With the European 7-a-side football championship set to start on Wednesday in Maia, Portugal, the Irish team departed yesterday for the competition.
Ireland is in Group A with the Netherlands, Finland and Denmark. The group should be fairly competition, with Ireland having finished third at the 2010 of the competition and the Netherlands having finished fourth. Denmark is currently ranked twenty-first in the world. The Irish team is coming off a fourth place finish at last year’s CPISRA Intercontinental Cup.
The team is bringing fourteen players and is captained by Luke Evans. Brian McGillivary and Simon LeStrange are the team’s goalkeepers. Nine of the team’s players are currently students, three are working in retail and two are working in IT. Dublin provides most of the players, with five members on the team from the county. Three players come from Wicklow, and one player each from Westmeath, Monaghan, Drogheda, Galway, Cork, and Limerick.
Ireland is scheduled to play their first game on July 24, 2014 at 12:00 local team against Finland.