Saturday 16 December 2017

Shaw hungry for Glens success after Oz stint

Hockey

David Ames (L) of Ireland prepares for a penalty corner with team mates Ronan Gormley (C) and goalkeeper David Harte (R)
David Ames (L) of Ireland prepares for a penalty corner with team mates Ronan Gormley (C) and goalkeeper David Harte (R)

David Medcalf

The standard of club hockey in Ireland is as high as its equivalent in Australia, says Glenanne forward Gary Shaw.

The difference is that the Australian national side is ranked second in the world, while Ireland languishes in 15th spot, a product of the full-time squad regime for players Down Under.

The hard-running striker is two months back in Dublin after a year in New South Wales where he played for Sydney University.

He banged in a goal a game for his adopted side, with a few extra for luck, and thoroughly enjoyed his time there.

The experience certainly did not take the edge off his appetite for the sport as he has been bullying defences in Leinster since his return.

With the 27-year-old in top form, the Glens are once more in contention for a top-four spot after finishing in the bottom three without him around last season.

Shaw and his team-mates tackle champions Pembroke Wanderers on Saturday in a match which both sides desperately want to win.

And the big front-runner is hoping to revive an Australian interest in his life, by catching the eye of Ireland's national coach, Aussie import Andrew Meredith.

Irish Independent

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