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