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Bell planning to carry on with Ireland career


Jonny Bell

Jonny Bell looks set to continue his international career, which is good news for Ireland head coach, Mark Tumilty, who will begin his new term in the post next month.

The Lisnagarvey defender was contemplating retirement after captaining the national team in their abortive Olympic qualifying bid in Canada last October.

In the fall-out that followed, Eugene Magee and Chris Cargo announced their retirement from the international arena.

Bell was toying with the idea of following in his fellow Ulstermen's footsteps but, following confirmation of Tumilty's contract extension until the end of the year, the 32-year-old is planning to continue.

"Yeah, hopefully I will be in a position to keep going and I will have a word with 'Tum' and weigh up the options, hopefully keep playing well for Garvey, and take it from there," said Bell.

Meanwhile, Bell is an injury doubt for Garvey's EY Irish Hockey League clash with Pembroke in Dublin today as he has been troubled by a calf complaint which ruled him out of last week's 3-2 win over YMCA.

The Hillsborough side are currently five points clear at the top of the table, with second-placed Monkstown up against in-form Banbridge at Havelock Park tomorrow.

Fixtures: Today: EYIHL: Annadale v Corinthian (4pm); Glenanne v YMCA; Pembroke v Lisnagarvey (2.30pm); IHL 2: Pool A: Instonians v Avoca (2.30pm); Railway v Cork C of I; Pool B: Clontarf v Cork Harlequins; Kilkeel v Cookstown (2.30pm); Ulster Premier League: Ballynahinch v Raphoe (1pm); Newry v Portadown (2.45pm); North Down v Bangor (2.30pm); Queen's v South Antrim (2.30pm); tomorrow: EYIHL: Banbridge v Monkstown (2.30pm).

Belfast Telegraph