Interviews

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 | 668 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 | 1,021 views | Comments (1)

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 | 1,014 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 | 443 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 | 661 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 | 279 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 | 1,282 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 | 492 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 | 525 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 | 919 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 | 1,224 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 | 971 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 | 716 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 | 939 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 | 707 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.

Agonising end but Harte helps put Irish hockey firmly on the map

Agonising end but Harte helps put Irish hockey firmly on the map

August 13, 2016 | 703 views | Leave a comment

David Harte described Ireland’s exit from the Olympic Games at the hands of Argentina as “gut-wrenching and agonising” as they, once again, pushed a world top seven ranked side close but ultimately came unstuck.

Reaction: Celebrations on hold as Argentina already in view

Reaction: Celebrations on hold as Argentina already in view

August 11, 2016 | 822 views | Leave a comment

Mitch Darling talks history, David Harte on Argentina-focus, Craig Fulton on deserved success and Shane O’Donoghue on penalty corner mojo; here’s the reaction from Ireland’s 4-2 win over Canada

Ireland back strong for last two group games – Bell

Ireland back strong for last two group games – Bell

August 9, 2016 | 683 views | Leave a comment

Despite the defeat to Germany, the mood in the mixed zone had positive tones as Ireland look to turn performances into points in their closing two games later this week; reaction from Jonny Bell, David Harte and Craig Fulton

Four Nations Feedback – reflections on run to silver

Four Nations Feedback – reflections on run to silver

August 8, 2016 | 305 views | Leave a comment

Have a listen to Declan Hughes’ series of interviews from the recent Four Nations Invitational series that finished up last Friday with Ireland ending up second after four wins from five outings

Tough scoreline to take for Gormley and Fulton

Tough scoreline to take for Gormley and Fulton

August 8, 2016 | 1,089 views | Leave a comment

Check out all the reaction from Ronan Gormley, Craig Fulton, Mirco Pruyser and Rob van der Horst from Ireland’s game with the Netherlands in game two of their Olympic journey