20 May 2013
The Colleges and Universities Sports Association of Ireland has announced the menís and womenís football squads for the forthcoming World University Games, to be held in Kazan, Russia from 5 Ė 17 July.
The World University Games takes place every two years and represents the pinnacle of third level sport on a global scale. Approximately 13,000 students from over 150 countries will compete at the multi-sport event, akin to the Olympic Games in terms of standards, scale and participation. Ireland last competed in the Football competitions in 2009 in Belgrade.
Danny Crowley, Men's Football Manager said "We are delighted to be announcing the Men's Football Squad for the upcoming World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Having held trials all over the country, we are very pleased with the calibre of player that will be representing Team Ireland. The World University Games is a fantastic chance for our elite student athletes to compete at the highest level. We have a tough group in Mexico, China and Russia but our players are very much looking forward to the challenges ahead. I would like to thank all the players who took part in the many trials and games over the past few months and acknowledge the hard work that goes on behind the scenes from everyone involved in Third Level Football in Ireland."
Women's Manager and Senior International Manager Sue Ronan commented "This is a wonderful achievement for the students selected to represent their college and Ireland at this prestigious event. Some of the girls have represented their country before but some haven't and this is a fantastic opportunity to put themselves into contention for the senior women's squad. We have had an extensive trialling process starting back at last year's WSCAI Intervarsities in Galway, through this year's college season, Women's National League season and two trial days. We feel that the squad selected has a real chance of a medal"
Both Men's and Women's Squads will play six games each, the three group games fixtures are as follows:
China v Ireland Friday (5th July)
Canada v Ireland Sunday (7th July)
Mexico v Ireland Tuesday (9th July)
Three playoff fixtures to be confirmed 11th, 13th and 15th July
Russia v Ireland Friday (5th July)
China v Ireland Monday (8th July)
Mexico v Ireland Wed (10th July)
Three playoff fixtures to be confirmed 12th, 14th and 16th July
The provisional squads announced are subject to the students meeting the International Universities Sports Federation (FISU) Eligibility Criteria.
Ireland Men's squad
Goalkeepers: Michael Schlingermann (IT Carlow/Drogheda Utd), Craig Sexton (IT Carlow/Athlone Town).
Defenders: Dylan Mernagh (Waterford IT/Waterford Utd), James Scallan (IT Carlow/Arklow Town), Jamie Carr (IT Carlow/Wexford Youths), Niall Cooney (DIT/Crumlin Utd), Reece McEnteer (O'Fiaich College, Dundalk/Glebe North).
Midfielders: Barry O'Mahony (IT Carlow/Mervue Utd), Brian Nolan (Waterford IT/Wexford Youths), Carl Forsyth (Sallynogin College/Mount Merrion FC), Darren Forsyth (Rathmines College/Mount Merrion FC),Cillian Morrison (UCD/UCD), Stephen Traynor (DCU/Bohemians), Tom King (GMIT Galway/Mervue Utd), Paul Malone (DIT/Bray Wanderers), Ray Foy (IT Carlow/Derry City), Andrew Mulligan (IT Carlow/Bohemians).
Forwards: Garbhan Coughlan (University of Limerick/Athlone Town), Johnny Addis (University of Ulster Jordanstown/Carrick Rangers), Josh O'Shea (UCC/UCC).
Stand by players: Colin Scanlan (Limerick IT/Fairview Rangers),Corey Davidson (Pearse College, Crumlin/Carrick Rangers), Robbie Gaul (DCU/Salthill Devon), Samir Belhout (UCD/UCD), Tristan Dent (UCD/UCD).
Manager: Danny Crowley (Colaiste Ide Dublin), Assistant: Paul O'Reilly (IT Carlow), Performance Analyst: Gary Sweeney (IT Carlow), Equipment Officer: Paul Walsh (Griffith College Dublin).
Ireland Women's squad
Goalkeepers: Eve Badana (Drexel University USA), Roisin Mc Cafferty (IT Sligo/Kilmacrennan Celtic).
Defenders: Karen Duggan (University of Limerick/Peamount Utd), Zoe Murphy (UCC/Ballincollig AFC), Sophie Perry (University of Brighton/Brighton & Hove Albion), Megan Campbell (IT Carlow/Raheny Utd), Lauren Murphy (UCC/ Cork Women's FC), Seana Cook (DIT/Raheny Utd).
Midfielders: Ciara Grant (UCD/ Raheny Utd), Dora Gorman (UCD/ Peamount Utd), Emma Becket (The Open University UK/Watford FC), Jetta Berrill (UCD/Peamount Utd), Julieanne Russell (University of Limerick/Peamount Utd), Siobhan Killeen (UCD/ Raheny Utd), Emma Hansberry (IT Sligo/Castlebar Celtic).
Forwards: Denise O'Sullivan (Colaiste Stiofain Naofa, Cork/Cork Women's FC), Deirdre Doherty (IT Sligo), Shaunagh Jackson (Athlone IT/Castlebar Celtic), Geraldine Mc Laughlin (IT Sligo/Kilmacrennan Celtic), Sara Lawlor (NUI Maynooth/ Peamount Utd).
Stand by players:
Jessica Gleeson (Waterford IT/Wexford Youths Women's FC), Catherine Cronin (UCD/ Raheny Utd), Julieanne Herrity (University of Ulster Jordanstown/Bonagee Utd), Naomi Mc Mullan (University of Ulster Jordanstown/Ballymena Utd All Stars), Kim Flood (IT Sligo/Castlebar Celtic).
Manager: Sue Ronan (FAI), Assistant: Gerard Dunne (FAI), Performance Analyst/Goalkeeping Coach: Emma Martin (FAI), Equipment Officer: Maz Sweeney (Athlone IT).
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