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Ames happy to return home and pass on knowledge to Ulster U18s

David Ames
David Ames

By John Flack

Great Britain and England international David Ames has been helping Ulster's Under-18s in their preparations for this weekend's inter-provincial title defence at Stormont.

Ames was only too glad to lend his experience to the squad and says his heart still lies in the province despite switching his allegiance from Ireland in 2013, having played 64 times for his country of birth.

The Cookstown native played for his hometown club in his Ireland days having learned at the local high school, where he returned to assist former club-mate Stephen Cuddy, who is coaching the Ulster youngsters.

Ames said: "I love it back home and I was very grateful for everything that Ireland and Cookstown did for me in my younger days as a hockey player.

"I want to see Ulster hockey thriving, regardless if I am playing for England or Great Britain, and home still means a lot to me and it's where the heart is.

"As regards the Under-18 session, it was a bit of observation and, I suppose, adding a bit of knowledge to the lads.

"I was seeing what they enjoy about playing hockey and seeing if they had any flaws that they thought needed addressed.

"You don't want to start changing anything with the coach there and doing a great job, but whenever I get the chance I'd love to come back and do a bit more helping out."

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