News in brief

* Ray O’Connor has been appointed as umpires manager to the 18th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, due to be played in Ipoh, Malaysia from April 3-12, 2009. The tournament sees Egypt, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and Pakistan compete with two more teams to be confirmed.

* Monday night’s scheduled fixture between UCD and Bray in the ladies division one at Belfield was postponed as the severe weather conditions continue to be felt in Dublin.

* IHA president Doreen Howe will be the guest speaker at the 60th Annual Service of Thanksgiving for the Gift of Sport. The event takes place in Christchurch Cathedral on February 22 at 3.30pm.

Doreen follows in the footsteps of famous guest speakers including Ronnie Delaney, Lord Killanin, Jack Kyle and Michael O Muircheartaigh. The Service is the focus of thanksgiving for all people whose lives have been enriched and blessed by the gift of sport.

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