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Welcome to The Hook’s new home

Welcome to The Hook’s new home

August 13, 2010 | 211 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 | 464 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 | 79 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 | 143 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 | 89 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 | 111 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 | 225 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 […]

Ask Ray… about auto-passes and captains

Ask Ray… about auto-passes and captains

February 3, 2010 | 114 views | Leave a comment

Two questions this week for Olympic and World Cup final umpire Ray O’Connor to dig his teeth into: Query 1: Can we get some clarification on the five yards on the auto pass rule from Ray? I was at a game on Saturday where a team were constantly being penalised for not being five yards away […]

News in brief: Ali Keogh named in EHF UDP

News in brief: Ali Keogh named in EHF UDP

January 21, 2010 | 112 views | Leave a comment

* Three Rock Ladies Alison Keogh has been named as one of eight young umpire’s to be included on the European Hockey Federation’s Umpire Development Programme for 2010 to 2012. She will be mentored by England’s international whistle-blower Margaret Hunnaball who will oversee her progress along with three other umpires from Italy, Slovenia and Cyprus. […]

New overhead interpretation introduced for 2010

New overhead interpretation introduced for 2010

January 8, 2010 | 120 views | Leave a comment

At its meeting in November 2009, the FIH’s Hockey Rules Board took the decision to amend the interpretation of Rule 13.2.h – the rule relating to the procedures for taking a free-hits. The rule itself is unchanged but the following interpretation has been added: “It is permitted to play the ball high above the attacking circle […]

Ask Ray… about dangerous overheads

Ask Ray… about dangerous overheads

December 3, 2009 | 92 views | Comments (15)

The Query: “When pressing a defender who then chooses to flick the ball clear, when is it considered dangerous enough to be a free in?” Ray’s response: This is a excellent question: If you don’t mind, I will be a little bit like a politician and not answer the question the way it was asked. […]

Ask Ray… about yellow cards

Ask Ray… about yellow cards

November 25, 2009 | 98 views | Comments (7)

Ask Ray is back for a second season and will appear as regularly on a Wednesday as queries come in. This week the Olympic and World Cup final umpire deals with multiple yellow card offences: The Query If a player receives a yellow card for a specific infringement, do all other players who subsequently make […]

LHUA UDP underway: News in Brief

LHUA UDP underway: News in Brief

November 19, 2009 | 122 views | Comments (6)

* The Leinster Hockey Umpires Association launched their Umpire Academy (LHUA UDP) last week at Grange Road with nine young umpires (male and female) committed to improving their knowledge, pitch presence and umpiring capabilities. They will work in three groups, each of which has an experienced mentor who wil continue with training sessions throughout the […]

Suttonians coach; Conn promoted: News in brief

Suttonians coach; Conn promoted: News in brief

October 28, 2009 | 116 views | Comments (13)

* Suttonians, due to a large increase in the club’s ladies membership, are currently looking for an assistant coach for the ladies section for the 2009/10 season. The right candidate would need to be available for training on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and for matches on Saturdays. A suitable package and support is available. All enquires to […]

Ask Henrik and Peter: world's best recount their lives in umpiring

Ask Henrik and Peter: world's best recount their lives in umpiring

October 1, 2009 | 152 views | Comments (2)

With the Leinster Hockey Umpires Association introducing a number of initiatives to promote that aspect of the sport, the revitalisation of the organisation is well underway. Over 100 people turned out to Ray O’Connor and Geoff Conn’s preseason briefing on the new rules and ten people have already signed up to the Umpires Development Programme […]

News in brief: General meeting agenda

News in brief: General meeting agenda

September 29, 2009 | 113 views | Comments (20)

* The agenda of the Leinster Branch’s September General Meeting, to be held on September 30 at 7.30pm in Three Rock Rovers Hockey Club Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16, will be as follows: • Minutes of previous General Meeting• Matters arising from minutes of previous General Meeting• Report of the Honorary Treasurer• Presentation and adoption […]

News in Brief: AGM date announced

News in Brief: AGM date announced

September 18, 2009 | 118 views | Leave a comment

* The Leinster Branch have served notice of their September General Meeting. It will be held on Wednesday, September 30 2009 in Three Rock hockey club at 7.30pm. An Agenda will follow closer to date and all clubs are asked to ensure that they are represented. * St Brendan’s Phoenix Park will celebrate their 80th […]

Neville Cup fixtures: News in Brief

Neville Cup fixtures: News in Brief

September 9, 2009 | 198 views | Leave a comment

* This season’s men’s Leinster senior hockey action this Saturday with the first round of the Neville Cup. Here’s the fixtures: Neville Cup Round 1Saturday, September 12: UCD vs Fingal, 1pm, Belfield; Glenanne vs Suttonians, 2pm, Glenanne Park; YMCA vs Three Rock Rovers, 2pm, Alexandra College, MilltownTuesday, September 15: Weston vs Pembroke Wanderers, 7.15pm, Esker […]

LHUA roll out two major initiatives

LHUA roll out two major initiatives

September 2, 2009 | 148 views | Leave a comment

In an incredibly busy summer of international hockey, Irish umpires yet again picked up top appointments across the board, culminating in Carol Metchette (left) and Colin Hutchinson taking charge of semi-finals and bronze medal matches at last week’s Europeans. The Leinster Hockey Umpires Association has been working equally hard in the summer months to ensure […]

Irish umpires abound: Euro news in brief

Irish umpires abound: Euro news in brief

May 29, 2009 | 103 views | Leave a comment

* Continuing Ireland’s recent trend of supplying top umpires and officials to major competitions, a wealth of Irish whistle-blowers are involved in the various European competitions in action this weekend. Carol Metchette is in Den Bosch for the Women’s EuroHockey Club Champions Cup – and will also be involved at the Europeans in August – […]