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Boon not bust: the rise and rise of Belgian hockey

Boon not bust: the rise and rise of Belgian hockey

October 9, 2013 | 1,882 views | Comments (1)

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

Hermes structure will yield results: Claxton

Hermes structure will yield results: Claxton

October 9, 2013 | 1,303 views | Leave a comment

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

In video: Railway win Park Avenue double-header

In video: Railway win Park Avenue double-header

October 4, 2013 | 1,297 views | Leave a comment

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 4.0 ready for the 2013/14 season

The Hook 4.0 ready for the 2013/14 season

October 3, 2013 | 841 views | Comments (2)

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.

Wesley to rename pavilion in honour of Ken and Joan Blackmore

Wesley to rename pavilion in honour of Ken and Joan Blackmore

September 16, 2013 | 776 views | Comments (1)

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.

Advertorial – Smart Training: “Train smarter, not harder”

Advertorial – Smart Training: “Train smarter, not harder”

August 26, 2013 | 563 views | Leave a comment

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.

Funding key if Irish men to push for world’s top ten

Funding key if Irish men to push for world’s top ten

August 26, 2013 | 185 views | Comments (11)

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.

Pritchard to lead Belgian club’s push for Victory

Pritchard to lead Belgian club’s push for Victory

August 22, 2013 | 334 views | Leave a comment

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.

The Hook seeks your help in pursuit of Arthur Guinness Projects funding

The Hook seeks your help in pursuit of Arthur Guinness Projects funding

August 19, 2013 | 116 views | Leave a comment

The Hook is delighted to go forward for funding for the Arthur Guinness Projects, a new initiative designed “to celebrate and reward the next chapter of Irish talent and creativity”.

Garda take bronze at World Police and Fire Games in Belfast

Garda take bronze at World Police and Fire Games in Belfast

August 13, 2013 | 552 views | Comments (2)

The Garda Hockey Club, with the support of the IHA, claimed third place last week at the World Police and Fire Games (WPFG) 2013 in Belfast, the third largest sporting event in the world this year, after forming back in May

Smooth transition the key aim for Irish underage programme

Smooth transition the key aim for Irish underage programme

August 2, 2013 | 483 views | Leave a comment

This weekend sees the culmination of two years building toward this classification weekend for coach Richie Malone, his coaching and management team; The Hook spoke to Malone, Mary Goode and Gerry Heaney about how they have prepared

Integrated approach key for Irish progress – Smith

Integrated approach key for Irish progress – Smith

July 7, 2013 | 401 views | Comments (4)

Darren Smith is hopeful that a more integrated approach to the Irish hockey calendar can pay dividends for both the club and international game

King’s Hos leading way in Business Houses league

King’s Hos leading way in Business Houses league

July 6, 2013 | 166 views | Leave a comment

The 2013 Business Houses League got underway on Wednesday night in Loreto Beaufort. The format saw the sides compete in 9-a-side games for 20 minutes on the full pitch

Limerick’s Rebecca Barry to tussle with Messi, LeBron and Zlatan for fabled ESPY gong

Limerick’s Rebecca Barry to tussle with Messi, LeBron and Zlatan for fabled ESPY gong

June 28, 2013 | 481 views | Comments (2)

A Limerick woman has become the first field hockey player to be nominated for the fabled Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Awards, which celebrate America’s greatest sporting achievements.

Meredith: Irish “model has to change” in current economic climate

Meredith: Irish “model has to change” in current economic climate

June 23, 2013 | 212 views | Comments (36)

Andrew Meredith believes that an overhaul of the current Irish senior men’s training setup is needed with elite players being encouraged back to Ireland from their foreign bases if the side is to be able to thrive in the current economic environment.

Business of international hockey a welcome surprise for Railway’s Dillon

Business of international hockey a welcome surprise for Railway’s Dillon

June 21, 2013 | 583 views | Comments (1)

Kate Dillon is finding life a whole lot busier since finally being called up to the central panel of the Irish senior women’s hockey team.

Symmons ready for landmark 200th cap as Canada come to visit Belfield

Symmons ready for landmark 200th cap as Canada come to visit Belfield

June 20, 2013 | 328 views | Comments (7)

Nikki Symmons will become the first Irish woman in any team sport to amass 200 caps tomorrow when the national hockey team takes on Canada as preparations continue for August’s European championships.

Leinster men’s clubs vote to merge divisions two and three

Leinster men’s clubs vote to merge divisions two and three

June 13, 2013 | 279 views | Comments (13)

Leinster men’s hockey clubs narrowly voted last night to promote four second eleven sides from division three to make a ten-team division two from next September at an eventful Leinster Hockey Association AGM.

Maguire ready for “highest calibre” tournament of career

Maguire ready for “highest calibre” tournament of career

June 12, 2013 | 151 views | Comments (2)

Phelie Maguire admits that thoughts did persist that he might “not realistically get another chance” of playing in a top level tournament but he is now looking to shine having enjoyed a new lease of life in green since Andrew Meredith took the coaching reins.

IHA to become limited company following AGM vote

IHA to become limited company following AGM vote

May 26, 2013 | 158 views | Comments (2)

Life begins as a limited company for Irish Hockey on July 1, 2013 following an emphatic vote at the IHA’s AGM on Saturday but clubs rejected a proposed €233 levy for the next two years.