Three Bann Players in Irish Senior Men’s Celtic Cup Squad

Ireland Men’s Coach Paul Revington has today announced his Ireland squad to compete in the upcoming Celtic Cup taking place at Lisnagarvey this weekend, from Thursday 28th June – Sunday 1st July.  Stephen Dowds and Phillip Brown have been rewarded for strong recent performaces for the Irish Under-21 team by being included in the squad along with more regular locals Eugene Magee and Bruce McCandless.

Ireland men will compete against Scotland, Wales and South Africa – the latter who are in preparation for the London 2012 Olympics. France withdrew from all Celtic Cups this year and as such Irish Hockey are delighted to have them included in this tournament.

Commenting on the event Paul Revington said “All the players will be excited to get back into tournament mode again and make significant individual contributions to the continued momentum of the Ireland Team.”

Dominic Walsh, Chair of Sport Northern Ireland also commented “Sport Northern Ireland is delighted to welcome teams from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and South Africa for the Senior Celtic Cup pre-games training event. In addition to securing three pre-games qualifying events, and four pre-games training events, we will also soon play host to the Paralympic Council of Ireland, the Cuban and Australian boxing teams, the Chinese Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnasts, athletics teams from Sudan, Quatar, Egypt, Kuwait, the Paralympic Council of Jordan and the South African badminton team.

“We are delighted to have secured ten camps for pre-games training here. Final preparations are underway to welcome all of these international athletes as they prepare and acclimatise for the Games and we wish them every success.” Continued Nick.

Ireland Squad – Celtic Cup
Jonny Bell (Lisnagarvey)
Phillip Brown (Banbridge)
Jonny Bruton (YMCA)
Chris Cargo (Reading)
Kenny Carroll (Railway Union)
David Carson (Corinthian)
Tim Cockram (Lisnagarvey)
Stephen Dowds (Banbridge)
Conor Harte (SCHC)
David Harte (SCHC)
David Hobbs (Cork C of I)
Ian Hughes (Cookstown)
John Jackson (Braxgata) – Capt.
John Jermyn (Cork C of I)
Jason Lynch (Cork C of I)
Eugene Magee (Dragons)
Burce McCandless (Banbridge)
Michael Watt (Santander)
Coach: Paul Revington Asst Coach: Brendan Carolan Manager: Peter Jackson;  Physio: David Richards; S&C / Video: Stephen Barry & Jonny Caren
Additional Notes: Ronan Gormley (Rested); David Fitzgerald (Injury)
Match Schedule
Thursday 28th June 2012
20.00  (Pitch 1) Ireland v South Africa  (m)
Friday 29th June 2012
17.00  (Pitch 2) Wales v Scotland   (m)
18.30  (Pitch 1) Ireland v Scotland  (w)
Saturdya 30th June 2012
13.00  (Pitch 2) Wales v Scotland  (w)
14.00  (Pitch 1) South Africa v Wales  (m)
16.00  (Pitch 1) Ireland v Scotland  (m)
Sunday 1st July 2012
12.00  (Pitch 1) Wales v Ireland  (w)
12.00  (Pitch 2) South Africa v Scotland (m)
14.00  (Pitch 1) Ireland v Wales  (m)

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