Timmy Smyth has become Cookstown Hockey Club’s 11th representative on the international stage after playing for Ireland in the World Series in Wales last weekend.
Smyth, one of the most feared attacking players in the Irish game, said “It was a great experience to finally get the chance to wear an Irish Shirt at senior level. I have played U18 and Ireland A, but I didn’t think that I would be featuring in the World Series when we started training in June.
“It was a very enjoyable trip and we had three commanding performances against the other competing teams. The speed of the game is quite a bit faster than the domestic game, but I felt comfortable playing at that level.
“I would like to thank my family and friends from the Club who have been very supportive throughout my hockey career. Hopefully it is the first of many caps!”
Timmy, 23, played in all three games at the weekend against Wales, Sweden and Austria with Ireland ending the tournament on top of the standings.
Club President Stephen Hamilton said, “Timmy is without doubt one of the most exciting players in the game and I am delighted that he has been capped at Senior Level.
“It is a fantastic honour for the club to have representation on the Irish Senior Team and Timmy is the latest in a long list of distinguished hockey players to represent our town on the world stage. Well done Timmy from all at Cookstown Hockey Club.”