Fulton Announces European Championship Squad

  • Aug 08,2017


Coach Craig Fulton has announced his 18-man squad that will compete at the Rabo Eurohockey Championships in Amsterdam this August (18th- 27th).


The Rabo Eurohockey Championships will see the Green Machine return as defending bronze medallists following their triumph in London 2 years ago. The current side looks slightly different to the one of 2015 but plenty of key players remain with the likes of David Harte, Shane O’Donoghue and Paul Gleghorne remaining constant. Fulton’s side were unlucky at World League in South Africa when both Johnny McKee and Eugene Magee picked up injuries. But as a result, slots have opened up for the young Three Rock duo of Daragh Walsh and Ben Walker to make their senior tournament debuts. Michael Robson makes a welcome return from injury while Kirk Shimmins steps back into the side, with both offering serious pace in the midfield and forward lines.   


Ahead of the tournament the side will travel to Belgium to play uncapped training matches against Australian and Dutch underage sides while also facing a talented Belgian side on August 14th in Beerschot.


 Speaking about the tournament and squad Fulton said  “The Euros selection leads to 6 changes from WL3 in Johannesburg. The squad is again a blend of youth and experience, and we are very keen to build on the momentum created in qualifying for the World Cup in Johannesburg. The European Championships is a special tournament and we want to do as well as we possibly can against the top teams in Europe.
Our Pool consists of Germany, Poland and England, and all teams will ask different questions of us. We are confident one game at a time we will be ready for the different challenges ahead”.


Squad: 

Name
Club
David Harte
Kampong
Mark Ingram
Pembroke
Stuart Loughrey
Hampstead & Westminster
Jonathan Bell
Lisnagarvey
Matthew Bell
Banbridge
Paul Gleghorne
Lisnagarvey
Lee Cole
Monkstown
John Jackson
Bath Buccs
Conor Harte
Racing
Sean Murray
Lisnagarvey
Kirk Shimmins
Pembroke
Shane O’Donoghue
Glenanne
Daragh Walsh
Three Rock Rovers
Michael Robson
Lisnagarvey
Neal Glassey
Lisnagarvey
Ben Walker
Three Rock Rovers
Alan Sothern
Pembroke
Matthew Nelson
Lisnagarvey


Eurohockey Schedule:

August 20th 15:30-  Ireland vs Germany

August 21st 14:45- Ireland vs Poland

August 23rd 14:45- Ireland vs England

Crossover/classification matches to be played on 25th & 27th  

NB. All match times listed are local


Full tournament schedule:



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