News in brief: Irish women battle Britain

** Ireland fell to two defeats in their uncapped challenge matches with Great Britain in Bisham Abbey this week in their first work-out against a rival international setup since the CPP was introduced.

In the first of the two low-key games, Lisa Jacob put Ireland ahead inside five minutes but Britain equalised from a penalty corner before half-time and another corner three minutes from time took the result 2-1, a frustrating finish for the Irish. And Britain took the second win on Tuesday morning with a 2-0 success.

For photos of the first game, click here (with thanks to Andy Smith and our friends at Push Hockey Magazine)

Ireland panel for GB fixtures: Emma Gray, Michelle Harvey, Cliodhna Sargent, Audrey O’Flynn, Sinead McCarthy, Hannah Bowe, Shirley McCay, Emma Smyth, Emma Clarke, Lizzie Colvin, Lisa Jacob, Alex Speers, Nicola Evans, Miriam Crowley, Julia O’Halloran, Pamela Smithwick, Nicci Daly, Jean McDonnell

** The Irish men will play Canada in a three-game series in April – in UCD and Stormont – with the first forming part of a triple-header with the Irish Senior Cup finals on Sunday, April 17 at 6.30pm. They will subsqeuntly meet twice at the new Civil Service facilities, playing the Canadians on Tuesday, April 19 and Wednesday 20.

** St Brendan’s and Phoenix Park hockey club are looking for a qualified coach for the Castelknock area.
The selected candidate will coach 4th, 5th and 6th class students between the ages of 9-12 and 1st year students aged 13-14 years one day a week (most likely Wednesdays) between 1.30 -4.30 pm. The position will be for the months of April and May excluding Easter Holidays. If you are interested please contact David Nugent on 085-7375065 or

** Amy Flinn won the recent Irish U-18 Girl’s competition as part of their fund-raising efforts for the upcoming European championships.  She won a unique opportunity to train with the squad at the National Hockey Stadium in Belfield in late February, the Limerick girl emerging as the winner from a nationwide entry of girls and boys.

The Irish team impressed last weekend in Stirling with 3-1, 4-1 and 6-1 victories over Scotland.

** The IHUA will hold an umpiring event at Bewley’s Hotel, Leopardstown, Dublin on March 27 running from 12pm to 3.30pm. The purpose of this event is to prepare umpires for tournament hockey both within and outside Ireland and will also be of significant value to umpires as they prepare for and umpire an important match.

The IHUA hope that the event will enable umpires to have a more professional approach to their umpiring and get deeper into the topics and issues that affect everyone at some stage during their umpiring careers but do not normally get discussed in an open forum.

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