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Ireland plan to keep the heat on India with World progress at stake

 

By John Flack

The Ireland women's hockey team are bracing themselves for a difficult challenge in more ways than one as they prepare for tomorrow's crucial World Cup clash with India in London (2pm).

As a heat wave grips the English capital, temperatures are set to soar into the mid 30s centigrade by the time the game gets under way.

However, Ireland are confident the conditions won't affect their game plan, having had plenty of experience of playing in searing heat in recent years.

Ulster's Megan Frazer said: "We have contingencies in place to deal with the heat, things like ice-towels that we wrap around our necks.

"We will also be taking on board a lot of fluids before and during the match, so we won't be thinking too much about the heat going into the game."

Ireland got their campaign off to the perfect start with a superb 3-1 win over the US on Saturday.

Another victory tomorrow would guarantee progression to a play-off for a place in the quarter-finals while a draw might also be enough, depending on the result of tonight's game between England and the US (8pm).

Frazer is expecting another tough game against an Indian side that drew 1-1 with England in Saturday's opening Pool B fixture.

She added: "India have their own style and rely on long balls out of defence for their forwards to run on to. But the coaching staff did a great job preparing us for the last game and it's been the same for this one."

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