Following on from a successful weekend at the EuroHockey Championship Qualifiers, where the Green Army won all three matches against Poland, The Czech Republic and Turkey, we had the opportunity to sit down with Sarah Hawkshaw to talk to us about her team's journey through the qualifiers and what lies ahead for her for the rest of the season.
'It was really great having it at home' she said referring to the qualifiers taking place in Ireland this year, and how having a home crowd made all the difference to their game throughout the matches.
Irish Hockey International @sarahhawkshaw joins us on the show to discuss Ireland's success at the EuroHockey Championship Qualifiers.@irishhockey stormed to victory against Turkey, Poland and the Czech Republic#Watch the full show now#HockeyIrelandhttps://t.co/Cg2T0UNrrC
— Her Sport (@HerSportDotIE) August 25, 2022
Hawkshaw discusses the game style of the opposition and how her team adapted to combat the teams, some of which they had never faced before. They perfected their short corners and strengthened their defense, enabling them to some away with three consecutive wins.
She discusses the World Cup and how Team Ireland were very much the underdogs in that competition. But having more expectation on their success for EuroHockey added the necessary amount of pressure to spur on the game.
She also takes us through her earlier career in sport. She explains her earlier childhood was spent doing cross country running and Gaelic Football before she first picked up a hockey stick in the beginning of secondary school. Just after school, she played in America for the University of Massachusetts and toured the country competing in hockey tournaments across America.
Thank You! 🤝
A special word of thanks for all the
incredible support we have had at the Sport Ireland Campus this week.
We are off to Möchengladbach!#GreenArmy | #EHC2023 pic.twitter.com/J0cLf6GIjh
— Hockey Ireland (@irishhockey) August 22, 2022
'Sports is to be enjoyed' Hawkshaw says as we round off the interview with what advice she would give younger girls who want to go into elite hockey.
Give this interview a watch now and hear more about her story.
"Enjoy The Tough Moments" Sarah Hawkshaw on Irish Hockey Success | Her Sport Show Ep.12 - YouTube