David Harte named hockey's goalkeeper of the year

It's the second time the Cork star has won the global award

David Harte named hockey's goalkeeper of the year

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For the second year in a row, Ireland goalkeeper David Harte has been named the Male Goalkeeper of the Year at the FIH Hockey Stars Awards in India.

The Cork native captained Ireland at the Olympic Games last summer, where the team finished in third place. His performances of the field, have see the 28-year-old star in India, where he is one of the stars of India Hockey League. 

Harte is the first player to win the title on two separate occasions. He beat the likes of Olympic gold medallist Juan Manuel Vivaldi and silver medallist Vincent Vanasch to the prestigious award.

Speaking after winning the award, Harte was quick to praise his teammates at club and international level. 

"Although it is an individual award, it partly belongs to my teams at both club & country level as I would not have made it here without them."

"Even to be nominated for a second time was more than I could have hoped for, especially given the world class goalkeepers involved such as Juan Vivaldi, Vincent Vanasch, Jaap Stockman and PR Sreejesh, all of whom are deserving of the title in this category."