Deirdre Duke – Women’s World Cup profile

Debut: June 2013 v Scotland
Age (at time of World Cup): 26
Caps: 97
International goals: 13
Current club: UCD
Previous club: Three Rock Ladies, Hermes, Northeastern Huskies
School: Alexandra College
Position: Forward

The rangy forward has been around the squad for the most part since late 2014, playing a pivotal role in the 2015 EuroHockey Championships II success in Prague, winning gold and promotion back to the continental top tier.

Shoulder surgery kept her out of World League Round 2 in 2017 but she returned to full form quickly on the club front with UCD, leading to her playing a full role in the World League Semi-Final – including a last-minute equaliser against Germany – where World Cup qualification was assured and then also contested the European Championships in Amsterdam.

Her hockey beginnings were at Three Rock Ladies before moving to Hermes and then taking up on a year with Northeastern Huskies in Boston. Since coming back to Ireland, she won everything in the domestic game with Ireland, captaining their EY Hockey League, Champions Trophy and Irish Senior Cup wins in the last two seasons.

She also represented Ireland in football at underage level and helped her school win titles in that code, too.

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