Pro Series Indoor (PSi) is set to revolutionise indoor hockey in Ireland in the new year with the introduction of their groundbreaking format to the country following 11 years of epic events in South Africa.
Club hockey on a national level eases back into action on Saturday for the new year with a trio of refixed Irish Senior Cup ties at Ulster venues taking centre-stage while the Leinster focus is indoors and on the Jacqui Potter Cup.
Northern Ireland estate agent John Minnis has signed a three-year deal to sponsor Ulster schoolboy hockey’s Burney Cup in a deal which will lead into the centenary of the competition in 2020.
Bangor lifted the Linden Cup for the second time in three years on Monday, two goals apiece from Ryan Burgess and Michael McComb helping them ease to an emphatic 5-0 win over Raphoe in the final at Deramore Park
Ingrid Burns’ hat trick propelled Cork Harlequins to the annual Southern Fried Munster Under-21 championship title as they beat city rivals C of I 4-2 at Garryduff on Saturday.
When Cliodhna Sargent made her return to the Cork Harlequins’ line-up in November against Belfast Harlequins, it was part of her ultimate plan to break back into Graham Shaw’s Irish plans for the 2018 World Cup in London.
On New Year’s Day, Bangor will carry the burden of favouritism going into their Linden Cup clash with Raphoe, having beaten the Donegal side 3-0 in the Ulster Premier League only last weekend.
Lisnagarvey lifted the Senior Cup for the first time with a hard fought 3-2 win over Ballymena in a thrilling final at Mossley on Saturday
UCC eventually pulled clear of Cork C of I B to land their second Peard Cup title in three seasons as Glenn Healy’s 56th minute deflection finally put them out of range.
The long wait is finally over for Queen’s University, who defeated the holders Lurgan 2-1 in a thrilling Denman Ulster Shield final at Stormont on St Stephen’s Day to lift the trophy for the first time since 1933.
Kilkeel lifted the Kirk Cup for the first time in the club’s history when they defeated Mossley 3-2 on penalties after the sides had been locked together at 1-1 following a hugely entertaining final at Stormont on St Stephen’s Day.
Shane O’Brien emerged as the star performer as Three Rock Rovers snatched the Neville Cup title from under Pembroke’s noses at Serpentine Avenue.
Despite being two of Leinster hockey’s most decorated clubs, Pembroke and Three Rock Rovers serve up a strangely novel Neville Cup final line-up on St Stephen’s Day when they meet at Serpentine Avenue (2pm).
Hockey Ireland have appointed their first high performance director since 2012 with the news that Adam Grainger will take on the role, starting at the end of January.
Lurgan ladies won the Denman Ulster Shield for the first time in the club’s history last season and they are determined to hold on to the prestigious trophy by beating an in-form Queen’s side on St Stephen’s Day at Stormont (1pm)
Kilkeel will be hoping their never-say-die attitude will inspire them to what would be a first-ever Kirk triumph as they prepare to take on Mossley in the Stephen’s Day final at Stormont (3pm).
The Pro Series Indoor (PSi) will aim to bring the fast, fun and exciting nature of indoor hockey to the forefront and give it the recognition it deserves in Ireland for passionate school boys and girls hockey players.
Old Alex, Corinthian and Muckross moved an extra step clear of the chasers to look certain to contest the three EY Hockey League playoff places from Leinster and in good shape to land an IHL Division 2 spot.
UCD and Cork Harlequins set up a thrilling January showdown as they both produced big wins over the weekend, keeping the women’s EY Hockey League very tight going into the winter break.
Glenanne produced a truly incredible comeback, netting twice in the closing three minutes; TRR win high quality affair against Lisnagarvey; Railway off the mark as Town win and Dale and Cookstown draw
Glenanne produced yet another amazing comeback to lead the men’s EYHL at Christmas by four points; Cork Quins take the overnight lead in the women’s; here’s Saturday’s main results
The women’s EY Hockey League promises one final series of competitive twists and turns before the Christmas break with the final round of games before the winter break kicks in.
A Christmas special in the men’s EY Hockey League sees the top four meet each other with the chance for something of a shake-up when Glenanne host Pembroke and Lisnagarvey play Three Rock Rovers.
With the continuing cold-snap, the outdoor hockey fixture-list may well be curtailed this weekend but one event that is sure to go ahead is the inaugural Ulster Hockey Under 15 indoor tournament at the Antrim Forum on Sunday
Hockey Ireland are “delighted to accept some strategic sponsorship assistance” with Brid Drohan-Stewart offering her services to the organisation to try and land key support for the 2018 World Cup campaigns.
