Banbridge and Lisnagarvey will play joint host for Ulster Hockey’s first “Festival of Hockey” as the first competitive action of the club season in Ireland gets underway this evening with the Anderson Cup along with the inaugural McCausland, Light & Rankin Cup tip off.
With the Belgian Honours Division starting this weekend, the Racing Club de Bruxelles trio of Alan Sothern, Conor Harte and Chris Cargo concluded preseason with an impressive showing at the Five Feathers tournament in East Grinstead last weekend.
At this stage, most have probably encountered the Ice Bucket Challenge (in support of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association - text donations to 50300), but few have done it in as bizarre style of Cookstown
With Ireland's 5-2 win over Spain on Sunday, it brought their goal tally to 36 in eight games over the course of their Tri-Nations series in Belfield, a rare glut but one that is perfectly in keeping with Darren Smith's philosophy for his Irish team.
The new US colleges season sees 19 Irish players vying for the division one NCAA title with Sarah Hawkshaw, Katie Miller, Philippa Cotter, Lauren McGrane, Edel Nyland and Kate Harvey adding to the wild geese.
Jury's have come up with a nice infographic to show the key differences between Gaelic games and other similar sports; here's the hockey one, comparing it to hurling and lacrosse. As for the average wage, though, I have no idea how it is calculated
Ireland’s penultimate game of the Tri-Nations Series against Spain and France ended with Ireland comfortably seeing off the French 8-1 at the National Hockey Stadium in UCD on a sunny Saturday afternoon.
Darren Smith said the right decision was ultimately reached in denying Ireland a winning goal in game three this week against Spain though the manner the umpires reached the outcome "caused a bit of damage" to an otherwise free-flowing game.
Rudi Wortmann returns for his second stint as Hermes first team coach for the 2014/15 season, taking over from Jaimee Claxton who has relocated to Wales after a year in charge of the Booterstown club.
The gulf in class between Ireland and France was once again laid bare at Belfield as the hosts ran up a 6-0 win, adding to earlier 9-0 and 8-0 victories this week against a side ranked ten places below the Irish in the world.
Irish men's senior coach Craig Fulton has laid out an extensive day-by-day plan up to the end of August 2015 that he is keen that all stakeholders, including club coaches get on board with, as they pursue the Olympic dream.
Banbridge, Lisnagarvey and Three Rock Rovers, all semi-finalists last time around, look set for a battle royale in Poll B of the men's Irish Hockey League group stages following confirmation of the draw earlier today.