CONGRATULATIONS to Banbridge Hockey Club players Bruce McCandless and Peter Brown who have been selected as part of an Ireland 18 man squad for the upcoming FIH World League 2 tournament in India.
They are joined by former Bann players Eugene Magee and Geoff McCabe. This will be Peter Brown’s first cap at this level.
Ireland will begin their World League 2 adventure vs. Bangladesh in New Delhi on 18th February 2013 before facing Fiji, India, Oman and finally China on 24th February 2013.
FIH World League 2 is organised in a round robin format on this occasion and there is no additional medal placing games at this tournament. The 7 top placed teams across the four World League 2 tournaments will join hosts Malaysia in World League 3 in June 2013.
Fixtures are as follows:: 18th February 2013 Ireland vs. Bangladesh (16:00 local time); 20th February 2013 Ireland vs. Fiji (16:00 local time); 21st February 2013 Ireland vs. India (20:00 local time);23rd February 2013 Ireland vs. Oman (18:00 local time); 24th February 2013 Ireland vs. China (16:00 local time)
Meanwhile six of Bann’s young players were involved for Ulster at the Interpros at the weekend.
Hugh McShane, Owen Magee, Josh Moffett, Peter Brown and Matthew Bell were in a squad captained by Stephen Dowds.
The locals won their opening game 4-1 against the Irish U18s with Moffett scoring the fourth with his trademark sliding revere deflection into the net. It was the best move of the game with Dowds and Allister linking superbly down the right flank before squaring for Moffett at full length on the dive at the back post.
They then smashed Munster U21s 9-1 with Dowds grabbing the headlines, scoring four goals with Moffatt grabbing the eighth.
Their final game ended in a disappointing 3-2 loss to Leinster.