2019 marks another busy year for Hockey Ireland’s Junior Age Group (JAG) boys’ programmes; all 3 teams, U16, U18 and U21, will compete at the highest level. The U21 side are set to compete at the European Championships in Valencia in August, while both the U16 & U18 squads will take on Europe’s best youth teams at a 6 Nations Tournament in the Netherlands in July.
The JAG teams are an important step on the pathway to becoming a senior international player and over 85% of the current senior squads began their international hockey career as part of the underage set up. The JAG squads operate under a self-funded programme, but there are plenty of exciting opportunities for brands to get involved with the team. Traditional opportunities such as jersey sponsorship and
Hockey has over 50,000 participants around the island in Ireland and is growing at all levels. Both senior international squads participated in World Cups this year and youth participation has increased by over 30% in recent years. Now is the time to become involved with hockey in Ireland and the JAG Boys teams offer a unique opportunity to engage with a diverse demographic as well as supporting the senior international stars of the future.
Limerick’s National Representatives:
U-21 Girls: Jenny Clein & Laura Foley (Both formerly Crescent College Comp & Catholic Institute)
U-21 Boys- Conor Beck: Formerly Villiers (UCC)
U-18 Girls- Anna Horan & Leah Cleary (Both Crescent College Comp & Catholic Institute)
U-18 Boys- Sam Lilbum: Villers (Limerick Hockey Club)
U-17 Girls- Sophie Clein & Becky Horan (Both Crescent College Comp and Catholic Institute)
U-16 Girls- Jilly Edwards: Crescent College Comp (Catholic Institute)
U-16 Boys- Bryan Smyth: Villiers (Limerick Hockey Club)
Senior Women’s- Roisin Upton: Catholic Institution