Banbridge Hockey Club has congratulated Men’s 1st XI Captain Eugene Magee on winning his 200thIrish Cap. Eugene reached this significant milestone when lining out for Ireland against France today. The Irish team are playing France in preparation for the World League 3 tournament which will be held in Belgium in late June.

Banbridge Hockey Club President Sheree Totton said: “On behalf of everyone at Banbridge Hockey Club I would like to wholeheartedly congratulate Eugene on gaining his 200th cap this weekend. This is a fantastic achievement and he is only the second Irish player to have reached this milestone and the first from Ulster.”

Eugene made his debut for Ireland in 2005 in a game against Belgium and has been a regular member of the Irish squad ever since.

Speaking about the achievement, Eugene said “It’s a great honour to reach such a milestone and although I never really thought about it, the fact that I’ll be the first from Ulster makes it even more pleasing,”

“Having said that, I would trade them all just to be able to qualify for Rio and then get playing in the Olympic arena!”

“And I’m not finished yet! My biggest goal is to reach the Olympics.”


The 29 year old is with Bann team mates Drew Carlisle and Stevie Dowds in France where they disappointingly lost the first game 1-0 against the home side and drew the second game 3-3.