U16/U18 Girls’ squads Named

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Following the announcement of Linwoods Health foods as the official Health Food Partner to all Ulster performance teams, Ulster Hockey is delighted to announce the Under 16 and Under 18 girls’ squads for the forthcoming Hockey Ireland Interprovincial Tournament 2020.

Despite enforced lock down through the early part of the year, both panels have invested in their respective training programmes since July and the standard of competition was very high. All players and staff are looking forward to the tournament scheduled to take place at the end of this month.

Under 16 girls’ Head Coach Davy Menaul commented:

“Due to the current circumstances around the world this year’s programme has been extremely challenging for all the players. The squad have not only adapted to the ‘new norm ‘ but have went on to excel in it by driving the bar upwards in every training session and practice match we’ve had.  They have fully committed to their strength and conditioning programmes and to our principles of play. This is an exciting  group of young athletes who we as a coaching team are very much looking forward to watching perform in a high performance environment.”


Under 18 girls’ Head Coach Joel Cathcart commented:

“The U18 squad have been working hard in a very challenging period of time for us all as we seek to return to some normality with Covid. Selection was tough and both the players moving up from the U16s and the girls returning from last year’s set up made for some difficult decisions. The interpro set up this year is slightly changed but never the less I’m excited for this group to show the style of play we have been developing together since July. It’s a great opportunity to show what they are capable of and how they seek to play together”


Ulster Hockey Talent Coach Shirley McCay commented:

“Since we have been able to return to hockey in July, it has been fantastic to see both the underage staff and players commit to their respective programmes. Everyone has had to adapt and I am extremely grateful to the coaches, parents and coaching staff who have invested in the cause, adopted all of the new safety measures we have put in place and shown so much commitment to giving these girls their chance to play for Ulster. It is a testament to them that we are looking forward to playing some competitive hockey in a few weeks time and I am excited to watch some quality underage hockey. Playing for your province is always a special occasion and given the circumstances it is a particularly monumental achievement of which the players should be very proud.”


The interprovincial schedule will take a different format this year. Games will be played over Halloween week and all games will take place at Three Rock Rovers.

Tuesday 27th October v Connacht – details to be confirmed

Thursday 29th October v South East – details to be confirmed

Saturday 31st October v Munster and Leinster – details to be confirmed


Ulster U16 Girls 2020
Alex Byrne Ballymena Academy Ballymena HC
Rachel Black Ballyclare HS Mossley LHC
Rachel Cox Ballyclare HS Randalstown HC
Enya Darby Methodist College Pegasus HC
Aoife Doyle Rainey Endowed Rainey RFHC
Ellie Edwards Royal School Armagh Armagh HC
Lucy Ferris Royal School Armagh Armagh HC
Emma Fraser Friends School Lisburn Dromore HC
Eva Gaston Dalriada Coleraine HC
Karis Hamilton Strathearn Pegasus HC
Amy Hunter Methodist College Pegasus HC
Sophie Kidd Friends School Lisburn Lisnagarvey HC
Ella Latuske Friends School Lisburn Lisnagarvey HC
Rachel Lennon Portadown College Portadown LHC
Kia Mccartney Coleraine Grammar Coleraine HC
Katie Mccullough Ballymena Academy Ballymoney HC
Erin Mckinley Sullivan Upper Bangor LHC
Chloe Patton Markethill HS Armagh HC
Gabriella Scott Rainey Endowed Rainey RFHC
Ellie Stevenson Royal School Armagh Armagh HC
Emmy Thornton Strathearn Pegasus HC
Eva Wainwright Grosvenor Pegasus HC


Manager: Emma Dunlop
Head Coach: Davy Menaul
Assistant Coaches: Caroline Adams, Christine Russell, Chloe Mitchell
Goalkeeper coach: Adam Henry



Linwoods Ulster U18 girls 2020
Ella Armstrong Methodist College Pegasus HC
Olivia Beattie Belfast Royal Academy Mossley LHC
Ella Brown Friends School Lisburn Lisnagarvey HC
Hannah Buchanan Banbridge Academy Banbridge HC
Megan Cochrane Ballyclare HS Randalstown HC
Lucy Craig Portadown College Ulster Elks
Annie Gordon Portadown College Lurgan LHC
Honor Graham Rainey Endowed Rainey RFHC
Niamh Hogan Belfast Met Ulster Uni Elks
Zoe Kilpatrick Wallace HS Lurgan LHC
Katie Kimber Sullivan Upper Ards LHC
Sarah Kirgan Coleraine Grammar Ballymoney HC
Lucy Mackey Royal School Armagh Banbridge HC
Chloe Mcbride Royal School Armagh Lisnagarvey HC
Darcy Mcgall Friends School Lisburn Lisnagarvey HC
Kaia Moore Limavady Grammar Ballymoney HC
Abbie Robinson Wallace HS Pegasus HC
Jodie Simmons Royal School Armagh Lisnagarvey HC
Ellie Stewart Rainey Endowed Ulster Uni Elks
Emma Uprichard Belfast Royal Academy Belfast Harlequins


Manager: Shirelle Wilson
Head Coach: Joel Cathcart
Assistant Coaches: Carolyn Burns, Andrew Brown
Goalkeeper Coach: Gemma Ferguson

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