There’s a number of international tournaments on over the summer, with initial training squads starting in March, so with a number of Benildus players in line for a call-up, it’s worth keeping an eye on what needs to be done to be considered for international selection come summer.
The ICU have confirmed that they will again be using the High Tide selection method – this means players will be rated according to the highest rating they achieve between 1st January and the selection date, and not their rating on the selection date. This is to encourage players to keep playing tournaments without fear of losing rating points – if you hit, say, 1700 in April and then have a bad Malahide, you’ll still be considered as 1700.
In addition, players have to have played in either the 2016 or 2017 Irish Junior Championships. The 2017 event will be held in Sligo from 7th-9th April.
The ICU have tended to select training squads of 12 for each age group in the Glorney competition (U-19s, U-14s and U-12s), along with a smaller squad for the girls’ team (the Robinson Cup). Squads of 6 compete in the Glorney, but those who don’t make the Glorney cut-off can be considered for other events such as the European Championships.
At present – and before the Leinster U-14s and U-19s have been rated – Mihailo is rated in the top 12 in the Under 19 age-group, while in the U-12s, we have Felix, Danny and Ben, with Thomas is ranked 13th.
For any queries on any aspect of international selection, the ICU’s junior officer is a Benildus member, and would be happy to offer impartial (!) advice.