Alexandra College landed the first major title of the Leinster schoolgirls season as they took the Junior Cup title, beating Muckross Park in a shoot-out in the final at Grange Road.
Dave Passmore received clearance in November to run an ongoing women’s Under-21 programme from Hockey Ireland with the long-term plan to qualify for the 2020 Junior World Cup.
Alexandra College will showdown with Muckross Park on Thursday at 2pm in the Leinster Junior Cup final following ther respective wins over Newbridge College and St Gerard’s, respectively.
Pembroke and Hermes-Monkstown both scored important victories in their bids to avoid relegation from the women’s EY Hockey League over a weather-curtailed weekend; Old Alex moved further clear in Leinster
On a frost-affected weekend, Glenanne moved a further point clear at the top of the men’s EY Hockey League while UCD took advantage of Corinthian’s cancelation in Leinster Division One.
Hermes-Monkstown got off the mark in the women’s EYHL as Railway, UCD and Cork Harlequins also won; Monkstown drew with Glenanne in the only men’s tie; all these results and more in the round-up
With snow and frost abounding, it looks set for a potentially curtailed schedule across the women’s EYHL, Leinster Division One and Irish Hockey Trophy competitions with a number already postponed.
At time of writing, just one men’s EYHL game remains on the card due to the frozen and snowy conditions across the island with plenty more other games likely to get pulled across the Leinster league and the Irish Hockey Trophy.
Ross Canning and Ronan Gormley will become the first Irish players to take part in the Pro Series Indoor (PSi) exhibition matches as part of a “World All Stars” line-up to take on the South African national team in Cape Town.
Leah McGuire, formerly Ewart, is in the frame for a place in Ireland’s World Cup squad after emerging from under the radar following five years in the international wilderness.
Just two points continue to cover three teams at the top of women’s Leinster Division One following wins for Old Alex, Corinthian and Muckross as they remain clear of the chasers in the playoff positions.
Corinthian and UCD face a crucial Thursday night showdown following their respective wins and clean sheets last Saturday in men’s Leinster Division One.
Dungannon have taken over at the top of the women’s Ulster Premier League table; Bangor missed the chance to go further clear in the men’s competition on a busy weekend; here’s John Flack’s weekend round-up
David Harte has been nominated for FIH World Goalkeeper of the Year for a third successive year, looking to win the award for a third successive year.
Glenanne stole a march on their rivals as the only side in the men’s EY Hockey League; they were the only side in the league’s top five to win over the weekend, strengthening their hold on top spot.
It was a dramatic day with Glenanne the big men’s EYHL beneficiaries as the next three sides all missed out on the win; check out the results from Leinster and Munster Division 1 and most of the IJC scores
A productive 2017 closed on a low key note for the Irish women’s team as they fell to a fourth successive defeat in southern Spain
Ireland’s women started their final series of international matches for 2017 with two close run defeats against Spain and Belgium in Alcala with Nikki Evans reaching her 150th cap and Leah McGuire returning after five years
Bangor scored three late goals to defeat Antrim 4-1 at the Forum on Saturday and consolidate their position at the top of the Ulster Premier League table on a reduced weekend of action in the province.
Brash and aggressive, Mikie Watt’s fierce style and approach was very much synonymous with the Green Machine’s growth and belief on the world stage, playing “on the edge” at all times, something he makes few apologies for.
When Des Cahill called on potential benefactors to “#coughup”, circling the Green Army’s “actively seeking sponsorship” biography line, it gave the sport one of its rare moments in the spotlight.
Ireland’s women have been handed a tough draw at next July’s World Cup in London as they will face England, who are second in the current world rankings, the United States (7th) and India (10th) in Pool B. Their target will be to avoid last place in the pool which would mean an early exit, […]
Belfast Harlequins finally took their place in the second round of the women’s Irish Senior Cup as Irish international Zoe Wilson scored as they came from behind against Queens in the Belfast derby
YMCA got a revenge served cold over Annadale on a frosty weekend in the Irish Senior Cup with just three of the eight ties on the agenda going ahead across the island.
Just half of the Irish Senior Cup ties went ahead as frost bit hard on the second round; YMCA produced result of the day, beating Annadale in a shoot-out