Clare star named in Irish hockey squad

Clare star named in Irish hockey squad


Naomi Carroll in action for Ireland.
Naomi Carroll in action for Ireland.

Cratloe’s Naomi Carroll has been named in the Irish Hockey squad for a four match series with Spain taking place in Belfast next week.

Naomi who plays with the Hermes club in the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area of Dublin is one of the twenty two players selected in Graham Shaw’s squad.

A former dual-star with the Clare camogie and ladies football teams, Naomi is concentrating fully on hockey this year.

Both Ireland and Spain sit side by side in the World Rankings, with the Spaniards one spot above the Green Army in fourteenth place. They last met in January with the games played in Valencia where the hosts won two out of three games.

Speaking ahead of next week’s match series, Graham Shaw commented. “We are delighted to welcome Spain to Ireland in their preparation for Rio. It is a great opportunity for us to play in front of a home crowd. With injuries and players unavailable we will make 6 changes from Hawkes Bay. This gives players in a test game environment to showcase their skills and ability therefore strengthening their position within our squad”.

Match 1: June 6th 7:30pm at NICS Belfast
Match 2: June 7th 7:30pm at NICS Belfast
Match 3: June 9th 12pm at UUJ
Match 4: June 10th 11am at UUJ

1. Ayeisha McFerran – Pegasus
2. Stella Davis – Pembroke
3. Hannah Matthews – Loreto
4. Yvonne O Byrne – Cork Harlequins
5. Gemma Frazer – Ulster Elks
6. Zoe Wilson – Randalstown
7. Anna May Whelan – Trinity
8. Megan Frazer – Ulster Elks
9. Lizzie Colvin – Loreto
10. Chloe Watkins – Hermes
11. Katie Mullan – UCD
12. Emily Beatty – UCD
13. Chloe Brown – Ards
14. Anna O Flanagan – Hermes
15. Nikki Evans – Hermes
16. Deirdre Duke – UCD
17. Naomi Carroll – Hermes
18. Kate Lloyd – UCD
19. Hayley Mulcahy – Loreto
20. Sinead Loughran – Hermes
21. Aisling Naughton – UCD
22. Ali Meeke – Loreto