Anna Horan and co set to kick off U21 Junior World Cup Hockey campaign against England

The competition was originally set to be played in December but was put on hold due to the global pandemic.

After four months delay, the Junior Green Army will belatedly get their World Cup campaign up and running on Saturday afternoon against England.

Ireland will meet England, whom they played in a series this month at Lilleshall, in their first game before facing home nation South Africa. A top two place in the opening phase will put Ireland into the quarter-finals.

Catholic Institute star Anna Horan is a part of the 20-player squad after helping her side to second place in the Women’s EYHL and a place in the Irish Senior Cup final.

Loreto and UCD supply the bulk of players with thirteen between the Dublin teams. Old Alex have a pair while Insta, UCC, Loughborough, Harvard and Beeston have one each selected.

Speaking of the importance of the tournament in the development of players, coach David Passmore said,

“It is a massively important event for the development of these players.

“They have been in our system for three or four years but developing outside of Europe and playing teams from all around the world on a different continent, only then can you establish and understand where they are going in hockey.” 

Ireland squad for women’s Junior World Cup; April 1-12, 2022; Potchefstroom, South Africa (club/third level institution)

Ellie McLoughlin (GK)UCDUCD
Holly Micklem (GK)Old AlexUCD
Caitlin Sherin (co-captain)LoretoDCU
Sarah McAuleyUCDUCD
Anna HoranCatholic InstituteMary Immaculate College, Limerick
Ellen ReidLoughborough StudentsLoughborough University
Caoimhe Perdue (co-captain)UCCUCC
Siofra MurdochHarvard University, USA
Christina HamillLoretoTU Dublin
Amy EllitotUCDUCD
Lisa MulcahyLoretoUCD
Sophie ColeUCDUCD
Siofra O’BrienLoretoTU Dublin
Nadia BenallalBeeston, EnglandNottingham Trent University
Rachel KellyUCDUCD
Yasmin PrattLoretoIT Carlow
Aoife TaffeLoretoUCD
Mikayla PowerOld AlexWesley College (Secondary School)

2022 Junior World Cup schedule (Potchefstroom, South Africa; all times Irish)
Pool A

Saturday, April 2: Ireland v England, 4pm

Monday, April 4: Ireland v South Africa, 10am

Wednesday, April 6 to Tuesday, April 12: playoff/classification matches

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