SEVENTEEN year old INST schoolboy, James Lorimer, collected a top gong at the Electric Ireland Irish Hockey Awards last weekend.
Lorimer (pictured) was presented with the Samurai Under18 Player of the Year award, in front of a huge audience of hockey players, officials and supporters at a glitzy night of celebration, at the Alexander Hotel in Dublin.
This is just the first of many accolades that could be coming Lorimer’s way during his hockey career, and he was pretty chuffed at picking up the trophy.
“I wasn’t expecting it at all. It was an absolutely class night and meeting so many well known hockey stars was just brilliant,” said Lorimer.
Already an Irish Under18 player, it will be only a matter of time before Lorimer claims his first full Irish cap.
But, last month young Lorimer made a switch from Mossley to Lisnagarvey, something he wasn’t looking forward to telling his Dad, Trevor, about, as he is the chairman of Mossley.
“It was the hardest decision of my life to leave Mossley, especially as they have been so good to me over the years. It was difficult to tell dad that I was shifting allegiance but I think he knew why I had to move.
“I needed to challenge myself and I want to play at the top level either at IHL or even EHL,” explained Lorimer.
However, this week he is disappointed not to making the trip to England with Garvey to the EHL.
“No sadly, I didn’t join Garvey in time to be registered for the EHL, but I intend to watch both games this weekend and hopefully they will reach the next stage.”
Lorimer is also in for a busy week, as the Irish Schools Championships get underway today and Inst have a tough opener against Dublin school, St Andrews, followed by games against Wallace and Mount Temple.
Whilst he may miss out on his debut at the EHL this season, it will not be too long before he will be playing at Europe’s top level.