The Irish Hockey Association last Friday laid out its blueprint for the sport – and stated its aim to grow participation levels by 20% over the next four years.
Munster and Connacht RDO Phil Oakley plays peacemaker between Lance Armstrong and Paul Kimmage; Newpark and Avoca’s golden era; Tim Jessulat produces 13 seconds of sheer goalkeeping brilliance and more
Over the course of 2013, over 1.1 million pages were viewed on The Hook with 495 stories posted on the site from Leinster schools level to league round-ups to interpro and international level.
Mike Heskin told The Hook that the Irish senior men’s national team were not gelling with coach Andrew Meredith with development slow to materialise over the past 14 months with Rio 2016 very much in mind
The IHA and senior men’s coach Andrew Meredith have gone their separate ways “by mutual consent” after a 14-month spell in charge of the side with the highlight a bronze medal at the 2012 Champions Challenge I in Argentina
The Irish Times causes a stir with the costs associated with playing for the Irish underage sides; German U-21 magic; USA Hockey Guy pays tributes to the Chiefs; Exeter to Edinburgh all in this week’s round-up of the weird and wonderful from hockey’s world wide web
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Roisin Upton became the second Irish player following Megan Frazer to win the NCAA championship title in the US as her UConn Huskies side beat Duke University 2-0 last Sunday
Despite breaking a bone in her hand, Sinead Loughran is still in the mix to play a big part in University of North Carolina’s push for an NCAA title; she was one of six Irish players named in regional representative sides
Seven Irish players will be hoping to land NCAA glory in the coming fortnight following the completion of the respective conferences around the United States last weekend
David Harte is among a list of eight overseas goalkeepers and ten from India vying to be bought in the Hockey India League action on November 18
The Hook sat down with Belgium Hockey’s Technical Director earlier this summer to get an idea about how they have risen from being a second tier European nation to being contenders for world level medals within just a decade
As part of Dublin City FM’s link-up with The Hook, Declan Hughes interviewed Jamiee Claxton, Jonathan Harte, Stephen Brownlow and Rory O’Donoghue
Tristan Seaton-Stedham was on hand to video both of Railway Union’s comfortable wins last Saturday in women’s and men’s Leinster division one with Declan Hughes reporting for Dublin City FM
The Hook entered its fourth incarnation this week as the site looks to grow and adapt to new developments with the aim of continuing to provide the best coverage of Leinster and Irish hockey.
The Governors of Wesley College will be renaming the Pavilion in Wesley College The Blackmore Pavilion. This will be to honour Kenneth Blackmore (Principal 1977-96) and his wife Joan.
Jonny Bruton is hoping to provide Leinster hockey community with a new fitness experience as he opens the doors to the Smart Training fitness facility this week.
In Andrew Meredith’s post-European championships assessment, he stressed the importance of getting the Irish men’s team funded to a level from which the side can properly push for a place in the world’s top ten.
Former Irish senior women’s assistant coach Denis Pritchard is looking forward to a new challenge this season after he was appointed as women’s head coach at Victory Hockey Club, based in Edegem in Belgium.