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McGuire relishing Irish return after five years away

McGuire relishing Irish return after five years away

December 7, 2017 | 1,251 views | Leave a comment

Leah McGuire, formerly Ewart, is in the frame for a place in Ireland’s World Cup squad after emerging from under the radar following five years in the international wilderness.

Possessed and obsessed, Watt brings down final curtain on an Irish career on the edge

Possessed and obsessed, Watt brings down final curtain on an Irish career on the edge

November 28, 2017 | 1,600 views | Leave a comment

Brash and aggressive, Mikie Watt’s fierce style and approach was very much synonymous with the Green Machine’s growth and belief on the world stage, playing “on the edge” at all times, something he makes few apologies for.

Green Army still hunting new sponsor as World Cup looms

Green Army still hunting new sponsor as World Cup looms

November 27, 2017 | 211 views | Leave a comment

When Des Cahill called on potential benefactors to “#coughup”, circling the Green Army’s “actively seeking sponsorship” biography line, it gave the sport one of its rare moments in the spotlight.

Ulster and Irish hockey pay tribute to Dukie

Ulster and Irish hockey pay tribute to Dukie

October 19, 2017 | 1,670 views | Leave a comment

Like all funerals, that of Philip Duke which took place at St Bartholomew’s Parish Church in Belfast on Monday was tinged with sadness, writes John Flack.

McCay likely to step down after 2018 World Cup

McCay likely to step down after 2018 World Cup

October 13, 2017 | 396 views | Leave a comment

Shirley McCay has revealed that she is set to quit international hockey following next year’s World Cup in London after Ireland sealed their place at the showpiece on Thursday.

Final formality cleared as Irish women look forward to first World Cup in 16 years.

Final formality cleared as Irish women look forward to first World Cup in 16 years.

October 12, 2017 | 308 views | Comments (1)

World Cup qualification arrived this morning as Australia ran up their inevitably huge victory over Papua New Guinea, crossing the final t and dotting the final i required to send Ireland’s women to their first event of this magnitude since 2002.

Tour memories among Meeke’s most cherished as Irish star takes on new role with DB Sports

Tour memories among Meeke’s most cherished as Irish star takes on new role with DB Sports

October 3, 2017 | 549 views | Leave a comment

The Hook caught up with Loreto’s Ali Meeke to talk about her new role with DB Sports Tours and how she cannot wait to be back in the midst of the club season after the international summer

Hockey Ireland and IHUA reach detente as EY matches to go ahead on September 30

Hockey Ireland and IHUA reach detente as EY matches to go ahead on September 30

September 23, 2017 | 619 views | Leave a comment

Hockey Ireland and the IHUA confirmed jointly on Friday evening that the IHUA will appoint umpires to the EYHL matches scheduled for September 30 and matches will, therefore, go ahead.

Evans puts working life on hold for huge opportunity with German champs UHC Hamburg

Evans puts working life on hold for huge opportunity with German champs UHC Hamburg

September 15, 2017 | 1,156 views | Leave a comment

Nikki Evans is putting her “mind solely on hockey” for the next nine months as she steps back from working life to take up a contract with German outdoor and indoor champions UHC Hamburg this season.

EY Working Group confirm postponement of opening round

EY Working Group confirm postponement of opening round

September 13, 2017 | 1,388 views | Leave a comment

The first round of the EY Hockey League, due to take place on Saturday, September 16, has been postponed following a meeting of the competition’s Working Group on Wednesday evening.

Clubs to source own umpires for opening series of games following IHUA and Hockey Ireland impasse

Clubs to source own umpires for opening series of games following IHUA and Hockey Ireland impasse

September 11, 2017 | 2,370 views | Leave a comment

EY Hockey League clubs will have to source their own umpires for the opening round of matches next Saturday following an impasse between Hockey Ireland and the Irish Hockey Umpires Association (IHUA).

Flannery’s Roots Go Deep with inspirational new book

Flannery’s Roots Go Deep with inspirational new book

September 7, 2017 | 552 views | Leave a comment

Initially pitched as a book to offer words support for the Jes School senior hockey team in Galway, “Roots Go Deep” – the brainchild of Irish international Brenda Flannery – looks set to evolve into something much bigger. 

Shaw ambitious ahead of Green Army Euro battles

Shaw ambitious ahead of Green Army Euro battles

August 19, 2017 | 227 views | Leave a comment

Graham Shaw says his Irish women’s side is all in good health and raring to go for a shot at history, potentially breaking into the European top four for the first time.

Ireland and Mullan looking to make Euro breakthrough

Ireland and Mullan looking to make Euro breakthrough

August 17, 2017 | 221 views | Leave a comment

Katie Mullan is ambitious that the Irish women can push on a step further and breach the top four in Europe for the first time.

Barbados calling for picture perfect Caribbean hockey festival

Barbados calling for picture perfect Caribbean hockey festival

July 31, 2017 | 668 views | Comments (1)

The Barbados International Hockey Festival, in association with DB Sports Tours, welcomes you to take in one of the world’s most beautiful and unique hockey festivals with bookings now being taken for 2018.

Frazer to “double-job” with Ulster Elks and Mannheim

Frazer to “double-job” with Ulster Elks and Mannheim

July 30, 2017 | 881 views | Leave a comment

Megan Frazer will be ‘double-jobbing’ in the new season when she will line out for Ulster Elks in the Ulster Premier League and Mannheimer in the German Bundesliga, writes John Flack

Polish magic shows off new-look Green Machine

Polish magic shows off new-look Green Machine

July 8, 2017 | 550 views | Leave a comment

For Conor Harte, Ireland’s glorious fifth goal against Poland in March provided the moment when there was a feeling that things were coming together nicely for the green machine.

Third time’s a charm as Upton finally gets extended opportunity to shine for Green Army

Third time’s a charm as Upton finally gets extended opportunity to shine for Green Army

July 8, 2017 | 177 views | Leave a comment

Roisin Upton is hoping to continue making up for lost time with the Irish women’s team as they look to land a 2018 World Cup spot over the course of the next two weeks.

Mullan taking the long and winding road to Green Army captaincy

Mullan taking the long and winding road to Green Army captaincy

July 6, 2017 | 965 views | Leave a comment

New captain Katie Mullan talks about her dual passion for hockey and camogie, the long distances on the road, playing multiple positions and learning lessons from Valencia 2015 to propel Ireland to the 2018 World Cup

Fulton reading little into healthy stats ahead of HWL3

Fulton reading little into healthy stats ahead of HWL3

July 3, 2017 | 771 views | Leave a comment

Craig Fulton is not reading much into the Irish men’s superb run of form in 2017 to date other than the upbeat mood it has brought the new-look side as a glut of new faces make their mark ahead of the World League Semi-Final