Olympic biographies – Eugene Magee

Debut: vs Belgium, July 2005 (4-2 loss)
Age: 30
Caps: 231
International goals: 46
Current club: Banbridge
Previous clubs: Crefelder HC (Germany), Dragons (Belgium), HGC (Netherlands)
School: Banbridge Academy
Position: midfield

Eugene Magee. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Eugene Magee. Pic: Adrian Boehm

The second man to pass the 200-cap mark, Eugene Magee has been a mainstay of the Irish midfield for over a decade since making his debut at 19 years-old. Prior to that, he combined his hockey in Banbridge Academy with playing minor hurling for Down.

His close technique is among the strongest in the side which he combines with clever three-dimensional skills, making him one of the most composed performers in the team. With a keen eye for goal, he has scored 46 times for Ireland with a mix of goals from play and also as an alternative option at penalty corners, regularly employed for switch moves.

He is well-travelled, enjoying spells in the Netherlands with HGC, Dragons in Belgium and Crefelder in Germany. With HGC, he helped the club reach the final of the Euro Hockey League in the 2007/08 season and also landed a bronze medal in the elite competition with Dragons in the 2011/12 season.

In between those spells, Magee has been a key player in successful Banbridge teams, captaining the club to the Irish Senior Cup in 2015.

With Ireland, Magee has played in the last three Olympic qualifying cycles and five European championships campaigns, culminating in the bronze medal in 2015 in London – Ireland’s first elite level medal. His day job is as a quantity surveyor.

Twitter: @Eugenemagee1

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