Irish officials secure top appointments

Once again, Irish officials will be spread far and wide this summer as the country provides umpires, judges, umpire’s managers and technical directors to tournament’s around the continent.

Olympic umpire Carol Metchette will once again have an extremely busy summer following the confirmation of her place on the roster for the EuroHockey Nations Championships in Monchengladbach in August.

This coming weekend, she will officiate at the conclusion of the women’s EuroHockey Club Championships finals in the Hague and will be involved in a pair of world level events – the Champion’s Challenge I in Dublin and the Pan-American Games in Mexico.

Geoff Conn heads to the men’s equivalent of the Europeans as well as being Ireland’s Champion’s Challenge II representative in Lille while fellow senior umpire Kieran Boger is off to the Pannonia Cup in Slovakia in July – an event where Douglas Grey has been named as the TD.

There are plenty of call-ups for Ireland’s up-and-coming whistle-blowers with Simon O’Connor, Moira Flahive and Ali Keogh all appointed to international tournaments.

Martin Caniffe and Paula Jenkins undertake judging roles while new Leinster administrator Claire Kelly, Karen Eppel, Ray O’Connor and Tom Goode have umpire’s manager positions.

Umpires: Simon O’Connor (Men’s Youth Nations Championships); Kieran Bolger (Outdoor Men’s Pannonia Cup); Geoff Conn (FIH Champions Challenge II, EuroHockey Nations Championships); Moira Flahive (Celtic Cup);Alison Keogh (Women’s Youth Nations Championships); Carol Metchette (Women’s Club Champions Cup – Den Bosch, FIH Champions Challenge I – Dublin, EuroHockey Nations Championships – Monchengladbach, FIH Women’s Pan American Games – Mexico, EHL/EHCCC finals – The Hague)

Judges: Martin Caniffe (Indoor Men’s Club Challenge I, EHL KO16); Paula Jenkins (EuroHockey Women’s Nations Championship II, FIH Champions Challenge I)
Umpire Managers: Claire Kelly (Women’s Club Champion’s Cup); Karen Eppel (Outdoor Women’s Club Champions Challenge III); Ray O’Connor (FIH Indoor World Cup, EHL KO16); Tom Goode (Men’s Club Challenge II)
Tournament Director: Douglas Grey (Men’s Pannonia Cup)

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