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West heads south for hockey World Cup

Published: 21st June 2018

Associate Professor Roger West may have finished a 17-year stint as President of Dublin University Hockey Club (DUHC) last year, however it certainly hasn’t called a halt to his love affair with the game.

He was recently named part of the 18-man Ireland squad taking part in the 60+ category in the Hockey Grand Masters World Cup in Barcelona, which has just got underway and continues until the end of the month.

Roger needed some convincing to get involved initially. “I was persuaded by former co-players to join the over 60s some 18 months ago. Twelve ‘caps’, multiple Irish training sessions and a few tournaments later, the World Cup is what I’ve been working towards.

“I’m delighted to make the squad under a lot of competition. The selectors had doubts about a niggling hamstring strain I had, so played me in five games in three days in Verona and that seemed to convince them.”

Said hamstring strain could have proved to be a serious obstacle in Roger’s path to World Cup selection but thanks to the help of Laura McCague, Programme Manager, Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, he was able to shake it off.

Thanks to physiotherapy and a tailored training programme, Roger credits Trinity Sport with helping him to get in the best possible condition for Barcelona.

“I was heavily into training when the hamstring strain struck without warning. Laura gave me lots of advice on that injury that worked a treat luckily.

“My core strength and fitness training was set up by Bon Sheekey, so quite a few hours in the Sports Centre is what allowed me to be in a position to challenge for a place on the squad.

“Now let’s hope the aged bits hang together to not let the squad down – it’s an 18 man effort.”

Roger also holds the position of Chairman of the Pavilion Members Committee on the DUCAC executive. All of which will have to be put to the back of his mind as he prepares for the days ahead.

Photo: Roger West (right) in action at Trinity's home ground in Santry

  • Hockey Grand Masters World Cup: Ireland 60+ v Germany (Jun 21); Ireland 60+ v Singapore (Jun 22); Ireland 60+ v Spain (Jul 2)