Ireland Lacrosse has announced an 18-player roster for the Women’s National team competing at the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s World Lacrosse Cup. The squad was selected after an intensive, three-day selection camp in Dublin.
The squad comprises 11 players previously selected for international tournaments, with veterans of the 2009 & 2013 World Cup, and 2012 & 2015 European Championship teams included for selection.
2017 will be the first international tournament for seven players; the most newcomers since the 2009 World Cup, and The Girls in Green are hopeful this blend of youth and experience will help the squad to improve on their 10th place finish at the 2013 World Cup.
The Women’s National Team coaching staff, Head Coach Sarah Walsh, and Assistant Coaches Hilary Bowen, Catherine Conway & Caroline Helmer, who lead Ireland to 5th place in the 2015 European Championships, have also been retained for the tournament. Rebecca Millard, former National Team player, also joins the staff as a manager.
“This was the most competitive selection camp in the Irish Women’s National Team history, both in sheer number of participants and in depth of talent and athleticism”, said Head Coach Walsh.
“It shows the growth of the sport and the positive direction for the future women’s programme. The return of the same coaching staff also highlights a significant step for the women’s team, and I am thrilled to coach alongside such decorated, knowledgeable, and committed coaches.
“The 18 players selected bring a combination of experience, leadership, talent, and energy to the team. The eleven returners have a wealth of international experience, passion, and poise that compliment the seven newcomers’ intensity, enthusiasm, and desire to compete at the highest level.
“This group as a whole is the most balanced team that we have ever put on the field. I am confident in our selection and excited to see what we can accomplish together.”
Tickets for all days of the 2017 FIL Rathbones Women’s Lacrosse World Cup are now on sale – Details can be found HERE
Ireland Lacrosse Women’s National Team Roster