Graham Shaw looks back on a year without a world ranking tournament on the schedule as he looked to widen his panel, building towards trying to qualify for a major event, the 2018 World Cup, for the first time in over a decade
Irish captain David Harte says it’s a “very special feeling” to be named on the shortlist for world hockey’s goalkeeper of the year award following another memorable year.
Banbridge and Lisnagarvey received perhaps the most favourable Euro Hockey League KO16 draw possible – other than facing each other – as they look to earn a maiden quarter-final berth in the elite competition for Ireland.
Declan Hughes catches up the Old Alex’s Brian Wynn, UCD’s Elun Hack and Miles Warren, Lisnagarvey’s Errol Lutton, Clontarf’s Gareth Borland, YMCA’s Jason Klinradt, Pembroke’s Jonny Caren and Instonians Stephen Redpath
Three Rock Rovers is launching a new ParaHockey section with the introduction of the Three Rock Rockets and are encouraging children and young adults with an intellectual disability interested in hockey to join up.
Banbridge’s Olympian Eugene Magee said his side put their best foot forward to match the efforts of his club mates who put on a great show at Havelock Park for EHL ROUND1.
As a grand finale, Banbridge got the moment they deserved to cap an incredible weekend. The biggest crowd seen at the club since the move from the Castlewellan Road witnessed the first Irish club ever to top the group stages.
Banbridge’s Matthew Bell says his first experience of the EHL “was unlike anything I had ever experienced before” when, as a teenager, he made his debut in the competition.
Banbridge’s most famous son Eugene Magee is hopeful his club can put on a show that the “whole town can be proud of” as they become the first Irish venue to host a Euro Hockey League event on October 7th to 9th.
A new season and a new entity could potentially lead the way in the second edition of the women’s EY Hockey League as reigning champions Hermes have amalgamated with Monkstown during the summer.
Hampstead & Westminster has the look of an Irish corner in London with five people from the island getting their season underway on Sunday against Canterbury.
Hermes-Monkstown will travel to Den Bosch while Pegasus will go to Munich next June as the venues for European club competition was confirmed on Tuesday afternoon.
Ireland captain Megan Frazer and rising star Zoe Wilson will be on opposing teams this season in the German Bundesliga after landing moves to Mannheimer and Harvesthuder respectively.
John Flack reflects on the golden memories of the Great Britain women’s hockey team’s unprecedented success in Rio and the media frenzy it generated. But does hockey in Ireland do enough to promote itself and will there be a legacy after our men’s team did themselves and their country proud in Rio?
Former Irish international Lisa Jacob, along with triathlete Nikki Dorey, will be the first all-female duo to cycle the gruelling ultra-distance 2,150km non stop “Race Around Ireland” (www.racearoundireland.com).
Ireland’s men have risen to an all-time high position of tenth in the world rankings to sit on the edge of the world’s elite teams at a time when the FIH is set to change the manner in which the international calendar is organised
The Hook was part of a round-table with key members of the FIH to talk about what they felt was successful at the Olympic Games and where the sport needs to improve in its presentation
Olympic Council of Ireland Chief Executive Stephen Martin played for Great Britain at three Olympic Games, winning bronze in Los Angeles in 1984 and gold in Seoul in 1988. John Flack has been chatting to the Co Down man about the hockey experience in Rio both from an Irish and GB perspective.
Chris Cargo hailed the Irish fans in Rio as “amazing” as they played their role in the side’s memorable Olympic campaign, providing extra motivation to the green machine.
“Every journey comes to an end; I know we gave it everything we could,” Craig Fulton’s final reflections on a memorable week but while this Olympic journey is over, he is confident systems can be put in place to make sure this is more than a one-off.