Rovers representing with five players in Irish indoor panels

Five Rovers have been called up for Irish indoor international duty early this year as the senior side travel to Portugal in February and a development side play in Denmark this weekend.

Ross Canning, Jody Hosking and Hames Walker have all been included in the senior side who go to Paredes for the EuroHockey Championship II-A from February 2 to 4.

It is the second tier in Europe and the highest level Ireland have competed at in men’s competition since nations events were introduced in 1974.

All three of the lads played in the 2022 Championship III in Cyprus, scoring 30 goals between them when the side finished in third place.

Ireland are in a five-team competition with Cyprus, Denmark, Lithuania and Norway with the winner potentially earning promotion to the top division for 2026. Ali Haughton is on the reserve list for the panel should there be any late changes.

For the Development side, Rovers will be represented by Harry MacMahon and new club member Ryan Williams who joined before Christmas from Waterford.

They are playing in the annual Mason Cup in Denmark where they are in an initial group with local clubs Orient Lyngby and Copehagen as well as Sweden’s Roslagen.

The other four-team group has teams from Denmark and Germany. The tournament starts on Friday, January 5 and runs until Sunday.

In a busy international January, there is also a wealth of Belgian-based Rovers who have been called into the Irish side to compete for Olympic qualification.

Luke Madeley, Ben Walker, Daragh Walsh and Jaime Carr are off to Valencia for an eight-team tournament from which three sides will earn a ticket to Paris 2024. The tournament runs from January 13 to 21.

Every game from this event will be live-streamed on the FIH’s Watch.Hockey platform.

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