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Megan Frazer Returns As Irish Hockey Squad Named For South Africa Tour

Hockey Ireland have announced the Ireland Women’s Hockey squad which will travel to Durban in South Africa at the end of March. A 21-player squad has been selected for an eight match tour which will feature games against China, South Africa and Japan.

Ulster’s Megan Frazer is set to return to the Irish set-up after being ruled out previously due to a niggling knee-injury. The injury kept her out of the 2018 World Cup final defeat to the Netherlands and also made her unavailable for the Olympic play-offs against Canada last November.

Ireland were set to travel to Malaysia next month to acclimatise to the humid conditions expected in Tokyo. Plans have changed due to concerns over the coronavirus. Ireland will travel back to South Africa where they spent their last training camp in January.

Uncapped 19-year old goalkeeper Ellie McLoughlin is also included in the squad whilst Naomi Carroll and Ali Meeke both also make their return to the squad.

Like Frazer, Carroll has been troubled by injury of late while Meeke was not included in the play-offs against Canada. Chloe Watkins has not been selected after undergoing minor surgery.

Speaking on the announcement Head Coach, Sean Dancer, said, “We have selected a very balanced squad for our South Africa tour.”

“This will be an important period for us, not just for team performance but also exposure to humid conditions.”

“We are looking forward to seeing Megan Frazer return to competition after a long rehab period, and the un-capped addition of Ellie McLoughlin in our environment.”

In Japan, Ireland’s first match is against South Africa on 25 July and their other group opponents will be Germany, Great Britain, India, South Africa and world and European champions, the Netherlands.

Squad Selected:

Selection

PLAYER NAME

REGION

POSITION

AGE

CAPS

1

Ayeisha McFerran

Ulster

Goal Keeper

23

96

2

Roisin Upton

Munster

Defender / MF

25

70

3

Nikki Evans

Leinster

Striker

29

191

4

Kathryn Mullan (Captain)

Ulster

MF / Striker

25

186

5

Shirley McCay

Ulster

Defender

31

299

6

Megan Frazer

Ulster

Def / MF / Str

28

136

7

Elana Tice

Leinster

Defender

21

102

8

Gillian Pinder

Leinster

Midfielder

27

164

9

Beth Barr

Ulster

Defender

24

20

10

Lizzie Colvin

Ulster

Midfielder

29

189

11

Nicola Daly

Leinster

MF / Striker

31

189

12

Hannah Matthews

Leinster

Defender

28

140

13

Sarah Hawkshaw

Leinster

MF / Striker

22

26

14

Anna O’Flanagan (Vice Captain)

Leinster

MF / Striker

29

201

15

Zoe Wilson

Ulster

Defender / MF

22

103

16

Ellen Curran

Leinster

Midfielder

20

19

17

Alison Meeke

Leinster

Def / MF / Str

28

145

18

Ellie McLoughlin

Leinster

Goal Keeper

19

Uncapped

19

Hannah McLoughlin

Leinster

Def / MF / Str

20

10

20

Sarah Torrans

Leinster

Striker

20

21

21

Naomi Carroll

Munster

Striker

26

111

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