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.
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
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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
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
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
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.
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.
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
Darren Smith is hopeful that a more integrated approach to the Irish hockey calendar can pay dividends for both the club and international game
Andrew Meredith believes that an overhaul of the current Irish senior men’s training setup is needed with elite players being encouraged back to Ireland from their foreign bases if the side is to be able to thrive in the current economic environment.
Kate Dillon is finding life a whole lot busier since finally being called up to the central panel of the Irish senior women’s hockey team.
Nikki Symmons will become the first Irish woman in any team sport to amass 200 caps tomorrow when the national hockey team takes on Canada as preparations continue for August’s European championships.
Phelie Maguire admits that thoughts did persist that he might “not realistically get another chance” of playing in a top level tournament but he is now looking to shine having enjoyed a new lease of life in green since Andrew Meredith took the coaching reins.
Getting young people talking is the message for young stars from Irish goalkeeper David Harte following the recent Mental Health Awareness month as they cope with the emotional rollercoaster that comes with the sporting life.
Former Irish Captain Arlene Boyles was last night recognised for her contribution to the game when she was presented with the prestigious Winifred Templeton Award.
Last summer, Charlene’s Project travelled from Ireland with half a ton of hockey sticks, balls and kit to Uganda. A year on, the incredible Barr family looks set to make the same journey with double that amount of gear.
New Irish coach Andrew Meredith has revealed himself revealed himself to be a former art director and lover of graphic design — his method of switching off from “a hotel room that looks like NASA” when he’s away at hockey tournaments.
Former Irish men’s senior coach Paul Revington has hit back at suggestions that he and his management team were the root cause of a €37,500 overspend that almost saw Ireland withdraw from the Champions Challenge I.
While Wednesday’s budget saw sport not suffer the forecast cuts of 5pc, Irish Hockey chief executive Mike Heskin did warn that hockey will have a serious fight for funding in 2013.