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Frazer makes Ireland debut

  Hockey Frazer

OMAGH woman Gemma Frazer made her international debut for Ireland ladies hockey team earlier this week.

Frazer, who was called into the Irish set-up early in the year played against Scotland in Glasgow on Monday. The game which finished 1-1 was part of a three-match series against the Scots and Gemma, captain of the Ulster Elks, was delighted to have pulled on the green shirt for the first time.

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“It was a fantastic achievement to get my first cap,” said the former Omagh Academy teaching student.

“I was shocked when I got the call up to the squad before the summer.

“We have been training every Sunday in Dublin as well as regional sessions in Belfast on Thursday nights  since September so the build up has been really good.”

Frazer is one of three Ulster Elks involved with the Irish squad along with her namesake Megan and Drumquin woman Shirley McCay, now Ireland’s most capped player.

On Tuesday Ireland were defeated 2-1 in the second match after Megan Frazer had given the Irish a half-time advantage and in the final game yesterday (Wednesday) the Irish squared the series with a deserved 2-0 victory.

Following the three-match series against the Scots, the Ireland team will prepare for a warm weather training camp at the start of next year.

At the end of last season Frazer and McCay helped the Elks win the Irish Senior Cup.

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