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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 goal not enough for Catholic Institute

Despite Cratloe’s Naomi Carroll finding the net for her hockey club Catholic Institute, the Limerick side fell short in their attempts to EY Champions Trophy title. They lost out 4-1 to Dublin side Pembroke who produced a perfect all-round team performance to add a first EY Champions Trophy title to the regular season crown they won a month ago. Catholic Institute were pipped to the EY Hockey League by the same opposition on the final day of the season. Carroll and co. will have to be content with a place in Europe and a quick revenge-mission next Saturday in the Irish Senior Cup final. The final itself was guaranteed to produce a first time winner with Pembroke’s 3-1 win over Loreto and Insta’s 3-2 success against UCD meaning both clubs reached the final in their first attempt at the playoffs. It was a win built around an outstanding first 10 minutes in which Sinead Loughran and Ali Griffin both netted …

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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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Naomi Carroll at Cratloe GAA Club Photography by Eugene McCafferty

Carroll keen to maintain forward motion

Cratloe’s Naomi Carroll has been called up to the Irish women’s hockey squad as they aim to qualify for the World Cup. Carroll is aiming to help Ireland reach the World Cup and keep the momentum that Irish hockey has generated after competing in the Olympic Games this summer. Ireland memorably reached the final of the World Cup in 2018 and will be determined to qualify for the tournament again as they compete in an eight team competition which starts on Thursday, October 21. The eight-team competition will be played in a knock-out format with only one side earning a place at next summer’s World Cup which will be played at venues in Spain and the Netherlands. Ireland face a dangerous France outfit first as Sean Dancer’s side enter the tournament as top seeds. The Catholic Institute player is aware of the challenge her side will face when they commence their quest to compete at the World Cup. “It is …

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Clare hockey star’s scenic route to the Tokyo Games

NAOMI Carroll’s journey to Tokyo has been anything but straightforward. The Cratloe woman has endured difficult times from missing out on a place in the Irish women’s hockey squad for the 2018 Women’s Hockey World Cup, tearing her anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and then when she finally did get back to full fitness, the pandemic decimated the hockey calendar. She persevered and has now earned a spot in the Olympic squad. The Clare woman endured a 37 hour flight to Japan, but despite all the travelling, is in high spirits. After the pain of recent years, she knows all about long journeys. “Because our protocols have been so good, myself and my body feels really good. I haven’t been suffering with jet lag too badly. We arrived into Tokyo and spent just over three hours there. We had to get a COVID test, get through customs and immigration and then get on a bus. It was a seven and a …

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Cratloe’s Carroll ready to answer Olympic call

After enduring heartbreak and injury agony, Cratloe’s own Naomi Carroll has been named in the Irish women’s hockey squad for the upcoming Olympic Games. She spoke with Ivan Smyth. WHEN The Clare Champion spoke to Carroll on Tuesday, she was still trying to process the news that she will be the first person from Cratloe to represent Ireland at an Olympic Games. “I’m over the moon. It hasn’t sunk in yet. I’m absolutely thrilled to have made the final squad. I didn’t know myself before yesterday (Monday) so when I got the email to say I was in it was amazing.” The road to Tokyo has been a bumpy one, filled with twists and turns as Carroll has dealt with injury setbacks and missing out on representing her country at a World Cup. After suffering from a wretched run of luck in 2018, she suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury that threatened to end her hockey career before it …

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