Stranorlar native James Corry this month earned the distinction of being the first man from Donegal to earn a senior cap with the Irish hockey team.
The 23-year-old, who previously lined out for Raphoe until 2009, currently captains Instonians in Belfast.
“I took part in some training in Lisnagarvey before going to UCD for a training camp at Christmas,” Corry said.
Ireland drew 1-1 with at Terrassa against their Spanish hosts, who are currently ranked eighth in the world.
Spain won the other Tests 3-1 and 5-3 against Mick McKinnon’s Ireland, who are 15th in the rankings.
Good performances in Spain could see Corry included in the squad that goes to Malaysia in April for the Champions Challenge 1.
“It was great to get the chance to represent Ireland,” Corry added. “All I can do is continue to try my best for Instonians and hopefully I’ll get the chance for Ireland.
“It’d be great if I managed to stay involved as the Olympics are taking place in Rio in 2016 and then the World Cup is in India in 2018.”
Jason Quigley is a neighbour of Corry’s and would have a great chance of making the Irish team for the next Olympics if he stays in the amateur ranks of boxing, while Sports Studies in University of Ulster Jordanstown graduate went to Raphoe Royal & Prior at the same time as two-time Olympian badminton player Chloe Magee and her brother Sam. Corry and Johnny Dunleavy, the current Cork City FC captain, are also friendly from their younger days in the Twin Towns.
Corry, who is a PE teacher at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, lined out against Raphoe at Shaw’s Bridge on Saturday in a 6-0 Ulster Senior League Premier Division win alongside his brother Andrew and another former player Alan Patterson.
The result means Instonians remain fourth in the top flight, while Raphoe are second from bottom but have a chance to survive according to their former player.
“This season was the first time I played against Raphoe, who are the team I played with as a 16-year-old,” Corry added. “They did really well to get promoted last year and win the Linden Cup and if they can get Matthew Lecky back - as he’s their driving force - from his dislocated shoulder before the end of the season they would have a great chance to stay up.