Given just three months since they were confirmed as Ireland’s entrant for the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy in Gorky Park in Minsk, Pembroke coach Keith Crawford says “preparations have been great” all things considered.
Rathdown School has secured a three year sports sponsorship agreement with Merrion Fleet Management, which encompasses naming rights for a new hockey pitch and viewing stand on the school’s 16 acre site in Glenageary.
Three Rock Rovers captain Ali Haughton is looking forward to leading his club out in front of a fervent home support next weekend as they host the Tilman Brewin Dolphin EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy from May 22 to May 25.
Darren Smith has announced he will step down as Irish senior women’s coach at the end of World League Round 3 in Valencia in June, the key qualifier for the Olympic Games, to return to his native New Zealand to be with his family.
Ireland succumbed to a second half German onslaught to end their two-match series in Krefeld with a 6-2 loss. Jonny Bruton’s pair of first half goals had seen Craig Fulton’s side level at 2-2 toward the end of the first half but four goals saw the Olympic champions racing out of sight.
Iain Walker is an eye-catching inclusion in the Leinster men’s junior interprovincial panel as the international goalkeeper is set to leave the pads at home and play outfield for the blues as the annual competition takes place in Garryduff.
The conference will be delivered by some of the nation's top coaches including David Passmore (Former National & Olympic Coach), Mick McKinnon (highly successful at club and international level and former IHA Coach of the Year) along with some top players and skills coaches and sports science experts.
Former Holy Child Killiney player Emma Russell was honoured for a superb season by her college, Syracuse University, with the top female sporting honour – the Female Athlete of the Year – across all 11 sports they compete in.