Aaron Gill nicked a late winner to grab the points for NICS against Instonians; Garvey notched double figures against North Down; Kilkeel got revenge over Mossley while Annadale were comfortable winners over Harlequins
In an impressive week for Ireland’s wild geese, goals went the way of Irish players in the top tiers of Belgian, Dutch and English hockey as well as the Northern Conference in the US
With the IHL in full effect, the Ulster Premier League was limited to two ties, one which saw Belfast Harlequins earn their first top tier win for 25 years; Mossley did for Kilkeel as underage international James Lorimer shone
While it was one of the shorter international careers, Alan Giles’ two and a half tenure with the national side was one of the more interesting stories with the announcement of his retirement depriving Paul Revington of a “rabbit’s foot”.
In a new column, throughout the season, The Hook will give a weekly update on what the goings-on in the Ulster men’s Premier league and beyond
The Irish Hockey League will follow the EHL’s lead and trial the new “stick above the shoulder” rule for the 2011/12 season. These changes will not be implemented in the Leinster league this term.
The Hook caught up with umpire Carol Metchette following her call-up to officiate in the final of the European Championships final between the Netherlands and Germany in Monchengladbach in August.
Irish players have begun their pursuit of the NCAA championship in America in fine style in their respective conferences following the season’s tip off in the past fortnight.
The Irish Hockey Umpires Association are holding a start of season, two-day seminar this coming weekend (September 3 and 4) in the Ballsbridge Inn (formerly Jurys). Irish ladies masters to face England in Park Avenue
As the oldest of the three premier goalkeepers in Paul Revington’s extended Irish men’s squad, getting selected for the European championships has been part of a growing experience for Dave Fitzgerald.
View Hockey clubs in Leinster in a larger map – this map was put together by Peter Collings
With the release of the Leinster men’s early season fixtures, The Hook’s preparations for the new season are also getting underway; we’re hoping you can help support the site as it enters it’s fifth season
Frenchman Arnaud Becuwe is hoping his side can maintain their hoodoo over the Irish in major tournaments though he has a certain empathy for the boys in green having lived the past year with Mikey Watt and Geoff McCabe
Balancing two world ranking events in one summer is proving the major juggling act for Paul Revington as he endeavours to deliver a fully functional side to August’s European championships, naming his Champions Challenge team
Pietee Coetzee sets about extending her world goalscoring record this morning as South Africa tip off the FIH Champions Challenge quarter-finals at 10am against Spain, taking the field as major contenders for the title.
The Hook, in partnership with Irish Hockey and ESB Electric Ireland, is proud to announce the launch of a live streaming service for the duration of the FIH Champion’s Challenge I and the UCD 4 Nations tournaments in Belfield.
New Irish skipper Alex Speers says she cannot wait to experience her first world ranking tournament as captain since taking over the role full-time from Eimear Cregan.
A year on from an ill-fated battle with India, Gene Muller is excited about the prospect of getting one back on the Asian side this Saturday in Ireland’s Champion’s Challenge I opener.
While it was a ground-breaking year for Monkstown, skipper Gareth Watkins has already set his sights on new horizons as he, along with a growing club contingent, aims to bed himself into the men’s senior Irish squad.
Irish officials will be spread far and wide this summer as the country provides umpires, judges, umpire’s managers and technical directors to tournament’s around the continent.