In brief: Revington calls up eight new faces
Published 31/03/2011 | 05:00
Eight uncapped players have been included in Ireland coach Paul Revington's plans for a series of games against Canada next month, writes David Medcalf.
Revington has omitted many of his more seasoned campaigners as he looks to give young hopefuls the opportunity to make an impression.
The potential debutants for the three-match series include the Glenanne duo of Gary Shaw and teenager Shane O'Donoghue.
Also looking to make the international breakthrough will be Ronan Flannery (Pembroke Wanderers), Kenny Carroll (Railway Union) and Three Rock Rovers' promising young goalie Stephen West.
Flannery's former clubmate Stuart Loughrey, now playing with Loughborough, has also got the call, along with Stephen Dowds from Banbridge and Davy Carson of Corinthians.
Canada meet Ireland in Belfield on April 17, followed by games at Stormont on April 19 and 20.
Irish coaches Eddie Bolger and Tony Davitt have hailed the performances of their squad after they secured three medals at the Pavlyukov Memorial Youth Multi-Nations in Russia yesterday -- with the promise of more to come.
David Roche, Stephen Broadhurst and Gary Sweeney all won quarter-finals bouts in Anapa -- the trio are guaranteed bronze.
Roche, from the Riverstown BC in Cork, beat Cuban lightweight Yoangel Moyagibert 6-5 and Broadhurst, from the Dealgan BC in Dundalk, hammered Russian middleweight Syleymanov Amir 8-0.
Mayo light-heavyweight Sweeney booked his ticket into the last four with a 1-0 win over Versoykin Nikita of Latvia, but Cavan's Patrick Nevin lost to Russian flyweight Dmitriy Makarov.
"David, Stephen and Gary produced fantastic performances and Patrick was in against a very good Russian," said Bolger.
Michael Nevin, Kieran Forde, George Bates and Christy Joyce will be involved in last-eight bouts at the Black Sea holiday resort today. Ireland are the only western European nation competing.
Top seeds Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have all cruised into the quarter-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida with straight sets victories.
Federer made short work of the Belgian Olivier Rochus, winning 6-3, 6-1 in just 52 minutes, and faces Frenchman Gilles Simon next. Nadal, who is scheduled to play Federer in the semi-finals, had a similarly easy match, breezing past Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-1, 6-2. The world No 1 will meet Czech opponent Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals.
Djokovic remains unbeaten this year and that record was never in danger against fellow Serb Viktor Troicki in a straightforward 6-3, 6-2 win.