News in brief: O’Connor to host schools umpire event

** Ray O’Connor will host a special Umpiring at School’s Level event on February 16 from 9am to 10.30am in Mount Temple. O’Connor is currently one of the world’s top umpire managers, holding that position at the Beijing and London Olympics.

His progression to this position followed on from his umpiring days, where he took charge of two Olympic finals – Atlanta and Athens – and two World Cup finals as well as a host of other major competitions. Ray remains heavily involved in the development of young umpires both in European and World Hockey and will give a briefing for young umpires on how best to umpire schools matches and which rules are currently attracting attention.

The career path for umpires will also be outlined while the session will be an opportunity for competitive players, who also umpire, to discuss how best to engage with umpires during matches. To confirm attendance, or in case of queries, please contact the Leinster Schoolboys Hockey Committee through

** The Tommy O’Sullivan Memorial Cup – the Leinster U-14 boy’s indoor league – reaches the final stage this Sunday, February 3 in Donabate. Avoca, Portrane, Three Rock Rovers and YMCA have qualified for the final round-robin group with Leinster branch umpires while LHA vice-president Percy Henchy will be on hand to present prizes at 4.25 following the last of the six games at approximately 4.25pm.

Fixture schedule: 2:15 – Avoca v Portrane; 2:40 – Three Rock Rovers v YMCA; 3pm – Avoca v Three Rock Rovers; 3:20pm – Portrane v YMCA; 3:40pm – Avoca v YMCA; 4pm – Portrane v Three Rock Rovers


** Ratoath College require a coach for Thursday after school training from 3.30pm to 4.30pm for a five-week period, coaching a 1st and 2nd years beginner group. A minimum level one coaching qualification is required. Contact as soon as possible.

** North Kildare will meet Railway Union at 8.30pm on Monday, February 4 in the women’s Leinster division one in a refixed tie. Elsewhere, seven division two ties will take place over the coming week. Here’s the schedule:

Women’s Leinster Division Two
Genesis vs Old Alex, 8.30pm, Belfield; Newbridge vs Three Rock Ladies, 8.30pm, Caragh Road Naas
Saturday: Loreto vs Three Rock Ladies, 1pm, Beaufort
Sunday: Three Rock Ladies vs Pembroke, 3pm, Grange Road; Trinity vs Hermes, 3.30pm, Holy Child Killiney
Wednesday, February 6: Old Alex vs Bray, 8pm, Milltown; Genesis vs Railway Union, 8.30pm, Belfield

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