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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Monkstown were the big winners from the 2014 IHA Hockey Awards at the Stillorgan Park Hotel as they landed the club of the year award while Gareth Watkins took the men’s club player of the year following their outstanding 2012/13 season.
Elite level hockey will be reduced to a 60-minute game for the build-up to the 2016 Olympics as part of the changes that come with dividing the game into four quarters from September 1, 2014.
Top Irish umpire, Colin Hutchinson recently retired from international hockey having reached the current age limit of 47 for umpires. During a highly successful career, he reached 100 international caps and the very peak of the umpiring ladder
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
In an open letter to the Irish hockey community, former IHA high performance director David Passmore outlines his fears regarding player burnout.
Leinster clubs, players, coaches and umpires to the fore in Irish Hockey Awards as they they landed seven out of the seven prizes announced this afternoon while a further two of the three remaining gongs are guaranteed to stay in the province.
Leinster and Irish hockey will host a couple of forums in the next week that could have a huge effect on the sport’s landscape as the IHA puts forward a proposal for a “full” Irish Hockey League.
The Irish Hockey Association will induct four new members into the Hall of Fame on Friday, March 21 at the upcoming Irish Hockey Awards with Jimmy Kirkwood, Joanne Menown, John McKee and Noelle Branagan joining the list of greats of the Irish game.
Monkstown and Avoca will be seeking the support of their constituent clubs to obtain a loan to build a new pitch from the Leinster Hockey Association Branch Pitch Development Fund at an EGM on February 20
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
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.
The Leinster Hockey Umpires Association is delighted to launch its new website. The site contains some new features such as the current Leinster appointments, how to become an umpire and a host of helpful resources for umpires and players alike.