Interviews

Harte breaks yet more new ground with Kampong

Harte breaks yet more new ground with Kampong

May 21, 2017 | 235 views | Leave a comment

David Harte added yet another major trophy to his incredible collection, becoming the first Irish person to win the Dutch Hoofdklasse, regarded as the best national club competition in the world.

Shaw’s Irish women going above and beyond in pursuit of World Cup ticket

Shaw’s Irish women going above and beyond in pursuit of World Cup ticket

May 19, 2017 | 743 views | Leave a comment

Graham Shaw says some of the sacrifices made by the Irish women’s squad this summer can see them reach new heights and qualify for a first major world level tournament since the 2002 World Cup.

Bacchus back to hone Irish technical skills

Bacchus back to hone Irish technical skills

May 18, 2017 | 874 views | Leave a comment

Colin “Bacchus” Stewart has returned to Ireland to link up with Graham Shaw’s women’s side until September as the national technical coach for an intense summer featuring a World Cup qualification bid and a return to Europe’s top tier.

Second surgery set to rule Frazer out of summer series

Second surgery set to rule Frazer out of summer series

March 20, 2017 | 662 views | Leave a comment

Ireland look certain to be without their inspirational team captain Megan Frazer for the World League 3 tournament in the summer which will determine whether they can reach the 2018 World Cup in London, writes John Flack.

Cosgrove’s chance route to Scottish senior squad

Cosgrove’s chance route to Scottish senior squad

March 10, 2017 | 958 views | Leave a comment

Former Banbridge man Ben Cosgrove described his route into the Scottish set-up for this week’s World League Round 2 as one of pure chance having previously played with the Irish Under-21s.

Olympic “experience counts in large amounts” for player pathway to top of the game with Ireland

Olympic “experience counts in large amounts” for player pathway to top of the game with Ireland

January 12, 2017 | 599 views | Leave a comment

Following a first Olympic experience, Irish coach Craig Fulton reflects on 2016 and says the player pathway now open in Irish hockey to the top level of the world game can only help guard against players switching to Great Britain.

Funding models and working arrangements need to adapt to continue men’s rise on world stage

Funding models and working arrangements need to adapt to continue men’s rise on world stage

January 2, 2017 | 927 views | Leave a comment

Ahead of a hectic year, Craig Fulton is hopeful that significant headway can be made in the coming weeks to force a change in the way the Irish national teams receive their support from Sport Ireland and government to help progress continue

World Cup 2018 bid finally coming into focus after lengthy lead-in for Shaw’s charges

World Cup 2018 bid finally coming into focus after lengthy lead-in for Shaw’s charges

December 28, 2016 | 927 views | Leave a comment

Graham Shaw looks back on a year without a world ranking tournament on the schedule as he looked to widen his panel, building towards trying to qualify for a major event, the 2018 World Cup, for the first time in over a decade

Harte up for world goalkeeper of the year award

Harte up for world goalkeeper of the year award

November 22, 2016 | 386 views | Leave a comment

Irish captain David Harte says it’s a “very special feeling” to be named on the shortlist for world hockey’s goalkeeper of the year award following another memorable year.

Bell and Tumilty content with favourable EHL draws

Bell and Tumilty content with favourable EHL draws

November 21, 2016 | 593 views | Leave a comment

Banbridge and Lisnagarvey received perhaps the most favourable Euro Hockey League KO16 draw possible – other than facing each other – as they look to earn a maiden quarter-final berth in the elite competition for Ireland.

Dublin City FM interviews – October 21

Dublin City FM interviews – October 21

October 27, 2016 | 225 views | Leave a comment

Declan Hughes catches up the Old Alex’s Brian Wynn, UCD’s Elun Hack and Miles Warren, Lisnagarvey’s Errol Lutton, Clontarf’s Gareth Borland, YMCA’s Jason Klinradt, Pembroke’s Jonny Caren and Instonians Stephen Redpath

Brilliant Bann play way into the Havelock hall of fame

Brilliant Bann play way into the Havelock hall of fame

October 9, 2016 | 1,214 views | Leave a comment

As a grand finale, Banbridge got the moment they deserved to cap an incredible weekend. The biggest crowd seen at the club since the move from the Castlewellan Road witnessed the first Irish club ever to top the group stages.

Bell ready for massive weekend for Banbridge

Bell ready for massive weekend for Banbridge

October 3, 2016 | 449 views | Leave a comment

Banbridge’s Matthew Bell says his first experience of the EHL “was unlike anything I had ever experienced before” when, as a teenager, he made his debut in the competition.

Magee and Bann to make hometown proud as Round1 comes to Ireland

Magee and Bann to make hometown proud as Round1 comes to Ireland

September 27, 2016 | 466 views | Leave a comment

Banbridge’s most famous son Eugene Magee is hopeful his club can put on a show that the “whole town can be proud of” as they become the first Irish venue to host a Euro Hockey League event on October 7th to 9th.

German adventure for Frazer and Wilson

German adventure for Frazer and Wilson

August 31, 2016 | 797 views | Leave a comment

Ireland captain Megan Frazer and rising star Zoe Wilson will be on opposing teams this season in the German Bundesliga after landing moves to Mannheimer and Harvesthuder respectively.

All-time high for Irish men but changing world game poses new challenge

All-time high for Irish men but changing world game poses new challenge

August 23, 2016 | 1,138 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s men have risen to an all-time high position of tenth in the world rankings to sit on the edge of the world’s elite teams at a time when the FIH is set to change the manner in which the international calendar is organised

FIH say variety of changes helping hockey secure place on Olympic programme

FIH say variety of changes helping hockey secure place on Olympic programme

August 22, 2016 | 922 views | Comments (1)

The Hook was part of a round-table with key members of the FIH to talk about what they felt was successful at the Olympic Games and where the sport needs to improve in its presentation

Martin: Funding the key question to keep hockey’s momentum goiing

Martin: Funding the key question to keep hockey’s momentum goiing

August 22, 2016 | 634 views | Leave a comment

Olympic Council of Ireland Chief Executive Stephen Martin played for Great Britain at three Olympic Games, winning bronze in Los Angeles in 1984 and gold in Seoul in 1988. John Flack has been chatting to the Co Down man about the hockey experience in Rio both from an Irish and GB perspective.

Cargo holds travelling support dear in Irish Olympic odyssey

Cargo holds travelling support dear in Irish Olympic odyssey

August 14, 2016 | 782 views | Leave a comment

Chris Cargo hailed the Irish fans in Rio as “amazing” as they played their role in the side’s memorable Olympic campaign, providing extra motivation to the green machine.

Rio journey ends but Fulton hopes experience is just the beginning

Rio journey ends but Fulton hopes experience is just the beginning

August 13, 2016 | 662 views | Leave a comment

“Every journey comes to an end; I know we gave it everything we could,” Craig Fulton’s final reflections on a memorable week but while this Olympic journey is over, he is confident systems can be put in place to make sure this is more than a one-off.