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Brown awaits call to join Ireland on the road to Rio

Ards striker Chloe Brown will learn today if she has done enough to clinch a place in the Ireland hockey squad for next month's World League 3 tournament.

Head coach Darren Smith will name a panel of 18 for the trip to Valencia, which represents the final phase of the Olympic qualifying process for Ireland.

Two players who were included in the 20-strong squad that played seven matches in America over the past fortnight will drop out.

It would be quite an achievement if Brown can make the cut as she was one of the players added to the squad that won the World League 2 tournament in Dublin in March.

The other five Ulster players - captain Megan Frazer, Shirley McCay, Katie Mullan, Lizzie Colvin and goalkeeper Ayeisha McFerran - look certain to make the final 18.

Brown scored in one of Ireland's four games against Canada, who drew the series with a 3-2 win.

"Having the match-play against USA and Canada has given us valuable time to be together," said Smith.

Naomi Carroll and Frazer scored the goals for Ireland who had trailed 2-0 and 3-1.

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