilson, Shirley McCay, Ali Meeke, Elena Tice, Chloe Watkins, Katie Mullan, Gillian Pinder, Anna O'Flanagan, Sinead Loughran, Nikki Evans, Nicci Daly, Deirdre Duke, Emily Beatty, Roisin Upton, Yvonne O'Byrne, Clodagh Cassin.

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