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Irish goalie Ruddle retires after battle with hip injury

Irish goalkeeper, Mark Ruddle has unfortunately been forced in to early retirement from International Hockey due to a hip injury.
Ruddle made his International debut over five years ago, in front of his home crowd in Cork, when he pulled on the green jersey to play against Canada helping his side secure a 3-2 win. From this, Ruddle went on to secure a total of 24 caps for his country between the posts.

Irish goalkeeper, Mark Ruddle has unfortunately been forced in to early retirement from International Hockey due to a hip injury.
Ruddle made his International debut over five years ago, in front of his home crowd in Cork, when he pulled on the green jersey to play against Canada helping his side secure a 3-2 win. From this, Ruddle went on to secure a total of 24 caps for his country between the posts.
Ruddle earlier commented on his departure from international hockey “Following a recent hip operation I have had to make the difficult decision to retire from goalkeeping. Over the past number of years I have been fortunate enough to play on the International, Munster and the Cork C of I club team which has afforded me great opportunities and experiences. The coaching, management, physio and players support over the years with all teams have been immense and there are too many names to mention for thanks. I would like to take this opportunity to thank my family, girlfriend, friends and work colleagues who have all supported and facilitated the massive commitment required. Finally, I would like to wish Revs and the rest of the Irish team and management good luck and all the best in the Europeans next year!”
Ruddle will undoubtedly be missed by many including Coach Paul Revington “It is always a sad moment when a player retires from international hockey, it is a sadder moment when a player is forced to retire through injury. I have only known Mark for all of 18 months but it is extremely evident that he has contributed both a technical and leadership quality to the Irish Team and squad over several years in the international arena. Mark was a great role model to players in our current squad and I am thankful for the professional manner in which he managed himself throughout our brief time together in the Ireland Team. Although Mark has retired I really hope that Ireland and Munster Hockey can continue to benefit from Mark’s expertise and personality through coaching goalkeeper’s in the future.”
Throughout his career Ruddle has made an outstanding contribution to Irish hockey both on and off the pitch. Peter Jackson goes on to explain “Mark has been a committed Goalkeeper for many years at all levels. Irish hockey has benefited greatly from his involvement, especially those he has worked alongside with and encouraged at international level. He has been an asset to our sport and a role model. His dedication is one which all athletes should aspire to. I know current and previous Internationals & Management will wish him the very best”.
All in Irish Hockey would like to take this opportunity to wish Mark all the best for his future and thank him for the contribution he has made to hockey over the last number of years.
Source: Irish Hockey

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