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Johnny ready to emulate his dad by reaching World finals

 

Banbridge's Johnny McKee is bidding to follow in his father's footsteps by playing in a World Cup finals tournament.

The young striker is one of 10 from Ulster who are part of the Irish squad currently out in South Africa preparing for tomorrow's start to the World League 3 series which doubles up as the final World Cup qualifier.

And if the Irish can secure a top seven finish - which is within their capabilities - then Johnny will be set to emulate his father John by lining out in the 2018 finals scheduled for India.

Dad John was part of the last Irish squad to qualify for the world finals back in 1990 and now, almost three decades later, son Johnny aims to keep up the tradition. Coach Craig Fulton has only nine of the Rio Olympics squad in Johannesburg, due to injuries, retirement or work commitments but still has a nice blend of youth and experience, with McKee one of eight rising stars ready to make their mark.

The Irish start their pool phase against hosts South Africa tomorrow (5pm), with the game shown live on BT Sport.

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