Irish International Chloe Brown Joins EGHC Ladies

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Chloe Brown has agreed to join EGHC for the 2018/2019 Season having spent the past 8 seasons at Ards Ladies HC in Ireland !  We caught up with Chloe to find out more about her.  Read on !

Chloe joins EG later this summer ahead of taking up a coaching post at Ardingly College.  We asked Chloe to tell us about herself:

Tell us about your most treasured hockey memories:

One of my most treasured hockey memories was playing in a Youth Olympic Games. Back in 2010 an Irish U17 squad travelled to Singapore to play in the very first Youth Olympic Games there.  Winning against Argentina 2-1 in a warm up match and losing 3-1 to the Netherlands will be games I will remember forever.  By just having this opportunity it drives me to want to play in another Olympics in the future.  Another treasured memory would be receiving my first International cap for Ireland.  I received my first cap against Spain in Terrassa.  Another favourite was becoming top goalscorer with 23 goals in 6 games and player of the tournament in Indoor C Division Europeans.  Once I started playing for Ards LHC it was my ultimate goal to win the premier league.  After 2/3 seasons at the club we achieved our goal and won the Ulster Premier League in 2014/15. After winning the league, the whole league structure changed in Ireland and since then we have been playing in an All Ireland League with the 10 best teams through all of Ireland. This will forever be a special memory as during my time playing the Ulster Premier League I have been awarded player of the year and also became top goalscorer.

Can you tell us about your home club; what's special about it and what will you miss ?

The past 8 years I have played for Ards Ladies HC and I have loved every minute.  During these 8 years I have had many highs and lows. For example, Ards have been back to back All Ireland Indoor Champions for the past 7 years.  We have represented Ireland for the past 7 years on the European stage. We started off in C Division and worked our way up to B Division. Back in 2014 I was part of the squad that won the Indoor European C Division in Budapest and earned our promotion to B Division.  I am so glad I chose Ards as my club as it has a major part of making me into the player I am today.  We are such a close knit club and are basically like a big family. We fight, we have a laugh but most importantly we have each other's back especially when times get tough and this shows in our performances on and off the field.  The girls I have played with past and current are like my family.  Who else gets to say they play with their best friends ?  What makes it even more special is that even though I am leaving, the club and my teammates are very supportive and want the best for me.

What are you looking forward to most about EG ?

I'm mostly looking forward to playing in the Investc Womens Hockey League as I'm looking forward for new challenges, such as playing in a different league against different players as I believe it will better my performance as a hockey player. I'm also looking forward to playing with new team mates and under a new coach.  I played East Grinstead last year in Indoor B Divison Europeans in Lithuania and that's how I met Mary and I liked EG's style of play.

Can you share what its like to play for Ireland ?

Playing for Ireland is amazing but it also a lot of hard work. The amount of hours it takes to train on and off the field and try and complete my studies while also holding down a part time job is extremely challenging, buts it is completely worth it. To just have that opportunity is unbelievable as its not every day that you get to play at senior level on the International stage.

Can you share something about your off-field interests ?

Since I was about 4 years old I have also been mad about horse riding.  I competed at many events such as Working Hunter and Showjumping until I was about 16 as this was when my hockey started to kick off with underage programs.  I continued horse riding for a hobby as it help relieved any stress from hockey or my studies.  I was about 10 when I got my pony and it was just last May that he went to a new home.  My pony was about 13 hands and he was called Beneboy.  We competed all over Northern Ireland and our main event was the speed round at the showjumping.  I am also a football fanatic and I played football through school and university. I'm a BIG Manchester United Fan !  When Im not taking part in sport I love to socialise with friends and discover vintage coffee shops around Ulster.

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