Player Profiles

Shirley McCay

Shirley McCay

Name: Shirley McCay

Position: Defence

School: Omagh Academy

Club: Pegasus

1st Cap: January 2007, South Africa, v Canada

Favourite sporting moment to date: 300th cap in Donnybrook and qualifying for Tokyo Olympics

Age they began playing at: 12

Who has had the most influence on your career: My PE teacher in Secondary School

Best advice you received from a coach: eyes up

Advice to young hockey players: keep a diary for all the moments you might forget

Instagram: @shirleymccay

Twitter: @shirleymccay

Zoe Wilson

Zoe Wilson

Name: Zoe Wilson

Position: Defender

School: Ballyclare High School

Club: Randalstown

1st Cap: Jan 2016- Spain

Favourite sporting moment to date: World Cup final 2020

Age started playing hockey: 12

Who has had the most influence on your career: My family who have been so supportive throughout

Best advice you received from a coach: Back Yourself

Advice to young hockey players: Take every opportunity that you get as you might only get that opportunity once.

Instagram: @zoe.wilson97

Twitter: @zoe_wilson97

Sarah Hawkshaw

Sarah Hawkshaw

Name: Sarah Hawkshaw

Position: Midfield/Forward

Club: Railway Union

School: Mount Sackville Secondary School

1st Cap: January 2019 vs Chile

Favourite sporting moment to date: Olympic Qualifier in Donnybrook

Age started playing hockey: 12

Who has had the most influence on your career: Family

Best advice you received from a coach: Enjoy your hockey and you will perform well.

Advice to young hockey players: Make the most of any opportunities that you are given, and enjoy the process of reaching for a goal.

Instagram: @sarahhawkshaw95

Twitter: @sarahhawkshaw

Roisin Upton

Roisin Upton

Name: Roisin Upton

Position: Midfield

School: Crescent College Comprehensive

Club: Catholic Institute

1st Cap: Scotland November 2016

Favourite sporting moment to date: Walking out to play in the WC Final in London. Running around the pitch after qualifiers celebrating with everyone.

Age started playing hockey: 12

Who has had the most influence on your career: My parents and brothers

Best advice you received from a coach: Remember why you’re doing something & who you’re doing it for

Advice to young hockey players: Enjoy yourself. Set goals & keep learning – there’s no end to improving. Take every opportunity that comes your way.

Instagram: @roisinupton

Twitter: @roisinupton

Nikki Evans

Nikki Evans

Name: Nikki Evans

Position: Forward

School: Alexandra College, Dublin

Club: Old Alex

1st Cap: First cap vs Australia, 4 Nations Tournament, Germany June 2010

Favourite sporting moment to date: London 2018 – Playing in the World Cup Final in 2018. A dream come true.

Age started playing hockey: 12

Who has had the most influence on your career: My family

Best advice you received from a coach: Hard work always beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard enough.

Advice to young hockey players: Believe that anything is possible. If you want something, go get it. There are no barriers, there are no excuses. Never give up and keep chasing your dreams.

Instagram: @nikkilevans

Twitter: @nikkilevans

Nicci Daly

Nicci Daly

Name: Nicci Daly

Position: Forward

School: High School Rathgar

Club: Loreto

1st Cap: Belgium 2010

Favourite sporting moment to date: Qualifying for the Olympics

Age started playing hockey: 13

Who has had the most influence on your career: Darren Smith

Best advice you received from a coach: Play instinctively

Advice to young hockey players: Don’t become overcoached, play instinctively

Instagram: @niccidaly22

Twitter: @niccidaly22

Megan Frazer

Megan Frazer

Name: Megan Frazer

School: Foyle and Londonderry College

Club: Belfast Harlequins

1st Cap: At the 2007 Celtic Cup in Cork against France I think

Favourite sporting moment to date: Hard to pick one- winning the National Championship in USA and scoring the winner in double overtime, winning the schools cup, winning silver in Champions Challenge 2014 and silver in World Cup 2018

Age started playing hockey: 11 as a goalkeeper, 12 as an outfielder

Who has had the most influence on your career: Parents

Best advice you received from a coach: “No one makes a mistake on purpose, I even made a mistake once” – Graham Quincy circa 2007

Advice to young hockey players: Play to YOUR strength, attack the space, go for it what’s the worst that can happen

Instagram: @Mfrazer11

Twitter: @mfrazer15

Lizzie Colvin

Lizzie Colvin

Name: Lizzie Colvin

Position: Midfield

School: Portadown College

Club: Belfast Harlequins

1st Cap: June 2008 v France in Celtic cup

Age started playing hockey: 7

Who has had the most influence on your career: Too many people to mention but always grateful for the support I received from my clubs; Armagh, Loreto, and Belfast harlequins

Best advice you received from a coach: Just do what you can do and do it well

Advice to young hockey players: You can’t be great every day but as long as you give your best effort and support your teammates you will get by alright!

