Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Clean bill of health for Revington and Muller

Gene Muller has no fresh injury worries ahead of the three-game series with Australia which gets underway in Belfield this evening following a tough workout at the Four-Nations tournament in Germany last weekend.

It means the squad is as announced on June 15 with Louisa Healy coming back in for possibly her 50th cap while Sinead McCarthy could make her debut with Mary Goode sitting out the series.

Paul Revington, meanwhile, has announced a squad of 21 players to take on France in a triple header at Cookstown this weekend, starting on Thursday night, running in conjunction with the Junior Celtic Cup.

In addition to the squad of 18 used in the recent Celtic Cup, Revington has called in Peter Blakeney, Michael Maguire and Bruce McCandless.

Commenting on the upcoming fixtures, Revington said “The squad are looking forward to the games against France, especially as it will be a French team boasting more senior squad players who were absent from the Celtic Cup held this past weekend.”

Ireland beat a predominantly U-21 French side last Sunday 7-0 in Le Touquet.

Elsewhere, Ireland's U-18 boys and girls picked up decent results in the first of their three-game series with Belgium yesterday. The girls won 4-2 with Nicola Gray firing home a pair of firecracker penalty corners while Naomi Carroll and Deirdre Duke also weighed in.

The boys tied 3-3 at Belfield with Shane O'Donoghue bagging a pair while Shane Madeley was also on target. They play again this afternoon and tomorrow in UCD.

Ireland men's squad:
David Ames (Cookstown); Joe Brennan (Glenanne); Chris Cargo (Reading); Peter Caruth (Annadale); Tim Cockram (Lisnagarvey); Mitch Darling (Leuven); David Fitzgerald (Monkstown); Alan Giles (Pembroke W); Paul Gleghorne (Loughborough); Ronan Gormley (Pembroke W); Conor Harte (Pembroke W); John Jackson (Mossley); Eugene Magee (Dragons); Geoff McCabe (Dragons); Andy McConnell (Pembroke W); Alan Sothern (Pembroke W); Iain Walker (YMCA); Phelie Maguire (Leuven); Peter Blakeney (Three Rock Rovers); Michael Maguire (Three Rock Rovers); Bruce McCandless (Banbridge).

Senior international match schedule:
Wednesday, June 30:
Ireland women vs Australia, 8pm, UCD
Thursday, July 1: Ireland men vs France, 8pm, Cookstown.
Friday, July 2: Ireland women vs Australia, 6pm, UCD
Saturday, July 3: Ireland women vs Australia, 4pm, UCD; Ireland men vs France, 6pm, Cookstown
Sunday, July 4: Ireland men vs France, 6pm, Cookstown

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