Story By Ulster Gazette:
ROYAL School Armagh duo Alana Doyle and Hannah Irwin have been named in the Ireland team to compete at the forthcoming U18 European Championships in Cork in July.
During the competition, Ireland will take on England, Germany and Russia in the group stage and they will be hoping to use home advantage to progress to the knockout stages of the competition.
Both of the girls have been busy training with the squad over the last few months and with A-Level commitments, both of them have shown tremendous dedication and commitment to the team.
Principal at the Royal School Armagh, Mr Paul Crute congratulated the girls on their fantastic achievement.
Alana and Hannah are delighted to add their names to the illustrious list of past pupils from Royal School Armagh who have played representative hockey such as Emma Stewart, Amy Stewart, Alex Speers and Hannah Bowe.
The two girls have been integral members of the school 1st XI since the age of 13 and their first representative action was for the Ulster U15s in a tournament in Holland.
Shortly after they continued to represent the province at the UK School Games in Manchester at U16 and U18, as well as facing England at Lilleshall in an U17 challenge match.
Alana and Hannah have been regulars on the inter-provincial circuit and have been integral members of the Ulster squad at U16 and U18, where they won the tournament last year.
The girls also represented Ireland at U16 level and travelled to Scotland and Austria as well as playing against Wales in Dublin. Alana and Hannah have been going through strenuous trials and training sessions since last November and are thrilled to have been selected for the Irish U18 squad.
In other school hockey news Olivia Berry was recently selected for the Ulster U16 Hockey Team who played a series of matches against Scotland.
Olivia moved from her usual midfield role to defence for the last game and earned ‘Player of the Match’ such was her presence on the field!
She will be joined by Jemima Stevenson, Stacey Livingstone and Katelyn Johnston in August for the training sessions as they move closer to selecting the Ulster Interprovincial team.