The Irish Hockey Association announced today that Alex Speers is the new Irish Captain and Emma Clarke is Vice Captain to the ESB Irish Women’s National Team. Speers and Clarke’s combined experience, professionalism and leadership skills will positively impact the team as they continue to strive for Olympic Qualification.
Gene Muller explains why Speers and Clarke deserve the appointments “Both Alex Speers and Emma Clarke are established players and natural replacements. Alex always gives her best and will expect the same from all the players in the team. She is a clear thinker, a true professional, and has earned the respect of both the players and the staff. Clarkie has been one of Ireland’s most consistent performers in the last few years and is a natural and instinctive leader on an off the field.”
Alex Speers is very excited to be appointed Captain and explains “It is an honour to represent your country but it is the ultimate honour to captain your country and I am very proud to be given this opportunity.”
Speers continues and looks forward to captaining her team at this exciting time for Irish Hockey “I have taken over as captain in a very exciting period with the Central Preparation Program well under way. I am confident the squad will continue to apply themselves and be in the best position possible to achieve our goal; participation at the Olympic Games in 2012.”
The newly appointed Vice Captain, Emma Clarke discusses her role “I am absolutely delighted to take on this new role. It is an honour to play for your country and an amazing opportunity to be asked to be vice captain. The structure we have in place gives us a brilliant chance of achieving success with the overall aim of qualifying for London 2012.”
Muller went on to say “Alex and Emma will be a formidable leadership team and we will benefit from their influence. I am absolutely confident that we have the right people to lead this team into the future.”
Padraig McManus, Chief Executive ESB said “I have watched both Alex and Emma play hockey for Ireland over the years and it seems like a natural progression for both girls to step up to their new respective roles. I wish them the very best of luck as they prepare for this summer’s European Championships in Germany”.