Ireland men head for the Danube on Easter weekend

Training Camp Update

New-look Ireland team end training camp on a high

Ireland’s men’s national team was in action over Easter weekend with a three-day training camp in Slovakia and Austria.

The 12-man squad included just four players who took part in last year’s IHF Emerging Nations tournament in Kosovo, giving coach Roman Abremenko plenty of new talent to work with.

Five players under the age of 20 were a part of the team which opening the weekend with a loss to Slovakian side SKP Bratislava in an entertaining match on Friday evening.

A day of training followed on Saturday, with a move from Bratislava to Vienna in the middle.

Sunday saw the camp come to an end with two test games with HC Tulln. The Irish were sluggish in the first period and could not recover from an early deficit, but won the second with a more composed performance as the style of play the team had worked on all weekend began to click.

Spirit in the camp was clearly positive throughout and all involved are already looking ahead to the next opportunity to gather as they prepare for EHF EURO 2020 qualification.


The Irish men’s national team is set for their first overseas training camp of 2016 as they fly to Slovakia on Friday morning.

12 players make up this travelling squad for this camp with an average age of just 22 and the new look side will have three days of training and test matches to work with coach Roman Abremenko as they look towards building a competitive team for November’s opening EHF EURO 2020 qualification matches.

Ireland will waste no time on arrival, with a match against SKP Bratislava scheduled for Friday at 19:00 CET.

The following morning sees training in Bratislava before the squad crosses the border into Austria and second session that evening in Vienna.

On Sunday the team will enjoy one last training session before taking on Handball Club Tulln at 16:00 CET in the final act of the camp.

Seven players in the squad will travel from Ireland, while the remaining five play their club handball in Germany and Austria.

Julian Eberle (UCD HC)
Chris O’Reilly (Austria)
Donal O’Doherty (Astra HC)
Alex Kulesh (UCD HC)
Martin O’Reilly (UCD HC)
Conor Molloy (Lughnasa HC)
Omar Alsaffar (Astra HC)
Tobias Bauer (Germany)
Chris Bregazzi (Germany)
Colm Thiel (Germany)
Blake Van Duyvenvoorde (Astra HC)
Brian Campion (Austria)

Coach: Roman Abramenko
Physio Gabriel Hartung