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Michael Watt and Chris Cargo seal deals with London club ahead of Olympics

By Graham Hamilton

Published 21/07/2016

Michael Watt will play his club hockey in England next season
Michael Watt will play his club hockey in England next season

Two Ulstermen bound for Rio with the Irish team have signed up for English team Hampstead and Westminster for the forthcoming season.

Michael Watt finished last term in Lisnagarvey blue while Chris Cargo spent two years with Racing Club Bruxelles but both will be heading to London.

The Irish men arrive in Buenos Aires today to continue preparations before linking up at the Olympic Village in Rio at the end of the month.

Meanwhile Ireland's U16 girls lost 5-1 to Germany in the Six Nations series in Belgium but coach Ali McNeill is happy with her squad's performances against Europe's best so far.

McNeill said: "We competed well against Germany but, in the 33-degree heat, it wasn't surprising that we ran out of legs a little in the second half of the game."

The Germans led 2-0 at half-time and added a third goal shortly after the break before Soifra O'Brien pulled one back and then Ireland conceded two more as tired legs took over.

Tomorrow: Girls: Ireland v England (12noon); Boys: Ireland v England (3.30pm)

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