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The Irish abroad: the view from Holland

The Irish abroad: the view from Holland

November 10, 2010 | 144 views | Comments (6)

Irish internationals David Harte and Mitch Darling have enjoyed a whole new world since moving to the Netherlands in the summer to continue their hockey careers in the Hoofdklasse, widely regarded as the best club league in the world.

The Irish abroad: EHL provides early season highs

The Irish abroad: EHL provides early season highs

November 4, 2010 | 138 views | Comments (2)

Chris Cargo, Ronan Gormley and Phelie Maguire tell The Hook about life with their respective clubs in England, Spain and Belgium after the first couple of months of the season

Brennan believes Glens in better shape to advance

Brennan believes Glens in better shape to advance

October 28, 2010 | 93 views | Leave a comment

Glenanne skipper Joe Brennan believes Saturday morning’s tie against Grunwald Poznan will be the key factor if the Tallaght club are to follow Pembroke into the KO16 round of the EuroHockey League in Terrassa.

Best of Facebook: October

Best of Facebook: October

October 28, 2010 | 104 views | Leave a comment

The Hook’s monthly round-up of the best clips, news and pics relating to Irish hockey and beyond posted on the site’s Facebook page. October is all about the EHL while there are bits from the Guardian, the BBC, the Examiner as well as plenty from Holland.

Weston ready to welcome top-tier hockey

Weston ready to welcome top-tier hockey

October 14, 2010 | 445 views | Comments (4)

Weston club chairman Emmett Hutchin describes Saturday’s first ever division one home fixture against Fingal as “an extremely significant” occasion for the Lucan club after 63 years rising through the divisions to take their place at the top table

Munster welcomes two new arrivals

Munster welcomes two new arrivals

October 6, 2010 | 153 views | Leave a comment

Two new senior hockey clubs have been formed over the summer months in Munster with Kenmare and Cashel/New Inn joining the southern ranks, bringing the entry to their leagues to 49 teams for the 2010/11 season.

Umpires launch new website

Umpires launch new website

September 29, 2010 | 130 views | Comments (1)

The Leinster Hockey Umpires Association have launched their brand new website this week. The site contains plenty of information, including links to hockey’s rules, details on the association’s member’s successes and updates on the LHUA Academy with more info to be added in the coming weeks. The Academy is continuing for a second season and […]

The season starts here… Men’s Division One

The season starts here… Men’s Division One

September 23, 2010 | 288 views | Comments (3)

The time for calling 8-3 preseason defeats as “learning experiences” and claiming “it’s only the Neville Cup” is over as the Leinster division one season’s tip off this weekend. The Hook is here to provide the runners and riders for the site’s fourth season covering Leinster hockey.

The Hook’s September “Best of Facebook”

The Hook’s September “Best of Facebook”

September 21, 2010 | 128 views | Leave a comment

Bored in work? Free period from school. To help you through the hump days, The Hook will this season be publishing a “Best of Facebook” post once a month with the best clips, interviews, websites and everything besides that we have witnessed or been sent from around the hockey world to our Facebook page.

Revington to piece Europe-based puzzle together

Revington to piece Europe-based puzzle together

September 14, 2010 | 118 views | Comments (1)

Irish men’s coach Paul Revington tells The Hook that he faces a major logistical headache but that the moves to Europe of many of Ireland’s top internationals can help open doors for the next generation.

McInroy joins Stick for India project in Anantapur

McInroy joins Stick for India project in Anantapur

September 2, 2010 | 274 views | Comments (1)

Former Pembroke, Corinthian and UCD man John McInroy has been keeping himself busy since completing his coaching duties with the students at the end of last term, joining up with the Stick for India crew in Anantapur.

News in brief: Sticks for Africa

News in brief: Sticks for Africa

August 31, 2010 | 224 views | Comments (2)

ASSA links up with Gilmour Sports to collect sports gear for Africa; The Hook does social networking on Facebook and Twitter; Watch all of the Women’s World Cup from Rosario online

FIH announces several rule changes for 2011

FIH announces several rule changes for 2011

August 14, 2010 | 184 views | Comments (8)

The FIH have announced seven changes to the Rules of Hockey for international competition which will come into effect on January 1, 2011. These are the following changes which will be amended: – Rule 9.15: “players must not force an opponent into offending unintentionally”. This rule will be deleted. – Rule 13.1: the location of a […]

Welcome to The Hook’s new home

Welcome to The Hook’s new home

August 13, 2010 | 196 views | Comments (2)

The Hook welcomes you to the expanded version of the blog, a new online home for Leinster hockey which will endeavour to keep the spirit of the blog, carrying all the latest Leinster hockey news, reports and photos.

Irish Hockey Photographers launch new online home

Irish Hockey Photographers launch new online home

July 15, 2010 | 422 views | Comments (1)

Irish hockey’s top photographers have joined forces to launch a new one-stop shop – http://irishhockeyphotographers.zenfolio.com – for players, parents and fans to purchase top-class pictures. The Irish Hockey Photographers collective was founded in 2008 in association with Ireland’s dedicated hockey news websites, The Hook and Southern Fried. The team of amateur snappers has grown to […]

Centralisation plan gets IHA green light

Centralisation plan gets IHA green light

July 7, 2010 | 75 views | Leave a comment

The IHA confirmed today that from October 2010, the majority of the Irish senior women’s team will commit to a ‘Central Preparation Programme’ (CPP) located in Dublin, for a period of ten months. The programme is designed, according to an IHA press release, to “facilitate a core, intensive preparation program targeting those athletes in contention […]

Cregan set to break Irish caps record

Cregan set to break Irish caps record

June 25, 2010 | 136 views | Comments (2)

Fortune favours the laid-back. Or perhaps it just favours the talented as Eimear Cregan stands on the cusp of setting the new mark for Irish women’s international caps this weekend when she captains the side in the Four-Nations event in Essen, Germany. Should the 28-year-old play two of Ireland’s three games this weekend against Australia, […]

Bloemendaal claim Dutch national title – highlights

Bloemendaal claim Dutch national title – highlights

June 8, 2010 | 85 views | Leave a comment

Suffering from hockey withdrawal symptoms? Bloemendaal began the Dutch national championships last weekend, getting the better of HGC 2-1 in the first match of the three game grand final. Here’s edited highlights of the game. * If you have seen any other good Youtube/Vimeo clips in recent times, especially ones from the Irish season gone […]

Smyth lines out for 6th decade: News in brief

Smyth lines out for 6th decade: News in brief

March 31, 2010 | 94 views | Comments (4)

* There was a special moment last Saturday as Railway Union legend Brendan Smyth lined out to play for the first time in his sixth decade of adult league hockey in Leinster, drawing a guard of honour from both UCD III and his own fifth eleven. Smyth made his senior debut back in the 1960s […]

Ask Ray… about a "Swing and a Miss" and "Dummy Hits"

Ask Ray… about a "Swing and a Miss" and "Dummy Hits"

March 10, 2010 | 211 views | Comments (5)

The Query: If while attempting to hit the ball an attacking player misses but the act of attempting to hit causes a defending player to check his/her stride because of the flailing stick, can there be an argument that the defending player has been disadvantaged and could be awarded a free hit? The usual response […]