Europe

Metchette ready for the Olympics

Metchette ready for the Olympics

August 8, 2008 | 277 views | Leave a comment

Despite Ireland missing out on an Olympic place, Ireland will be represented in Beijing in the hockey arena with umpire Carol Metchette and umpire’s manager Ray O’Connor both appointed to hockey’s showpiece event. O’Connor is one of three selected to manage the Men’s Hockey Umpires at the Beijing Olympics 2008 and will add to his […]

Boys win Under-18 tournament

Boys win Under-18 tournament

August 1, 2008 | 223 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-18 boys took the top spot on the podium when they beat England in the final at the U18’s four nations tournament in Cardiff, 2-1. Both goals came from precision penalty corner work one from Dan Hobbs and the second from Peter McDonnell. It followed a comprehensive 3-1 win over Wales in the final […]

Under-18s set for Four-Nations tournament

Under-18s set for Four-Nations tournament

July 24, 2008 | 315 views | Leave a comment

The Irish under-18 boys and girls depart on Monday for a Four-Nations tournament runs next week in Cardiff, Wales to run from July 29 to – August 1. On the boys side, John Hobbs heads up the management team – in place of Arul Anthoni who is currently on leave with his family in his […]

Lewers declares for GB

Lewers declares for GB

July 17, 2008 | 665 views | Comments (43)

The Irish Hockey Association announced today that star-player Iain Lewers has withdrawn from the Senior Irish Men’s team, effective immediately. Lewers has made the decision to make himself available for future selection on the Great British hockey team. As a result, he will no longer be eligible to play any international hockey for the next […]

U-16 Boys secure A division spot

U-16 Boys secure A division spot

July 13, 2008 | 200 views | Leave a comment

Ireland secured their ‘A’ Division European Under-16 status with a 4-2 victory over Italy in the first of their final ranking matches. A spirited Italian side caught Ireland on the hop when they opened the score in the fourth minute with a drag flick but Ireland soon gained the upper hand in terms of possession. […]

U-16 Girl's finish fourth

U-16 Girl's finish fourth

July 13, 2008 | 220 views | Leave a comment

The Irish under-16 girl’s finished with two defeats in the European Youth Championships to finish fourth despite two gutsy first half performances against the Netherlands and Spain. In Saturday’s semi-final, the Irish held the Dutch scoreless before struggling in the second period to lose 5-0 before tying 1-1 with Spain at the break in the […]

U-16 Boys knocked out on goal difference

U-16 Boys knocked out on goal difference

July 10, 2008 | 170 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 | 200 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 | 189 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 | 272 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 | 199 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 | 262 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 | 242 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 | 225 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 | 218 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 | 226 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 | 483 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 | 331 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 | 200 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 | 322 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 […]