Instagram: @lizzie_colvin

Twitter: @lizziecolvin1

Elizabeth Murphy

Elizabeth Murphy

Name: Elizabeth Murphy

Position: Goalkeeper

School: St Kilians German School

Club: Loreto HC

1st Cap: 2017 vs Scotland

Favourite sporting moment to date: Qualifying for the Olympics

Age started playing hockey: 10

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Family

Best advice you received from a coach: Enjoy the challenge of the day whatever it may be – Tom Parsons my school hockey coach

Advice to young hockey players: Enjoy the journey

Instagram: @lizzy_murphy2898

Twitter: @Lissibissi2898

Elena Tice

Elena Tice

Name: Elena Tice

Position: Defender

School: St.Gerards School

1st Cap: 3rd November 2016 against Scotland

Career High: Getting my first international cap and winning the Leinster Schools Cup with Gerards for the first time ever.

Age they began playing at: 9

Advice to young hockey players: Be the person who works harder than everyone else.

Twitter Handle: @lenatice

Katie Mullan

Katie Mullan

Name: Katie Mullan

Position: Midfield/Forward

School: Dalriada

Club: Ballymoney

1st Cap: August 2012 Vs Wales

Favourite sporting moment to date: Qualifying for Tokyo in Donnybrook

Age started playing hockey: 8

Who has had the most influence on your career: Bridget McKeever

Best advice you received from a coach: Play every game with no regrets.

Advice to young hockey players: Don’t give up on your dreams. Each setback helps prepare you for the next success.

Instagram: @katiemullan1

Twitter: @katiemullan11

Hannah Matthews

Hannah Matthews

Name: Hannah Matthews

Position: Defender

Club: Loreto

School: Loreto Beaufort

1st Cap: Italy in 2014

Favourite sporting moment to date: Beating Spain in the WC semi-final

Age started playing hockey: 10

Who has had the most influence on your career: There have been too many people to pick just one

Best advice you received from a coach: The ball moves faster than you so pass it

Advice to young hockey players: Listen to all your coaches, each one will have something important to add

Instagram: @hannahmatthews17

Twitter: @hmatthews5

Emma Buckley

Emma Buckley

Name: Emma Buckley

Position: Goalkepper

School: Mount Mercy College

Club: Pembroke

1st Cap: 25th of October 2017 Vs Scotland in Banbridge.

Age started playing hockey: 16

Who has had the most influence on your career: School

Advice to young hockey players: Dream big

Instagram: @Emmabuck_1

Twitter: @Emmabuckley567

Deirdre Duke

Deirdre Duke

Name: Deirdre Duke

Position: Forward

Club: Old Alex HC

School: Alexandra College

1st Cap: June 2013 v Scotland

Favourite sporting moment to date: 2018 World Cup in London – every minute of it

Age started playing hockey: 10

Who has had the most influence on your career: My parents – they’ve always supported me through the highs & lows. They’re also not afraid to give me honest (!) feedback on how I’ve played

Best advice you received from a coach: Just back yourself

Advice to young hockey players: Work hard, have fun & don’t take no for an answer!

Instagram: @deirdre_duke28

Twitter:  @deirdreduke28

Chloe Watkins

Chloe Watkins

Name: Chloe Watkins

Position: Midfield

School: St. Andrews

Club: Monkstown

1st Cap: 25th July 2010 vs Scotland

Favourite sporting moment to date: Qualifying for Tokyo Olympics in front of a home crowd

Age started playing hockey: 7

Who has had the most influence on your career: My family

Best advice you received from a coach: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take

Advice to young hockey players: Watch top-level hockey whenever you can, you can learn a lot from watching the game being played at a high level.

Instagram: @Clowatkins

Twitter: @Clowatkins

Bethany Barr

Bethany Barr

Name: Beth Barr

Position: Defence

Club: Belfast Harlequins

School: Lurgan College

1st Cap: January 2019 in Santiago Chile against Chile

Favourite sporting moment to date: Qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics with a home crowd in Donnybrook – amazing atmosphere. As well as winning the Kate Russell with school alongside my two sisters.

