News in brief: Glenanne seek new ladies coach

** Glenanne are looking for a coach for their ladies first team for the 2013/14 season. They have competed in Leinster’s division one since 2008 following their Irish Junior Cup victory and league promotion and are looking to improve on their previous seventh and eighth place finishes.

The team is a mixture of experience and youth who offer commitment, enthusiasm and ambition. The club will consider applicants seeking a coach or player-coaching position and provide the springboard for an up and coming talented coach. Glenanne are looking for a coach who: has a formal coaching qualification; will be committed to the development of players and the team; committed to attending the majority of training sessions and matches throughout the season; willingness to work with other coaches and teams within the club

If interested in this position, please contact the Glenanne Ladies Captain, Niamh Byrne at

** Eugene Magee will return to Banbridge for the first time since 2009 after four years in the professional game on the continent, lining out for Dragons in Belgium and Crefelder HTC in Germany having previously played in the Netherlands with HGC.

He brings a wealth of experience back to the club as Ireland’s current second highest cap winner on 168, just behind Ronan Gormley.


Welcoming his return, Bann president Neil Madeley said: “He is an exceptional talent and it is great for Bann to have someone of his standing back playing with us. His experience on and off the pitch will further strengthen our senior team as we strive to add to our recent successes. Eugene has maintained his strong links with the club over the years and everyone at Havelock Park is looking forward to him joining forces with younger brother Owen in the team. ”

** The Irish U-18 girls played a series of games as part of a training camp in the Netherlands last weekend as part of their European preparations. The highlight was a 2-1 win over top Dutch club Laren on Saturday whom they played a couple of times while also facing Almeerse hockey club.

The panel used included nine Leinster provincial representatives along with Emma Duncan and Aisling Cronin from the South East. Among the Leinster clubs on the list, Old Alex supply five players – Amber Gleeson, Rachel Gray, Anna Roopnarinesingh, Millie O’Donnell and Emma Duncan – who have all enjoyed first team experience as has Hermes’ Sara Twomey, Corinthian’s Jenny Long, Loreto’s Jessica McGirr and Railway’s Sarah Hawkshaw

Ireland U18 Girls Training Camp, Netherlands; results: Laren 2 Ireland 1; Laren 2 Ireland 3; Almeerse 4 Ireland 3

Panel for Dutch training camp: Aisling Cronin (Loreto Wexford/Wexford), Anna Roopnarinesingh (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Ruth Maguire (Larne GS/Ulster Elks), Clodagh Moloney (Crescent Comp/Catholic Institute), Naomi Harkness (MCB/Randalstown), Zara Thom (MCB/Belfast Harlequins), Ayeisha McFerran (Larne GS/Randalstown), Amber Gleeson (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Emma Kernohan (Ballymena Academy/Ballymoney), Claire Foley (St Gerard’s), Sara Twomey (Mount Anville/Hermes), Abby Oakes (Mount Mercy/Cork Harlequins), Jenny Long (High School/Corinthian), Sarah Hawkshaw (Mount Sackville/Railway Union), Ciara Callan (Mount Anville/Hermes), Jessica McGirr (Loreto Beaufort/Loreto), Millie O’Donnell (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Rachel Gray (Alexandra College/Old Alex), Hannah Grieve (Lurgan HS/Lurgan), Robyn Chambers (Rainey Endowed/Ballymoney), Emma Duncan (Kilkenny College/Old Alex), Elaine Carey (Colaiste Iognaid/Galway)

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