John Jermyn making most of Ireland’s call for Olympics

John Jermyn is hopeful his performances in the last week will help him extend his out of office email notice beyond June 16 and deep into August.

The Cork C of I man has been the main bolter in the Irish senior men’s team in this first Olympic summer, returning to the panel in late February for the first time since 2012.

Since his comeback, he has scored twice in five caps to extend his record as the top goalscorer in Irish history.

To be part of the panel, though, the 33-year-old has had to take a leave of absence from work in what is now a full-time setup.

“It’s amazing to be involved in a pretty much fully professional environment,” he said to the Irish Examiner.

“I didn’t really expect to be in this position but playing in the EY Hockey League — Ireland’s first full season national league — I thought ‘I can keep up with these young fellas’.

“I knew, this season, there would be no hiding place in the IHL. I got a bit crazy on the training and as fit as I have ever been.” 

He hit the ground running in the league with three hat tricks in succession and while C of I’s season dipped after a sparkling opening, they finished strong and secure in seventh place.

The Irish call arrived amid their late run. 

To compete at the Olympics against rivals who are all full-time, Ireland followed suit.

It meant Jermyn has had to step back from his job as a lawyer for the time-being but, after a goal in midweek from midfield, he is hopeful of making the next cut down to 20 players.

“The out of office is on until June 16 and then I will hopefully be changing that to August.” 

Over the weekend, Ireland sealed their four-game series with Korea on Saturday with a 2-1 win.

Alan Sothern struck in the first half before Shane O’Donoghue doubled the lead helping to build an unassailable lead in the series.

The Asian side claimed the fourth game on Sunday 4-3, over-turning a 2-1 half-time deficit.


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