Philip Brown didn’t know that he had been called up into the Irish squad for two tests against England this month, until his younger brother Peter sent him a text congratulating him on being selected.
“I’ve been working flat out on coursework at Uni and hadn’t checked my emails. The first I knew I was in the squad was when Peter dropped me a text,” said Brown.
He won his first cap in 2011 and then won six more, his last coming in 2012. But after Andrew Meredith was appointed coach, Brown seemed to drop off the radar.
Brown is probably one of the best defenders in Irish hockey and Ireland’s new coach, Craig Fulton didn’t hesitate to include him in the squad to travel to England.
“I must be playing well to get the call up,” said Brown. “I’m delighted to be back in the squad. I’m looking forward to this weekend first and hopefully I can help Bann win the IHL.”
Brown will be joined by three of his Banbridge colleagues; Matthew Bell, Drew Carlisle and Stephen Dowds. He will also play alongside his younger brother Peter who now plays for UCD.
This will be the first time the Brown brothers have played in the same Irish team, so it will be all the more special.
The two test games take place just two weeks before the team competes at the Champions Challenge I in Kuantan in Malaysia.
David Fitzgerald - Monkstown; Stephen West - TRR; Jonathan Bell – Lisnagarvey; Mathew Bell – Banbridge; Philip Brown – Banbridge; Peter Brown – UCD; Nicholas Burns – UCD; Chris Cargo – Reading; Drew Carlisle- Banbridge; David Carson – Monkstown; Stephen Dowds – Banbridge; Jeremy Duncan – UCD; Stuart Loughrey – Cannock; John Jackson – Reading; Jason Lynch – Lisnagarvey; Michael Robson- Annadale; Harry Spain – Pembroke Wanderers; Alan Sothern – Pembroke Wanderers