Hockey player from Limerick, key member of Ireland U21 squad for Spain tournament

A HIGHLY RATED Limerick hockey player is a member of the Irish Women’s Under-21 squad competing in a Four Nations tournament in Spain this week.

Anna Horan, of the Catholic Institute Hockey Club and Mary Immaculate College, is a key member of Ireland’s Under-21 squad competing in the Valencia tournament which runs from Wednesday December 8 through Sunday December 12.

Former Crescent College Comprehensive star Horan has had a whirlwind return to Ireland after a season in the United States’ NCAA system.

Horan helped the Catholic Institute achieve its highest position in the EY Hockey League.

The Ireland team were originally scheduled to compete in the now postponed Junior World Cup in South Africa this month. However, this event was suspended on the eve of departure due to the discovery of the variant of the Omicron coronavirus.

This week’s tournament will provide a first-rate development opportunity with Ireland taking on Spain, the Netherlands and England – all of the teams that were also due to be at Potchefstroom.

Ireland start their tournament tomorrow Wednesday against hosts Spain before meeting the Dutch a day later. On Saturday 11 December, they face England before going to the final or a third / fourth place playoff game.

Four Nations Under-21 (Valencia, Spain; December 8-12)

Holly Micklem (GK, Old Alex / Trinity College)
Gemma Ferguson (Ulster Elks / UUJ)
KJ Marshall (UCD / University College Dublin)
Caitlin Sherin (Loreto / University of Dublin) Co-Captain
Emma Paul (UCD / University College Dublin)
Sarah McAuley (UCD / University College Dublin)
Ellen Reid (Loughborough students, ing / Loughborough University)
Caoimhe Perdue (UCC / University College Cork), co-captain
Anna Horan (Catholic Institute / Mary Immaculate College)
Siofra Murdoch (Harvard, USA / Harvard University)
Christina Hamill (Loreto / Technical University of Dublin)
Amy Elliott (UCD / University College Dublin)
Lisa Mulcahy (Loreto / University College Dublin)
Sophia Cole (UCD / University College Dublin)
Charlotte Beggs (Ulster Elks / University of Ulster Jordanstown)
Siofra O’Brien (Loreto / Technical University of Dublin)
Nadia Benallal (Beeston, ing / Nottingham Trent University)
Rachel Kelly (UCD / University College Dublin)
Yasmin Pratt (Loreto / IT Carlow)
Aoife Taaffe (Loreto / University College Dublin)

Match schedule (all in Valencia, Spain; local times)
Wednesday 8 December: Netherlands v England, 4 p.m .; Spain v Ireland, 6 p.m.
Thursday December 9: Netherlands v Ireland, 4 p.m .; Spain vs. England, 6 p.m.
Saturday December 11: England v Ireland, 11 am; Spain v Netherlands, 1 p.m.
Sunday December 12: Ranking matches

Catherine J. Martinez