Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Maguire returns while Butler set for personal milestone

Phelie Maguire will be given a late chance to break back into the Irish team for the European championships as he was named as one of Paul Revington's three changes from the Champion's Challenge II side for a two-match series with Belgium – currently world number nine.

Maguire has been out of hockey since relocating to Palestine in the Spring to carry out humanitarian work but has been back in training with the national squad in the past three weeks.

He joins the squad along with Reading’s Chris Cargo and Annadale striker Peter Caruth. Andy McConnell (exams), Mikey Watt (fractured thumb) and John Jermyn (rested) are the players to make way from last week’s Champion’s Challenge II panel.

Conor Harte, meanwhile, will undergo a late fitness test with Karl Burns standing by. The series could also see Stephen Butler close in on another personal record in the Irish jersey to add to his record goals haul. He is set to reach 150 international caps, should he play both games, and move within one of current all-time record holder Paddy Brown.

Butler is currently third on the all-time list with Marty Sloan second, the Cookstown man gaining 149 caps in his career.

Meanwhile, a similar amount of switches affect Gene Muller’s women’s panel ahead of a three matches against the world number seven side, Spain, in Valencia this weekend.

Louisa Healy, Cliodhna Sargent and Rachel Mulligan come back in for the injured Mary Goode, Alex Speers and Lauren Barr. Both coaches are expected to announce their European squads next week.

Irish men’s squad (club/caps)
David Harte (GK, Pembroke/37), Iain Walker (GK, YMCA/15), Ronan Gormley (Capt, Pembroke/80), Tim Lewis (Pembroke/46), Joe Brennan (Glenanne/22), Conor Harte (Pembroke/24), John Jackson (Loughborough/22), Graham Shaw (Vice-capt, Glenanne/134), Stephen Butler (Glenanne/148), David Hobbs (vice-capt, Cork C of I/133), Geoff McCabe (Banbridge/45), Phelie Maguire (KHC Leuven/74), Alan Sothern (Pembroke/21), Eugene Magee (Banbridge/86), Timmy Cockram (Lisnagarvey/79), Mitch Darling (TRR/24), Chris Cargo (Reading/3), Peter Caruth (Annadale/5)

Irish women’s squad (club/caps)
Lizzie Colvin (Loreto/ 15), Emma Clarke (Ulster Elks/73), Bridget Cleland (Ballymoney/129), Eimear Cregan (Capt, Cork Harlequins/151), Roisin Flinn (UCD/57), Megan Frazer (Ballymoney/13), Michelle Harvey (Pegasus/15), Louisa Healy (Loreto/42), Lisa Jacob (UCD/51), Shirley McCay (Ulster Elks/68), Cathy McKean (Loreto/123), Rachel Mulligan (Armagh/19), Cliodhna Sargent (Cork Harlequins/43), Niamh Small ( Loreto/ 18), Emma Smyth (Railway Union/9), Emma Stewart (Armagh/75), Nikki Symmons (Loreto/119), Emma Gray (Hermes/8)

Men’s match schedule (Irish time):
Saturday, July 18 (2pm) Ireland v Belgium
Sunday, July 19 (12pm) Ireland v Belgium

Women’s match schedule (Irish time)
Friday, July 17 (11am) Ireland v Spain
Saturday, July 18 (11am) Ireland v Spain
Sunday, July 19 (9am) Ireland v Spain


Anonymous said...

Great to see Phelie back and Congrats Stephen, delighted to see the highest capped Irish player ever is going to be a Newpark Boy!

Anonymous said...

money to burn...................

Queso said...

Who's the current highest capped?? Paddy Brown on 151??

Stephen Findlater said...

Sorry, yeah its a bit confusing the way I wrote it there:

Current caps:
Paddy Brown - 151
Marty Sloan - 149
Stephen Butler - 148, potentially up to 150 after this weekend

Anonymous said...

steve have you got any of the opening fixtures for next season yet? if so any chance of putting up mens 1st's??? Nothing on Leinster Branch website. You rock...

Queso said...

The opening fixtures for next season kick-off with the initial rounds of the Neville Cup:

12th Sept
A: UCD v Fingal
B: Dublin University v Monkstown
C: Glenanne v Suttonians
D: Corinthians v Avoca
E: Weston v Pembroke Wanderers
F: YMCA v Three Rock Rovers

19th Sept
winners A v winners B
Skerries v winners C
winners D v winners E
winners F v Clontarf

Anonymous said...

will the colleges be back for these games?

Anonymous said...

I can see Alan Browne plotting the downfall of Pembroke already.