Monday 22 July 2019

Shaw introduces new blood in Chile draw

With Gemma Frazer also returning to the panel for the first time since 2015, it was a side filled with fresh faces. Stock photo
With Gemma Frazer also returning to the panel for the first time since 2015, it was a side filled with fresh faces. Stock photo

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Hockey: Graham Shaw handed out a series of new caps on Saturday night in the Irish women's 0-0 draw with Chile in Santiago as he looks towards augmenting his panel for the road to Tokyo.

Twins Bethany and Serena Barr and Sarah Hawkshaw all started the tie, while diminutive 17-year-old midfielder Amy Elliott came off the bench in the fourth minute, as they earned their first caps in green.

With Gemma Frazer also returning to the panel for the first time since 2015, it was a side filled with fresh faces.

And they gave a reasonably strong account of themselves though they found the final touch lacking against the world number 16 side.

"I thought we started the game very well and needed to score after being so dominant in the first half," he said. "I thought the four debutantes played well for the first game.

"Chile came into the game in the second half but we still had enough chances to win the game.

"The only disappointment is not scoring after getting ourselves in some excellent positions."

Elsewhere, Cork man David Harte started his second season with the University of Kuala Lumpur as they began the professional Malaysian Hockey League with a 2-1 win.

He has been co-opted to the club by former Irish assistant coach Arul Anthoni for the short-form competition and they saw off THT. Harte is joined in the team by two of the Dutch World Cup silver medallists and a trio of Australian stars.

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