Ireland Junior Men’s Squad head for Kosovo.

The Ireland Men’s Junior squad (Under 21) departed this morning, October 22nd, for Kosovo to participate in the IHF Trophy.

The competition will see some members of the M18 squad who played in the Euro Championship in Austria in August join with younger members of the senior squad and will provide some good experience ahead of the EURO 2022 qualifiers and Emerging Nations Trophy next year.

The IHF Trophy – European Zone for men’s youth and junior teams will be held in the Kosovan capital Pristina from October 23 to 28. The championship will feature four teams competing in the youth age category and six in junior, all from emerging European nations.

In the youth category, Kosovo, Moldova, Great Britain and Albania will vie for the trophy. In the junior age group, Kosovo, Moldova, Great Britain, Malta, Georgia and Ireland will battle for the title. The U20 matches will be played in the Palace of Youth and Sports, Pristina, while the U18 games are to be held in the Palace of 1 October.

Due to the different number of teams in each age category, the competition format will vary. The youth championship will feature three days of round-robin matches, at the end of which the top two teams qualify directly for the trophy match and the next two proceed to the bronze-medal game on the 27th. The junior age group will play only round-robin games, with the top-ranked team at the end of the competition to be crowned the champions.

M20 Squad for Kosovo

AXEL D’ARCY  Rudersdal Haandball
THOMAS KROHN-GRACE  Tornby
TOBIAS BAUER  SVDJK Taufkirchen
ASA MALLON  Liverpool HC
CONSTANTINOS KIERAN THOMPSON

COLM THIEL  HC Erlangen
BLAKE VanDUYVENOORDE  Dublin Wings HC
NICOLAI BAGRIN  Dublin International HC
SEAN FUCHS  Turnerkreis Nippe 1903e.v
DARRAGH FLOOD  Collinstown FC
EOIN McMAHON  Warrington Wolves

Team Officials

Tomas Martinonis Head Coach

Jehona Jashari Team Manager
Lorna C.Flanagan Team Physio

Junior competition Schedule

Participants: Kosovo (KOS), Great Britain (GBR), Moldova (MDA), Malta (MLT), Georgia (GEO), Ireland (IRL)

Tuesday 23 October

14:00 MDA-IRL

16:00 MLT-GEO

18:00 GBR-KOS

Wednesday 24 October

14:00 MDA-MLT

16:00 GBR-GEO

18:00 IRL-KOS

Friday 26 October

14:00 IRL-MLT

16:00 GBR-MDA

18:00 KOS-GEO

Saturday 27 October

14:00 GEO-MDA

16:00 IRL-GBR

18:00 MLT-KOS

Sunday 28 October

11:00 GEO-IRL

13:00 MLT-GBR

15:00 KOS-MDA

All times local.

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