International

Lewers declares for GB

Lewers declares for GB

July 17, 2008 | 319 views | Comments (43)

The Irish Hockey Association announced today that star-player Iain Lewers has withdrawn from the Senior Irish Men’s team, effective immediately. Lewers has made the decision to make himself available for future selection on the Great British hockey team. As a result, he will no longer be eligible to play any international hockey for the next […]

Naas club member finishes third in World Youth Hockey Promoter's Festival

Naas club member finishes third in World Youth Hockey Promoter's Festival

July 13, 2008 | 315 views | Leave a comment

Naas Hockey Club’s Amy Young represented Ireland last month in Victoria, Canada at the World Youth Hockey Promoters Festival 2008 following her nomination last year by the IHA to attend the festival. Amy produced a presentation on her ideas on how youth hockey could be developed in Ireland with her project, “Push Hit Slap, Bridge […]

The Hooks: Men's Player of the Year

The Hooks: Men's Player of the Year

July 11, 2008 | 91 views | Leave a comment

It’s already on record on the site that there’s going to be some dissent to this decision but I think it has to go to Mitch Darling, based on the matches I have seen this season. A couple of others came close, especially from Pembroke. Justin Sherriff was untouchable in some games this season, scoring […]

The Hooks: Woman's Player of the Year

The Hooks: Woman's Player of the Year

July 11, 2008 | 80 views | Leave a comment

With the title race being so tight this year, it was hard to pick out a player of the year, especially with the Irish players missing out on half of the season. Nikki Symmons revitalised Loreto in the Club Championships while Railway’s players came and went while starring at different parts of the season. Pembroke’s […]

The Hooks: Men's Club of the Year

The Hooks: Men's Club of the Year

July 10, 2008 | 113 views | Leave a comment

Setting out my pre-season predictions, I thought it was impossible to look beyond the big two of Pembroke and Glenanne. Rovers threw a Club Championship spot in 2006/07 to Monkstown and while the squad was strengthened, it was inconceivable that Pembroke’s international-laden team would be overcome. So much of Rovers season was intertwined with Pembroke […]

The Hooks: Surprise Club of the Year

The Hooks: Surprise Club of the Year

July 9, 2008 | 65 views | Leave a comment

Surprise Club performance of the Year: Railway’s appearance in the semi-finals of the Club Champs was a major surprise, especially considering they had, at no point, been able to field the same side for a prolonged period with international cricket commitments, players going on year-long holidays and others returning to their homeland. Trinity, meanwhile, made […]

The Hooks: Overall Club of the Year

The Hooks: Overall Club of the Year

July 9, 2008 | 106 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 […]

U-16 Boys begin Youth Championships

U-16 Boys begin Youth Championships

July 7, 2008 | 102 views | Leave a comment

Andrew Smyth’s Ireland Under-16 boys squad begins their European Youth Championships today against Austria in the Hague. The squad features nine of the Leinster side that beat Ulster to the interprovincial title and five of the Wesley side that won the under-16 schools title – Robert Fitzgerald, Neal Megarity, Shane Madeley – son of fromer […]

GB legend Mason to lead GK camp

GB legend Mason to lead GK camp

July 7, 2008 | 106 views | Leave a comment

Following the success of last year, the IHA has announced its third annual Goalkeeping Course, in association with Mercian, will take place in UCD on August 30 and 31 2008. The Mercian Schools of Hockey have designed this course to cater for the needs of the modern goalkeeper involved at school, club, county and international […]

Men's Celtic Cup: Darling double delight

Men's Celtic Cup: Darling double delight

July 6, 2008 | 177 views | Leave a comment

Mitch Darling’s double was the key contribution as his amazing start to his international career, claiming the player of the tournament title, as Ireland took the Celtic Cup off Wales’ hands.After Scotland’s twice rain-delayed 1-0 win over France, Ireland needed just a draw to take the title but ended up with a 3-1 win despite […]

