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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 | 337 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 | 286 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 | 155 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 | 161 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 | 257 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 | 226 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 | 250 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 | 314 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 | 205 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 | 126 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 | 353 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.

Smith facing hectic lead-in to new Irish job

Smith facing hectic lead-in to new Irish job

November 29, 2012 | 261 views | Leave a comment

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.

Loughran’s UNC are third time unlucky in NCAA

Loughran’s UNC are third time unlucky in NCAA

November 21, 2012 | 213 views | Leave a comment

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 still dreaming of NCAA glory

Five Irish players still dreaming of NCAA glory

November 13, 2012 | 272 views | Leave a comment

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.

Eight Irish players set for NCAA playoffs

Eight Irish players set for NCAA playoffs

November 8, 2012 | 229 views | Leave a comment

Seven Irish players will take on the NCAA last 16 national championships following last Monday’s selection of the organisation’s selection committee.

Metchette hangs up international whistle after epic umpiring career

Metchette hangs up international whistle after epic umpiring career

November 8, 2012 | 565 views | Comments (13)

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

Quiet heroes of senior squads step away after huge service to Irish hockey

Quiet heroes of senior squads step away after huge service to Irish hockey

October 23, 2012 | 413 views | Comments (8)

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.

Irish 16 gearing up to conference playoffs

Irish 16 gearing up to conference playoffs

October 23, 2012 | 396 views | Comments (1)

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.

Irish 15 making waves on US scene

Irish 15 making waves on US scene

September 3, 2012 | 152 views | Comments (2)

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.

Top umpire Metchette gets unique Olympic view

Top umpire Metchette gets unique Olympic view

August 26, 2012 | 591 views | Comments (7)

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.