A few words on how a 26-year old can feel like he is old
Here is our daily 'pitch side ponderings' with the Irish goalkkeper David Harte speaking about Ireland’s 1-0 win over Japan at the Pahang Hockey Champions Challenge 1 in Kuantan.
David, it took Ireland almost 66 minutes until they got on the scoreboard. What are your thoughts on today’s 1-0 win and what does the Green Machine want to achieve in this tournament?
It’s fantastic, we pushed so hard for 70 minutes and eventually to get a reward. It’s a brilliant feeling. Our goal is to take the tournament as one match at the time. Our aim is to progressively get better in every match and this happened. We were a bit unlucky against New Zealand and Poland and finally we got the win we deserved.
Coach Craig Fulton pointed out your importance for the team. He said, the fact that you are in the goal, gives a lot of confidence to the players because they know that they can make mistakes. How do you see your role in this young team?
That’s the beauty about a team sport, everybody’s role is important. I enjoy being with this group and if I can help in any way to get a victory or do my part that’s what I’m going to do.
What do you think of this young Irish team? You must be feeling old..
This is an incredibly young side which is incredibly motivated. They are really looking to achieve great things. I’m only 26 but I feel old, yes. For the first time in my life – 26 years and I feel like I’m old.