The incoming Leinster Hockey Association’s men’s committee have outlined their targets for the coming seasons along with releasing the league format for the 2013/14 season.
Suttonians’ man Mick McGuinness was elected as the new chairman of the men’s committee at last month’s AGM with an entirely new committee joining him.
Among their aims for Leinster hockey, they listed three key aims that will guide their tenure:
● To promote and encourage the playing of hockey in Leinster.
● To avoid fixture congestion and double headers for higher leagues. However we are constrained in this by the limited number weekends assigned to us by the IHA.
● To bring a number of new initiatives forward to help promote hockey and increase the social aspect of the game as well as player numbers in all leagues.
To this end, they have made a number of amendments. Each division and cup will now have a manager whose role is to “coordinate the successful and smooth running of the leagues and cups. They will be the first point-of-call for postponements, re-fixes and issues with their assigned leagues and cups.
“It will be a hands-on approach and it is hoped that the majority of issues can be resolved ahead of time.”
Divisions one to three are set to start on September 14 with a finishing date of March 1, 2014 as the Irish Hockey League will start on March 15, 2014.
Divisions four to nine start on Saturday, September 28 with a finish date on March 22, 2014. A Christmas break will run from December 21 to January 12, 2014 – excluding indoor competition as well as the Neville and U-21 Cup finals.
The new committee are also hopeful of trialling Friday night, Saturday evening and Sunday matches during the season for division one, for example on a chosen bank holiday weekend, matches could be scheduled for a Friday night; leaving players free for the remainder of the weekend.
The committee are also keen to stress that “rules surrounding postponements and re-fixes will be rigorously enforced for the coming season. The committee would like all teams to engage with their division Manager as soon as any issues arise.”
For the cups, there will be a number of changes. The Mills Cup remains as is with the final to be played as usual on St Patrick’s Day. The Neville cup will now be open only to non-IHL first teams in division one and two with the final on St Stephen’s Day.
The U-21 cup final is also due to be played on St Stephen’s Day as part of a double-header with the possibility of clubs combining in order to increase the entry list.
With the promotion of second teams into division two, this has a knock on effect to the other cups with the Railway Cup now covering all teams in division two and three, the inter cup referring to division four and five, The junior cup covers division six and seven while the minor cup is open to division eight teams.
The Neville-Davin Cup will be played as a preseason competition with the aim of being played over one weekend in August for division two sides and below, trialling new rules.
Rules for the Galtrim and Walters Cup have also been amended to reflect the reduction in divisions since the rules were originally drawn up.
An online registration system is also hoped to be introduced.
Div 1: Ronan Walsh
Div 2: Victor Shaw
Div 3:Justin Sherriff
Div 4: David McNerney
Div 5: Mick McGuinness
Div 6: Stuart Collier
Div 7: Glenn Holmes
Div 8: Robert Murtagh
Provisional League restructure:
Division One: Pembroke, Monkstown, Three Rock Rovers, UCD, Corinthian, Railway Union, YMCA, Glenanne, Fingal, Rathgar
Division Two: Clontarf, Suttonians, Dublin University, Kilkenny, Weston, Avoca, YMCA II, Pembroke II, Monkstown II, Three Rock Rovers II
Division Three: Fingal II, Corinthian II, Glenanne II, Railway Union II, UCD II, Dublin Uni II, Monkstown III, Mullingar, Weston II, Naas
Division Four: Railway Union III, Navan, YMCA III, Avoca II, Pembroke III, Glenanne III, Clontarf II, Suttonians II, Three Rock Rovers III, Rathgar II
Division Five: YMCA IV, Pembroke IV, Monkstown IV, Skerries, Portrane, Corinthian III, St James Gate, Dublin Uni III, Railway Union IV, Bray
Division Six: Fingal III, Kilkenny II, Naas II, St Brendan’s/PP, Three Rock Rovers IV, Mullingar II, UCD III, North Kildare, Rathgar III, Weston III
Division Seven: St Brendan’s/PP II, Clontarf III, Avoca III, Monkstown V, Pembroke V, Glenanne IV, Wicklow, Three Rock Rovers V, St James Gate II
Division Eight: Corinthian IV, Pembroke VI, Dublin Uni IV, YMCA V, Clontarf IV, Bray II, North Kildare II, Navan II
** Enniscorthy looking to be added to the league in due course
Cup Revisions (cup manager):
Mills Cup – Div 1 & 2, 1st XI teams only. Final on St Patricks Day (Ronan Walsh)
Neville Cup – Div 1 & 2 1st XI teams only; Non-IHL teams only. Mid-week matches; Final on St Stephens Day (Stuart Collier)
U-21 Cup – Open to all clubs. Final on St Stephens Day. Potential for combined teams (Glenn Holmes)
Railway Cup – Div 2&3 (all teams). Leinster Men’s Cup Final Day (TBC) (Ronan Murtagh)
Intermediate Cup – Div 4&5 (all Teams) Leinster Men’s Cup Final Day (TBA) (Ronan Walsh)
Junior Cup – Div 6&7 (all teams) Leinster Men’s Cup Final Day (Glenn Holmes)
Minor Cup – Div 8 (all teams) Leinster Men’s Cup Final Day (Justin Sherriff)
Neville-Davin Cup – Pre Season Cup. Initially for Division 2 teams and down played over one weekend in August. Trialling new rules (Ronan Walsh/Justin Sherriff)
Galtrim Cup – Five (5) players from Div 3&4. All other players from lower leagues (Victor Shaw)
Walters Cup – Five (5) players from Div 5&6. All other players from lower leagues (Victor Shaw)
Men’s chairman: Mick McGuinness – firstname.lastname@example.org
Match secretary: Dash Hewett – Dashiell.email@example.com
Assistant Match secretary: Justin Sherriff – firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration secretary: David McNerney – email@example.com
Assistant Registration secretary: Robert Murtagh – firstname.lastname@example.org
Other committee members: Victor Shaw – email@example.com; Ronan Walsh – firstname.lastname@example.org; Glenn Holmes – email@example.com; Stuart Collier – firstname.lastname@example.org