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Varian: Full IHL “an opportunity the sport must grasp with both hands”

Varian: Full IHL “an opportunity the sport must grasp with both hands”

September 24, 2014 | 878 views | Leave a comment

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

Highlight reel: Nyland lights up Longwood

Highlight reel: Nyland lights up Longwood

September 23, 2014 | 771 views | Leave a comment

This week’s video highlights come from the US, England, Belgium and the Netherlands with some seriously good goals including Tipp native Edel Nyland, OZ’s Rob van der Horst, Beeston’s Adam Dixon and the Wat Ducks’ Maxime Bertrand with our favourite

Crawford hails Pembroke’s forward work-rate

Crawford hails Pembroke’s forward work-rate

September 22, 2014 | 1,167 views | Leave a comment

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

How Leinster Division One players get injured

How Leinster Division One players get injured

September 19, 2014 | 2,859 views | Leave a comment

Three Rock Rovers and Ireland goalkeeper Stephen West has produced a particularly informative infographic detailing injury patterns in Leinster division one players; if you have questions or want further information, he can be contacted on westy1609@gmail.com

Cooper calls on clubs to debate future of Irish Hockey League

Cooper calls on clubs to debate future of Irish Hockey League

September 19, 2014 | 734 views | Comments (4)

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.

Genesis secure permanent home in Stillorgan

Genesis secure permanent home in Stillorgan

September 17, 2014 | 1,943 views | Leave a comment

After 38 years on borrowed ground, Genesis Hockey Club confirmed St Raphaela’s, Stillorgan as its new and permanent home ground, launching the club last Saturday.

Brennan and Conlon accentuate positives of 2-2 draw

Brennan and Conlon accentuate positives of 2-2 draw

September 16, 2014 | 928 views | Leave a comment

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.

Highlight reel: Lamprecht’s glorious goal

Highlight reel: Lamprecht’s glorious goal

September 15, 2014 | 505 views | Leave a comment

Some pretty great videos available this week around the internet. First off check out Gertjie Lamprecht’s individual goal for North West against KZN in the South African IPT competition earlier this month.

Support The Hook with GW Hockey

Support The Hook with GW Hockey

September 13, 2014 | 655 views | Leave a comment

For the new season, there are now two ways that you can support The Hook and its coverage of Leinster and Irish hockey as a result of our link-up with GW Hockey.

Highlight reel: top action from around Europe

Highlight reel: top action from around Europe

September 10, 2014 | 649 views | Leave a comment

In a whistle-stop highlights tour around a couple of games in the Netherlands and Belgium last weekend, David Harte enjoyed the most fruitful weekend with a clean sheet in Kampong’s 3-0 win over Rotterdam in the Dutch Hoofdklasse’s opening game of the season.

Santry set for new era as Trinity open pitch

Santry set for new era as Trinity open pitch

September 9, 2014 | 1,356 views | Leave a comment

This Saturday, Dublin University re-open their Santry grounds to hockey for the first time in over three seasons as they formally open their new water-based pitch.

AUDIO: Conlon hails Ingram “stormer”

AUDIO: Conlon hails Ingram “stormer”

September 7, 2014 | 1,194 views | Leave a comment

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.

USA Hockey Guy predicts the new season!

USA Hockey Guy predicts the new season!

September 5, 2014 | 1,811 views | Comments (1)

As the final part of The Hook’s preseason build-up, we have enlisted the help of Twitter’s finest Leinster Hockey analyst – or “Eastern Conference” as he prefers to call it – to give us his predictions for the new season!

McConnell swinging for Hurley stability

McConnell swinging for Hurley stability

September 5, 2014 | 551 views | Leave a comment

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.

The season starts here – men’s Leinster Division One preview

The season starts here – men’s Leinster Division One preview

September 4, 2014 | 2,558 views | Comments (2)

New season and ten new-look squads begin their men’s Leinster division one campaign after an extremely busy summer of transfer dealings as the chasing pack attempt to close the gap to Monkstown, winners last year after a 40-year wait.

Stephen Jenness scores a one-handed wonder

Stephen Jenness scores a one-handed wonder

September 3, 2014 | 733 views | Leave a comment

Last Sunday, on the first day of the Belgian championship, New Zealaner Stephen Jenness – playing for Herakles in their stunning 6-3 win – scored this scorcher against the Waterloo Ducks.

Russell shoots Syracuse to four wins in-a-row

Russell shoots Syracuse to four wins in-a-row

September 3, 2014 | 437 views | Leave a comment

Former Old Alex forward Emma Russell was one of the stars of the opening week of Syracuse University’s season in the US as they won four games in succession on the road.

Bann’s Bears and Pegasus Flyers land first cups of 2014/15 season

Bann’s Bears and Pegasus Flyers land first cups of 2014/15 season

September 1, 2014 | 323 views | Leave a comment

Banbridge Bears and the Pegasus Flyers claimed the first trophies of the Irish hockey club season in Havelock Park on Sunday as they won the Anderson Cup and McCausland, Light and Rankin Cup, respectively.

Irish trio help Racing salvage Daring draw

Irish trio help Racing salvage Daring draw

September 1, 2014 | 552 views |

Video highlights of Racing Club de Bruxelle’s Irish troupe, comprising Chris Cargo, Conor Harte and Alan Sothern, salvaging a last gasp draw against EHL-bound Daring, the side that beat them to third place in the Belgian league last year on day one of the Honour Division

VIDEO: What made Santi Freixa so good

VIDEO: What made Santi Freixa so good

August 31, 2014 | 576 views | Leave a comment

Spanish hero Santi Freixa announced his retirement from international hockey on Saturday, feeling his body would not be able to withstand the rigours of another Olympic campaign towards Rio de Janeiro.