Emily Maguire announces international retirement

Emily Maguire GB

Emily Maguire has announced her retirement from international hockey. The Scotland and Great Britain defender has decided to call time on an illustrious and distinguished international career which has spanned almost a decade and had her competing in some of the biggest tournaments in World Hockey.

"It has been an incredible honour to represent my country for almost ten years and although I will miss being a part of both the Scotland and Great Britain squad, I know that it is the right time to take a step back from international hockey.” Maguire told Great Britain Hockey.

She started her hockey career at Kelburne aged five, spending 15 years at the club before heading south to join the Great Britain Central Training Programme. She represented Reading with distinction, winning a number of domestic prizes and has more recently been playing for Holcombe in the Investec Women’s Premier Division. A solid and reliable defender with a fierce strike at penalty corners, Maguire has played for Scotland and Great Britain over 150 times, with 118 caps for the Tartan Hearts and 59 for Great Britain.

Kate Richardson-Walsh and Emily Maguire with their bronze medals

“I am hugely proud of everything both squads have achieved; from Scotland retaining A Division status at the European Championships in 2013 and 2015, to Great Britain winning a bronze medal at London 2012 and a Gold medal at Rio 2016.”

In a career with many highlights Maguire picked up a silver medal at the 2012 Champions Trophy in Argentina before going on to collect a bronze medal at the Olympics in London, both with Great Britain.  

 “On a personal level, winning the bronze medal at London was a career highlight but I have been fortunate to have had many amazing experiences and memories, including competing at two Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and Delhi, being part of the squad that qualified for Rio in June 2015 and winning an historic silver medal at the Champions Trophy in 2012.”

Emly Maguire in Scotland action at the CWG

“I’d like to thank everyone who has supported me through my career. There are far too many to name individually as I have worked with many talented and knowledgeable people, including the coaches, support staff and of course, all the team mates along the way."

“I also need to thank my family, especially my brother, Paul, and my boyfriend, Greg, who believed in me and supported me through thick and thin.”

Great Britain Head Coach Danny Kerry paid tribute the Scotland star saying:

“I remember first observing Emily in match over in Ireland. It was immediately apparent she had a lot potential. Her game understanding and ability to see and execute long passes was very exciting. She has subsequently enjoyed a long and very successful international career with Great Britain.”

“In the run up to Rio she was a key member of the leadership group and her commitment and values reflect everything that is great about her and everything that is great about this squad.”

Everyone at Great Britain Hockey would like to thank Emily for all her efforts over the course of a fantastic career and wish her well for the future. 

Emily Maguire Roll of Honour:

2011 EuroHockey Nations Championship II – Gold

2011 Champions Challenge I - Bronze

2012 Champions Trophy - Silver

2012 Olympic Games - Bronze

2015 World League Semi Final - Gold