The Canadian Women’s Field Hockey Team is set to host Ireland’s Women’s National Team in a four-game test series in Toronto, Ontario later this month. Games will be played on May 23rd, 24th, 26th, and 27th.
The test series allows the host Canadians to test out the field hockey venue for the 2015 Pan American Games.
Two new pitches at the University of Toronto will serve as the host field hockey venue during the Pan Am Games, which will be held from July 10th-26th in Toronto.
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Canada (ranked no. 20 in the world) and Ireland (no. 14) have become familiar foes over the last year of competition, most recently having met in the FIH World League Round 2 final match, where Ireland eked out a shootout win to take the tournament title.
With it’s top two finish, however, Canada moves onto the FIH World League Semi-Finals in Valencia, Spain (June 10th-21st) where the top three finishers are guaranteed a spot in the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Canada also has a second shot at securing Olympic qualification at the Pan Am Games, where the tournament winner earns a spot in Rio.
The Canadian women will arrive in Toronto on Sunday, May 17th and will train daily at the University of Toronto from Monday, May 18th until the first match on May 23rd.
As the site is in its final overlay stages, fans wishing to attend the matches must submit their names to a list for access to the field. The form can be found at: https://www.fieldhockey.ca/en/wnttoronto. The field will have standing room only.
Schedules, news, and results of the 2015 Women’s National Team series against Ireland can be found on the Field Hockey Canada website.