Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Jenny McDonough retires

Jenny McDonough became the second Irish player this week to retire from international hockey as she stepped down from Gene Muller's squad today, following Mark Black's announcement yesterday.


In eight years with the national side, McDonough amassed 117 caps since her debut against England in 2001 under Riet Kuper.

Speaking on her decision, the Belfast Harlequins forward said “Unfortunately I am unable to give my full commitment to the build-up to the EuroHockey Nations Championship in Holland this August due to my forthcoming wedding, work and other personal commitments.

"There is a clear focus towards the Olympics in London in 2012 and as I am unable to commit to this campaign I feel it is time for me to retire.

"I would like to thank the National Coach Gene Muller; Gene has been an inspiring coach, I have learnt a lot from him and I am only sorry that my time playing under him was so short. I am confident that the team will be extremely successful under his direction. I would also like to thank our previous coach Riet Kuper for giving me the opportunity to play for Ireland."

Muller, in response to the decision, said “Jenny has been an asset to the national team over the past few years and I am sad to see her step down. She has always been a dedicated and professional international player.”

McDonough will continue playing for Belfast Harlequins.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. dats 2 big players gone in da space of a couple of days. Not good news for Irish hockey, is it.

Anonymous said...

I am sorry to see Jenny step down, i watched her play for the Irish U21's and saw her potential really take a leap forward in the Celtic Cup that year. Hope she has a successful retirement and a happy life

Anonymous said...

Surely it is time to introduce the Railway duo of Jean McDonnell and Emma Smyth. Having watched Ireland against the top European sides over the last few years you can see how the pace and power of McDonnell would benfit the team. Wot's the worst that could happen from giving them a chance....

Bacchus said...

Congratulations Jenny on a job very well done.You've put a lot of time and effort into the Irish squad, you should be very proud of your achievements.Enjoy your retirement.
Bacchus

Anonymous said...

They will het their chance to impress at the interpro's....