Wednesday 22 November 2017

Hockey: Revington set to experiment

The Irish men's team face tough competition if they are to retain their Celtic Cup crown in France this weekend, writes DAVID MEDCALF.

Coach Paul Revington is in experimental mode, while their opponents are using the four-nation event in Le Touquet to prepare for some major challenges ahead.

Both Scotland and Wales are bound for the Commonwealth Games in India, while the hosts should never be underestimated.

Ireland travel without number one goalkeeper David Harte, rated one of the best in Europe. He picked up a knock in training, so Iain Walker takes his place , with Davy Fitzgerald providing cover.

With Stephen Butler and Graham Shaw retired and Cork duo of David Hobbs and John Jermyn taking a break, Andy McConnell, Geoff McCabe and David Ames are all likely to feature in midfield.

Eugene Magee has offered his services as striker at corners, while Alan Sothern, Conor Harte and Timmy Cockram are all jostling to replace Butler and Jermyn in the drag-flick department.

Irish Independent

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