“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.
With Ireland confirmed to play Trinidad and Tobago, it gives us an excuse to bring out a highlight reel of their best ever player, the diminutive but mighty Kwan Browne; there’s archive video from India and Pakistan as well as German and English league clips
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
In this week’s package of video highlights, we have a pair of brilliant goals – one from Reading’s Dan Shingles, the other from Constantijn Jonker for Kampong – are paired with longer packages from a brilliant UHC vs An der Alster games along with more from the Hoofdklasse
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
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
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
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 email@example.com
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!