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Cratloe’s Carroll named in Ireland World Cup squad

Cratloe’s Naomi Carroll has been named in Ireland’s squad for next month’s Women’s FIH Hockey World Cup. Carroll was named in Sean Dancer’s squad as she looks set to represent her country in this competition for the first time. The experienced forward has enjoyed an excellent campaign with Catholic Institute, helping them secure the Irish Senior Cup for the first time in the club’s history. She scored the only goal of the game to help Catholic Institute win their first ever senior crown. The former Clare ladies footballer and camogie player helped her side to the Champions Trophy final and to second place in the EY Hockey League. The teacher at Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh missed out on making the Irish squad for the previous World Cup in 2018 with the side subsequently reaching the final. To compound matters, she suffered a tear in her anterior cruciate ligament injury when lining out with the Clare ladies footballers that summer. Despite the long …

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Carroll’s central role as Ireland close in on World Cup ticket

CLARE’S Naomi Carroll played a central role as the Ireland women’s hockey team overcame France 4-1 in their opening European qualifiers for the 2022 Women’s FIH Hockey World Cup, writes Ivan Smyth. The Clare woman started up front and played an important role in Ireland’s fourth goal as Sean Dancer’s side moved a step closer towards World Cup qualification. This eight-team competition is being played in a knock-out format with only one side earning a place at next summer’s World Cup. One defeat and Ireland’s World Cup dream is over. A powerful second half display saw them break down a tough French outfit. Sean Dancer’s side face Belarus next after scoring four second half goals. Ireland dominated the opening half but found it tough to carve out clear cut chances against a battling French side. This Ireland side are the highest ranked team in this competition as they found their rhythm in the second half to progress. Despite Anna O’Flanagan going …

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