EUGENE Magee and Geoff McCabe have been named in Ireland’s squad for the EuroHockey Nations Championships taking place in Monchengladbach in Germany from August 20-28.
And Banbridge’s Bruce McCandless could be joining them, with two places in the men’s squad still up for grabs.
The tournament is Ireland’s first opportunity to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics.
Both sides have had exceptionally busy and successful summers. Most recently they added a trophy to their cabinet when they took gold at the recent INSEP tournament in Paris ahead of Australia, Korea and Argentina.
A finish in the top three secures an Olympic berth unless England finish in the top three, in which case it will go to the top four.
If at this juncture Ireland does not qualify they will progress forward into the Olympic Qualifiers which will take place early 2012 (dates/venues tbc).
Speaking about his selection, mens coach Paul Revington said, “Our extended Ireland Squad has enjoyed a highly competitive summer together, culminating in the selection of this final Ireland Team to tackle the EuroHockey Nations Championships.
“Although the team of 18 is not yet absolutely finalised, the 16 players selected provides an insight into the strength of quality and form that Ireland will take into the European Championships.
The two games this weekend versus Argentina will provide various players with a last performance opportunity before we select the remaining two places on the European Championship Team.”