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Ask Ray… about the IHL's first season

Ask Ray… about the IHL's first season

May 18, 2009 | 269 views | Leave a comment

In a slight variation on the regular ‘Ask Ray…’ feature, this time The Hook sought out Ray O’Connor’s thoughts on the IHL finals weekend due to his duel-capacity as the tournament’s technical advisor as well as being part of the IHL’s organising committee. Speaking about the event as a whole, Ray felt the tournament provided […]

Three Rock off to Italy as Galway set to host indoors

Three Rock off to Italy as Galway set to host indoors

May 13, 2009 | 251 views | Leave a comment

Three Rock Rovers will travel to Bologna for the men’s indoor EuroHockey Club Challenge I com-petition next February 19-21, 2009 while Galway will host the women’s challenge event a week later, the EHF confirmed today. Rovers represent Ireland for the second time having retained their indoor crown and will hope to use the knowledge garnered […]

Irish U-18s share honours with Scotland

Irish U-18s share honours with Scotland

May 10, 2009 | 282 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-18 girls produced an incredible reversal of form to turn a 2-0 defeat on Friday into a 6-0 win over Scotland to share the two-match series with a win apiece. In the first game, Scotland, who will be aiming for promotion to division one of European competition in July, scored twice in a five […]

Ireland get measure of Euro challenge

Ireland get measure of Euro challenge

May 10, 2009 | 218 views | Leave a comment

Gene Muller’s Irish women’s team got a marker of what to expect from Germany ahead of their EuroHockey Nations Championships meeting in the group stages next August. Ireland fell to a 3-0 loss on Saturday to the Germans in Nurnberg as part of the country’s hockey federation’s centenary celebrations, a side they have been drawn […]

Cole to be inducted into Hall of Fame

Cole to be inducted into Hall of Fame

May 7, 2009 | 320 views | Leave a comment

Former Avoca and Trinity player Johnny Cole (pictured with the Dublin University side that won the Mauritius and Avoca cups in 1977) has been included among a group of four to be inducted into the Hall of Fame by the IHA at the ESB Hockey Awards to be held later his month. As one of […]

Munster claim three women's IHL places

Munster claim three women's IHL places

May 4, 2009 | 219 views | Leave a comment

A thumping 5-1 win for Cork C of I over Belfast Harlequins guaranteed a third IHL place for Munster at the IHL wildcard playoffs this afternoon at Grange Road with no combination of goal difference from the Greenfields/Old Alex capable of knocking them out. Suzy Herbert’s lucky opener in the third minute started the rout […]

Corinthian qualify for maiden IHL

Corinthian qualify for maiden IHL

May 4, 2009 | 207 views | Leave a comment

Corinthian comfortably avoided the big blow out against Bandon that could have denied them an IHL place. In the end, the remote possibility eight-goal loss never looked likely from the moment Rowland Rixon-Fuller scored in the eighth minute. A subsequent hat-trick of drag-flicks from Brian Doherty and one from Davy Carson rounded off a good […]

Loreto take national honours

Loreto take national honours

May 4, 2009 | 257 views | Leave a comment

Loreto claimed the inaugural Irish Hockey League at Grange Road becoming the first side in the world to win a title on the new penalty one-on-one format. Louisa Healy proved the heroine in the final reckoning, denying both Jenny Burke and Chloe Watkins in the shoot-out to win the best-of-three competition 2-1. It meant a […]

Alex and Corinthian on verge of IHL qualification

Alex and Corinthian on verge of IHL qualification

May 4, 2009 | 225 views | Leave a comment

Old Alex and Corinthian moved a step closer to ensuring IHL places for the 2009/10 season after the second day of the wildcard competition at Grange Road. Alex picked up their second win of the playoffs with a 4-1 win over Cork C of I to add to their 2-1 win over Belfast Harlequins. In […]

Pembroke gunning for famous four

Pembroke gunning for famous four

May 1, 2009 | 339 views | Leave a comment

The club hockey season looks set for a fascinating denouement as the Irish Hockey League’s (IHL) showpiece weekend gets underway tomorrow. On the men’s side, Pembroke very much dominate the thoughts of the players involved with Banbridge’s Scott McCandless, Three Rock Rovers’ Mitch Darling and Glenanne’s Graham Shaw all singing their praises in the wake […]

