It’s the turn of JR to fess up and account for herself in the latest of our Club profiles series. To those who have received the questionnaire and said they would do it shortly, the ‘shortly’ moment has passed. Sort it now!
When and where did you first play hockey?
I was about 8. Bill Jamison was running a Club summer week at Park Way on the gravel for the kids. No youth hockey programmes in those days!
Have you played for any other hockey clubs?
No – a North Down girl through & through !
How long have you been at North Down?
I started playing Club hockey at 15 when my mum and Dorothy Boyd officially started the ladies 5ths, never missed a season and played every one since. Kids in December and back in January for rest of season!
Do you have any personal ambitions in hockey?
I actually achieved one recently – playing with my youngest daughter on the 4ths – played with my eldest daughter last year – proud mummy moments! And as for a learning a new skill and if it’s possible to teach an old dog new tricks – would love to master a disguised pass before I finally hang up my stick!
What has been your best moment at North Down?
I’ve had so many fantastic moments- too numerous to pick out – winning cups, plates and leagues on every team 5th to 1sts ! . . . but without doubt the camaraderie, social and friendship over the years at North Down is second to none and quite simply the best! Been so blessed to have made life long amazing friends.
Who in your North Down team would you want, and who not, on your quiz team?
It has to be a Krista ! She is a mine of information and totally amazes us all with facts and trivia. Who I wouldn’t want is someone like me! – totally hopeless at quizzes but love the idea of them!
Do you follow a particular football team?
What other sports are you interested in and do you play any other sports?
Don’t really have much time for any other sports as such but really enjoy keeping fit. Back in the day I would have been a regular gym junkie!
What is your favourite personal sporting moment and a favourite all time sporting one?
Personal sporting moment has to be winning gold at the Masters World Cup in Barcelona 2018 with Ireland 50s. In the final v Australia we scored a scrappy goal very early in the match from what I think was our only corner and then defended like demons the rest. In the last quarter they took off their keeper and we didn’t even make it into their 23 metres area! – in total they won 18 penalty corners – the last one awarded on the final whistle – the most exhilarating and exhausting experience played in almost 30 degrees! The icing on the cake was my sister Maxine and her friend flew over for the final !
One of my Favourite sporting moments was watching GB women win gold in the final v Holland that went to run ins at Rio Olympics in 2016.
What is the best holiday you have ever had?
Toss up between New York at Christmas and fabulous Dubai.
Where is your ideal holiday location?
Lazy summers in Argeles, France with family and friends when they can make it. A simple life of bbqs, shorts and t shirts ! . . bliss !
What type of music do you like?
I’m not a big music fan – but do have a varying taste . . definitely not into the rave / techno stuff – no surprise there!
What is your favourite movie?
The Twilight Series
What is your favourite food and drink?
I’ve a very sweet tooth as anybody who knows me will confirm . . so really anything sweet and gooey and full of calories ! chocolate fudge cake, carrot cake and Moe Emerson bakes the most amazing coffee cake that I hide rather than share! I am partial to the odd gin – (JP -would that be 3, 5 or 7?)
If you could invite four people, living or dead, to a dinner party who would they be?
David Attenborough for his knowledge, Dawn French for her laughs, Hugh Jackman for his charm and Clint Eastwood as his were the first films I watched (thanks Dad !)
What have you been doing to stay fit during the coronavirus virus
Cutting grass, hedges, power hosing etc – apart from that I’ve been doing some running and a few workouts.