Europe

U-16 Boys knocked out on goal difference

U-16 Boys knocked out on goal difference

July 10, 2008 | 55 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-16 boys crashed out of contention for the European Youth title as Russia racked up a huge score against Austria. Their 10-1 win meant Ireland had to pull off a shock win over the hosts and tournament favourites, the Netherlands on there own patch. And despite another goal from the prolific Stephen Dowds and […]

U-16 Girl's qualify in second

U-16 Girl's qualify in second

July 10, 2008 | 59 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-16 girls were unable to build on an early lead against Spain, eventually falling 4-2 in their third match at the European Youth Nations Championship and must now face the Netherlands to keep their title dream alive. Naomi Carroll got her third of the tournament after five minutes and Ireland had a number of […]

U-16 Girls into semi-finals

U-16 Girls into semi-finals

July 10, 2008 | 68 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-16 girl’s made sure of a semi-final place at the European Youth Nations Championship beating the Czech Republic 3-1. Catholic Institute’s Naomi Carroll set the Irish on their way in the very first minute but they were rocked on their heals by the Czechs who leveled barely a couple of minutes later. From there, […]

The Hooks: Overall Club of the Year

The Hooks: Overall Club of the Year

July 9, 2008 | 103 views | Leave a comment

For this honour, I felt there was only one real club in the running. Monkstown have produced some great youth teams again this year and their supporter’s club were fantastic but for developing the game while receiving results, Glenanne stood head and shoulder above everybody else. In simple terms, the club won European, All-Ireland and […]

Eurohockey Youth Championships 2008 preview

Eurohockey Youth Championships 2008 preview

July 7, 2008 | 60 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s under-16 boys and girls have the chance of qualifying for an Olympic Games this week as they take on Europe’s finest sides. 550 players plus coaches and managers will compete in the Hague at the highest level in Europe in their age category. Last played in July 2006, in Valencia(girls) and Dublin(Boys), The Netherlands […]

Large Connacht contingent in squad for U-16 Europeans

Large Connacht contingent in squad for U-16 Europeans

July 7, 2008 | 129 views | Leave a comment

Connacht have been rewarded for winning their first ever underage interprovincials with five players involved Ireland’s girls side for this week’s Under-16 Youth Championships in the Hague. Leinster will have three players involved with All-Ireland Club Championship winners Chloe Watkins and Gillian Pinder – both involved in St Andrews’ U-16 double winning side. Alex’s Leah […]

U-16 Boys begin Youth Championships

U-16 Boys begin Youth Championships

July 7, 2008 | 100 views | Leave a comment

Andrew Smyth’s Ireland Under-16 boys squad begins their European Youth Championships today against Austria in the Hague. The squad features nine of the Leinster side that beat Ulster to the interprovincial title and five of the Wesley side that won the under-16 schools title – Robert Fitzgerald, Neal Megarity, Shane Madeley – son of fromer […]

Women's Setanta Sports: Finals

Women's Setanta Sports: Finals

June 15, 2008 | 83 views | Leave a comment

With Ireland’s training schedules at completely opposite ends of the spectrum to their visiting opponents coming fourth in both the men’s and women’s Setanta Trophy was probably not unexpected.Competing against three highly-ranked and Beijing-bound nations apiece, Ireland’s focus was completely different as they look to reassess and rebuild their squads ahead of the 2009 European […]

Setanta Sports Trophy

Setanta Sports Trophy

June 11, 2008 | 93 views | Leave a comment

This week’s Setanta Sports Trophy gives Irish coaches Dave Passmore and Gene Muller the perfect opportunity to reassess their squads after two unsuccessful attempts at Olympic qualification. Both teams will face top international competition at Belfield this week, receiving visiting teams all with a ticket booked for the Games in August. The men will face […]

Passmore names squad

Passmore names squad

June 5, 2008 | 72 views | Leave a comment

It’s all change in David Passmore’s squad as Ireland begin a new cycle in their development following thier third place finish in the OQT. As the side now turns it’s eyes to the 2009 Europeans, Passmore has to plan without the services of a quartet of experienced internationals – Mark Irwin, Jason Black, Andy Barbour […]

