LIMERICK’s Roisin Upton is named on the 16-woman strong squad for the Olympics next month.
Team Ireland has officially selected the hockey team of sixteen players who will compete at the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.
The players were announced on the back of the EuroHockey Championships which took place in Amsterdam last week. 27-year-old Upton scored a brace of penalties at the Euros for Ireland.
In November 2019 the women’s hockey team became the first Irish women’s hockey team to qualify for the Olympic Games, when they bettered Canada on Irish soil in front of a home crowd. The Tokyo 2020 team is largely formed from that record breaking crew, which also features the majority of the 2018 World Cup Silver Medal winning squad.
In Tokyo, the team will compete in Pool A, alongside South Africa, the Netherlands, Germany, India and Olympic Champions, Great Britain. Their first competition takes place on Saturday 24th July against South Africa.
Also announced were the two travelling reserves and goalkeeper who will compete in Oi Hockey Stadium from the 24 July until the 6 August 2021.
TEAM IRELAND TOKYO HOCKEY ANNOUNCEMENT:
1 Ayeisha McFerran (GK)
2 Chloe Watkins
3 Hannah Matthews
4 Sarah Torrans
5 Nicci Daly
6 Roisin Upton
7 Hannah McLoughlin
8 Deirdre Duke
9 Katie Mullan
10 Shirley McCay
11 Sarah Hawkshaw
12 Lena Tice
13 Naomi Carroll
14 Lizzie Holden
15 Sarah McAuley
16 Anna O’Flanagan
RESERVE – Michelle Carey
RESERVE – Zara Malseed
RESERVE GOALKEEPER Liz Murphy GK
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