On the forefront of what could be classed as a highlight in most of Northern Ireland’s Under 19 players careers, lies excitement and an eagerness to impress the opposition on an international level. A small country made up of 6 counties has always up held the stigma of being classed the underdog; something national players revel in, posing an opportunity to prove everyone how far sport within this country has developed. Northern Ireland in itself, enthuses an attitude to take part but most importantly exceed expectations time after time across a variety of sports.
On the back of their first win as a team against neighbouring Republic of Ireland, in a St Patrick’s Day friendly confidence within the squad is on an all time high. The match went on to show the determination and fight that can be found in most teams crafted on the Irish Isle to see out a 3-1 win under Captain Judith McClure. The girls representing Northern Ireland are sure to show skills that have been developed over the previous two years in preparation for this CEV competition and use this opportunity to improve for the future playing against world class opposition. A belief lies amongst the young squad who are dedicated to not only improving as a team but also find an enjoyment throughout the competition that only competitive sport can offer.