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.
For the 2012/13 season, the IHA have adopted a series of significant of rule changes that will impact on all levels of hockey throughout the country having previously been trialed at EHL and international level.
Five IHA posts are now looking for new full-time inhabitants after chief executive Angus Kirkland and high performance director Dave Passmore both stepped down from their respective roles.
Paul Revington did not wish to elaborate but admitted his tenure had reached “the point of no return”, leading to his departure from the Irish senior men’s coaching role, he told The Hook
The Business Houses competition reached the semi final stage last week. Lawyers, estate agents, clinicians and teachers fought it out for the right to play in the final – which takes place this Thursday in Pembroke at 7.30pm.
Ten Leinster based umpires have been appointed to 13 international competitions this summer, ranging from Olympic level to the various youth and club competitions around the continent.
Stephen Butler and Eugene Magee hope that Chinese astrology comes to bear this weekend and that this year is the EHL Year of the Dragon.
Ulster Hockey and the Umpires Committee have launched an appeal for former players, players coming to the end of their career, teachers, supporters, juniors, interested parents and supporters to think about becoming an umpire.
It’s definitely ‘squeaky bum time’ at Lisnagarvey as yet another three points were dropped to a Mark Irwin-inspired Instonians side; Cookstown and Banbridge have closed the gap markedly
Draws for leading pair Lisnagarvey and Cookstown has opened a chink of light for Banbridge in the Ulster Premier League title race though it still looks like a straight battle between the former pair
Cookstown made serious inroads in the Ulster Premier League with three wins in seven days while results elsewhere saw rivals drop points. It means leaders Lisnagarvey are in range, 11 points clear but with extra games played.
The gulf between the so called big boys and the rest was evident last weekend in the Ulster Premier League with an aggregate score of 25-2 to the perennial favourites.