IHA Awards Night

IHA Awards Night

June 1, 2008 | 253 views | Leave a comment

Ulster’s Claire McMahon and Patrick Brown, last night took the highest individual awards in Irish Hockey for their performance and contribution at an impressive ESB Irish Hockey Awards ceremony hosted by legendary broadcaster Micheal O Muircheartaigh. Ex-International and Pegasus marksman, Claire McMahon, was declared the ESB Women’s Player of the Year for her consistently strong […]

Clare Parkhill retires

Clare Parkhill retires

May 27, 2008 | 163 views | Leave a comment

Irish defender, Clare Parkhill, 27, today announced her retirement from the international hockey scene after earning a total of 70 senior caps in just a three year period. Parkhill’s decision comes shortly after Ireland’s return from the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Parkhill wore the green jersey for the first time against Korea in 2005 and since […]

Three Rock's indoor opposition known

Three Rock's indoor opposition known

May 14, 2008 | 61 views | Leave a comment

Three Rock’s opposition for their European indoor competition is known. They will face Croatian, Hungarian and Slovenian opposition as they hope to get Ireland promoted from the Men’s Challenge – the third tier of indoor competition in Europe – to the Trophy. The venue is to be confirmed. Men’s Challenge I – 13-15 February 2009Pool […]

EHL final: Iain Lewers' viewpoint

EHL final: Iain Lewers' viewpoint

May 12, 2008 | 107 views | Leave a comment

After the EHL final, I spoke briefly about his involvement with HGC and how he felt they did on the day: “We started with a game plan and we kept to it pretty much and played well, too. Especially when we went down to 10 men for most of the third quarter and we thought […]

Brown Announces retirement from Irish Hockey

Brown Announces retirement from Irish Hockey

April 30, 2008 | 162 views | Leave a comment

Irish captain Patrick Brown announced his retirement from the international hockey today after over nine years of competing at the highest level. He becomes the third retiree from the men’s squad following Jason Black and Andy Barbour’s decisions to call time on their career in the wake of the Olympic Qualification tournament in New Zealand. […]

Jason Black retires

Jason Black retires

April 21, 2008 | 199 views | Leave a comment

Cork Harlequins’ Jason Black has retired from international hockey after nine years with the senior squad. He made his against Switzerland and went on to win a further 122 caps. His decision to retire comes in the wake of Ireland missing out on an Olympic spot with the highlights of Black’s career include finishing 1st […]

Andrew Barbour retires

Andrew Barbour retires

April 4, 2008 | 122 views | Leave a comment

Irish forward, Andrew Barbour has decided to draw a line under his international career after amassing 84 caps and 12 goals for his country. Barbour said of his retirement “After five full years playing at the highest level with all the training and representing Ireland it is time to step down. I have gone further […]

Men's round-up

Men's round-up

March 30, 2008 | 100 views | Leave a comment

Sunday: Pembroke 2 (Alan Sothern 2) Corinthian 1 (Garth Ancher)The great title decider is still on course as Pembroke were made to sweat all the way by Corinthian, playing without Lucas Piccioli. They built up a 2-0 lead thanks to an impressive first half display but Ancher’s deflected strike before the break ensured a nervous […]

Wesley finish fifth in Europe

Wesley finish fifth in Europe

March 26, 2008 | 81 views | Leave a comment

Leinster schools senior chmapions, Wesley College finished fifth in their European Competition in HDM, the Hague, Holland over the Easter weekend. They finished the tournament with an impressive 8-3 win over Wellington school in the fifth/sixth place playoff with Jamie Tobin’s hat-trick bringing his tournament total to six. Wesley beat Millfield School twice and drew […]

Pembroke made settle for third

Pembroke made settle for third

March 25, 2008 | 79 views | Leave a comment

Pembroke lost out at the last hurdle in the Eurohockey Cup Winners’ Trophy in Ghent, crashing out to Italian side Catania in a penalty shoot-out in one of two finals, with the winners in each gaining promotion into Division A. Pembroke got into the decider after topping their pool but struggled against the Italians. Catania […]