Eugene Magee

Eugene Magee (born 1 April 1986) Ireland men's field hockey international. He was a member of the Ireland team that won the bronze medal at the 2015 Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship. He also represented Ireland at the 2016 Summer Olympics and at the 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup. At club level he has won Men's Irish Hockey League, Irish Senior Cup and Kirk Cup titles with Banbridge. He has also scored for three different clubs – HGC, KHC Dragons and Banbridge – in the Euro Hockey League.

Eugene Magee
Personal information
Full name Eugene Magee
Born (1986-04-01) 1 April 1986 (age 34)
County Down, Northern Ireland
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 83 kg (183 lb)
Playing position Midfielder / Forward
Youth career
1997–2004 Banbridge Academy
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
200x–2009 Banbridge
200x–2009Ulster
2004–2009Ulster Elks
2007HGC
2008Adelaide Hotshots
2009–2012 KHC Dragons
2012–2013 Crefelder HTC
2013– Banbridge
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2005–2019 Ireland 295[1] (46+)
Last updated on: 7 November 2019

Early years, family and educationEdit

Magee's hometown is Ballela in County Down. He completed his elementary education at All Saints Ballela. In his youth Magee initially played hurling, representing Down/South Down at minor level. He continued to play hurling occasionally for Ballela, even after deciding to concentrate on field hockey. He played in two Down Junior Hurling Championship finals for Ballela. In 2008 he scored four goals when helping Ballela lift the Down title with a win over Clonduff. In 2015 he scored a point in their extra-time victory over Newry Shamrocks. Between 1997 and 2004 Magee attended Banbridge Academy where he first began to play field hockey. In a 2015 interview with The Irish News, Magee stated, "I quickly discovered that many of the hurling skills were easily transferable and I became quite good at hockey." Between 2004 and 2009 he attended Ulster University where he gained a BSc in Quantity Surveying. Between 2013 and 2014 he attended Queen's University Belfast where he gained a master's degree in Software Development. Magee's brother, Owen Magee, has also played field hockey for both Banbridge and Ireland and hurling for Ballela.[2][3][4][5][6][7][8]

Domestic teamsEdit

BanbridgeEdit

Magee began his senior career with Banbridge. While playing for Banbridge, he also represented Ulster at interprovincial level and Ulster Elks at intervarsity level. After brief spells playing professionally with HGC and Adelaide Hotshots, in 2009 Magee left Banbridge for KHC Dragons.[2][3][9][10][11][12] After four seasons away, Magee re-joined Banbridge in 2013.[9] In 2014 he helped Banbridge win the Eurohockey Champions Challenge I.[13] In 2014–15 he captained Banbridge as they won both the Kirk Cup and the Irish Senior Cup.[14][15][16][17] In 2016 he was a member of the Banbridge team that finished as runners up to Lisnagarvey in the EY Champions Trophy.[18] In 2016–17 he a member of the Banbridge team that won a national double, winning both the Irish Senior Cup and the Men's Irish Hockey League. He scored twice in the Irish Senior Cup final as Banbridge defeated Monkstown 3–1.[19][20][21][22] He also represented Banbridge in the 2016–17 Euro Hockey League.[23][24]

HGCEdit

In 2007 Magee played for HGC in the Hoofdklasse and the 2007–08 Euro Hockey League. His teammates at HGC included Iain Lewers, John Jermyn, Barry Middleton and Bram Lomans.[11][12][23][25][26][27]

Adelaide HotshotsEdit

In March 2008, following the 2008 Men's Field Hockey Olympic Qualifier, Magee played for Adelaide Hotshots in the Australian Hockey League.[11][12]

KHC DragonsEdit

Between 2009 and 2012 Magee played for KHC Dragons in the Men's Belgian Hockey League. He helped Dragons win national league titles and represented them in the 2010–11 and 2011–12 Euro Hockey Leagues. He helped them finish third in the 2011–12 competition.[6][23][28][29][30]

Crefelder HTCEdit

Magee spent the 2012–13 season playing for Crefelder HTC in the Bundesliga. His teammates at Crefelder HTC included Ronan Gormley.[9][31][32][33]

Ireland internationalEdit

Magee made his senior debut for Ireland in 2005 against Belgium.[2][3][4] He was a member of the Ireland teams that won the 2009 Men's EuroHockey Nations Trophy[34] and the 2011 Men's Hockey Champions Challenge II.[35][36] Magee also helped Ireland win Men's FIH Hockey World League tournaments in 2012,[37] 2015[38] and 2017.[5][39] In May 2015 Magee made his 200th senior appearance for Ireland in a game against France. After Ronan Gormley, he became the second Ireland men's international to reach the 200 mark. Gormley reached his double century earlier in May 2015.[2][3][40][41] He was a member of the Ireland team that won the bronze medal at the 2015 Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship.[42][43][44][45] He also represented Ireland at the 2016 Summer Olympics[42][46][47][48][49] and at the 2018 Men's Hockey World Cup.[50][51] In June 2017 Magee was a member of the Ireland team that won the Hamburg Masters, defeating Germany 4–2 in the final.[52][53] He retired from international hockey after Ireland failed to qualify for the 2020 Summer Olympics.[54]

Tournaments Place
2007 Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship[55][56] 7th
2008 Men's Field Hockey Olympic Qualifier[11][57] 4th
2009 Men's Hockey Champions Challenge II[58] 2nd
2009 Men's EuroHockey Nations Trophy[34] 1st
2009 Men's Hockey World Cup Qualifiers[29][30] 3rd
2011 Men's Hockey Champions Challenge II[35][36] 1st
2011 Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship[59][60][61][62] 5th
2012 Men's Field Hockey Olympic Qualifier[6][63][64][65] 2nd
2012–13 Men's FIH Hockey World League Round 1[37] 1st
2012 Men's Hockey Champions Challenge I[31] 3rd
2012–13 Men's FIH Hockey World League Round 2[33][66] 2nd
2013 Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship[32][67][68] 6th
2014 Men's Hockey Champions Challenge I[69] 4th
2014 Men's Hockey Investec Cup[70][71] 2nd
2014–15 Men's FIH Hockey World League Round 2[38] 1st
2014–15 Men's FIH Hockey World League Semi-finals[72][73] 5th
2015 Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship[42][43][44][45]  
2016 Summer Olympics[42][46][47][48][49] 10th
2017 Hamburg Masters[52][53] 1st
2016–17 Men's FIH Hockey World League Round 2[5][39] 1st
2016–17 Men's FIH Hockey World League Semi-finals[74] 5th
2018 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup[75] 6th
2018 Men's Hockey World Cup[50][51] 14th
2018–19 Men's FIH Series Finals[76][77] 2nd
2019 Men's EuroHockey Nations Championship[78] 8th

Source:[1]

EmploymentEdit

Magee has worked as a quantity surveyor and as a software engineer.[2][3][8][4]

HonoursEdit

Ireland
Banbridge
KHC Dragons
  • Belgium Hockey League
    • Winners: 2009–10, 2010–11: 2

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