News in brief: Indoor deadline nears

** The deadline to take up the IHA’s invitation to next season’s National Indoor Trophy is fast approaching. So no conflict between outdoor and indoor fixtures occurs, the IHA and Provincial Branches have agreed that the National Indoor Competition will be held over a number of Closed Weekends in December and January. There will be no senior outdoor IHA, provincial league or cup matches scheduled for these weekends.

It is envisaged that qualifying groups will be held in multiple venues with at least one venue in each of Leinster, Munster /Connacht and Ulster. The Closed Weekends dedicated for indoor are, December 17-18, 2011; January 7-8, 2012 and the finals weekend on January 14-15, 2012.

All clubs interested in participating are requested to contact Kiara Roantree marketing@hockey.ie; 01-7163264 on or before the formal CLOSING DATE for entries of 31 May 2011.

** The Leinster Schools Committee are seeking applications for the position of coach to the Leinster U-18 Girls Squad. If you or anyone in your club has an interest in the position please send your CV to hilaryleinsterschools@hotmail.com. Closing date for applications is Monday 23rd May 2011.

** The Leinster men’s end of year Awards evening is being held on Friday, May 20 in the Iveagh Grounds, kindly hosted by St James’s Gate. This will be the last such event under the auspices of the Leinster Branch and they are inviting all to come along to celebrate the successes of your teams.

The event gets underway at 7.30pm with finger food available with tickets €12. To help with judging numbers, confirmation of attendance is sought, please email ronanpelow@leinsterhockey.org if you can attend.

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