Interviews

Jersey presentation marks start of special week for Irish women

Jersey presentation marks start of special week for Irish women

July 16, 2018 | 299 views | Leave a comment

Nine months on from World Cup qualification, Irish coach Graham Shaw says Friday evening’s jersey presentation very much felt like “the start” of the competition proper.

Dale and Sothern add to Belgian-based Irish contingent

Dale and Sothern add to Belgian-based Irish contingent

July 3, 2018 | 858 views | Leave a comment

Pembroke’s Alan Sothern and Cork C of I’s Julian Dale have joined the rapidly growing cohort of Irish senior men’s internationals who will play their hockey professionally on the continent next season.

Dutch experience helps build O’Flanagan’s mental toughness for World Cup after fine Hoofdklasse season

Dutch experience helps build O’Flanagan’s mental toughness for World Cup after fine Hoofdklasse season

July 2, 2018 | 678 views | Leave a comment

Coping with the forthright Dutch mentality is something Anna O’Flanagan says she initially took a while to get used to but says she will ultimately be stronger for the experience.

Fulton exits to guard of honour after ground-breaking tenure with the Green Machine

Fulton exits to guard of honour after ground-breaking tenure with the Green Machine

July 1, 2018 | 458 views | Leave a comment

Craig Fulton was given a suitable send-off as three goals in the closing 17 minutes saw Ireland beat France for a second day in succession at the Mardyke.

Evans set to reprise unvergesslich season with UHC

Evans set to reprise unvergesslich season with UHC

June 19, 2018 | 650 views | Leave a comment

“Unvergesslich” – Nikki Evans description of an “unforgettable” year with UHC Hamburg, one she is delighted to be able to reprise for a second season.

O’Donoghue to return to Dragons den for 2018/19 season

O’Donoghue to return to Dragons den for 2018/19 season

June 18, 2018 | 811 views | Leave a comment

With a heavy heart, Shane O’Donoghue will leave Glenanne this summer to return to Belgian champions KHC Dragons after a superb season in Dublin, captaining his boyhood club to the EYHL regular season crown.

Shimmins set to breathe fire with Dragons next season

Shimmins set to breathe fire with Dragons next season

June 13, 2018 | 753 views | Leave a comment

Irish international midfielders Kirk Shimmins, Shane O’Donoghue and Stephen Cole have all taken up contracts in Belgium for the upcoming season.

Brown snapped up by East Grinstead to aid indoor and outdoor ambition

Brown snapped up by East Grinstead to aid indoor and outdoor ambition

May 16, 2018 | 1,016 views | Leave a comment

Surprisingly not included in Ireland’s 29-strong World Cup training panel, Chloe Brown is clearly well-regarded by leading English Premiership side East Grinstead, writes John Flack.

Hockey Ireland outline plans for new membership system

Hockey Ireland outline plans for new membership system

March 3, 2018 | 280 views | Leave a comment

Hockey Ireland plans to bring in a new membership system and governance proposals at the 2018 AGM to give the organising body and the sport a platform to develop significantly.

Ards Indoor superstar Brown would relish second offer from Germany as she looks to impress in Prague

Ards Indoor superstar Brown would relish second offer from Germany as she looks to impress in Prague

February 21, 2018 | 536 views | Leave a comment

Chloe Brown has revealed she turned down the offer of a move to Germany last season but she says she would jump at the opportunity if it were to come along again.

Shaw outlines road to London as World Cup comes into view

Shaw outlines road to London as World Cup comes into view

February 5, 2018 | 358 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s women play their first test matches of World Cup year this week in Malaga on Tuesday, taking on Spain in the first of four games this week.

Roadmap to Bhubaneswar laid out for the Green Machine

Roadmap to Bhubaneswar laid out for the Green Machine

January 23, 2018 | 574 views | Leave a comment

Irish coach Craig Fulton has laid out the roadmap to Bhubaneswar and the 2018 World Cup next November with a comprehensive plan of action for the next 10 months, leading up to the November 28 tip off.

Chris Pelow on a hockey career changed by cancer diagnosis: “You do think ‘bloody hell, my life is over”

Chris Pelow on a hockey career changed by cancer diagnosis: “You do think ‘bloody hell, my life is over”

January 11, 2018 | 250 views | Leave a comment

Chris Pelow looked set for a promising hockey career, before a throbbing pain in his foot changed his life forever.

Sargent targeting Ireland recall for 2018 World Cup

Sargent targeting Ireland recall for 2018 World Cup

December 31, 2017 | 398 views | Leave a comment

When Cliodhna Sargent made her return to the Cork Harlequins’ line-up in November against Belfast Harlequins, it was part of her ultimate plan to break back into Graham Shaw’s Irish plans for the 2018 World Cup in London.

McGuire relishing Irish return after five years away

McGuire relishing Irish return after five years away

December 7, 2017 | 1,410 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 | 1,726 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 | 234 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.

McCay likely to step down after 2018 World Cup

McCay likely to step down after 2018 World Cup

October 13, 2017 | 426 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 | 334 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 | 583 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