FAMILY, neighbours and pals bid bon vogage to Limerick’s Róisín Upton as he started her journey to the Tokyo Olympics.
Upton and her Eire ladies’s hockey staff mates have certified for the Olympic Video games for the primary time within the nation’s historical past.
The squad met up right now in Dublin for the Olympic Video games this Friday and Upton’s neighbours and pals turned out in nice numbers in Raheen to see her off.
Upton is one in every of two gamers from Limerick-based Catholic Institute named within the Eire Ladies’s hockey squad for the Olympics.
Twenty seven-year-old Limerick girl Roisin Upton, who was such a key determine in serving to Eire qualify for this summer time’s Olympic Video games in Tokyo and has received 81 caps for Eire up to now, is joined within the squad by her Catholic Institute clubmate, Cratloe’s Naomi Carroll.
Róisín Upton received the primary of her Eire caps towards Scotland in November 2016. The gifted Limerick girl was a key member of the Eire staff which received a silver medal on the 2018 Hockey World Cup in London.
A former pupil of An Mhodh Scoil and Crescent School Complete, Upton additionally performed women Gaelic soccer with Mungret-St Paul’s and soccer with Janesboro.
Upton, a certified instructor, helped her US school facet, the UConn Huskies to 2 NCAA titles – in 2013 and 2014.
Cratloe native Naomi Carroll just lately performed her first capped match because the summer time of 2018 on the current EuroHockey Championships, having taken the lengthy street again from an ACL damage sustained whereas in women soccer motion for Clare. Since then, she was a part of the rejuvenated Irish indoor hockey facet in 2020 earlier than incomes her recall to the senior outside setup.
Twenty eight-year-old Carroll received the primary of her 115 Eire caps towards Wales in 2012.
On the consultant entrance, she has the quirk of enjoying for each Clare and Limerick. As Cratloe had no women groups, she performed camogie for Na Piarsaigh and earned a call-up to the Limerick county facet consequently, enjoying alongside Roisin Upton at instances.
She additionally received the 2013 Munster Girls Senior Membership Soccer Championship with Clare and performed within the 2010 All-Eire minor camogie remaining.
Roisin off to the Olympics…from small acorns… pic.twitter.com/ZvjweJNOD1
— Crescent School Complete SJ (@SjCrescent)
July 9, 2021
Hockey got here later in her sporting life, taking over the sport on the age of 14.
Additionally introduced within the Eire squad to compete at subsequent month’s Olympics have been the 2 travelling reserves and goalkeeper who will compete in Oi Hockey Stadium from the 24 July till the 6 August 2021.
In November 2019 the ladies’s hockey staff grew to become the primary Irish ladies’s hockey staff to qualify for the Olympic Video games, once they bettered Canada on Irish soil in entrance of a house crowd.