Olympic biographies – Conor Harte

Debut: vs France, August 2006 (3-1 win)
Age: 28
Caps: 184
International goals: 33
Current club: Racing Club de Bruxelles (Belgium)
Previous clubs: Cork Harlequins, Pembroke, SCHC (Netherlands), Dabang Mumbai (India)
School: Bandon Grammar School
Position: Defender

Conor Harte. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Conor Harte. Pic: Adrian Boehm

A twin to goalkeeper and captain David Harte, Conor is a formidable sweeper with excellent concentration in the tackle and great vision to spray powerful passes from the back, either along the ground or via the aerial route.

His Irish debut came at the age of just 18 and he became a central player for the 2012 Olympic qualifying campaign and has been a central figure ever since. In the Olympic qualifiers in Antwerp, he sustained a shoulder injury in game four and missed three crucial games but came back strong in the European Championships to win the bronze medal last August.

He grew up in Kinsale in west Cork and was introduced to hockey at Bandon Grammar School, winning the All-Ireland schools championships. He moved to Dublin to study in DCU and play with Pembroke, winning a famous quarduple along with a EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy title in 2009. All the way, he lined out alongside his brother and both moved to SCHC in the Netherlands after college. He made his Irish debut on the same day as his brother in August 2006 in Le Touquet.

He has since moved to Racing Club de Bruxelles who he helped to second in the Belgian national league last season. In 2015, he also had a stint with Dabang Mumbai in the Hockey India League.

Conor’s father Kieran – a cousin of decorated manager Mickey – is a former goalkeeper with the Tyrone senior football team. He is a teacher by trade.

Twitter: @ConorHarte27

Partners of The Hook