UCD miss out on IHL shot

UCD miss out on IHL shot

April 29, 2009 | 246 views | Leave a comment

UCD 1 (Holly Jenkinson) Hermes 1 (Jenny Burke) Jenny Burke’s 67th minute short corner strike put paid to UCD’s chances of playing in the 2009/10 Irish Hockey League at Belfield tonight as they were denied the win they needed to leapfrog Old Alex. Holly Jenkinson’s (pictured) superb corner hit had put College on course for […]

Ray O'Connor retires after glittering 25 years

Ray O'Connor retires after glittering 25 years

April 17, 2009 | 506 views | Leave a comment

His name may not appear in “Faster, Higher, Stronger” but Ray O’Connor can be regarded as one of Ireland’s most accomplished Olympic representatives. The umpire retires his whistle following Saturday’s meeting of Monkstown and Pembroke after 25 glittering years of umpiring which have seen Ray twice take charge of two Olympic finals – in Atlanta […]

Two EHL places confirmed by EHF

Two EHL places confirmed by EHF

April 16, 2009 | 211 views | Leave a comment

Following the exploits of Pembroke and Three Rock Rovers in their respective European competitions this season, Ireland has jumped three places in the EHL ranking positions and will receive two EHL places as a result. Ireland moved ahead of Scotland, Poland and Russia to move from tenth to seventh in the official rankings released today […]

Sothern tops goalscorer list

Sothern tops goalscorer list

April 15, 2009 | 2,218 views | Leave a comment

With just one round of matches left to go in the regular season, it would take a minor miracle for Alan Sothern to be denied the Hennessy Cup for division one’s top scorer. The Pembroke hitman currently leads the way with 31 league goals, nine clear of Monkstown’s Gareth Watkins on 22. Ireland’s top goalscorer, […]

Pembroke conquer Europe

Pembroke conquer Europe

April 13, 2009 | 421 views | Leave a comment

Pembroke produced a four-star performance to claim the EuroHockey Club Trophy for Ireland – emulating Glenanne’s achievement in the inaugural event last year – with a comprehensive 4-0 win over Russia’s Dinamo Elektrostal. Alan Sothern was again the hitman supreme as he scored goals six, seven and eight for the tournament with his second hat-trick […]

Rovers bow out of EHL

Rovers bow out of EHL

April 11, 2009 | 268 views | Leave a comment

Three Rock Rovers’ European dream came to an end as they fell to a 2-1 defeat to KHC Leuven in a cagey, nervy performance in Hamburg this afternoon. For three quarters of the game, Rovers looked a fragile outfit, giving up possession too softly to a high-pressing Belgian outfit. The fourth, however, was a stirring […]

Three Rock renew rivalries with KHC Leuven

Three Rock renew rivalries with KHC Leuven

April 10, 2009 | 356 views | Leave a comment

Three Rock Rovers go into this weekend’s EuroHockey League looking to confound expectations one more time as they take on KHC Leuven for a place in the quarter-finals in Hamburg. When Rovers contrived to knock out ONO Atletic Terrassa in last November’s group stages, it was the biggest shock in this competitions short history. As […]

Pembroke go in search of Euro glory

Pembroke go in search of Euro glory

April 9, 2009 | 207 views | Comments (21)

Pembroke Wanderers will hope they can put home advantage to the best possible use as they seek to emulate Glenanne’s thrilling performances at the EuroHockey Club Trophy this weekend. Serpentine Avenue plays host to club hockey’s second biggest competition with eight of Europe’s finest with Pembroke going into the competition with a full bill of […]

Dillon pledges allegiance to Azerbaijan

Dillon pledges allegiance to Azerbaijan

April 1, 2009 | 247 views | Leave a comment

Railway Union defender Kate Dillon has taken the remarkable step of declaring allegiance to European Hockey Rivals Azerbaijan, it was revealed last night. In a remarkable move, Dillon is now being considered for the European Nations Squad after it emerged that she has an Azerbaijani grandmother. The former soviet bloc country famously brought in four […]

Irish girls U-18 and U-16 squads announced

Irish girls U-18 and U-16 squads announced

March 30, 2009 | 287 views | Leave a comment

Mary Logue named her squad of 16 from the panel of 24 for Ireland U-18s upcoming two test matches against Belgium on April 16 and 17 as she continues her preparation for the Euro Hockey Youth Nations Championship. The matches will be played at Nivelles – the venue for the U-18 Europeans in July. Squad:Niamh […]