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Magee desperate to win 300th cap

Eugene Magee
Eugene Magee

By John Flack

Ireland's men can boast a proud record against Canada and Eugene Magee would dearly love it to continue for more than one reason when the teams meet in the two-legged Olympic qualifier in West Vancouver on October 26-27.

Not only would the Banbridge star be able to make his swansong at what would be his second Olympics but he would break the 300-cap barrier in Tokyo.

Magee currently sits on 293 and that tally will increase to one short of a new record milestone after a total of four warm up games against France and Belgium and the Canada double-header.

Ireland have won seven and drawn four of their last 11 games with Canada but, while reasonably happy with the draw, Magee insists his team have their work cut out to continue that impressive sequence and book their tickets to Tokyo.

Ireland under performed at the European Championship in Antwerp last month when they were relegated from the top-flight after a poor campaign, prompting the resignation of coach Alexander Cox.

Magee said: "We are happy to have avoided Great Britain, Spain and New Zealand to be honest and Canada is a decent draw but we certainly can't be over confident and looking too far past the end of October."

"Hopefully, we'll be looking in the next week or so at appointing a new coach just to get everything in line and look ahead to the challenge."

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