About Banbridge HC
Irish champions Banbridge bring a homegrown feel to their latest Euro Hockey League challenge as they aim to land their first knockout win in the competition.
The side is coached by Scott McCandless who has been part of the club for the past 30 years, playing in the EHL in 2011.
They welcome back Irish international Luke Witherow this season following a spell with Loughborough University but they did say goodbye at the end of last season to one of their most famous sons.
Eugene Magee retired following a glittering career, encompassing 295 caps, a European bronze medal, numerous Irish national titles as well as impressive stints with HGC in the Netherlands, KHC Dragons in Belgium and with the Adelaide Hotshots in Australia.
Their recent return to the top table in Ireland has been down to the emergence of some excellent young prospects.
Rowe twins Louis and Charlie have both earned international caps already, continuing a proud sporting heritage with their mother, Sonya, going to the 1992 Olympic Games in three-day eventing.
Underage internationals Adam and Matthew McKee, James Evans, Max Nicholson, Adam Baxter and Ben Walker showcase the talent coming through.
At the opposite end of the panel, Johnny McKee is their ace striker and a key force when they eliminated Royal Leopold in 2016’s ROUND1 while Bruce McCandless is a veteran of 81 caps.
They qualified for the EHL as Irish EY Champions Trophy winners and they are unbeaten in the early weeks of their regular season. They began with a 5-1 win over YMCA before drawing with Glenanne 3-3 on day two.
2011/12 – ROUND1
2016/17 – KO16
2017/18 – ROUND1