23 March 2009
Irelandís women face a tough task in their bid to improve on their fourth place finish at the previous edition of the event in Bangkok in August 2007, when they come face to face with familiar opponents, 2007 quarter final rivals France, in their final group encounter.
Hungary and Japan also are included in Group D, where the Ireland girls are seeded first due to their performance in Thailand. In the men’s competition, 2007 Silver Medallists, Italy are top seeds, while Uruguay and South Korea make up the opponents in Group C.
With a number of senior internationals currently preparing to travel to Belgrade, Ireland will be one of the favourites to emerge from their group, and eclipse their performance of 2007 where only a penalty shoot out defeat against Russia in the semi final denied the Irish a guaranteed silver medal.
A number of players will have gained experienced at senior international level with the Republic of Ireland, while the uniqueness of this tournament will be demonstrated when these players have their northern counterparts as part of the squad.
The Northern Irish dimension will be in full force in the men’s competition as the event takes place out of season for the Irish League, which should increase the number of players released from Irish League clubs.
Hopes are high that the Irish men can improve on their 13th place finish at the last games, and progress to the Quarter Finals of the World University Games.
Women: Ireland (First Seeds), France (Second Seeds), Hungary & Japan
Men: Italy (First Seeds), Uruguay (Second Seeds), Ireland & South Korea
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