Ulster U16 girls will travel to Wales tomorrow as they prepare to face off in a three match Easter series over the coming weekend.
The sides are set to have their first meeting on Friday, with a 5:30pm start before they also go head-to-head on Saturday (1pm) and Sunday (10:30am).
Ulster Hockey Talent and Pathway’s Manager Shirley McCay, who had a highly successful international career herself. Now speaking on the series, she was quick to highlight how valuable an experience this will be for the team;
‘Playing a series versus an international underage side is a fantastic opportunity and I am delighted that we have a strong group of girls travelling to Cardiff.
It is a fantastic chance to gain experience, bond as a team and develop individually. The girls are lucky to have an excellent coaching group, and I wish them all the best in what should be 3 competitive fixtures.’
Also travelling with the squad will be Head Coach Davy Menaul, Assistant Coaches Gillian Hall and Paul Wilson as well as Manager Emma Dunlop.
Meanwhile the traveling squad is as follows:
|Holly||Beckinsale||Belfast High School||Mossley|
|Alyssa||Boyd||Regent House School||Ards|
|Katherine||Bradley||Methodist College Belfast||Belfast Harlequins|
|Annie||Cunningham||Royal School Armagh||Banbridge|
|Joni||Cunningham||Royal School Armagh||Banbridge|
|Laura||Dowey||Ballycastle High School||Ballymoney|
|Joy||Duncan||Ballyclare High School||Mossley|
|Rhianna||Gillespie||Royal School Armagh||Armagh|
|Zoe||Place||Belfast Royal Academy||Owls|
|Niamh||Smith||Royal School Armagh||Armagh|
|Alexandra||Snoddy||Belfast Royal Academy||Mossley|
|Emily||Walls||Sullivan Upper||Belfast Harlequins|
|Anna||Wilson||Methodist College Belfast||Pegasus HC|
|Molly||Young||Victoria College||Pegasus HC|
*Missing from the above photo is Joy Duncan (Mossley), Holly Beckinsale (Mossley) and Kate Spillane (Mossley).
By Andrew Morrison