Sunday 20 October 2019

Meeke rewarded for strong World Cup with All Star selection

Ali Meeke. Photo: Kieran Harnett
Ali Meeke. Photo: Kieran Harnett

Stephen Findlater

Ali Meeke will become the first Irish woman to play in the Pro Series Indoor festival in South Africa later today following her selection for the International All Stars team.

The World Cup star is looking forward to the "amazing opportunity", lining out alongside a glittering array of talent of the short-form of the sport for four exhibition games against the host country in Cape Town.

She will line out with World Cup and European gold winners from Germany and the Netherlands as well as players from Poland, Sweden, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

The call-up was something of a surprise for Meeke with indoor hockey in Ireland only just beginning the green shoots of a comeback.

Nonetheless, the Leinster league has expanded this term to ten teams and gets under way tomorrow, significantly boosted by the decision to re-introduce an Irish international indoor team in 2020.

"Unfortunately the indoor scene is not as big in Ireland," Meeke says of the situation. "However, I feel the great efforts being put into our league and now, with PSI setting up in Ireland, that the game will only grow!

"I love indoor hockey so much and I'm overjoyed that I got the invite to be a part of the All-Star series. Another step forward for women's sports and Irish hockey!"

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