Four key absentees this year for Railway Union as Jean McDonnell takes a year out, recent Irish captain returns to Pegasus after a lengthy spell in Dublin and defender Orla Fox moves to Belgium in addition to Sarah Hawkshaw’s departure to the US.
Goalkeeper Maeve Weld and Melissa Scott-Hayward both return to the squad after a season out. A number of players from the junior section have also taken an active part in preseason training and will add a greater strength and depth to the squad for the coming year.
A large portion of experience has stepped down with the ready-made replacements all coming from the club’s youth section. Due to work commitments, Louisa Healy and Caitriona O’Kelly have retired while Cathy McKean is the third former international no longer around.
Inez Cooper, the Irish Hockey Association’s Chair of Competitions, is encouraging all clubs to debate the Irish Hockey League proposal that is being brought before an EGM on Sunday, October 5 (11.30am Stillorgan Park Hotel) and then make sure their vote counts.
Three Rock Rovers have been awarded the hosting rights for the men’s EuroHockey Club Champions trophy, the second highest tier of club hockey on the continent, with the tournament taking place from May 22 to 25, 2015.
The Irish Hockey Association will host an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) in the Stillorgan Park Hotel on Sunday, October 5 at 11.30 am to vote on proposed changes to the format of the Irish Hockey League for the 2015/16 season.