Umpires to host pre-season seminar; Irish ladies masters to face England

** The Irish Hockey Umpires Association are holding a start of season, two-day seminar this coming weekend (September 3 and 4) in the Ballsbridge Inn (formerly Jurys).

The aim of the seminar is to encourage greater consistency of approach and interpretation across Ireland for the coming season. An invitation has issued to all clubs in the IHL and Irish Senior Cup (Men and Women) for their 1st XI coach or club representative to attend a forum on Sunday, September 4 at 3pm.

The forum will be hosted by Ray O’Connor and the aim is to advise of developments that have taken place over the weekend and also to discuss issues/concerns that clubs/coaches may have. It is hoped that this will become an annual event and will be rotated around the provinces over the coming seasons.

** The Irish Ladies Masters O45s are hosting 2 invitational games against the English O45s masters this weekend in Park Avenue, Railway Union’s grounds. The match on Saturday is at 12noon and on Sunday at 10.30am.

The side are looking to improve on recent results against Engalnd (0-9 in June in Sheffield v the O40s; and 0-4 in Cardiff 2 weeks ago v the O45s) and are continually seeking to add new players to the squad.

There is a possibility that the side can participate in a Masters World Cup, to be hosted by England in 2012, to coincide with the Olympics – with plans in hand to get authorisation for this tournament.

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