Age started playing hockey: 5

Who has had the most influence on your career: Definitely my family who have supported me the whole way along, even travelling out to America to watch me and my sister’s play hockey out there when we were studying over there for four years

Best advice you received from a coach: Don’t settle for just being on a team, aim to make an impact on that team and every practice try to make your teammates better – train harder than any opposition you will play so that your teammates are prepared for every game

Advice to young hockey players: Believe in yourself and always try new things. Don’t let mistakes define you but pick yourself up and learn from them! But most of all enjoy it because that is why you are playing hockey after all

Instagram: @bethanybarr12

Serena Barr

Serena Barr

Name: Serena Barr

Position: Defence

School: Lurgan College

Club: Belfast Harlequins

1st Cap: January 2019 in Santiago Chile against Chile

Favourite sporting moment to date: Qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics in Donnybrook in front of a huge home crowd.

Age they began playing at: 5

Who has had the most influence on your career: My sisters who I have played with throughout my hockey career and my family who have supported me in every step of my career.

Best advice you received from a coach: To not feel sorry for myself. If I get stuck feeling sorry for myself I’ll never pick myself back up and move on. Everyone makes mistakes, and everyone will suffer set backs. It’s our response to them that defines us.

Advice to young hockey players: Don’t let disappointments or setbacks deter you, instead see them as opportunities to grow and improve. Let those times shape you and define you as a player into a stronger more robust individual. This will stand you in good stead on and off the pitch.

Instagram: @serenabarr9

Twitter: @SerenaBarr_RD

Ayeisha McFerran

Ayeisha McFerran

Name: Ayeisha McFerran

Position: GK

Club: SV Kampong

School: Larne Grammar School

1st Cap: January 11, 2016, Spain

Favourite sporting moment to date: World Cup Silver, London World Cup 2018

Age started playing hockey: 8

Who has had the most influence on your career: Arlene Boyles or Nigel Henderson

Advice to young hockey players: Know why you’re doing it & have fun at the same time!

Insta: @ayeisha96

Twitter: @Ayeeishaa

Naomi Carroll

Naomi Carroll

Name: Naomi Carroll

Position: Forward

School: St Patrick’s Comprehensive School Shannon

Club: Catholic Institute

1st Cap: 2012 V Wales

Favourite sporting moment to date: 100th cap for Ireland

Age started playing hockey: 14

Who has had the most influence on your career: My mom Margaret

Best advice you received from a coach: Don’t overthink it just enjoy it.

Advice to young hockey players: Work hard and enjoy every moment.

Instagram: @naomicarroll13 

Twitter: @NaomiCarroll13

Anna O’Flanagan

Anna O’Flanagan

Name: Anna O’Flanagan

Position: Forward

Club: Muckross HC

School: Muckross Park College

1st Cap: July 2010 v Scotland

Favourite sporting moment to date: Qualifying for the Olympic Games

Age started playing hockey: 10

Best advice you received from a coach: Good things happen to those who work hard

Advice to young hockey players: Have fun and enjoy time with your friends

Instagram: @annaoflanagan

Twitter: @AnnaOF

Caoimhe Perdue

Name: Caoimhe Purdue

Position: Defender

School: Ursuline Convent Thurles and Cashel Community School

Club: UCC

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning an Irish Senior Cup with Cork Harlequins in 2019

Age started playing hockey: 14

Who has had the most influence on your career: My father.

Best advice you received from a coach: I’ve learnt that by making mistakes you can learn from them, they make you question yourself and push you to play better and to improve your skills.

Advice to young hockey players: I believe work rate and ambition and very important and a saying that has stuck with me is “hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard”.

Instagram: @caoimhe_perdue 

Twitter: @perdue_caoimhe

Grace O’Flanagan

Grace O’Flanagan

Name: Grace O’Flanagan

Position: Goalkeeper

School: Loreto College, Foxrock

Club: Railway Union

1st Cap: 2012, vs Wales

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning silver at the 2018 World Cup

Age started playing hockey: 12

Best advice you received from a coach: “Trust yourself”

Advice to young hockey players: Watch the game whenever you can – you’ll learn a lot. Work hard, believe in yourself, and always enjoy playing

