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Ask Ray… week four

Ask Ray… week four

March 12, 2009 | 106 views | Leave a comment

The Query: I have in recent weeks watched four men’s games in which the level of abuse hurled at the umpires was beyond belief. The abuse was both direct to them as to ” Whether they were watching the game” to foul-mouthed use of the F-word repeatedly, both at the umpires directly and to team […]

Ask Ray O'Connor…week three

Ask Ray O'Connor…week three

March 5, 2009 | 125 views | Leave a comment

If you have a query for Ray about any umpiring situation, email me at stevie_findlats@yahoo.com. This week, one of the world’s top umpires explains the decision-making process concerning when a plyer tries to play the ball on the ground. The query“Are players aloud to play the ball when they are on the ground? Are there […]

Minor Schoolboy final: St Andrew's 3 Wesley College 2 aet

Minor Schoolboy final: St Andrew's 3 Wesley College 2 aet

March 4, 2009 | 179 views | Leave a comment

St Andrew’s 3 (Lee Cole 2, Ben Campbell) Wesley College 2 (Jonathon Roberts, Alan Oglesby) after extra-time St Andrew’s picked up their third Minor title with a thrilling extra-time win over reigning champions Wesley College at Grange Road thanks to Ben Campbell’s fortuitous strike with three minutes to go of time added on. Campbell had […]

School's senior finalists confirmed

School's senior finalists confirmed

March 3, 2009 | 175 views | Leave a comment

Wesley and St Andrew’s will contest tomorrow’s Senior schoolboy’s final after the Ballinteer school beat High School 4-1 on Monday afternoon. It means Wesley will have the major momentum going into the tie after four games in a week but may well feel the fatigue from their efforts with a number of players also involved […]

Pembroke and Corinthian advance to Mills Cup final

Pembroke and Corinthian advance to Mills Cup final

March 1, 2009 | 95 views | Leave a comment

Farcical scenes at Grange Road today as the Mills Cup semi-finals were delayed by an hour and a half as a mix-up in communications left supporters, players and umpires frustrated. It will remain the enduring memory of the day where hockey and it’s promotion was the big loser on the day. Pembroke and Monkstown had […]

Leinster Schoolboy cups reach business end

Leinster Schoolboy cups reach business end

February 26, 2009 | 183 views | Leave a comment

Wesley seniors finally managed to overcome Kilkenny yesterday afternoon in Ballinteer in their first round replay, a match originally due to be completed on January 14. The initial tie went to extra-time and a replay before the cold snap saw pitches snowed under. It means Wesley have to now cram in four games in a […]

Ask Ray O'Connor… week two

Ask Ray O'Connor… week two

February 25, 2009 | 159 views | Leave a comment

After a great response to last week’s ‘Ask Ray O’Connor’ piece, Ray is back, this time to deal with shots raised at goal: The Query “There was a powerfully struck shot on the penalty spot which went over the logged [I assume this means, a GK lying on the ground] keeper and was clearly goalward […]

Ask Ray O'Connor…

Ask Ray O'Connor…

February 16, 2009 | 136 views | Leave a comment

As regular readers and commenters may know, The Hook barely entertains comments complaining about umpires and their decisions. However, in an effort to aid players and spectators to get a better understanding of the game, The Hook has enlisted the help of one of the world’s great hockey umpires, Ray O’Connor, to answer your queries. […]

News in brief

News in brief

February 9, 2009 | 113 views | Leave a comment

* Ray O’Connor has been appointed as umpires manager to the 18th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, due to be played in Ipoh, Malaysia from April 3-12, 2009. The tournament sees Egypt, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and Pakistan compete with two more teams to be confirmed. * Monday night’s scheduled fixture between UCD and Bray in […]

Annadale and Cookstown to replay full match

Annadale and Cookstown to replay full match

January 19, 2009 | 115 views | Leave a comment

In a statement issued this afternoon, the IHL Administration Committee upheld the original decision, made on December 1, 2008, to rearrange the fixture between Cookstown and Annadale in its entirety. The IHL match between the sides was originally abandoned after the umpires declared the Coolnafranky pitch unsafe to continue, with Annadale leading 4-1 at the […]

