Suttonians coach; Conn promoted: News in brief

* Suttonians, due to a large increase in the club’s ladies membership, are currently looking for an assistant coach for the ladies section for the 2009/10 season.

The right candidate would need to be available for training on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and for matches on Saturdays. A suitable package and support is available. All enquires to Tom Hipwell (086-8543224) or suttonians@gmail.com.

* Geoff Conn was recently honoured as one of the first graduates of the EuroHockey Umpire’s Development Poject (UDP). Under an intense programme of mentoring and tutoring, he was part of a small group of young, potential umpires to be developed under the UDP. Conn has since improved his grading from ‘Outdoor National’ to ‘Outdoor Promising’.

At a ceremony this week, EHF President Martin Gotheridge said of the first graduates to progress through the system: “We believe in the importance of ensuring that our umpires are as prepared as the players for the ever increasing speed of the game. This means that we need young, fit, technically educated umpires.

“In this group, we have it all and they and their mentors have worked tirelessly over the past three years to improve all aspects of their game.”

* Ireland has moved up a ranking place in the EHL provisional qualifier list for 2010/11, released yesterday, as a result of Pembroke and Glenanne’s results in Barcelona. Ireland are now rated sixth in the list which, if maintained by season’s end, would see two EHL places for the country once again – currently one from the IHL, one from the Irish Senior Cup.

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