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Delahunty Names Ireland Squad

Ireland Snr. Women Head Coach Mark Delahunty has named a 14-strong squad for this weekend’s Small Countries Association Championships in Luxembourg.


The Dubliner has selected eight players aged under 20, with a quintuplet of Newbridge teenagers, as well as experience in UCD duo Regina Halpin and captain Emily Frazell. This is also a call up for Net Force Cork’s All Star nominee Sylwia Gomes.


Delahunty is excited about the challenge ahead, “Luxembourg has become a home-from-home for us at this stage and to go there again for the SCA tournament is really exciting. The fact that the majority of the girls have all been there before and played in that amphitheatre will hopefully help us settle and just go out and play. We’ll be up against some new challenges and old frenemies, so it will be interesting to see our progression over the last 6 months to a year.”


Ireland will face Luxembourg in the showpiece game on Friday evening (7pm Irish time) before an early start against Malta (10am Friday). Results of those matches will mean either a Semi Final or a 5th place playoff Sunday. Iceland, Scotland and Northern Ireland make up pool B.


Delahunty added, “Whatever happens I am proud of the group, and how they’ve come together and supported each other.  We just need to believe and execute our processes. Perhaps we’ll surprise a few people. Great venue, great organisation and great volleyball await.”


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The Team:

Emily Frazell, UCD

Regina Halpin, UCD

TJ Sweeney, Munster Thunder

Maria Jones, Munster Thunder

Ciara Lowe, Newbridge

Sophie Quinlivan-Nolan, Newbridge

Emma Byrne, Newbridge

Eimear Byrne, Newbridge

Jess Dowling, Newbridge

Carly Donaghy, Santry

Sylwia Gomes, Net Force Cork

Grace Moloney, Naas

Caitriona ni Riordain, Munster Thunder

Roisin Roantree, Aztecs

Mark Delahunty, Head Coach

Edyta Jozwiak-McMullan, Assist. Coach

Patricia Somers, Team Manager

Cillian Braken-Conway, Statistician

Laura Power, Physio