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Late nights and early mornings to follow Ireland's Olympic hockey quest

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

16:21 17 Dec 2019

Irish hockey fans face some late nights and early mornings as they follow the women's exploits at next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The schedule for Ireland's Pool A campaign has been confirmed, and it includes three overnight games for those watching back home.

Ireland's campaign will open against South Africa on July 25 with a 1.15pm tip-off, Irish time.

From there, Sean Dancer's side will have a day off before returning to action on July 27 against the world's number 1-ranked side, and World Cup-winners, the Netherlands.

The meeting with the Dutch is one of three matches that will take place in the small hours of the morning from an Irish perspective, tipping off at 2am.

From there, Ireland will play Germany on July 29 (4.15am) and India on July 31 (3.45am).

Ireland conclude their Pool A travails against Great Britain on August 1st, with the slightly more manageable lunctime start of 12.45pm.

Ireland Olympic Games hockey schedule (Irish times): 

July 25: Ireland v South Africa, 1.15pm

July 27: Ireland v Netherlands, 2am

July 29: Ireland v Germany, 4.15am

July 31: Ireland v India, 3.45am

August 1: Ireland v Great Britain, 12.45pm

South Africa tour

Ireland will get a close-up look at two of their Pool A opponents next month.

Dancer's named a 20-woman squad for a tour of South Africa to play both the hosts and Germany.

The squad will depart on January 16, but exact match dates are yet to be confirmed.

Ireland squad for SA tour: 

1 Ayeisha McFerran (GK)
2 Emma Buckley (GK)
3 Roisin Upton (Def)
4 Nikki Evans (Str)
5 Kathryn Mullan (Captain) (MF/Str)
6 Shirley McCay (Def)
7 Elena Tice (Def)
8 Emily Beatty (Str)
9 Beth Barr (Def/MF)
10 Serena Barr (Def)
11 Chloe Watkins (MF)
12 Lizzie Colvin (MF)
13 Hannah Matthews (Def)
14 Sarah Hawkshaw (MF/Str)
15 Anna O’Flanagan (Vice Captain) (Str)
16 Deirdre Duke (Str)
17 Ellen Curran (MF)
18 Elizabeth Murphy (GK)
19 Hannah McLoughlin (Def)
20 Sarah Torrans (Str)

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