Men's Division Two: Week Nine Results

Men's Division Two: Week Nine Results

January 17, 2009 | 138 views | Leave a comment

Clontarf 3 (Luke Hayden, Rob Abbott, Derek Ledwidge) Bray 2 (Simon Cox 2)Derek Ledwidge’s first goal for Clontarf grabbed all three points as they faced their toughest challenge to date this term. Early on, Simon Cox had Bray in front amid very stormy conditions at the Bullring before Luke Hayden (pictured) responded from a short […]

Leinster Hockey on Youtube

Leinster Hockey on Youtube

December 14, 2008 | 124 views | Comments (9)

With most Leinster clubs becoming more technologically-minded, The Hook is hoping to use the fact that most division one side’s record their game to help promote our game further. To this end, The Hook invites you and your clubs to send in your video links so that we can start getting regular live action from […]

Leinster Men’s weekend preview

Leinster Men’s weekend preview

December 12, 2008 | 167 views | Leave a comment

While many other sports are winding down for the year, the majority of men’s senior hockey teams have double weekends coming up. In divison one, Corinthian and Fingal looks the most enticing prospect – especially considering the airport-side’s amazing recovery from a 3-1 half-time deficit earlier this term to win 5-3. Corinthian look a decent […]

Navan forefeit Clontarf match

Navan forefeit Clontarf match

December 9, 2008 | 103 views | Leave a comment

Navan’s Simon Clarke confirmed to The Hook this evening that his club were forced to concede their game with Clontarf from last Saturday in increasingly farcical circumstances as the Meath club were unable to field a team tonight. The game was initially abandoned last Saturday when the umpires deemed the pitch at Mount Temple unplayable […]

IHL refixtures cause Annadale headache

IHL refixtures cause Annadale headache

December 9, 2008 | 96 views | Leave a comment

The IHL have confirmed the times and venues for this weekend’s refixed games after the recent abandonments due to the frost. Each venue has gone for an afternoon tip-off this Sunday in a bid to beat the cold snap. The IHL committee has also confirmed that all games will start from 0-0. This decision has […]

IHL Women's Preview

IHL Women's Preview

November 28, 2008 | 284 views | Leave a comment

Group ASaturdayBelfast Harlequins vs Cork C of I, 2.30 Deramore Park, (Umpires: Gail Taylor, Jennifer Drewitt)CI’s 1-0 win over Randalstown in week one of the IHL should give them confidence against what has been an inconsistent, youthful Belfast Harlequins this term. Mel Ryan scored the winner at the Cork-side missed a host of chances against […]

IHL Men's Preview

IHL Men's Preview

November 28, 2008 | 128 views | Leave a comment

Group A (All Saturday) Cookstown vs Annadale, 6pm, Coolnafranky (Umpires: Kieran Bolger, Colin Hutchinson)The battle of Ulster’s top two in Tyrone could prove one of the pivotal ties in what, already, looks to be the tighter of the two groups. Cookstown will miss former international Andy Babrbour but their young charges are bouyed by another […]

U-16 and U-18 Boy’s Interprovincials: Day Two

U-16 and U-18 Boy’s Interprovincials: Day Two

November 23, 2008 | 188 views | Leave a comment

*With thanks to Alan Good Ulster claimed the boys’ U18 interprovincial title with a day to spare after a topsy-turvy set of encounters at Shaw’s Bridge today. The northern province have built an unassailable six-point lead over nearest rivals Munster, while pre-tournament favourites Leinster are, amazingly, still pointless following another shock defeat. That came this […]

Irish Hockey League rules explained

Irish Hockey League rules explained

October 6, 2008 | 185 views | Leave a comment

One of the key factors in the success of the IHL is making hockey an exciting spectacle for spectators, to not only gather together the current hockey community but to bring in supporters from outisde. This will happen in two main ways. The first is that the clubs make the effort to create impressive match […]

Men's international: Wales 3 Ireland 2

Men's international: Wales 3 Ireland 2

September 7, 2008 | 98 views | Leave a comment

In a strong physical contest, Ireland’s men lost 3-2 to Wales in the first of two full internationals in Cardiff this weekend. The home side shaded the opening half, hitting the bar in the 18th minute before opening their account in the 34th minute with a corner from Huw Jones – initially disallowed but awarded […]