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Sloan follows father by captaining country

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

COOKSTOWN native Ian Sloan followed in his father's footsteps at the weekend as he captained an international hockey team.
Although, Martin captained Ireland, Ian has taken a slightly different path.
Having switched allegiances from Ireland to England, he is now an established regular with Great Britain and England.
He wore the captain's armband as his side fell 3-0 to Germany in Cape Town.
The game, a warm up for the World League 3 and EuroHockey Nations Cup competitions, was played as part of their warm-weather training camp in South Africa.
Speaking after the game, Ian, who has now made 28 appearances for England, said: "It was an incredible honour to captain England.
"The team has huge potential and it was a pleasure to lead them out against Germany."
Ian's dad, Martin, also a former Cookstown midfielder, captained Ireland 108 times in a 14-year international career.

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