Olympic biographies – Mitch Darling

Debut: vs England, July 2006 (5-0 loss)
Age: 28
Caps: 164
International goals: 44
Current club: Rotterdam (Netherlands)
Previous clubs: Three Rock Rovers, KHC Leuven (Belgium), Den Bosch (Netherlands), SCHC (Netherlands)
School: Wesley College
Position: Forward

Mitch Darling. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Mitch Darling. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Mitch Darling is a diminutive forward who has been a central part of the Irish panel since 2009, playing in each of the major tournaments since then. Sprightly in front of goal, he is also famed for his work in transition at the head of the team’s press, organising from the front.

His boyhood club is Three Rock Rovers with whom he won the old All-Ireland Club Championships in 2008 and he also returned to win the Irish Senior Cup in 2014. With Wesley College, he also won the All-Ireland schoolboys championships in his school days.

He has enjoyed a number of stints outside Ireland, playing first KHC Leuven – scouted after he impressed for Rovers against them in the Euro Hockey League – in Belgium and he has played with three clubs in the Netherlands: Den Bosch, SCHC and Rotterdam.

His Irish debut came just 26 days after his 18th birthday at a four nations tournament in Gniezno in Poland, scoring 44 goals since then. Despite working as a solicitor, he has been an ever-present in tournaments in the last four seasons, playing a key role in the Olympic qualifying campaign in San Diego and Antwerp as well as the European Championship bronze.

Twitter: @mitchdarling88

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