About Pembroke Wanderers HC
Pembroke’s women are looking to hit the high notes at the right time after a transitional season following their best ever campaign in 2021/22.
Last term, Pembroke won Ireland’s EY Hockey League title as well as the Champions Trophy and finished runners-up to Catholic Institute in the Irish Senior Cup.
Since then, Gill Pinder, Aisling Naughton, Claire Foley and Martha McCready all moved overseas for work and study while Ali Griffin switched to UCD on a scholarship.
Coming in are Sarah and Emma Young from UCD, Hannah Irwin from Loughborough Students, Aoife Glennon from Muckross and Erica Markey from Trinity.
It means the squad has changed significantly after the success of last season and they currently sit in sixth place in the Irish league but in good contention for a playoff place.
Crucial players are current Irish international Ellen Curran who is their midfield dynamo alongside World Cup finalist Emily Beatty and ex-international Sinead Loughran.
Leah McGuire and Isy Delamer control the defensive line while Orla Macken is one of Irish hockey’s unsung stars in either midfield or defence; she is their top scorer.
Their trip to the Wagener Stadium, will be the club’s women’s third trip to Europe having played in the Cup Winners Trophy in 2008 in Ghent and then the EuroHockey Club Trophy in 2015 in Minsk.
They have a couple of links to that trip with Eanna Horan, Rachel O’Brien and Hayley O’Donnell with the club from those days.