The 2015 year gone by will be remembered long into the future as the year the Irish men finally ended a lengthy wait for Olympic qualification and this is reflected in the most-read stories on The Hook.
All the goals from Railway Union’s 4-3 win over Monkstown in the 2015 Neville Cup final at Serpentine Avenue
Enniskerry’s Emma Russell and Antrim’s Zoe Wilson continued Ireland’s excellent recent run in the NCAA in the US as they helped Syracuse University to their first ever national title on Sunday evening.
Former Old Alex and Hermes starlet Emma Russell will line out against Limerick’s Roisin Upton on Friday afternoon bidding to take another big step closer to the NCAA crown in the semi-final of the US university competition.
Mike Heskin will move on from the role as Hockey Ireland chief executive to a new post as Director of Sport at NUIG, it was announced today.
Rathdown and Monkstown’s Merrion Fleet Arena was formally opened to great fanfare and decent crowds last Sunday despite a heavy downpour of rain.
** Ulster-based journalist John Flack talks about how the EY Hockey League has impacted on media coverage in Ulster since its introduction this season. (Article not to be reproduced without permission of John Flack) One of the positive spin-offs from the introduction of the EY Irish Hockey League has been the increased media coverage the […]
Kyle Good – along with several Monkstown club mates – moved a step closer to the Olympic dream in the small hours of Sunday morning last week as the national team had their place confirmed for Rio 2016.
Irish coach Craig Fulton says that finally dealing with the “hurt” of missing on London 2012 played a pivotal part in building the mental resolve of his side to mount their first successful Olympic qualifying campaign.
Emma Gray has become the third player from the Irish senior women’s team to formally retire from the international side in the wake of narrowly missing out on the Olympic Games, following Emma Smyth and Kate Dillon.
David Judge, one of the giants of Irish hockey, passed away at the age of 79 on Saturday afternoon following an incredible life in the sport.
Portrane Hockey Club finally got to formally open their superb new water-based pitch in the heart of Donabate, bringing hockey back to the north Dublin peninsula after nearly 20 years of a nomadic existence.
Kirk Shimmins will be looking to carry his form from the European Championships into the New Zealand Hockey League as he renews his link with the Southern Dogs.
And now the wait commences. October 25 is the date almost indelibly marked on the minds of the Irish hockey public after one of the most thrilling years for the sport.
Zoe Wilson and Ayeisha McFerran are among the marquee additions to the Irish abroad in the US as they link up with Syracuse University and the Louisville Cardinals for the upcoming college season which gets under way this week.
“There is still a buzz around the squad and the hockey community back home,” Shane O’Donoghue says of Ireland’s mood ahead of the European championships campaign.
Andy Smyth says the fear factor that may have previously existed for Irish underage teams has diminished markedly off the back of the national senior team’s ability to mix it with the world’s top ten.
Graham Shaw says he will only be making “tweaks” to the game plan implemented by Darren Smith in his first tournament as Irish senior women’s coach which gets underway on Saturday in Prague.
Craig Fulton says that with proper financial support in place, Ireland’s men can push to become an established top ten side in the world following their fifth place finish in World League Round 3 in Antwerp.
In a wide-ranging interview following his final game as Irish coach, Darren Smith speaks of his belief that Ireland’s women can push on and become a top ten ranked side with a more structured high performance vision with the elements in place for success