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.
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.
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.
We have worked at various times with Katie Mullan, Chloe Watkins, Roisin Upton, Nicci Daly and Deirdre Duke and they are a brilliant group of ambassadors for the sport.
They are joined by youth as well with Sarah McAuley, a reserve at the Euro Hockey Championship making the final lineup at the age of 19.
In Tokyo, the team will compete in Pool A, alongside South Africa, the Netherlands, Germany, India and Olympic Champions, Great Britain. Their first match takes place on Saturday 24th July against South Africa.
“With competition in our squad at its best and only 16 spots available, we always knew this was going to be the toughest selection,” said captain Katie Mullan.
“31 players have played a massive role in our preparations over the past 10 months and we are honoured to represent the Green Army at the Olympic games.”
“There has been a tremendous amount of work put in by the girls and each of them deserves this opportunity. It’s an exciting time for us and our families.”
“It’s great to welcome the Women’s Hockey team, for their first Olympic Games, but I know this has been a difficult selection,” added Team Ireland Chef de Mission Tricia Heberle.
“Very good players just missed out which is testament to the depth in the playing group that has been developed over the last 18 months. I’m excited for this team as I know they are going to be fierce competitors in Tokyo.”
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