International Hockey coming to Mardyke Sports Grounds
It’s a busy few weeks ahead for UCC Sports. The Mardyke Arena host Basketball Ireland for the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries, this will be followed by International Hockey fixtures for Men’s, Women’s and U16 6 Nations – boys & girls.
First up is the Men’s senior team as they take on France. Craig Fulton, head coach of the Green Machine, has revealed his squad that will face France in Cork in a 3-match series. The sides are familiar foes playing against each other 4 times last year with Ireland coming away undefeated in the encounters. Fulton has named a large panel of 26 for the 3 fixtures, one of which will be held in Garryduff and the other two in UCC. The opening match on June 28th (7pm) will take place in Garryduff and will mark the final match of Ireland’s top goal scorer John Jermyn. Jermyn has decided to retire after more than a decade and a half of donning the green jersey and is looking forward to having his final match take place on home soil “I can’t think of better way to call an end to my career than in front of a home crowd in Garryduff where I first started training 32 years ago with my hero Reg Treacy”. Read more comments from John Jermyn by clicking here.
Men’s International Fixtures in Cork:
Ireland vs France in Garryduff 28/6/18 7pm
Ireland vs France in UCC 30/6/18 2pm
Ireland vs France in UCC 1/7/18 2pm
Next up, UCC welcomes Ireland’s Women’s Hockey team to the Mardyke Sports Grounds for their 3 game series v Japan.
Team Ireland are in Cork as they continue their preparation for the upcoming Hockey World Cup.
The Green Army will be making their first Hockey World Cup appearance since 2002, having been assured of a ticket to London on the back of a strong Hockey World League campaign and results going their way in the Continental Championships. The Green Army performed well at the Hockey World League Semi-Final in Johannesburg, claiming seventh place thanks to a battling 2-1 win over India in their final match which left them on the verge of World Cup qualification. Their World Cup spot was finalised a few months later when Australia and New Zealand – two teams that had already achieved qualification for London – reached the final of the Oceania Cup Continental Championship, opening the door for Ireland who were next in line.
After a 16 year absence, Ireland can now look forward to competing in their fourth Women’s Hockey World Cup following appearances at the Amsterdam 1986 (NED), Dublin 1994 (IRL) and Perth 2002 (AUS) events. Their best finishing position came on home soil at Dublin 1994, where the they finished in 11th place. The team coached by former Ireland men’s international Graham Shaw has more than enough talent to outstrip their previous best performance. With over 250 international appearances to her name, the influential Shirley McCay commands respect both on and off the field, while quicksilver attacker Anna O’Flanagan has earned a reputation as a feared goal-scorer who can turn a game in the blink of an eye.
Women’s International Fixtures in Cork:
Ireland vs Japan in UCC 4/7/18 7pm
Ireland vs Japan in UCC 6/7/18 7pm
Ireland vs Japan in UCC 7/7/18 5pm
And on 15th July, Hockey Ireland and UCC Sports host the Under 16 Boys & Girls 6-Nations Tournament. The competition consists of Ireland, Spain, England, Germany, Belgium and Netherlands. Full rounds of fixtures each day from 15th – 21st July.