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Pritchard to lead Belgian club’s push for Victory

Pritchard to lead Belgian club’s push for Victory

August 22, 2013 | 491 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 | 216 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 | 755 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 | 683 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 | 589 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 | 274 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 | 676 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 | 342 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 | 821 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 | 476 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 | 428 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 | 290 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 | 285 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.

Harte speaks up for Mental Health Awareness month

Harte speaks up for Mental Health Awareness month

May 23, 2013 | 384 views | Leave a comment

Getting young people talking is the message for young stars from Irish goalkeeper David Harte following the recent Mental Health Awareness month as they cope with the emotional rollercoaster that comes with the sporting life.

Boyles honoured for at Ulster Hockey awards after over 25 years at the top

Boyles honoured for at Ulster Hockey awards after over 25 years at the top

May 23, 2013 | 361 views | Comments (5)

Former Irish Captain Arlene Boyles was last night recognised for her contribution to the game when she was presented with the prestigious Winifred Templeton Award.

Charlene’s Project going from strength to strength

Charlene’s Project going from strength to strength

May 8, 2013 | 386 views | Leave a comment

Last summer, Charlene’s Project travelled from Ireland with half a ton of hockey sticks, balls and kit to Uganda. A year on, the incredible Barr family looks set to make the same journey with double that amount of gear.

News in brief: O’Donnell makes EHF list

News in brief: O’Donnell makes EHF list

May 3, 2013 | 495 views | Leave a comment

Shane O’Donnell has been included in new EHF umpire’s programme; Holy Child and Tullamore seek new coaches; Avoca team up with Enva and LauraLynn as part of 10-year deal; LHA seek nominations for U-18 boys team

Meredith to offer creative solutions as Irish men lock targets on world’s top ten

Meredith to offer creative solutions as Irish men lock targets on world’s top ten

December 15, 2012 | 336 views | Comments (2)

New Irish coach Andrew Meredith has revealed himself revealed himself to be a former art director and lover of graphic design — his method of switching off from “a hotel room that looks like NASA” when he’s away at hockey tournaments.

Revington rebuffs IHA overspend claims

Revington rebuffs IHA overspend claims

December 13, 2012 | 264 views | Comments (3)

Former Irish men’s senior coach Paul Revington has hit back at suggestions that he and his management team were the root cause of a €37,500 overspend that almost saw Ireland withdraw from the Champions Challenge I.

Heskin lays out challenges for Irish hockey in 2013

Heskin lays out challenges for Irish hockey in 2013

December 7, 2012 | 501 views | Comments (7)

While Wednesday’s budget saw sport not suffer the forecast cuts of 5pc, Irish Hockey chief executive Mike Heskin did warn that hockey will have a serious fight for funding in 2013.