Debut: vs Belgium, June 2002 (2-0 loss)
International goals: 90
Current club: Cork C of I
Previous clubs: Pembroke, HGC (Netherlands), Royal Pingouin (Belgium)
School: Ashton School
The comeback kid of the Irish selection, John Jermyn had not been part of the national squad since December 2012 before making his return to the selection in May this year. He is Ireland’s record goalscorer with 89 goals at a rate of more than one every two games with his vicious pace from drag-flicks and clever disguise a wicked combination.
Add in his midfield machinations and he has numerous strings to his bow. While he has not been part of Irish panel for much of the last four years, he got himself “as fit as he had ever been” for the inaugural EY Hockey League season and his form at club level was rewarded with a return to the national set-up by Craig Fulton.
His debut came all the way back in 2002 while he managed 16 goals in 2009 in his most productive year, helping Ireland win the EuroHockey Nations Trophy in Wrexham.
Jermyn is a Cork native who grew up with the Cork C of I club and Ashton School, winning the 1998 and 2000 All-Ireland Schools’ titles. While still in school, he was in the extended C of I Irish Senior Cup winning side of 1999.
He went on to reach the Euro Hockey League final when with HGC in the Netherlands while he also divided his time one season with his full-time work as a solicitor with travelling back and forth each week to Belgium to play with Royal Pingouin.