Sarah Greene, captain of UCD’s Hockey team, was last week named The Irish Times / Irish Sports Council ‘Sportswoman of the Month’ for March following UCD’s epic run to the Irish Hockey League, Irish Senior Cup and Leinster women’s division one treble.
The former Loreto Foxrock student captained the side this season to their third successive Leinster league title while they also landed the IHL for the very first time.
While Greene lifted the trophies on each occasion, she modestly suggests to The Hook: “I was shocked to even be considered for the award but I’m really honoured. It’s great to have hockey recognised by the Irish Times.
“I’m absolutely thrilled. It’s been an unforgettable season and I feel very lucky to be a part of a treble winning side. The IHL was a focus seeing as we had never won it before, but at the start of the season we set our sights on winning the league, ISC and the IHL.”
They completed the treble in dramatic fashion at Havelock Park, prevailing against reigning champions Railway Union on penalties. It proved to be the last game that Richard Rellis – the side’s assistant and goalkeeper coach – would be involved with the first team before going travelling and Greene paid tribute to the value he brought to the team.
“Richard brought a different dimension to the side and has put in a huge amount of work that perhaps has gone unnoticed in the past. I think you can see the tremendous work he has done with Tiffaney Ellis from her outstanding performances in the IHL and other competitions this season. He will be greatly missed.”
As for the values she brings to the UCD side, Greene says that leading the UCD squad has been a “pleasure”.
“I’d like to think I’m a positive person that encourages the players around me, but to be honest the girls made my job very easy and they were a pleasure to captain.”
The accolade of winning The Irish Times/Irish Sports Council ‘Sportswoman of the Month’ means Sarah will be the fourth of 12 sportswomen to be in the running for the prestigious title of ‘Sportswoman of the Year’ at an awards ceremony in December 2014.