Róisín Upton

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Róisín Upton
Personal information
Born (1994-04-01) 1 April 1994 (age 29) [1]
Limerick, Ireland
Height 5 ft (152 cm) five
Playing position Midfielder/Defender
Youth career
Years Team
2007 - 2012 Crescent College[2]
2012–2015 Connecticut Huskies
2016–2018 Cork Harlequins
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2016– Ireland 110 (25)
Medal record
World Cup
Silver medal – second place 2018 London

Róisín Upton (born 1 April 1994) is an Ireland women's field hockey international. She was a member of the Ireland team that played in the 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup final. Upton was also a member of the Connecticut Huskies teams that won the 2013 and 2014 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships.

Early years and education[edit]

Upton is the daughter of Dermot and Pauline Upton[3] and is originally from Janesboro on the south side of the city.[4] She has two older brothers, Diarmaid and Sean, both of whom have played rugby union for Munster at schoolboy level and have played for Young Munster in the All-Ireland League.[4][5] Upton attended An Mhodh Scoil and Crescent College before studying at the University of Connecticut where she gained a BA in Psychology. In 2019 she completed her two years Masters in Primary education in Mary Immaculate College Limerick.[2][6][7] As well as playing field hockey in her youth, Upton also played ladies' Gaelic football for Mungret St. Pauls [4][5][8] and women's association football for Janesboro.[9]

Domestic teams[edit]

Early years[edit]

Upton started playing field hockey at Crescent College and then subsequently with Catholic Institute. She helped Crescent College win two Munster Schools Junior Cup and two Senior Cup titles. She also captained the Crescent College team. She helped Catholic Institute challenge for Munster club honours.[5][10][11]

Munster and Ireland youth player of the year in 2011

Connecticut Huskies[edit]

Between 2012 and 2016 Upton attended the University of Connecticut.[2] During this time she was a prominent member of the Connecticut Huskies teams that won the 2013[12][13][14] and 2014 NCAA Division I Field Hockey Championships.[15][16] Upton captained the team during the 2014 season and in 2014 and 2015 was nominated for the Honda Sports Award.[5][10][11][17][18] Upton also helped the team win four consecutive Big East Conference Field Hockey Tournaments between 2012 and 2015.[19] During her time with the Connecticut Huskies, Upton also worked as a member of the teams coaching staff.[2][20]

Cork Harlequins[edit]

In November 2016 Upton began playing for Cork Harlequins in the Women's Irish Hockey League.[17][20][21] Her teammates at Harlequins include Yvonne O'Byrne.[22] Upton, along with O'Byrne and Naomi Carroll, played for Harlequins in the 2017 Irish Senior Cup final, losing 1–0 to UCD.[23][24] In 2017–18 she helped Harlequins finish as runners up in both the Women's Irish Hockey League and the EY Champions Trophy.[25][26][27]

Catholic Institute[edit]

In 2018 Upton re-joined Catholic Institute as they became founder members of the Women's Irish Hockey League Division 2.[28][29][30][31]

Ireland international[edit]

Together with Emily Beatty and Katie Mullan, Upton represented Ireland at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.[5][7][32] Graham Shaw first included Upton in an Ireland squad in 2015. In January 2016 she was also included in a squad for series of away games against Spain. However, on both occasions Upton had to withdraw from the squads because of injuries.[21][33] She eventually made her senior debut on 6 November 2016 against Scotland.[7][11][34] In January 2017 she was a member of the Ireland team that won a 2016–17 Women's FIH Hockey World League Round 2 tournament in Kuala Lumpur, defeating Malaysia 3–0 in the final.[35] Upton scored four goals in the tournament. On 17 January 2017 she scored her first senior Ireland goal in a 10–0 win against Hong Kong. On 19 January 2017 she scored a hat-trick in a 10–0 against Singapore.[18]

Upton represented Ireland at the 2018 Women's Hockey World Cup and was a prominent member of the team that won the silver medal.[4][6][36][37][38] She featured in all of Ireland's games throughout the tournament, including the pool games against the United States,[39] India[40] and England,[41] the quarter-final against India,[42][43] the semi-final against Spain [44][45] and the final against the Netherlands.[46] In opening game against the United States, Upton provided an assist for Anna O'Flanagan.[39] In the quarter-final against India, she was the first Ireland player to score in the penalty shoot-out.[22][47]

Tournaments Place
2010 Youth Olympic Games[5][7][32] 5th
2016–17 Women's FIH Hockey World League[11] 13th
2017 Kuala Lumpur Tournament[18][35] 1st
2017 Women's Four Nations Cup[48] 2nd
2017 Women's EuroHockey Nations Championship[49] 6th
2018 Women's Hockey World Cup[41][45][50] 2nd place, silver medalist(s)
2018–19 Women's FIH Series Finals[51][52] 2nd
2019 Women's EuroHockey Nations Championship[53][54] 5th

Honours[edit]

Ireland
Connecticut Huskies
Cork Harlequins
Crescent College
  • Munster Schools Senior Cup
    • Winners 2010, 2011
  • Munster Schools Junior Cup
    • Winners: 2008, 2009

References[edit]

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