Five Bann members selected for Ireland

Five members of Banbridge Hockey Club have been selected for the Ireland squad which will play France next week. Congratulations to Matthew Bell, Peter Brown, Drew Carlisle, Stephen Dowds and Bruce McCandless. The number of Bann players selected for this squad shows the talent available within the club at present.

The Ireland squad will depart for France this coming Sunday for a three day tour which will see them take in two matches against France as they continue preparations for the 2016 Olympic Qualifiers, World League 2.  Coach Fulton has been operating with a large squad and has named a team for this tour that sees two new caps in Neal Glassy and Mark Ingram while Johnny Bruton is welcomed back into the squad. Fulton has elected to leave a number of his more seasoned players off this tour as some younger talent get the chance to impress at international match level.

The Green Machine have had an intense period with twelve national sessions over the last three months and Coach Fulton was looking forward to putting the team back into match mode “We are looking forward to playing France next week in the build up to World League 2.There is a good mix of youth and experience in this current Irish Senior Men’s team and all the squad players have been working hard and are ready to play”

The Irish team will have one more tour before Christmas, travelling to Alicante, Spain from the 15th – 20th December where they will play against both Spain and Poland twice, the squad will be announced post this French tour.


Match Schedule (Lille, France – French times)

25th November                  Ireland v France                18.00

26th November                  Ireland v France                11.00


Ireland Squad – French Tour.

Jonny Bell                       Lisnagarvey

Mathew Bell                  Banbridge

Peter Brown                  Banbridge

Jonny Bruton                 Three Rock Rover

Drew Carlisle                 Banbridge

Mitch Darling                 Three Rock Rovers

Stephan Dowds            Banbridge

Neal Glassey                    Mossle

Paul Gleghorne            Instonians

Kyle Good                    Dragons

David Harte                  Kampong

Conor Harte                Racing

Mark Ingram                Pembroke Wanderers

John Jackson               Reading

Bruce McCandless    Banbridge

Shane O’Donoghue Dragons

Michael Robson         Annadale

Michael Watt              Surbiton


Ned Fulton                         Head Coach

Jonny Caren                       Assistant Coach

Stephan Barry                   S&C/ Manager

Stephan Haslam               Physio

Mark Kavanagh                 Video