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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Life looks set to be get pretty hectic for new Irish senior women’s coach Darren Smith before he formally takes on the new post on January 25, 2013.
Former Mount Anville and Pembroke Sinead Loughran was left with a familiar feeling following last weekend’s NCAA championships as, for a third consecutive year, University of North Carolina fell on a scoreline of 3-2 in the grand final.
Five Irish players remain in contention for the ultimate NCAA prize following the weekend’s action stateside with Syracuse, Maryland and North Carolina progressing to the final four of the competition.
Seven Irish players will take on the NCAA last 16 national championships following last Monday’s selection of the organisation’s selection committee.
After one of the finest umpiring careers, the two-time Olympic whistle-blower Carol Metchette closed out her term on home soil, taking charge of the FIH Champions Challenge I final between Australia and the USA in early October
While two head coaches moved on from the senior international setups during the summer to different amounts of fanfare, the retirements of managers Peter Jackson and Sally-Ann Fanagan were quieter affairs.
With conference finals kicking into gear in the coming days, the 16 Irish players abroad continue to set the tone for a number of the major universities as the NCAA championships get ever closer.
Ireland’s vastly swelled ranks of American-based players are making waves impact on the college scene as the new season tipped off in the past fortnight with a flurry of matches across the divisions.
While Ireland’s national teams narrowly missed out on qualification to the Olympic Games, Carol Metchette and Ray O’Connor once again showed the island has a great track record when it comes to umpiring.