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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Graham Shaw’s Irish women’s team jetted out to Johannesburg last Thursday evening in confident mood but wary not to get “carried away” by recent results in the final countdown for the World League Semi-Finals.
The Irish Hockey Umpires Association (IHUA) has launched a four-year plan for umpiring to address both national and provincial level umpiring as they seek to address the “current crisis”
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Hockey Ireland chief executive Jerome Pels says the current infrastructure, primarily the lack of a suitable stadium, meant that it was not financially viable to take part in the first wave of the Hockey Pro League.
Jeremy Duncan says his move to Belgium to take up a contract with Herakles is part of a “conscious decision to live a high performance lifestyle and see how far I can take myself”
Ireland’s men return to competitive action this weekend for the first time since World League Round 2 as they take on England in a couple of uncapped matches in Bisham Abbey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.