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Irish Hockey League rules explained

Irish Hockey League rules explained

October 6, 2008 | 193 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 […]

Metchette ready for the Olympics

Metchette ready for the Olympics

August 8, 2008 | 105 views | Leave a comment

Despite Ireland missing out on an Olympic place, Ireland will be represented in Beijing in the hockey arena with umpire Carol Metchette and umpire’s manager Ray O’Connor both appointed to hockey’s showpiece event. O’Connor is one of three selected to manage the Men’s Hockey Umpires at the Beijing Olympics 2008 and will add to his […]

The Hooks: Overall Club of the Year

The Hooks: Overall Club of the Year

July 9, 2008 | 109 views | Leave a comment

For this honour, I felt there was only one real club in the running. Monkstown have produced some great youth teams again this year and their supporter’s club were fantastic but for developing the game while receiving results, Glenanne stood head and shoulder above everybody else. In simple terms, the club won European, All-Ireland and […]

Women's Celtic Cup: Day Two

Women's Celtic Cup: Day Two

July 5, 2008 | 74 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 1 Scotland 1Thunder and lightning came to Ireland’s rescue as a rather aimless pre-weather break performance was counter-acted by a superb battling effort once the players emerged from the dressing rooms for the second time at Garryduff. For the second day running, a mass downpour left the Cork venue’s pitch flooded in parts, leaving […]

Men's Celtic Cup: Ireland 5 France 0

Men's Celtic Cup: Ireland 5 France 0

July 4, 2008 | 82 views | Leave a comment

Ireland wrapped up a facile win against the country that has caused them untold anguish in recent tournaments, overcoming a disappointing French outfit 5-0 amid lashing rain in Garryduff.Dave Passmore’s side, indeed, missed a couple of clear-cut chances to give the scoreboard an even greater gloss. Tim Cockram opened the scoring 11 minutes in from […]

Men's Setanta Sports: Ireland v Canada

Men's Setanta Sports: Ireland v Canada

June 13, 2008 | 116 views | Comments (10)

In a strained and tetchy affair, Ireland let a two goal lead slip for the second time in two games but may well be more concerned with the less polished performance against Canada than they produced the previous evening. In a controversial game, though, Ireland produced moments of sheer inspiration and scored three sublime goals. […]

Jermyn and Lewers set for EuroHockey League finals

Jermyn and Lewers set for EuroHockey League finals

May 8, 2008 | 289 views | Leave a comment

Cork C of I’s John Jermyn, along with former Annadale player Iain Lewers, will be hoping to make history this weekend and become the first ever winners of the Euro Hockey League. The tournament, akin to football’s Champions League, is the pinnacle of world club hockey and, in its inaugural year has attracted the world’s […]

IHA Announces Shortlist for ESB Irish Hockey Awards

IHA Announces Shortlist for ESB Irish Hockey Awards

April 29, 2008 | 196 views | Comments (9)

The Irish Hockey Association (IHA) has released the 44 nominees for the Irish Hockey Awards to be presented on May 31 at The Ballsbridge Court Hotel, Dublin Four nominees have been issued for the each of the eleven award categories, ranging from top international players, to coaches, umpires, volunteers and clubs. Tickets for the event […]

Geoff Conn part of EHF's UDP

Geoff Conn part of EHF's UDP

February 12, 2008 | 115 views | Leave a comment

This week, the EHF announced the umpires for their Umpire Development Programme 2008/2010, with Geoff Conn among ‘Group 1’. Umpires Committee Chairman, Jorge Alcover said, “Year one has been a huge success with the umpires well on their way to achieving the Grade 1 target. The commitment of this group has been a fantastic launch […]

A rant about Umpiring

A rant about Umpiring

February 12, 2008 | 126 views | Leave a comment

A growing number of comments are being submitted about umpiring and so on. I’ve written before that I will not allow comments on this topic and so I think I should outline my reasons for this decision. Basically, as Leinster hockey as a whole, we are responsible for the vicious circle that exists around umpiring. […]

Metchette to represent Ireland at Olympics

Metchette to represent Ireland at Olympics

January 23, 2008 | 310 views | Leave a comment

Continuing the strong tradition of Irish umpiring, Carole Metchette was today notified of her appointment to the Beijing Olympics, 2008. This is the first time Ireland has ever had a female hockey umpire appointed to the Olympics. Dublin born Metchette had a good introduction to hockey when she attended Wesley College where she won the […]

EHL Internet show – Wednesday night

EHL Internet show – Wednesday night

December 19, 2007 | 91 views | Leave a comment

Today, at 6pm CET, EHL brings the first ever interactive, multimedia show in hockey to computer screens around the world. Combining never-before-seen hockey movie clips with special studio guests, Dutch national team players three times WorldHockey Player of the Year Teun de Nooijer and 2005 WorldHockey Young Player of the Year Robert van der Horst, […]

Youtube Blog 2

Youtube Blog 2

December 13, 2007 | 127 views | Comments (1)

There’s a ton of ways to kill a day at work: take up smoking, take up working, play Stick Cricket, read the Guardian’s blog (which, let’s face it is directly where I ripped this off from). YouTube trumps them all. So here, to save you searching, are my favourite hockey clips. (To see part one, […]

EHF Club awards

EHF Club awards

December 6, 2007 | 97 views | Leave a comment

The EHF has launched a new programme to honour clubs that are doing great work to promote the “Hockey Family” in Europe. For me, though, there is quite a few points on the list of criteria below that clubs can take on board and develop upon. Recently, the IHA has started running a number of […]

Best Youtube Hockey clips

Best Youtube Hockey clips

September 19, 2007 | 234 views | Comments (1)

There’s a ton of ways to kill a day at work: take up smoking, take up working, play Stick Cricket, read the Guardian’s blog (which, let’s face it is directly where I ripped this off from). YouTube trumps them all. So here, to save you searching, are my favourite hockey clips. Add your own in […]