Tice and McFerran can crown memorable year with top prize at the FIH Hockey Stars awards
HOCKEY: Irish World Cup silver medal winners Lena Tice and Ayeisha McFerran have both been shortlisted for the FIH Hockey Stars awards following an epic 2018 which saw the women's hockey team stun everyone with their exploits in London this summer.
Tice is named on the Rising Star list of five players alongside the Netherlands' Marijn Veen, Australia's Ambrosia Malone, Germany's Nike Lorenz and Argentina's Lucina van der Heyde.
The 20-year-old from Glenealy, Co Wicklow - who also played senior cricket for Ireland at the age of 13 - was not only an ever-present in the centre of the Irish defence in London, she won both the Irish Senior Cup and EY Hockey League with UCD and then the six-week New Zealand Hockey League after the World Cup when she lined out for North Harbour.
To cap it off, she was named player of the tournament in the Australian Hockey League with the Canberra Strikers as they won bronze.
McFerran, meanwhile, will be one of the obvious contenders for the goalkeeper of the year gong. She was named top netminder at the World Cup following a pair of shoot-out wins as well as producing numerous stunning stops in regular play.
On top of her World Cup silver, she was also named as an All-American representative for a fourth successive year with University of Louisville.
The Hockey Star awards are voted on by the public at the International Hockey Federation's website (fih.ch). It is expected that Irish coach Graham Shaw will feature heavily in the reckoning for the Coach of the Year award.
Former men's coach Craig Fulton won the coaching prize in 2015 while David Harte was the men's goalkeeper of the year in 2015 and 2016.