Olympic biographies – Michael Watt

Debut: vs Poland, July 2006 (4-2 loss)
Age: 29
Caps: 194
International goals: 55
Current club: Lisnagarvey
Previous clubs: Instonians, Grange (Scotland), RS Tenis (Spain), SCHC (Netherlands), KHC Dragons (Belgium), Surbiton (England)
School: RBAI
Position: Forward

Michael Watt. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Michael Watt. Pic: Adrian Boehm

When Michael Watt scored the winning goal against England in Dublin in 2014, it was not just the key moment in a first win over the auld enemy in 12 years. It made him the first non-penalty corner specialist to reach the 50-goals mark for Ireland, indicative of his predatory instincts.

He opened his account at the 2006 Celtic Cup in Le Touquet, France and has been a regular name on the score sheet ever since and has been an ever-present in the world ranking events for the past four years, winning European bronze and helping the side qualify for the Olympic Games in Antwerp.

His youth days were shared between RBAI and Instonians hockey club with whom he reached an Irish Senior Cup title in 2004 when still in school. Since then, he is well-travelled, moving to Grange in Scotland for his university years before playing in Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands and England.

He returned to Ireland last Christmas to aid Lisnagarvey’s run to the EY Hockey League, his first Irish campaign in over a decade. Watt is a surveyor as his day job.

Twitter: @mikiewatt

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