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Champion's Challenge: Paul Revington's thoughts on first tournament with Ireland

Champion's Challenge: Paul Revington's thoughts on first tournament with Ireland

July 5, 2009 | 232 views | Leave a comment

Ahead of his first ranking tournament in charge of the Irish team, The Hook caught up with Paul Revington to get his thoughts on the Champion’s Challenge II event. The Hook (TH): How do you feel the squad is currently shaping up? Paul Revington (PR): “I think we’re pretty spot on. In terms of our […]

Revington to field much changed squad for Champs Challenge: Team news

Revington to field much changed squad for Champs Challenge: Team news

July 4, 2009 | 218 views | Leave a comment

After six months in charge, Irish men’s coach Paul Revington* is relishing the chance to finally get his charges into competitive action next week as hosts of the inaugural Champion’s Challenge II event. Since officially taking the reins in January, Revington has been at the helm for Glendwyr and Celtic Cup successes but now gets […]

Irish underage round-up: Day three

Irish underage round-up: Day three

June 28, 2009 | 394 views | Leave a comment

Ireland U-18 Girls 4 (Deirdre Duke 2, Katie Codyre, Gillian Pinder) Scotland 0Ireland go into next week’s Europeans off the back of a resounding 4-0 triumph over Scotland at Belfield to complete their three-game series with two wins and a draw. Deirdre Duke (pictured, left) opened the scoring with a fine reverse in the 20th […]

Ireland end Champs' Challenge in bronze

Ireland end Champs' Challenge in bronze

June 27, 2009 | 323 views | Leave a comment

In Kazan, Ireland battled through 30 degree heat to claim a bronze medal at the inaugural Champion’s Challenge II event by beating Ukraine 2-1. Roisin Flinn scored both the goals, benefiting from renewing a partnership with Eimear Cregan after the latter missed the earlier stages in the tournament due to an ankle injury. Cregan (pictured) […]

Seven Irish teams do battle this weekend

Seven Irish teams do battle this weekend

June 25, 2009 | 476 views | Leave a comment

In what amounts to a perfect storm for Irish hockey, the Irish senior men and women, women’s A side, Irish U-18 and U-16 boys and girls are all in action this weekend in 20 fixtures in three different countries. Undoubtedly, the biggest matches of the weekend are in Kazan where the senior women are fighting […]

Symmons' double provides perfect start for Ireland

Symmons' double provides perfect start for Ireland

June 21, 2009 | 268 views | Leave a comment

An immense first half performance from Ireland in Kazan, Russia meant they got off to a perfect start in the Champion’s Challenge II, beating the hosts 4-0. All the goals came in the first half with Nikki Symmons (pictured) firing home two penalty corners either side of a field goal from club mate Lizzie Colvin […]

Own-goal ruling for EHL

Own-goal ruling for EHL

June 17, 2009 | 237 views | Leave a comment

Pembroke and Glenanne will have an additional new rule to get their head around in next season’s EHL with a trial law for the 2009/10 competition which makes own goals now a possibility. The new rule states that “a goal is scored when the ball is played within the circle by an attacker or touches […]

IHA to launch nationwide indoor competition

IHA to launch nationwide indoor competition

June 16, 2009 | 212 views | Leave a comment

The IHA has announced it will launch two new indoor hockey club competitions – the National Mens Indoor Trophy and the National Womens Indoor Trophy – for the 2009/10 season. For the winner of each competition lies the major carrot of representing Ireland at the European Indoor Club Championships in 2011. Both competitions will be […]

Irish clubs remain in European second-tier

Irish clubs remain in European second-tier

June 14, 2009 | 216 views | Leave a comment

Ireland will not receive a place in the enlarged EuroHockey Club Champion’s Cup, announced on Friday afternoon, meaning Loreto and UCD will take on the second and third tier of European competition in 2009/10. With a view to building toward a women’s EuroHockey League, the EHF has increased the entries from eight to 12 teams […]

Fitzgerald, Robinson, Doherty and Giles set for Irish debuts

Fitzgerald, Robinson, Doherty and Giles set for Irish debuts

June 10, 2009 | 317 views | Leave a comment

Paul Revington has announced an experimental line-up for the upcoming Celtic Cup in Scotland later this month with David Fitzgerald, Brian Doherty, David Robinson and Alan Giles all set to make their senior international debuts. With the Champion’s Challenge and European’s on the horizon, the Irish manager has named eight uncapped players in his panel […]

