* The Leinster Hockey Umpires Association launched their Umpire Academy (LHUA UDP) last week at Grange Road with nine young umpires (male and female) committed to improving their knowledge, pitch presence and umpiring capabilities.
They will work in three groups, each of which has an experienced mentor who wil continue with training sessions throughout the season and constantly monitor progress on the pitch.
In December, the LHUA will host Training Session # 2 for 2009/10. With the new rules bedded in, the LHUA plans to gather our members together for another valuable Q&A session.
The session will be at Grange Road on December 3 at 8pm. It wil be open to non-members and the Association is accepting questions at firstname.lastname@example.org from both members and non-members in advance.
* For video highlights of the World Cup Qualifier in Quilmes, courtesy of TazVideoSport, click here for Day One; here for Day Two and here for Day Three, including Ireland vs Belgium.
For a couple more photos from that same game, courtesy of World Hockey, click here.
* Pembroke face an incredibly tough proposition to reach the KO8 of the EuroHockey League after they drew Germany’s Rot-Weiss Koln in this morning’s draw.
The Germans were one of the stand-out side’s in round one of the competition with Christian Zeller scoring a remarkable ten times in two games.
Should the Irish club make it through the tie – scheduled for April 2, 2010 at 5pm (subject to confirmation due to tv scheduling) in Rotterdam – they will face the winners of RC Polo de Barcelona and Reading. For the full draw, click here
*The IHA launched this week the new Irish Hockey Youth Leader website. The website is dedicated to all of the young people helping out in their local hockey clubs either on the pitch or in the clubhouse. To learn more about the Youth Leaders initiative, click here.