Hockey Ireland have announced that the women's FIH Series Finals, which were originally to be held in Dublin in mid-June, is now being switched to Banbridge as the grounds at UCD and Abbotstown won't be completed in time. 

The eight-team competition, featuring the highest ranked teams outside the FIH Pro League, a category which includes Ireland, was to be held in Dublin between 8-16 June. 

But Hockey Ireland confirmed today that the hockey pitches at UCD and the National Sports Campus would not be completed to "accommodate the required pre-tournament training on the match surface".

Therefore, the series is being switched to the Banbridge Hockey Club in Co Down, which the organisers say contains the appropriate amount of space to accommodate an international tournament.  

Speaking about the announcement, Performance Director Adam Grainger said: "While our preference was to hold the tournament in Dublin, it was not possible for the pitches to be completed within our time frame. We are confident that both pitches will be worth the wait and will only add to the sport of hockey in the future.

"It is important we get the pitch correct at the National Sports Campus as it will be our base going forward. Banbridge Hockey Club and the surrounding community have proven themselves to be highly enthusiastic when holding tournaments before and we are looking forward to working with them once again". 

In the tournament itself, Ireland is in Group A containing Czech Republic, Malaysia and Singapore. Group B contains France, South Korea, Scotland and Ukraine.