The wait is finally over for the girls in green. The time has come.
After several months of intensive training, the Irish Women’s National Ice Hockey Team departed for Turkey, Izmir, to compete in the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey Women’s World Championship Division II Group B Qualifiers.
The team is very well represented with players from the four corners of Ireland.
Girls hail from Wexford, Clare, Louth, Dublin, Cork and Galway to name but a few. No one can deny the dedication of these girls, with some travelling several hours for intense training sessions.
The girls will be competing against Bulgaria and Turkey to win their place in the Division II Championships. This three day event will be taking place in Izmir, Turkey between the 7-9th of December.
This will be the second time the Irish girls face both countries. In March 2011 they were narrowly defeated by both teams. The girls are looking forward to the opportunity to play them again and come home with a place in the Championships.
The girls in green take on Bulgaria in their first game of the tournament today (Saturday) at 5pm Irish team. You can follow live scores at http://www.iihf.com/competition/319/statistics.html
The team would like to give a special thanks to Tifco Hotel Group, the Holiday Inn Express Dublin Airport, Mc Guill Travel Dundalk, Castleknock on Ice and The Strong Room Dundalk and the IIHA for their time and support.
Irish National Women’s Ice Hockey Team
Jane Mc Mullen
Avril Ni Mhathuna
Elaine Mc Cann
Cherise Mc Caughley
Sonya Mc Eneaney
Vytautas Lukosevicius – Head Coach
Tomas Burdys – Assistant Coach
Gabriela Vlasankova – Assistant Coach
William Fay – General Manager
Roman Grobarcik – Equipment Manager
Aoife Greene – Physiotherapist