International Tournament

Anthoni to face old friends for first time

Anthoni to face old friends for first time

July 11, 2009 | 119 views | Leave a comment

Given the spectator numbers to date, Ireland’s match with Malaysia should prove the biggest draw of the Champion’s Challenge II to date with the South-East Asian side adorning the crowd with bodhrans and plenty of noise (seen talking to players post-match, below right). Some may have hoped for the fixture to have been the final […]

European U-18 Championships: Day Four

European U-18 Championships: Day Four

July 10, 2009 | 83 views | Leave a comment

Ireland U-18 Boys 1 (Stu Loughrey) Wales 0Andy Smyth’s side showed their steely determination for a second successive game as they struck late to beat Wales in an extremely tight-fought battle in Vienna. Stu Loughrey finished off fellow Leinster man Kyle Good’s brilliant cross with just four minutes to go of their semi-final for the […]

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 2 Poland 3

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 2 Poland 3

July 9, 2009 | 112 views | Leave a comment

Ireland 2 (Mikey Watt, Alan Sothern) Poland 3 (Tomasz Gorny, Maciej Janiszewski, Tomasz Dutkiewicz)Despite the match being solely to decide semi-final pairings, Ireland and Poland played out the most intense battle of the Champion’s Challenge II to date. Tomasz Dutkiewicz’s low corner strike early in the second half proved the vital moment of a helter-skelter […]

Champion's Challenge II: Day three

Champion's Challenge II: Day three

July 9, 2009 | 218 views | Leave a comment

Group A: Japan 4 (Genki Mitani, Ryuji Fukushiro, Kenji Kitazato, Naoto Shiokawa) Chile 3 (Felipe Montegu, Alexis Berzcely, Felipe Eggers)With just seeding for the relegation play-offs at stake, Japan got a low-key tussle off to a decent start as Genki Mitani scrambled in from close range inside 100 seconds. Other than that, chances were at […]

European U-18 Championships: Day three

European U-18 Championships: Day three

July 8, 2009 | 94 views | Leave a comment

EuroHockey Girl’s Youth ChampionshipsIreland 1 (Ali Meeke) England 3 (Shona McCallin, Rebecc Dru, Holly Chipman)Following Belgium’s 3-0 win over France, Ireland were left with the tough task of needing to beat England by three clear goals in the final group B. They started brightly with Deirdre Duke’s magical build-up play setting up Ali Meeke for […]

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 3 Japan 0

Champion's Challenge: Ireland 3 Japan 0

July 7, 2009 | 82 views | Leave a comment

Group A: Ireland 3 (John Jermyn 2, Mikey Watt) Japan 0 What a difference a day makes. The indecision and individual errors that characterised Monday night’s match with Chile all but dissipated as Ireland eased into the semi-finals of the Champion’s Challenge II at Belfield last night. The 3-0 score-line was the only similarity between […]

Champion's Challenge: Day Two results

Champion's Challenge: Day Two results

July 7, 2009 | 83 views | Leave a comment

Group B: Austria 4 (Michael Korper 2, Benjamin Stanzl 2) Russia 4 (Alexey Sergeev 2, Evgeny Mokrousov, Azarov)Austria produced a stunning comeback in another lively game at the Champion’s Challenge this afternoon as they recovered from a three-goal deficit to draw 4-4, though the value of a draw for either side following opening day defeats […]

European U-18 Championships: Day Two

European U-18 Championships: Day Two

July 7, 2009 | 93 views | Leave a comment

Girl’s EuroHockey Youth ChampionshipsIreland U-18 Girls 1 (Chloe Watkins) France 0Ireland created a chance to qualify for the semi-finals as they got the better of France 1-0 in Nivelles, Belgium. They created plenty of opportunities including nine short corners and plenty of goalmouth action but their lone goal came courtesy of Chloe Watkins’ 12th minute […]

Champion's Challenge: Paul Revington's thoughts on first tournament with Ireland

Champion's Challenge: Paul Revington's thoughts on first tournament with Ireland

July 5, 2009 | 84 views | Leave a comment

Ahead of his first ranking tournament in charge of the Irish team, The Hook caught up with Paul Revington to get his thoughts on the Champion’s Challenge II event. The Hook (TH): How do you feel the squad is currently shaping up? Paul Revington (PR): “I think we’re pretty spot on. In terms of our […]

Ireland's men retain Celtic Cup but women denied

Ireland's men retain Celtic Cup but women denied

June 28, 2009 | 271 views | Leave a comment

Ireland men 3 (Gareth Watkins 2, Brian Doherty) Scotland 3 (Mark Ralph 2, Gavin Byers)Paul Revington’s novices retained the Celtic Cup in Edinburgh this afternoon, keeping the Scottish hosts at bay after Gareth Watkins had ensured a dream start with two goals inside six minutes. Scotland fought back to make it 2-1 by the interval […]

Irish women downed by Belgium

Irish women downed by Belgium

June 26, 2009 | 109 views | Leave a comment

The Irish women’s senior team fell to a 3-1 defeat to Belgium this afternoon in Kazan and will now face Ukraine in the competition’s third/fourth place play-off at 12.30pm (Irish time) tomorrow. They were unable to hold onto a tenth minute lead, courtesy of Shirley McCay‘ penalty corner goal and found themselves chasing the game […]

Ireland complete French Celtic Cup double

Ireland complete French Celtic Cup double

June 26, 2009 | 115 views | Leave a comment

Ireland Men 3 (Chris Cargo, Paul Gleghorne, Brian Doherty) France 1 (Freddie Soyez) Ireland’s youngsters produced a performance to remember as they hammered France 3-1 with debutants Chris Cargo (pictured, left), Paul Gleghorne and Brian Doherty all scoring in the first full international game. Cargo set Ireland on their way in the second minute, hitting […]

Jacob strike ensures top spot

Jacob strike ensures top spot

June 24, 2009 | 102 views | Leave a comment

Lisa Jacob’s (pictured celebrating UCD’s ISC win) 18th minute, penalty corner goal against Malaysia – in combination with Ukraine’s 2-1 win over Russia – meant Ireland topped their Champion’s Challenge II group in Kazan early this morning. The Wexford native defelcted home Shirley McCay’s bash from Ireland’s second corner of the day for her second […]

Colvin secures Ukranian draw

Colvin secures Ukranian draw

June 22, 2009 | 109 views | Leave a comment

Lizzie Colvin (pictured) came off the bench for the second time in two days to score, this time earning Ireland with a levelling goal in today’s 1-1 draw with Ukraine in the second group game of the Champions Challenge. Colvin struck in the 59th minute from a switched penalty corner – Ireland’s fourth of the […]

FIH announce Champions Challenge II schedule

FIH announce Champions Challenge II schedule

May 6, 2009 | 84 views | Leave a comment

The FIH today released the match schedule for the Men’s Champions Challenge II, to be played in Dublin from July 6-12. Ireland will be in the showcase evening slot for their three group games against Chile, Japan and Poland on the Monday (7.45pm), Tuesday (8pm) and Thursday (7.45pm) respectively before going into the playoff series […]

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 […]

Boys win Under-18 tournament

Boys win Under-18 tournament

August 1, 2008 | 86 views | Leave a comment

Ireland’s U-18 boys took the top spot on the podium when they beat England in the final at the U18’s four nations tournament in Cardiff, 2-1. Both goals came from precision penalty corner work one from Dan Hobbs and the second from Peter McDonnell. It followed a comprehensive 3-1 win over Wales in the final […]

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 […]

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. […]