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Chloe hopes Euro glory may spark German move

By John Flack

Chloe Brown has revealed she turned down the offer of a move to Germany last season but she says she would jump at the opportunity if it were to come along again.

The Ards striker, therefore, will be doing her utmost to impress when she plays in the European Indoor Trophy tournament in Prague at the weekend.

With all five of her team's games being broadcast live on the internet, Brown will be in the shop window as she aims to enhance her reputation as the best indoor player in Ireland.

She has scored over 30 goals in five previous European tournaments and hopes to add to her tally over the weekend.

Brown explained: "I had an offer to go Germany but due to other factors happening in my life I decided it was not the best time to go.

"I would love to play abroad, especially Germany where they have an indoor league.

"I really enjoy indoor and I am always gutted when it ends as I feel I never get much time to play it and build momentum," she added.

The 24-year-old Irish international would love to see the six-a-side version of the game expanded here.

Brown added: "Ulster Hockey have planted the seed at underage level with U15 and U18 indoor tournaments that were a great success.

"There is also the Pro Series indoor initiative that seems to have taken off across Ireland," she said.

"Hockey Ireland should have the final say and need to take the initiative as they will need to look at the national schedule to ensure that a proper indoor league is set up.

"Leinster seem to have done a good job this year by organising a league whereas we just had a one-day tournament in Ulster," she added.

This weekend, Ards will target a top-six finish in the Prague tournament which would enable them to retain their second-tier status.

They are up against opposition from the Czech Republic, Croatia and Lithuania in the first phase before playing two classification matches.

On the outdoor front, Lurgan face a mammoth task against holders UCD in the quarter-finals of the Irish Senior Cup while Belfast Harlequins host Pembroke in a rearranged second round game.

In the Ulster Premier League, Queen's, who are at home to North Down tonight, play leaders Ballymoney in a top-of-the-table clash at the Joey Dunlop Centre on Saturday.

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