Five Leinster players in Irish U-16 squad

Five Leinster players in Irish U-16 squad

June 8, 2009 | 251 views | Leave a comment

Five Leinster players have been named in Una McCarthy’s 21-player panel for the upcoming England tests which run from June 26 to 28. Martha Hume-Barber, Juliette King-Hall, Lisa McCarthy, Emily Beatty (pictured) and Aisling Naughton all get the call for the three-match series. McCarthy will use this panel as a developmental group with the 2010 […]

Muller names squad for Champion's Challenge

Muller names squad for Champion's Challenge

June 3, 2009 | 243 views | Leave a comment

Gene Muller today announced his squad to compete in the inaugural Champions Challenge II in Kazan from June 21-27. The 18-player panel features 13 of the players who lined out against Germany in May. The three who do not travel to Russia are Louisa Healy, Rachel Mulligan and Ciara O’Brien while Lizzie Colvin, Megan Frazer, […]

Maguire to play with Leuven

Maguire to play with Leuven

June 2, 2009 | 291 views | Leave a comment

Phelie Maguire will clock up a fifth club in four different countries next season as he agreed a two-year deal yesterday to play with Belgian runners-up and EHL semi-finalists KHC Leuven. Maguire has previously had stints in Australia with Fremantle and in Holland with HGC as well as playing senior hockey for both Three Rock […]

Hermes stunned by Italians

Hermes stunned by Italians

June 1, 2009 | 238 views | Leave a comment

Hermes were shocked by Italian side Mori Villafranca 2-0 in the final of the EuroHockey Club Champion’s Trophy in Wettingen yesterday, as they let slip a series of decent early chances. It meant there was no fairytale ending for coach Colin Stewart who stepped down after the tournament following an incredible run of nine trophies […]

Hermes through to Euro final

Hermes through to Euro final

May 31, 2009 | 201 views | Leave a comment

Hermes reached the final of the EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy courtesy of a 1-1 draw with Belarussian side Ritm Grodno in Wettingen, Switzerland this afternoon. Alexandra schoolgirl Deirdre Duke (pictured) proved the heroine, levelling two minutes into the second half with a superb diving touch to Shelley Sloan’s cross. Grodno took the lead in the […]

Hermes stung by late equaliser.

Hermes stung by late equaliser.

May 29, 2009 | 224 views | Leave a comment

Despite leading three times, Hermes were forced to settle for just a point in their opening EuroHockey Club Champions Trophy group match against Glasgow Western in Wettingen, Switzerland, drawing 3-3. The Booterstown club conceded with just three minutes to go, denying them a shock win against the pre-tournament favourites. In the face of a huge […]

Irish umpires abound: Euro news in brief

Irish umpires abound: Euro news in brief

May 29, 2009 | 249 views | Leave a comment

* Continuing Ireland’s recent trend of supplying top umpires and officials to major competitions, a wealth of Irish whistle-blowers are involved in the various European competitions in action this weekend. Carol Metchette is in Den Bosch for the Women’s EuroHockey Club Champions Cup – and will also be involved at the Europeans in August – […]

Stewart aims to go out with a bang

Stewart aims to go out with a bang

May 29, 2009 | 404 views | Leave a comment

Colin Stewart leads his Hermes’ side into action for the last time this weekend as he looks to cap a glittering four year spell with a tenth trophy. His team gets their EuroHockey Club Champion’s Trophy campaign underway this afternoon against Glasgow Western in Wettingen, Switzerland looking to maintain an incredible record in European competition […]

Ireland squad for Wales' series revealed

Ireland squad for Wales' series revealed

May 26, 2009 | 280 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s will get a feel for the conditions they will encounter in Wrexham in the Europeans as Paul Revington named his panel for a double-header at the venue next week. Speaking about the squad selected today, he said: “These games against Wales will provide our squad with another good opportunity to put training hours into […]

Logue names U-18 squad for Europeans

Logue names U-18 squad for Europeans

May 25, 2009 | 264 views | Leave a comment

Irish U-18 coach Mary Logue announced her 18-player panel to travel to Nivelles in Belgium for the European Youth Nations Championships 2009 in early July. Speaking about the squad, Logue said: “Following difficult decisions, given the quality of players in the training panel, I am very pleased to announce the squad of 18. “The commitment […]