Women's Celtic Cup: Ireland 3 France 1

Women's Celtic Cup: Ireland 3 France 1

July 4, 2008 | 96 views | Leave a comment

Gene Muller’s experimental Irish line-up pointed to a bright future as he handed debuts to four players as Ireland shook off the Setanta Trophy difficulties to win 3-1 against France at a sodden Garryduff. Hermes Emma Gray started between the posts while Megan Frazer, Lizzie Colvin and Michelle Harvey all appeared off the bench to […]

DUP member calls for Northern Irish team

DUP member calls for Northern Irish team

June 30, 2008 | 240 views | Comments (16)

DUP Assembly Member Alastair Ross MLA has said that athletes in Northern Ireland should not be prevented from representing Great Britain at the Olympic Games, and said that hockey players in particular are put in a very difficult position as they must choose to play for either GB or the Irish team. Commenting Mr Ross […]

Junior Celtic Cup round-up

Junior Celtic Cup round-up

June 30, 2008 | 90 views | Leave a comment

Thanks to Alan Good for the information. Also, check out the Irish Examiner for what is definitely the best coverage in the national newspapers on Irish international hockey. Ireland’s U-21s went unbeaten in both the men’s and women’s Junior Celtic Cups but failed to come home with any silverware as both sides drew with hosts […]

Piccioli moves to Three Rock

Piccioli moves to Three Rock

June 30, 2008 | 140 views | Leave a comment

Former Venezualan international Lucas Piccioli has made the short journey across Marlay Park to join Three Rock Rovers from Corinthian for the 2008/09 season. Piccioli, who also works for the IHA as the Eastern RDO, joins the club as a player coach and work with head-coach Turloch O’Siochain as the club looks to build ahead […]

WorldHockey available on You Tube

WorldHockey available on You Tube

June 30, 2008 | 84 views | Leave a comment

The International Hockey Federation (FIH) launches its You Tube service www.youtube.com/WorldHockey. Viewers can watch full length coverage of all matches of the WorldHockey Champions Trophy, currently taking place in Rotterdam . FIH’s You Tube site complements its live, free of charge streaming on http://www.worldhockey.tv/. Following the Champions Trophy additional FIH content will be available on […]

FIH to stream Champions Trophy Online for Free

FIH to stream Champions Trophy Online for Free

June 13, 2008 | 93 views | Leave a comment

Loving the hockey on Setanta from the past couple of weeks? Well, this Sunday doesn’t have to be the end of your hockey viewing The WorldHockey Champions Trophy, taking place in Rotterdam from June 21-29, will be streamed online by the International Hockey Federation (FIH). Starting with the opening match between Australia and Korea at […]

Setanta Sports Trophy

Setanta Sports Trophy

June 11, 2008 | 93 views | Leave a comment

This week’s Setanta Sports Trophy gives Irish coaches Dave Passmore and Gene Muller the perfect opportunity to reassess their squads after two unsuccessful attempts at Olympic qualification. Both teams will face top international competition at Belfield this week, receiving visiting teams all with a ticket booked for the Games in August. The men will face […]

Sothern replaces Gleghorne in Setanta squad

Sothern replaces Gleghorne in Setanta squad

June 10, 2008 | 69 views | Leave a comment

Pembroke’s Alan Sothern has come into Ireland’s Setanta Sports Trophy side in place of the recently elected co-captain Mark Gleghorne who withdrew from the tournament for personal reasons. Sothern ended the Leinster senior league as top scorer and previously earned one international cap, coming through the Ireland ‘A’ system.

Spain threatened with Olympic expulsion

Spain threatened with Olympic expulsion

June 6, 2008 | 84 views | Leave a comment

Spain’s women’s hockey team could be banned from the Olympics after two squad members gave positive drugs tests at a qualifying tournament. The players must now plead their cases to an International Hockey Federation commission before the end of June. According to FIH rules, if more than one member of a team tests positive, the […]

Passmore names squad

Passmore names squad

June 5, 2008 | 75 views | Leave a comment

It’s all change in David Passmore’s squad as Ireland begin a new cycle in their development following thier third place finish in the OQT. As the side now turns it’s eyes to the 2009 Europeans, Passmore has to plan without the services of a quartet of experienced internationals – Mark Irwin, Jason Black, Andy Barbour […]