Ireland goalkeeper Emma Gray has announced her retirement from international hockey.
Gray – an ever-present figure between the posts for the Green Army for the last seven years – earned 118 caps during a stellar career and remains the most capped female goalkeeper in Irish hockey history.
Emma made her debut in 2008, along with current captain Megan Frazer, in the Celtic Cup against France.
She expressed her gratitude to the management teams who entrusted her with the number one jersey.
“I would like to thank Gene Muller and his management team, in particular, Rudi Wortmann, for giving me my first opportunity to play for Ireland,” she said.
“I must also thank Darren Smith and his team including Graham Shaw, Arlene Boyles, Nigel Henderson and all the support staff who have played such important roles behind the scenes.
“It’s also important to recognise the support of the Irish Sports Council and Sport Northern Ireland, without whom none of this would have been possible.”
“While the heartbreak of WL3 in Valencia will heal and fade, the five weeks the squad spent together in May and June, in preparation for and during the WL3 were special. I will never forget the team spirit, camaraderie and work ethic within the group.”
Graham Shaw, Ireland women’s national coach, praised the contribution Gray has had on the Green Army.
“Emma has been the backbone of the Green Army defence for several years,” Shaw said.
“She led by example on and off the pitch throughout her international career. Her composure and dedication will be sorely missed. We all wish her the best in her retirement.”
Emma will continue to play club hockey for Hermes.