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Monkstown II and Clontarf U-16 triumph

Monkstown II and Clontarf U-16 triumph

April 23, 2009 | 114 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 | 319 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 | 99 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 […]

YMCA take inaugural IHC: Irish Hockey finals

YMCA take inaugural IHC: Irish Hockey finals

March 29, 2009 | 125 views | Leave a comment

YMCA were Leinster’s big winners from the four Irish Hockey finals taking place at Belfield this weekend, winning their first ever national title in dramatic style. They ousted Fermoy in the weekend’s opening fixture – the ESB Irish Hockey Challenge – on penalty strokes, Aimee Powderly netting the crucial flick in a 2-1 win. Early […]

Pembroke reach ISC final: Men's and women's results

Pembroke reach ISC final: Men's and women's results

March 22, 2009 | 115 views | Leave a comment

Pembroke repeated their All-Ireland Club Championships penalty stroke victory over Glenanne from the 2008 in a bizarre match at Serpentine Avenue to advance to the ISC final, adding yet another chapter to the intense rivalry between the teams. The sides cannot seem to produce a regular match and while the hockey, at times, may not […]

Ask Ray… Week four revisited

Ask Ray… Week four revisited

March 18, 2009 | 105 views | Leave a comment

Last week’s “Ask Ray” feature received some quite healthy discussion. I got a few emails though who said the piece was only up a short while, especially with the amount of midweek hockey last week, and would like if it would be given a bit more prominence… so here is last week’s “Ask Ray”. Last […]

Ask Ray… week four

Ask Ray… week four

March 12, 2009 | 117 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 | 131 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 | 183 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 | 181 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 | 105 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 | 190 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 | 170 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 | 147 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 | 127 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 | 122 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 | 153 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 Men’s weekend preview

Leinster Men’s weekend preview

December 12, 2008 | 174 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 | 110 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 | 102 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 […]