Saturday 20 October 2018

Shaw hopeful over Frazer

Ireland’s hockey team at yesterday’s World Cup Squad announcement. Photo: INPHO
Ireland’s hockey team at yesterday’s World Cup Squad announcement. Photo: INPHO
Cliona Foley

Cliona Foley

Ireland hockey coach Graham Shaw is confident that Derry star Megan Frazer will be ready to play a full part in next month's World Cup in London.

She hasn't played for Ireland since late 2016 when she ruptured a cruciate ligament which needed two surgeries and extended rehab.

Frazer played four games for her German club this year but had keyhole surgery just two weeks ago to fix a residual problem, yet Shaw said he is confident she will be ready.

Nicci Daly is also expected to recover from a stress fracture in time for the tournament and there were no major surprises in Shaw's final squad which includes veterans like Shirley McCay (262 caps), Daly, Chloe Watkins, Nikki Evans and top-scorer Anna O'Flanagan.

Four replacements - Emily Beatty (Pembroke), Sarah Torrans (Loreto), Sinead Loughran (Monkstown), Naomi Carroll (Cork Harlequins) - were named in Shaw's selection with two to travel and Ireland's group includes USA, India and Olympic champions Great Britain.

The Ireland squad's preparations continue with a three-game series against Japan in Cork next week.

Ireland World Cup squad: A McFerran (Univ of Louisville), G O'Flanagan (Railway Union), Y O'Byrne (Cork Harlequins), H Matthews (Loreto), E Tice (UCD), Z Wilson (Belfast Harlequins), R Upton (Cork Harlequins), S McCay (Pegasus), K Mullan (UCD), N Daly (Loreto), G Pinder (Pembroke), M Frazer (Mannheim), C Watkins (Bloemendaal), L Colvin (Belfast Harlequins), D Duke (UCD), N Evans (Hamburg), A Meeke (Loreto), A O'Flanagan (Bloemendaal).

Irish Independent

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