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Ireland and Great Britain go head to head in 4 match series

Ireland Women travel to Bisham Abbey to take on Great Britain in Uncapped Series.

The Irish Women’s squad will travel to Bisham Abbey, London, tomorrow as part of their preparation for Tokyo Olympic Games this summer. A twenty strong squad will travel on the 22nd of April, with four matches against Great Britain scheduled to take place between the 22nd of April and 2nd of May. 

With both teams looking to improve on their SoftCo Series results, fans will, unfortunately, have to wait until after the match for details. All of the games are being played behind closed doors and will not be streamed, both Hockey Ireland and Great Britain Hockey will share the results on social media at the end of each day. The matches will all be uncapped. 

Inpho. Green Army Warm Up Ahead of GB Clash at SoftCo Series 2021
SoftCo Series, Queen’s University Malone Playing Fields Dub Pavilion, Belfast, Northern Ireland 14/3/2021 Ireland vs Great Britain Ireland players warming up Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

The squad travelling is as follows:

CareyMichelleLeinster                 Midfielder             Uncapped
CarrollNaomiMunster               Striker                     111
ColvinLizzieUlster                    Midfielder              196
CurranEllenLeinster                Midfielder               24
DalyNicolaLeinster                Midfielder               189
DukeDeirdreLeinster                Midfielder               141
EvansNicolaLeinster                Striker                      198
HawkshawSarahLeinster                Midfielder                33
MalseedZaraUlster                    Striker                      Uncapped
MatthewsHannahLeinster                Defender                 147
McAuleySarahLeinster                Defender                 Uncapped
McCayShirleyUlster                    Defender                306
McLoughlinHannahLeinster                Defender                 14
MullanKatieUlster                    Midfielder               193
MurphyElizabethLeinster                Goalkeeper             13
O’FlanaganAnnaLeinster                Striker                      207
O’FlanaganGraceLeinster                Goalkeeper             36
PerdueCaoimheMunster               Defender                 Uncapped
TorransSarahLeinster                Striker                      26
UptonRoisinMunster               Defender                 76
WatkinsChloeLeinster                Midfielder               226

Notable absences from the squad include Ayeisha McFerran who remains on duty with Dutch Hoofdklasse club SV Kampong. Both Megan Frazer and Elena Tice remain at home managing injuries, while Ellen Curran and Caoimhe Purdue are called up to the squad.

Chloe Watkins and Shona McCallin battle for the ball during the Ireland Vs Great Britain SoftCo series match
SoftCo Series, Queen’s University Malone Playing Fields Dub Pavilion, Belfast, Northern Ireland 14/3/2021 Ireland vs Great Britain Ireland’s Chloe Watkins and Shona McCallin of Great Britain Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Bryan Keane

Speaking on the trip announcement, Performance Director Adam Grainger said, “We’re very happy to have been able to travel for these matches. Great Britain are obviously a very strong side so this will give the squad more opportunities to test themselves against challenging opposition ahead of an intense summer of international hockey. 

It’s been a challenging process with so many moving parts; the changing restrictions and ensuring we are minimising the risk of COVID to our athletes and their families while also providing them with the best opportunity to perform at the Olympics this summer. The team have been excellent in dealing with the challenges the current situation has presented to their programme.”

Match dates and times:

  • Tuesday 27 April: Great Britain v Ireland, 10:00 BST
  • Wednesday 28 April: Great Britain v Ireland, 18:00 BST
  • Friday 30 April: Great Britain v Ireland, 14:00 BST
  • Sunday 2 May: Great Britain v Ireland, 13:00 BST

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