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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 | 214 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 | 107 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 | 107 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 | 115 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 | 86 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 | 91 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 | 116 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 | 109 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 | 136 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 | 110 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 | 113 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 | 188 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 | 141 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 | 93 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 – […]

Ask Ray… about the IHL's first season

Ask Ray… about the IHL's first season

May 18, 2009 | 113 views | Leave a comment

In a slight variation on the regular ‘Ask Ray…’ feature, this time The Hook sought out Ray O’Connor’s thoughts on the IHL finals weekend due to his duel-capacity as the tournament’s technical advisor as well as being part of the IHL’s organising committee. Speaking about the event as a whole, Ray felt the tournament provided […]

Loreto take national honours

Loreto take national honours

May 4, 2009 | 106 views | Leave a comment

Loreto claimed the inaugural Irish Hockey League at Grange Road becoming the first side in the world to win a title on the new penalty one-on-one format. Louisa Healy proved the heroine in the final reckoning, denying both Jenny Burke and Chloe Watkins in the shoot-out to win the best-of-three competition 2-1. It meant a […]

How to become a Leinster Branch umpire…

How to become a Leinster Branch umpire…

April 27, 2009 | 254 views | Leave a comment

In response to a recent query put to The Hook, the Leinster Hockey Umpire’s Association has laid out below the recruitment process to becoming an umpire. It is the same path that Ray O’Connor followed along with top current umpire Geoff Conn, leading to them travelling around the world, getting to see the action at […]

Monkstown II and Clontarf U-16 triumph

Monkstown II and Clontarf U-16 triumph

April 23, 2009 | 111 views | Leave a comment

Monkstown II claimed the division three crown with a 4-3 win over Corinthian at Serpentine Avenue in a bizarre encounter last night which almost saw the reds recover from a four-goal deficit inside the last ten minutes. The Town hit the front thanks to Zac Dutton’s drag-flick early on before Corinthian saw a series of […]

Ray O'Connor retires after glittering 25 years

Ray O'Connor retires after glittering 25 years

April 17, 2009 | 302 views | Leave a comment

His name may not appear in “Faster, Higher, Stronger” but Ray O’Connor can be regarded as one of Ireland’s most accomplished Olympic representatives. The umpire retires his whistle following Saturday’s meeting of Monkstown and Pembroke after 25 glittering years of umpiring which have seen Ray twice take charge of two Olympic finals – in Atlanta […]

Leinster trio hit five-star performances to advance

Leinster trio hit five-star performances to advance

April 5, 2009 | 97 views | Leave a comment

What initially promised to be a fraught afternoon of nervous texts and phone calls was made simple as Pembroke, Glenanne and Three Rock Rovers produced the results they needed to advance to the semi-finals of all-Ireland competition for the second year running with comprehensive wins over Annadale, Cookstown and Cork C of I. Pembroke had […]