Bann players named in Irish squad as club reveals details of summer camp

Irish men’s coach Andrew Meredith has named three Banbridge players in his squad for the Hamburg Masters.

The tournament is taking place in Germany from July 25-28. The Irish coach has selected his panel for the Four Nations Tournament that includes Germany, England & The Netherlands and will be used to prepare the team ahead of the TriFinance EuroHockey Championships in Belgium in August.

Matthew Bell is in line to win his first international cap as Meredith made a string of changes to the Irish senior men’s panel for the upcoming tournament.

He is set to become the ninth current Bann club man to earn an international cap and is one of several changes to the Irish side that lined out for the World League round three in Rotterdam last month.

Two other Banbridge players are also back in the panel with Peter Brown returning after a dose of the mumps and Bruce McCandless returning after an injury which prevented him from playing in the World League round three.

Speaking about the tournament, Irish Coach Andrew Meredith said “It’s an excellent opportunity to test ourselves against two of the top nations in the world, in addition to providing a great vehicle to build experience in an extremely high quality, competitive environment for some of the younger members involved in the program.”

Meanwhile Banbridge Hockey Club, in conjunction with Banbridge District Council, are again running a hockey coaching program this summer.

This will take place at Havelock Park from August 5-9. The coaches from Banbridge Hockey Club are all fully qualified and police checked.

Primary 5-7 children will attend morning sessions (9am-12pm) with secondary school children (years 8-10) in the afternoon (12.30–3.30pm). The course will cost £40 (£35 for a second child) and places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

The application form can be found in the downloads section of the hockey club’s website www.banbridgehockeyclub.com

For further information contact the coaches in charge of the program: Amanda Morton on 07825092606 or Simon Jess on 07811397718 or email amandamorton@live.co.uk