The following squad has been selected to represent Ireland at the upcoming World Korfball Championships:


  • Jess BLACK (Exeter University/University Maastricht)
  • Emma DENTON (KV)
  • Abby GOLDING (Nomads)
  • Hannah GOODRIDGE  (Trojans)
  • Charley LEWIS (Birmingham University)
  • Sarah PAINE (VC) (Bristol Thunder)
  • Lizzie TIGHE (Bristol Thunder/Bristol University)


  • Shay CONROY (Nic)
  • Sam GALVIN (Cambridge City/Cambridge University)
  • Stewart McCONVERY (Birmingham City)
  • James NORMAN (C) (Nomads)
  • Niall SHEEKEY (Oxford City)
  • Dinos TRITSAROLIS (Nomads)
  • Ashley YATES (Birmingham City)

The management team is:

  • Head Coach: Kees Verhoeven (PKC)
  • Assistant Coach: Terry Forde (Nomads)
  • Team Manager: Nora Goodridge (Trojans)

One player – Jess Black – will make her international debut this competition. This tournament will also be a first for the whole squad as Ireland have never played in the World Championships, after qualifying as the underdogs in the Europeans in October 2018. James Norman will lead the squad as Captain, supported by Sarah Paine as Vice Captain.

Head Coach Kees Verhoeven said on selecting the squad:

“The development through the years with this team is incredible. Ireland Korfball is also ready for the future with a lot of young, talented players coming up for the next generation.”

Assistant Coach Terry Forde commented:

“This is the strongest squad we have ever taken to a tournament. We are confident that the training and preparation we have done so far will pay off and we can give the other teams a few shocks!”

Newly-appointed Team Captain James Norman said:

“I’m really excited to be going to the Worlds as such a great team, both on and off the pitch. We are looking forward to working hard and building on our success from the Europeans. We’ll answer Ireland’s call!”

The Championships are being held 1-10 August 2019 in Durban, South Africa. Ireland will first face an exciting group stage with matches against Chinese Tiapei, Australia and Poland.

For more information on the World Korfball Championships, please refer to the IKF website. 


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