Irish Hockey has confirmed that the relationship between National Men’s Coach, Andrew Meredith, and the IHA will be discontinued at the end of December 2013.
The decision was by mutual consent after discussions were held between Irish Hockey and Andrew .
Irish Hockey would like to thank Andrew for his contribution over the last 14 Months and wish him all the best for his future endeavours.
The men’s team will now operate under the interim control of Mick McKinnon, current assistant National Men’s coach, and Jonny Caren, national U21 Mens Coach, until a new appointment is made.
Meantime ,Mick McKinnon, the interim National Men’s Hockey Coach, has announced a squad of 17 who will travel to Spain Terrassa from the 10th – 16th January as the team continue preparations for their Champions Challenge 1 taking place in April 2014 (Malaysia). McKinnon will add a further 2-3 players to his selected squad post fitness testing, these will be announced nearer the time.
Commenting on the tour Mick McKinnon said “It’s an inexperienced squad but a great opportunity for these players to push themselves into the frame for tournament selection. We have a number of players unavailable due to a combination of reasons, injury, exams and work but this provides a chance for these guys who have been working hard in regional and national camps to show what they can do on the international stage.”
“This trip is the first step in creating further depth in the squad, which in turn will create the necessary competition for places to drive us forward” he continued.
Ireland Squad – Spain 2014
David Fitzgerald (Monkstown)
Stephen West (TRR)
Richie Shaw (Glennane)
Stephen Brownlow (Glennane)
John Jackson (Reading)
Mark Loughrey (Pembroke)
Drew Carlisle (Banbridge)
Michael Robson (Annadale)
Peter Brown (UCD)
Jason Lynch (Lisnagarvey)
James Corry (Instonians)
Nick Burns (UCD)
Ross Canning (UCD)
David Carson (Monkstown)
Shane O’Donoghue (UCD)
Alan Sothern (Pembroke)
Jeremy Duncan (UCD)
11 January – 15:30. At RC Polo Barcelona.
13 January – 15:30. At Club Egara.
15 January – 15:30. At Atlètic Terrassa Hockey Club.