Local hockey player Katie Mullan has been included in the Ireland squad for the forthcoming Scottish and Italian series.
National Hockey Coach Darren Smith has named the UCD student in the squads of 21 and 20 athletes from the national panel of 25 athletes and is the start of a busy summer period for the team as they continue preparations for the World League 2 set for Dublin in March 2015.
These series will see Loreto’s Hannah Mathews and Pembroke keeper Stella Davis making their debut. Aine Connery returns to the international stage after 15 months and the experienced Alex Speers is back in action in the green jersey for the first times since the Europeans in Belgium August 2013.
Talking about the upcoming series Coach Smith said “We are looking forward to getting back out on the pitch with the new national squad for 2014. All squad members will play over the two series as we look to build toward 2015”
“After the Champions Challenge tournament it will be great to see the girls who played in Glasgow alongside some who narrowly missed selection or were unavailable. The more competition in the squad the better for Arlene, Graham, Mary and I to asses. Scotland will be a tough 2 games as they narrow their focus to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. We expect that they will be fit, drilled and ready to go.”
Ireland v Scotland (Glasgow)
June 20th Ireland v Scotland 19.00
June 22nd Ireland v Scotland 12.00
3 Nations: Ireland; Italy; Wales (Mori, Italy)
June 26th Ireland v Italy 17.30
June 27th Ireland v Wales 17.30
+ 1 Test June 29th Ireland v Italy 15.00