Europe

International player's availability known…

International player's availability known…

October 8, 2007 | 81 views | Leave a comment

The availability of Irish international players for local competition was laid out last week by coaches Gene Muller and David Passmore. It is as follows: Women: Players are only allowed to train once per week with their clubs until March 2008. Home based national squad athletes can only compete in the Provincial league until the […]

Caulfield and Orbinson retire

Caulfield and Orbinson retire

October 8, 2007 | 128 views | Leave a comment

Irish Captain, Linda Caulfield, has decided to draw a line under her international hockey career after amassing 151 caps and wearing the green shirt for nine years. Caulfield cited work reasons as the deciding factor, saying “there is a huge demand on players to increase their time on the pitch and the intensity of their […]

Azerbaijan: "Transformation to a Natonal Idea"

Azerbaijan: "Transformation to a Natonal Idea"

October 5, 2007 | 145 views | Leave a comment

Azerbaijan’s rise to fifth place in the recent European Championships, beating Ireland into sixth, may have raised a few eyebrows but was a disappointment for a ruthlessly ambitious country. Even more surprising was that their team included five newly ‘nationalised’ Korean teenagers. So, what exactly is going on in Azerbaijan? Well, first up, President Ilham […]

The season starts here…

The season starts here…

September 24, 2007 | 153 views | Leave a comment

So, with the inaugural All-Ireland league and European Hockey League almost with us, starting on October 6th the 2007-08 season is going to be the most fascinating men’s division 1 for many a year. Fourth place no longer means scraping a Stephen Doyle cup spot. It means All-Ireland action while the Club Champions can look […]

Irish to travel to Canada and New Zealand

Irish to travel to Canada and New Zealand

September 20, 2007 | 100 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men and women will travel to opposite ends of the world in their quest for Olympic qualification. The men have been drawn in a qualifying tournament based in Auckland, New Zealand starting on February 2nd 2008 where they will compete against Pan-American runners-up Argentina, hosts New Zealand, Cuba, Trinidad and Tobago and their nemesis […]

Rough Guide to the Euro Hockey League – the future of hockey?

Rough Guide to the Euro Hockey League – the future of hockey?

September 19, 2007 | 0 views | Leave a comment

“The best way hockey has ever been presented” announces the website of the Euro Hockey League (EHL), only there is no information whatsoever on the page at the time of writing. So what’s so special about the tournament? The EHL is replacing the men’s European Club Championships, doing an impersonation of football’s Champions League with […]

European Championships – The Sportways Connection

European Championships – The Sportways Connection

August 30, 2007 | 364 views | Leave a comment

In the last three years, the amount of hockey camps for teenagers in Ireland has increased exponentially. Summer after summer, the cream of European hockey coaching is making it to Dublin to give the future of our sport the very best advice. But back in the barren mid 90s there was but one major camp, […]