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Fresh-faced defence draw praise from Smith for swift improvement

Fresh-faced defence draw praise from Smith for swift improvement

July 18, 2014 | 666 views | Leave a comment

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.

Fulton keeps feet on the ground after landmark win; 50-goal Watt hails hard-working effort

Fulton keeps feet on the ground after landmark win; 50-goal Watt hails hard-working effort

July 5, 2014 | 890 views | Leave a comment

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.

Full game focus limits “weird” experience for Gleghorne brothers

Full game focus limits “weird” experience for Gleghorne brothers

July 4, 2014 | 1,104 views | Leave a comment

Paul Gleghorne admitted it was a “weird” experience in the lead-up to an international match against older brother Mark but said that once the first whistle went, it was business as usual.

Fulton starting Irish role with “clean slate” for players to stake their claim

Fulton starting Irish role with “clean slate” for players to stake their claim

April 19, 2014 | 1,094 views | Comments (1)

New Irish coach Craig Fulton says that he is “90 percent” confident he will have a full panel at his disposal as the summer progresses as he looks to put his personal stamp on the Irish senior men’s squad after a helter-skelter start to his tenure.

Joyce getting used to mixing it with world’s best as Railway take on Dutch giants Den Bosch

Joyce getting used to mixing it with world’s best as Railway take on Dutch giants Den Bosch

April 16, 2014 | 1,245 views | Leave a comment

Cecelia Joyce is beginning to get used to taking on the world’s best. Just 12 days since the T20 cricket World Cup concluded in Bangladesh, she is one of three players back on a plane, this time to the Netherlands with Railway Union.

Greene lands top award as part of UCD treble

Greene lands top award as part of UCD treble

April 16, 2014 | 908 views | Comments (1)

Sarah Greene, captain of UCD’s Hockey team, was last week named The Irish Times / Irish Sports Council ‘Sportswoman of the Month’ for March following UCD’s epic run to the Irish Hockey League, Irish Senior Cup and Leinster women’s division one treble.

Senior internationals ask hockey clubs to support proposed full IHL plan

Senior internationals ask hockey clubs to support proposed full IHL plan

February 28, 2014 | 1,980 views | Comments (3)

Leinster club representatives appeared reasonably receptive to a “full Irish Hockey League” following the IHA forum last night in the Stillorgan Park Hotel though there were fears over the potential nature of promotion and relegation

The Dublin City FM podcast – February 9, 2014

The Dublin City FM podcast – February 9, 2014

February 10, 2014 | 564 views | Leave a comment

Declan Hughes was joined by Monkstown’s Gareth Watkins and Kyle Good in the Dublin City FM studio to talk about their club’s Leinster men’s division one win while Stephen Findlater gives a recap of the interprovincial series

Hockey players Naughton and Ryan sign up with Irish rugby 7s for World Series bid

Hockey players Naughton and Ryan sign up with Irish rugby 7s for World Series bid

February 6, 2014 | 2,152 views | Comments (1)

Aisling Naughton and Elaine Ryan are both hoping they can earn a place at the 2016 Olympics Games as part of the Irish women’s Rugby Sevens team via one of the more unique routes.

Irish great O’Reilly passes away after amazing life in hockey

Irish great O’Reilly passes away after amazing life in hockey

January 24, 2014 | 1,532 views | Leave a comment

Joan O’Reilly, one of Irish hockey’s most illustrious and talented international players, has passed away following a most varied and decorated life both on and off the field of play.

IHA outline three key visions in strategic plan

IHA outline three key visions in strategic plan

January 14, 2014 | 662 views | Leave a comment

The Irish Hockey Association last Friday laid out its blueprint for the sport – and stated its aim to grow participation levels by 20% over the next four years.

IHA chief executive says lack of Olympic progress led to Meredith departure

IHA chief executive says lack of Olympic progress led to Meredith departure

December 29, 2013 | 1,660 views | Comments (1)

Mike Heskin told The Hook that the Irish senior men’s national team were not gelling with coach Andrew Meredith with development slow to materialise over the past 14 months with Rio 2016 very much in mind

Social Mediawatch – The Big Man

Social Mediawatch – The Big Man

November 29, 2013 | 1,538 views | Leave a comment

Counting down til Friday closing time? Here’s a few highlights from around the hockey world wide web to help you kill a few minutes!

Limerick’s Upton tops NCAA ranking

Limerick’s Upton tops NCAA ranking

November 28, 2013 | 530 views | Leave a comment

Roisin Upton became the second Irish player following Megan Frazer to win the NCAA championship title in the US as her UConn Huskies side beat Duke University 2-0 last Sunday

Boon not bust: the rise and rise of Belgian hockey

Boon not bust: the rise and rise of Belgian hockey

October 9, 2013 | 2,043 views | Comments (1)

The Hook sat down with Belgium Hockey’s Technical Director earlier this summer to get an idea about how they have risen from being a second tier European nation to being contenders for world level medals within just a decade

Hermes structure will yield results: Claxton

Hermes structure will yield results: Claxton

October 9, 2013 | 2,265 views | Leave a comment

As part of Dublin City FM’s link-up with The Hook, Declan Hughes interviewed Jamiee Claxton, Jonathan Harte, Stephen Brownlow and Rory O’Donoghue

Funding key if Irish men to push for world’s top ten

Funding key if Irish men to push for world’s top ten

August 26, 2013 | 237 views | Comments (11)

In Andrew Meredith’s post-European championships assessment, he stressed the importance of getting the Irish men’s team funded to a level from which the side can properly push for a place in the world’s top ten.

Pritchard to lead Belgian club’s push for Victory

Pritchard to lead Belgian club’s push for Victory

August 22, 2013 | 412 views | Leave a comment

Former Irish senior women’s assistant coach Denis Pritchard is looking forward to a new challenge this season after he was appointed as women’s head coach at Victory Hockey Club, based in Edegem in Belgium.

Smooth transition the key aim for Irish underage programme

Smooth transition the key aim for Irish underage programme

August 2, 2013 | 582 views | Leave a comment

This weekend sees the culmination of two years building toward this classification weekend for coach Richie Malone, his coaching and management team; The Hook spoke to Malone, Mary Goode and Gerry Heaney about how they have prepared

Integrated approach key for Irish progress – Smith

Integrated approach key for Irish progress – Smith

July 7, 2013 | 492 views | Comments (4)

Darren Smith is hopeful that a more integrated approach to the Irish hockey calendar can pay dividends for both the club and international game