Instagram: @graceof 

Twitter: @Grace_OF

Ellen Curran

Ellen Curran

Name: Ellen Curran

Position: Midfield

School: Loreto College, Foxrock

Club: UCD

1st Cap: vs Scotland in November 2016

Favourite sporting moment to date: Series v SA and Germany, Stellenbosch 2020

Age started playing hockey: 11

Who has had the most influence on your career: My mum

Best advice you received from a coach: Enjoy the process

Advice to young hockey players: Be the hardest working player

Instagram: @ellenlcurran7

Twitter: @ellenlcurran7

Sarah Torrans

Sarah Torrans

Name: Sarah Torrans

Position: Forward

School: Loreto College, St. Stephens Green

Club: Loreto

1st Cap: October 2017 vs Scotland, Belfast

Favourite sporting moment to date: Receiving my 1st cap and captaining the Irish U18s

Age started playing hockey: 7

Who has had the most influence on your career: The players that I play with every week at club and Irish training continue to inspire me every day. Their dedication and resilient work ethic pushes me to be the best player I can be

Best advice you received from a coach: Play in the moment, don’t look back on the mistakes

Advice to young hockey players: Do everything you do to the best of your ability with a smile on your face

Instagram: @sarah_torrans

Twitter: @sarah_torrans

Zara Malseed

Zara Malseed

Name: Zara Malseed

Position: Forward

School: Sullivan Upper

Club: Ards Ladies

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning the schools cup in my final year of school

Age started playing hockey: 11

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Parents

Best advice you received from a coach: Only play to enjoy it, don’t play for any other reason. When you enjoy it is when you will get the most out of it.

Advice to young hockey players: Don’t let anybody tell you you’re not capable of something, believe in yourself. There’s always room to push your limits.

Instagram: @zaramalseed

Hannah McLoughlin

Name: Hannah McLoughlin

Position: Defender/Midfield

School: Loreto, Foxrock

Club: UCD

1st Cap: 2018 vs Scotland

Favourite sporting moment to date: Getting my first senior cap

Age started playing hockey: 9

Who has had the most influence on your career: My Parents

Best advice you received from a coach: Hard work can overtake natural talent

Advice to young hockey players: You decide your own goals and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise

Instagram: @Hannahmc2011

Twitter: @Hannahmc2011

Niamh Carey

Name: Niamh Carey

Position: Forward

School: Colaiste Iosagain

Club: UCD

Favourite sporting moment to date: Coming 4th in the u18 six nations in Barcelona

Age started playing hockey: 6

Who has had the most influence on your career: My mum

Best advice you received from a coach: Get lower (every coach I’ve ever had has told me this!)

Advice to young hockey players: Believe in yourself! If you want something it’s up to you to make it happen

Instagram: @niamhcarey_1 

Twitter: @niamh99carey

Ellie McLoughlin

Name: Ellie McLoughlin

Position: Goalkeeper

School: Kilkenny College

Club: Muckross Hockey Club

Favourite sporting moment to date: Winning an all Ireland title with my school

Age started playing hockey: 12

Who has had the most influence on your career: My two school coaches Mr. Willis and Mr. Harding

Best advice you received from a coach: To trust my training

Advice to young hockey players: Keep pushing through all the hard days, all the work is worth it in the end

Instagram: @emcloughlin27

Twitter: @Ellie_42584

Orla Macken

Orla Macken

Name: Orla Macken

Position: Midfield

Club: Pembroke Wanderers Hockey Club

School: Rathdown School

Favourite sporting moment to date: Captaining my club team for the first time

Age started playing hockey: 6

Who has had the most influence on your career: Carli Figlio, my college coach in the US

Best advice you received from a coach: My coach in college told me to get fit. I had to learn the hard way but it’s stood with me to this day and is a cornerstone of my game.

Advice to young hockey players: Play with freedom, take risks but always work back as hard as you go forward.

Instagram: @orlamacken

Twitter: @orla_macken

Sophia Cole

Sophia Cole

Name: Sophia Cole

Position: Defence/Midfield

Club:  UCD

School: St. Columba’s College

Favourite sporting moment to date: Scoring a penalty stroke against the Belgium u18s in our 6-nations tournament in Eindhoven, 2018

Age started playing hockey: 10

Who has had the most influence on your career: Luciana Aymar

Best advice you received from a coach: To believe in yourself and be confident

Advice to young hockey players: To push yourself outside of your comfort zone, believe in yourself and be the hardest working player on the pitch

Instagram:@sophia_cole13

Twitter: @sophiac19201221

Michelle Carey

Michelle Carey

Name: Michelle Carey

Sarah McAuley

Sarah McAuley

Name: Sarah McAuley