Tuesday 22 October 2019

Boyles appointed women's caretaker boss

Interim lead coaching with the Irish women’s team Arlene Boyles. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile
Interim lead coaching with the Irish women’s team Arlene Boyles. Photo: Cody Glenn/Sportsfile

Stephen Findlater

Arlene BoyleS has taken on the lead coaching role with the Irish women's team on an interim basis as the search for a permanent replacement for Graham Shaw kicks off in earnest.

Boyles is a natural fit for the role, having worked for the past number of years with Shaw and his predecessor Darren Smith in a variety of roles, including assistant coach and manager.

A veteran of 123 international caps, she played in the 2002 World Cup while winning several Irish Senior Cups and club championships with Pegasus.

Boyles could well be in situ for the vital Hockey Series Finals in June when Ireland will be looking to take a big step toward Tokyo 2020.

Hockey Ireland chief executive Jerome Pels said the "timeline is flexible" as to when the appointment will take place.

It means getting the right person is the priority rather than being pressured into a rapid decision due to the proximity of the key event.

"We're discussing the recruitment process and the interim situation this week with the current staff and players," confirmed Pels. "To find the right solution, it may be before or after the Series Finals."

On the club front, the bank holiday weekend sees little let-up in the action, with a full round of EY Hockey League games scheduled for tomorrow.

On Sunday, the annual St Patrick's Day festival will be staged at Grange Road.

Seven finals are on the agenda, including the Jacqui Potter Cup for women and the Mills Cup for men.

Railway Union will be aiming to retain the 'Potter' when they take on Old Alex (4.0), while Three Rock Rovers will be gunning for a third trophy already this year when they meet Glenanne in the Mills decider.

Irish Independent

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