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The Irish abroad – breaking Bruxelles

The Irish abroad – breaking Bruxelles

August 26, 2014 | 771 views | Leave a comment

With the Belgian Honours Division starting this weekend, the Racing Club de Bruxelles trio of Alan Sothern, Conor Harte and Chris Cargo concluded preseason with an impressive showing at the Five Feathers tournament in East Grinstead last weekend.

The Cookstown Ice Bucket Challenge

The Cookstown Ice Bucket Challenge

August 26, 2014 | 576 views | Leave a comment

At this stage, most have probably encountered the Ice Bucket Challenge (in support of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association – text donations to 50300), but few have done it in as bizarre style of Cookstown, calling out 2011 Euro Hockey League rivals

“Irish people want to play with endeavour” – Smith and Lock reflect on Tri-Nations series

“Irish people want to play with endeavour” – Smith and Lock reflect on Tri-Nations series

August 25, 2014 | 367 views | Leave a comment

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.

Nineteen Irish players signed up for 2014 US college season

Nineteen Irish players signed up for 2014 US college season

August 25, 2014 | 3,154 views | Comments (3)

The new US colleges season sees 19 Irish players vying for the division one NCAA title with Sarah Hawkshaw, Katie Miller, Philippa Cotter, Lauren McGrane, Edel Nyland and Kate Harvey adding to the wild geese.

How hockey compares to lacrosse and hurling

How hockey compares to lacrosse and hurling

August 25, 2014 | 1,836 views | Leave a comment

Jury’s have come up with a nice infographic to show the key differences between Gaelic games and other similar sports; here’s the hockey one, comparing it to hurling and lacrosse.

Smith: right decision ultimately reached but manner served to damage free-flowing tie

Smith: right decision ultimately reached but manner served to damage free-flowing tie

August 22, 2014 | 638 views | Leave a comment

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

Fulton lays out Green Machine programme for Road to Rio Olympic Games

Fulton lays out Green Machine programme for Road to Rio Olympic Games

August 20, 2014 | 1,005 views | Leave a comment

Irish men’s senior coach Craig Fulton has laid out an extensive day-by-day plan up to the end of August 2015 that he is keen that all stakeholders, including club coaches get on board with, as they pursue the Olympic dream.

Same scoreline as Spanish changes help pick off under par Irish performance

Same scoreline as Spanish changes help pick off under par Irish performance

August 18, 2014 | 443 views | Leave a comment

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

Smith reflects on Irish conversion rate against Spain

Smith reflects on Irish conversion rate against Spain

August 16, 2014 | 328 views | Leave a comment

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.

O’Flynn hungry for more goals – all the interviews and photos from France win

O’Flynn hungry for more goals – all the interviews and photos from France win

August 15, 2014 | 354 views | Leave a comment

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.

Monkstown’s Latin-infused EHL opponents Daring make preseason statement

Monkstown’s Latin-infused EHL opponents Daring make preseason statement

August 10, 2014 | 693 views | Leave a comment

Monkstown’s EuroHockey League opponents Daring have shown some impressive preseason form over the weekend with wins over both Bloemendaal and Oranje Zwart.

Social Mediawatch – taking down the Kiwis

Social Mediawatch – taking down the Kiwis

August 7, 2014 | 1,146 views | Leave a comment

With preseason in full swing, there’s plenty of hockey shenanigans about the world wide web this week – Southern Fried have a great interview with Yvonne O’Byrne, Glenanne’s tweet of the week, NZ’s hockey player curse and eye-catching transfers…

Fresh-faced defence draw praise from Smith for swift improvement

Fresh-faced defence draw praise from Smith for swift improvement

July 18, 2014 | 611 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 | 847 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 | 1,039 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.

Quick Hockey launched at National Sports Campus

Quick Hockey launched at National Sports Campus

May 22, 2014 | 604 views | Leave a comment

The IHA this week launched Quick Hockey, a new variation of hockey for everyone, at a demonstration of the game at the National Sports Campus in Abbotstown this week.

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 | 1,042 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 | 1,140 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 | 845 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.

Irish senior teams launch “crowd-funding” initiatives

Irish senior teams launch “crowd-funding” initiatives

March 26, 2014 | 558 views | Leave a comment

The Irish senior men’s and women’s teams launched their “crowd funding” on the PledgeSports website this week as part of their efforts to raise €35,000 each in the next 40 days.