By most statistics, 2014 was a particularly sweet one for Ireland’s Green Army. A silver medal at the Champions Challenge in Glasgow was certainly the highlight, especially when considered they entered the tournament as the seventh ranked side.
Former Irish captain Alex Speers has retired from international hockey after eight years with the national set-up, encompassing 164 caps and 19 goals for the national side since making her debut in 2006.
“The Big Man” David Harte is looking for his Kampong side to make amends after a bittersweet debut season in the Euro Hockey League last time around.
Hockey will enter a new era on the island next September with the introduction of a season-long Irish Hockey League for the first time, following the IHA EGM vote in the Stillorgan Park Hotel.
Dutchman Arjen Van As gives a very interesting perspective of what an increased Irish Hockey League needs to address; he has lived in Ireland for the past three years, playing with Three Rock for two seasons before linking up with Rathgar’s first team this year
IUCHA’s Chris Blaney, Banbridge’s Paddy Grimes, UCC’s Shrew Power, Inst’s Andrew Corry, Bandon’s Ali Smith, Pembroke’s David Harvey, Greenfields’ Deirdre McDermott and Lisnagarvey’s Mark Raphael give their thoughts on the proposed expansion of the Irish Hockey League
The debate over the proposed expansion to the Irish Hockey League sparked plenty of discussion this week, especially with the news that Ulster Hockey have requested clubs to stay away from the EGM vote until a better consultation process has taken place.
Former IHA chief executive Paul Varian has written an impassioned call for clubs to get behind the full Irish Hockey League proposal on the table on October 5, calling it a “pivotal moment” in the expansion of the sport
On a weekend of eye-catching, opening results in women’s Leinster division one, Declan Hughes spoke to Keith Crawford, Gillian Pinder and Gavin Bourke about their respective results
Inez Cooper, the Irish Hockey Association’s Chair of Competitions, is encouraging all clubs to debate the Irish Hockey League proposal that is being brought before an EGM on Sunday, October 5 (11.30am Stillorgan Park Hotel) and then make sure their vote counts.
There were reasons to be cheerful for both Three Rock Rovers’ Joe Brennan and Pembroke’s Paddy Conlon following their 2-2 draw at Serpentine Avenue, accentuating the positives to Declan Hughes.
Following the opening day of the new season, Dublin City FM’s Declan Hughes caught up with four of the coaches of the men’s Leinster division one sides to get their thoughts on how their side got on, speaking to Paddy Conlon, David Bane, Trevor Dagg and Mark Cullen.
Andy McConnell has told hoofdklassehockey.nl he is hoping his club, Hurley, can achieve a level of stability in this year’s Dutch top division following an excellent 2013/14 season.
With Ireland’s 5-2 win over Spain on Sunday, it brought their goal tally to 36 in eight games over the course of their Tri-Nations series in Belfield, a rare glut but one that is perfectly in keeping with Darren Smith’s philosophy for his Irish team.
Darren Smith said the right decision was ultimately reached in denying Ireland a winning goal in game three this week against Spain though the manner the umpires reached the outcome “caused a bit of damage” to an otherwise free-flowing game; photos and interview piece
Darren Smith said his side “struggled to adapt” to a different Spanish approach in their second game against the world number 14s as their intensive summer of training and games continues
Darren Smith said he felt a “little hollow” after his Irish side had plenty of good things to reflect on from their Tri-Nations game against Spain but ultimately fell 2-1 to hand the visiting side the honours from the first of four series this week.
From the sounds of things, four-goal scorer Audrey O’Flynn won’t be satisfied with less than double figures when Ireland meet France for a second time in their Tri-Nations series on Monday.
Irish senior women’s coach Darren Smith says that his fresh-faced defensive unit showed rapid improvement in their second battle of the week with New Zealand on Wednesday night as part of an encouraging week at the Electric Ireland Four Nations competition in Dublin.
Irish coach Craig Fulton refused to get too carried away with Ireland’s 2-1 win over world number fives England this afternoon but did suggest it will go a good way to building the belief in the squad.