Olympic biographies – Jonathan Bell

Debut: vs Czech Republic, March 2012 (9-0 win)
Age: 29
Caps: 92
International goals: 0
Current club: Lisnagarvey
Previous club: none
School: Friends School, Lisburn
Position: Defence

Jonathan Bell. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Jonathan Bell. Pic: Adrian Boehm

The Lisnagarvey stalwart has been one of the stand-out defenders for the last four years with the Irish team since making his debut in his mid-20s. It came in the lead-up to the 2012 Olympic qualifiers and, after that campaign, he quickly became a central member of the panel, playing in virtually every series since the World League Round 1 in Swansea in September 2012.

He has formed a great understanding with the likes of Conor Harte and Paul Gleghorne with whom he has rotated in the central defensive roles as well as at either right or left back.

For Bell, the signature games for him came in Antwerp in 2015’s World League Round 3, particularly in the wins over Pakistan and Malaysia. He missed the European Championship bronze, though, through injury.

On the club front, he is a one-club man and captained Lisnagarvey to the inaugural EY Hockey League title this season. He has also played in the Euro Hockey League, reaching the KO16 in 2013.

Twitter: @jonnypwbell

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