Hockey: Carolan named as new Pembroke boss amid exodus
A South African with a very Irish name has been installed as coach of national champions Pembroke Wanderers.
But the team Brendon Carolan has taken over from compatriot Craig Fulton is a much-changed unit after a mass migration of top players. Holland, Germany and Spain will all benefit from the exodus, leaving Alan Giles the only current international remaining on the books at Serpentine Avenue for the new season.
The defence will be particularly badly hit, with the Harte twins, Irish captain Ronan Gormley and Tim Lewis all hitting the road.
Goalkeeper David Harte and his brother Conor are set to feature in the Dutch League with SCHC, while Gormley returns to Madrid, where he won a cup medal with Polo during his student days.
Lewis has agreed terms with Crefelder of the Bundesliga who are former European champions and keen to return to the big time.
Also departed are midfielder Andy McConnell, back with Hurley in Amsterdam, and prolific goal getter Alan Sothern, who has also gone Dutch, with Den Bosch. And, to complete the clear-out, Carolan will also be without his predecessor Fulton, always a lively contributor in midfield.
"Pembroke will be a completely changed side," said Lewis, who is preparing for a new venture in Ger-many. "The men who have dominated the team are gone but I have no doubt that the likes of Paddy Goode and Maurice Elliott can stand in."